The Continuing Case for Coaching

In tough economic times, we tend to try to do more with less or do more things ourselves.  Professional coaches are not immune from this phenomenon ourselves.  If you've ever heard the expression that "a doctor makes the worst patient", sometimes the same can apply to coaches.  And so it goes with myself.  About a year ago, I decided to stay "playing around" with my health and fitness and start getting serious about getting back into shape.  Several people in my family had started running and were doing half-marathons and marathons, and while never ran much more than the 90 feet between bases when I was young, I decided it was something I could do.  And so last July I started out on my journey, not really having much of an idea about what I was doing, but knowing that I need to go and and somehow get back and do so in an ever decreasing amount of time.  Over time, I would lengthen the trip and a few weeks ago I managed to run the Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon in a respectable two hours and thirty-four minutes.  I claim it as a respectable time because while I realize that for my first race, it was a good start, the reality is that I know I could have done better if I was not bothered by a knee problem that has troubled me on and off for the last year.

And so we get to The Continuing Case for Coaching. After the race, I vowed that I would run my next race (which is coming up in January) at a much faster pace.  BUT, I realized that my "going it alone" wasn't going to get me there.  So I did two things.  First, I sought the assistance of a professional physical therapist, who is working with me to eliminate the knee problem which slowed me down during the race.  But he and his team are not working with me just to ease the pain, but to eliminate the condition that caused the pain in the first place.  We're developing a program of stretches, etc. that will allow me to take my running to the next level.  The second thing I did was seek the guidance of a running coach to develop an actual training schedule.  It turns out that for the most part, I was over-training and thus over-taxing my legs and even my lungs and wasn't getting anywhere close to where I could have or should have been.  Now I have a schedule mapped out from now until my next race with set objectives for each day and even rest days! Before, my only rest days were when I just couldn't get up at 5am or if it was raining or there was ice on the ground.  Now I realize that recovery is part of the program and having a program will allow me to succeed!
So ask yourself, are there things that you are doing that you want to do better at?  Are there things you want to do that you seem to be stuck on or cannot get traction to even get started? A professional coach such as myself can help you identify these areas for you and help you move past them to achieve more.  Please email me today at to discuss how I can help you be all you can be.