Staying on (the) Track!


I’m not gonna lie, these last few weekends have been entirely lazy, full of movie watching, fitting in an easy run when I can and eating waaaay too much sugar. I think i’m getting a little stir crazy. This always happens this time of year up until March when spring racing starts, then the year seems to fly by.


floor mess! yoga mat, fitness mags, coffee mug, rolling stick, goals list. And yes, i stretched the heck out of my legs all weekend!

I did something to keep me on track with my running goals and to stay focused for my 1/2 in March. I hired a running coach! The first thing I know i’ll get asked is “why?” I’m a personal trainer and I have a ton of running experience. I create workouts for a living and can keep myself motivated, but I can always use the help and anytime i can learn more about running I’m game!

I got the strength training down since i spend all my time at the gym

I got the strength training down since i spend all my time at the gym

Let’s start with the facts. I don’t have a track or cross country background. I was in drama & art in high school. Something about Florida humidity made it real easy not to like running.  I was an active kid though, always outside, we had a pool and trampoline. Running just wasn’t in the cards yet. When I actually started running I was 22 years old and didn’t know anything about Runner’s World, Flotrack, Competitor or basically how to ask for help. I started running solely by trial and error. I bought the wrong shoes, wore cotton shirts, never brought water with me and had no idea what i was doing. Since then I’ve learned so much about the sport, but i’m not embarrassed to say I don’t know everything about running.

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Speedy Coach Lauren met the Goucher’s!!

I wish I were a little less shy about asking for help when I started, but I’m guessing it’s why I read running blogs now– to learn how other people train. That’s where my coach comes in. Lauren is fast and has a background in track/cross country and is going for a sub 3:00 marathon this year. I want to learn from her. So she’s created a tailored training plan for me, my goals/speed/distance and schedule. For once it will be nice to have someone to tell me what to do! The big reason I decided to have a coach (almost typed couch, but that’s not the same thing) is to keep me focused and on track <— literally and literally. Consistent speed work is what I’ll need this year to set a few PR’s, qualify for Boston, and look good in a wedding dress 😉

I’m excited to share my experience of having a coach with everyone. If you are interested in reading more about Lauren’s coaching options or her amazing blog click here–>Will Run For Boston. Don’t be afraid to ask people for advice or help when it comes to fitness. The industry is constantly improving and always changing and why i’ll never be bored with my job.

What I did last week

Monday: 5.2m treadmill 8:00/pace

Tuesday: 15 min Chest/Shoulders Crossfit, 30 min Core 

Wednesday: 30 min quad/hamstrings, 10 min summit trainer 

Thursday: 5.4 easy 7:46/pace (7:58, 8:01, 7:52, 7:30, 7:27), 20 min abs

Friday: 3m treadmill 9:00/pace (legs felt super heavy/tired, ended run early)

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 8m easy 8:05/pace 

Total Miles: 21.6

Anyone else have a coach?

Do you train for a race with a training plan?

Author: She's Going the Distance


7 thoughts on “Staying on (the) Track!

  1. Great! Good luck, it sounds great 🙂 I’m looking at hiring one in a few months most likely so I may have to pick your brain on the process. I was inspired after watching an already Percy friend (1:28 half) drop to a 1:19 half under a coach switching up the way she trained. It can do wonders and I’m excited for you!

  2. Haha my phone says my friend is Percy instead of “speedy…” Oops!

  3. Great job on getting a coach – I have never heard a bad thing about having one. And while some might be surprised, I am not at all – as a trainer yourself you recognize the value of an objective observer looking at what you are doing and helping you hit your goals.

    I don’t have a coach (though I manage to stay off the couch 😉 ), nor do I really have any plans to ever get one. I might at some point, but I am not too worried about it. I just focus on my goals and work towards learning more about keeping my body going in the direction I want, eating healthy and being happy. 🙂

  4. Congrats on hiring a coach!!! I’m getting my running coaching certification very soon! I think it makes total sense – even though you COULD coach yourself, it’s often more motivating to have a plan from someone else to hold you accountable! You’re doing to ROCK this race season!

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