Coaching is both science and art. What I do is custom design a training program that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. It incorporates the elements that scientific studies and practical experience has shown to work. But I also work with you on the mental aspect of run training and racing. We have all heard about ‘the loneliness of the long distance runner’ but a good coach should be with you, helping you to visualize success, giving you things to focus on and providing you with the tools to ‘run your potential’.
As most athletes know, training requires repetitive stress to be applied to the body with adequate recovery periods for the body to adapt. This is commonly referred to as overload/recovery. The balance that I bring as a coach is to adjust this overload/recovery to your current fitness level so that you make improvements without injury. My highest goal is to keep you injury free so that you can continue to follow the training program and meet your goals.
As a coach and as a nationally ranked runner, I understand how important the mental aspect of training and racing is. The training, testing and racing should instill high levels of confidence in the runner. A confident runner will be more relaxed in the days before the race saving valuable energy. They will be less stressed and more focused during the race and be able to handle obstacles and changing conditions better. They should also be able to enjoy the race more, understanding the principals of correct pacing and race strategy knowing that their training has prepared them well.
plan the race,
race the plan.