Exciting news WARNING! :
So, I’m all for “winging it” for many things and have been doing it for most things in life thus far. Though, after hearing suggestions and trying to absorb the excessive amounts of information out there on “marathon training,” I’ve decided to eliminate the need to sift through all of this information and get the help of a running coach! I’m extremely excited and have no doubt that with the help of my coach; I will feel confident and prepared on race day.
Though I don’t plan on breaking any records (besides a personal record – since it’s my first marathon!), I think that a coach will be helpful for me, and can be for anyone – all ages, physical levels, personal goals – they aren’t just for Olympic or professional athletes. I think anyone, including myself, can and will benefit from someone guiding them in the personalized direction that they need in order to reach their goals (again, no matter what those goals may be!). Everyone has different goals, therefore can benefit from guidance tailored to their needs. I’m not saying that everyone needs a coach, but if you feel like you’re tackling something big and/or important in your life and could use some guidance, don’t be afraid or intimidated to ask for help (like I was!).
Running, or any sport, is not only about growing physically – but emotionally as well. I have already grown emotionally by reaching out to someone and asking for some guidance. I can’t imagine how I will feel after Vegas (my first marathon in November) as I already have this amazingly positive feeling of excitement and confidence overwhelming me as we begin training.
Which brings me to: my amazing coach! I would love to mention him – his name is Andrew Simmons, with Lifelong Endurance. He is not only a running coach, but a cycling, strength and triathlete coach as well. He is very qualified (check him out here!) and I can’t wait to work with him through the course of the next few months! (promise I’m not getting paid to mention him or Lifelong Endurance – I just like to give credit where it’s due!)
Anyway, I just wanted to share my excitement as I begin working with a coach! It’s an amazing feeling having some by your side, cheering for you, wanting you to succeed, and expecting you to put in work! Keep the suggestions coming! I’ve loved hearing from all of you who are also going through training, have in the past, and/or have upcoming races!
ALSO, GOOD LUCK to everyone who is running the Boston Marathon on Monday!!!
And happy Friday!
Thanks for reading!