First full week of workouts and why I have a coach

Marathon training requires workouts most days of the week. In an ideal world, I would run around 11am, but my full time job doesn’t allow for that kind of flexibility! While I’d love to consistently get up early and run before work, I sometimes find running later in the day works better for me. My workouts happen before or after work depending on the day’s schedule (or my mood!).

IMG_0977State House all lit up- running through Boston after dark isn’t the worst thing!

Still, I prioritize getting my runs in each day, so my post-work plans determine the timing of my workout. Last night I fit my coaches’ prescribed 7 miles/stride-outs in after work, whereas this morning, I woke up early and ran my 6 miles with speed work and strength routine before work. These were both great ways to end/start my days.

I mentioned in a previous post that I worked with a coach for the first time while training for Big Cottonwood marathon. My coach at the time helped me build up my speed and endurance to a place where I could run my fastest marathon- my ultimate goal. Since this experience, I have been hooked on the idea of having a coach, but decided to switch to another coaching program, Run Farther and Faster. My new coaches Julie and Lisa have been fantastic, and I am really looking forward to working with them as I train for my next couple of marathons, including my goal race: Phoenix.

IMG_0976Another night shot of this beautiful city where old & new seem to blend well together

A few reasons why I enjoy working with a coach:

  • Coaches do the hard part by creating a training plan based on your level of fitness, using their expertise.
  • Coaches push you to work harder and help you push to your potential, particularly because of the accountability factor. I find that when I self-report versus reporting to a coach, I tend to make more excuses for cutting corners, etc.
  • This is an obvious reason, but coaches can be supportive, encouraging, and provide you with feedback to all of your questions and concerns- I enjoy receiving feedback from experts in the field!

These are just some of the reasons why I have chosen to work with a coach in my next training cycle.  Have you worked with a coach?

What does your week look like in terms of workouts?


  1. I actually have the offer of working with a coach! He’s a physiotherapist that has offered to design me a marathon training plan which will incorporate injury recovery. To be honest I’m still going back and forth on the idea, mainly because my old injury has flared up again! :/


    1. janerunswild says:

      Sorry to hear that you are injured! Recovery is key. What were you training for?

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  2. audrey says:

    I am about to start really training for my next marathon and loved your insight on getting a coach! Do you think you saw improvement in your running and not just in your accountability to it?


    1. janerunswild says:

      That is great! I have definitely seen improvement in my running while using a coach, mostly in terms of speed. Coaches can help push you to your potential (without overdoing it). Mine have introduced workouts that I hadn’t ever run before, and mixing these workouts in with my normal running routine has resulted in faster times/feeling stronger overall. My coaches have also introduced certain stretches/strength routines which have helped as well. Let me know if you have any more questions! What marathon are you training for?


      1. audrey says:

        Oh awesome!! Thank you SO much! I am trying to get my BQ at the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon in April! Congrats on getting yours!! That’s amazing and you must be on cloud 9!!


        1. janerunswild says:

          So exciting! I haven’t heard much about that race but sounds like a fun time! Good luck and looking forward to hearing how the training goes :)


  3. I think it sounds like a great idea to work with a coach so that you can have an expert to consult with and make sure you’re doing the right thing. Good luck with your training!


  4. Mark says:

    I’ve thought about getting a coach, but never taken the plunge. There’s a new year coming up, maybe that’s a good time to take a leap.


  5. bonnev659 says:

    I am going to try to do my workouts before work. But sometimes I have to work at 5 am so I will do the workouts after that… great reasons why to get a coach. I will be looking at getting one this year or next year. happy training


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