Pros and Cons of Running Training Services

Deciding to hire a running trainer/ coach is a big decision. It is a financial commitment, and you want to know that the training you’re paying for is a worthwhile investment. In this post, I go over some of the pros and cons of running training services. This post will also help you determine what to look for when selecting quality training services.


Pros

  • Following a customized training plan with effective training techniques designed to propel you towards your specific goals.
  • Increasing mileage and incorporating speed training in a safe manner.
  • Having someone that you check in with about your training to help you stay accountable.
  • Receiving mental training support can have a huge impact on your performance.
  • Being able to ask questions and problem solve with an experienced runner.
  • Building a running community.
  • Being able to access other running resources including strength training, nutritional guidance, and yoga routines to compliment your training.

Cons

  • Cost. Your time and money are valuable. The cost of training services can vary greatly depending on what you’re seeking. Some running training services provide standard training plans while others include customized training plans, weekly guidance from a trainer/ coach, and race strategy. Determining precisely what it is that you would benefit from and that you can afford is vital in selecting a service that you’re going to feel is a good investment for your time and money.
  • Training that damages your running performance. When selecting running training services, make sure that it is being provided by a certified running professional to ensure that your trainer/ coach has received appropriate running training.
  • Training that holds you back. While you don’t want to increase mileage and speed too quickly due to the risk of injury and burnout, you also don’t want to feel that your training is holding you back from your potential. It can be challenging finding a trainer/ coach that will safely push you, and that will monitor how you are doing throughout your training. Reflect on your goals and seek a trainer/ coach who will be able to help you to continue to grow in the long run (pun intended). All trainers/ coaches bring something a little different to offer and understanding their strengths and weaknesses will help you select the best services for you. Explore their website to understand their services and qualifications but also reach out to them with questions and check out their social media.

What do you look for in a running trainer/ coach? What kinds of services do you find most valuable?

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