WHAT A RUNNING COACH PROVIDES
WHY AN ONLINE RUNNING COACH
Like most anything these days, we find that there are often multiple options and solutions available to address any given need, each with its own unique strengths and benefits. The coaching of runners is no different. Generally speaking, there are two major options to consider in regards to how a running coach interacts with a client: 1) Via in-person, one-on-one personal coaching; or 2) through on-line, web-based coaching (sometimes referred to as remote coaching). On-line coaching of runners is common, widely used, and continues with growing popularity as its benefits and convenience become better known and understood. Just as personal trainers were once considered a rare luxury, we find distance running coaches are in the process of transitioning into the mainstream, no longer relegated only to elite amateur and professional runners. In an ideal world, a personal running coach that is available to you for in-person one-on-one coaching sessions for every run, or even just several times a week based on your personal schedule would be the ultimate option.
However, the reality is that scheduling conflicts, inconvenience and inflexibility become constant and enduring challenges for both the client and coach. In contrast, web-based coaching offers nearly all the same benefits with a few extra, but without the inconvenience and scheduling issues. And unlike other sports such as baseball, football, tennis, and basketball which require the constant honing of specific skill sets, where in-person coaching is critical, endurance running is especially conducive to remote coaching. Distance running, like endurance cycling and swimming, has been shown to be very compatible with remote or web-based coaching, mainly because of its efficiency, convenience and cost effectiveness, which explains why so manny triathletes both professional and amateur have been enlisting the services of on-line coaches for years.