I hired a running coach!
I have been looking at hiring a running coach for a while. In the past, my running has been very very very slow. I also have seasonal allergies and allergic asthma that has made running harder.
Anyways, my times were getting worse. I was getting frustrated. I was not happy with my training. At the age of 49. I was convinced I was too old physically to run marathons ( primarily Boston) …… I thought I was done……Boston Marathon ….no more.
Luckily, a light bulb turned on over my head! Don’t quit Boston yet …. Running the Boston Marathon is your passion…. Hire a coach!
Last year at the Princess Half Marathon, I met Jeff Galloway and was very impressed with his attitude and running experience. Early August, I made the decision to do e-coaching with Jeff Galloway! He would be my Boston Marathon Training Coach. I wanted a certified coach that would help me reach my full running potential. I needed to have a successful marathon season. I also wanted a personalized coaching plan tailored to my needs and abilities. l was also a big fan of the guy!
I am eight weeks into the training plan and I love it. My running schedule is more structured and organized.
The long run mileage has increased to help me build up my endurance and lung power. Galloway has me running my long runs at a much slower pace , so my muscles can get plenty of oxygen to improve my overall aerobic energy system. Simply put, run slower to get faster.
My midweek runs have more of a purpose. I am now focusing on improving my speed and strength. I am running hill repeats and practicing acceleration gliders (speed training). I am also working on improving my stride cadence.
I am pleased with the weekly advice I get from him, and having email access to Jeff Galloway. I also like being held accountable for all my training runs. Being answerable has helped me with my mental toughness. Every week, I would report to him, how my training was going and then if needed he would fine tune my workouts.
I was given many long run nutrition tips that has been very beneficial to me. Also, if I have any aches and pains he gives me suggestions.
Getting out in the open air despite asthma feels awesome! Running has strengthening my respiratory muscles, helped me maintain my weight and helps me control my blood numbers better. Asthma medication corticosteroids ( is associated with elevations in triglyceride and total cholesterol levels.
Overall, being pushed out the door to run will add years to my life. I am pleased with my decision to hire a coach.