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How to find a coach??

Post  mountandog on Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:47 pm

I was just reading Dave-O's comment on Canova training and possibly getting a coach. So a two part question: a) how do you go about finding a qualified coach and b) for those of you who have used coaches, is it worth it?
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Re: How to find a coach??

Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:20 pm

Yes, it is worth it. I run for the local track club currently in Atlanta and use a coach from here, but when I last lived in Cleveland I did use Greg McMillan's services to see if I liked working with a coach. Believe it or not, he read my emails and tailored a program that got me a 3:35 marathon at the flying Pig back in 2004 when I had not had much success (in recent years) and had a real suckfest at Boston that year (it was hot, but I was also self-coached trying to run like I was 30, not 42). Usually a local running store can refer to you known running groups and running coaches as well.
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Re: How to find a coach??

Post  Dave-O on Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:13 pm

Most local running clubs or running stores are associated with a coach that provides services for local runners. I would start there.
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Re: How to find a coach??

Post  Admin on Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:26 pm

I want Dave to coach me... but he thinks I am uncoachable. What a Face

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Re: How to find a coach??

Post  Chris M on Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:29 pm

@Mr MattM wrote:I want Dave to coach me... but he thinks I am uncoachable. What a Face

Laughing

That hasn't stopped him from coaching me. If I always stayed on track and followed the program, his life would be too easy.
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Re: How to find a coach??

Post  mountandog on Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:01 pm

@Chris M wrote:
@Mr MattM wrote:I want Dave to coach me... but he thinks I am uncoachable. What a Face

Laughing

That hasn't stopped him from coaching me. If I always stayed on track and followed the program, his life would be too easy.

I'll take Dave too. Ever work with any super masters Dave?
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Re: How to find a coach??

Post  mul21 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:32 pm

@mountandog wrote:
@Chris M wrote:
@Mr MattM wrote:I want Dave to coach me... but he thinks I am uncoachable. What a Face

Laughing

That hasn't stopped him from coaching me. If I always stayed on track and followed the program, his life would be too easy.

I'll take Dave too. Ever work with any super masters Dave?

No, but he deals with me and I'm constantly falling apart, so you should be an improvement on that!
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Re: How to find a coach??

Post  Dave-O on Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:56 pm

@Mr MattM wrote:I want Dave to coach me... but he thinks I am uncoachable. What a Face

Laughing

No no no. I didntbever say you were uncoachable. I said you didn't need a coach because youn know what works for you.
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Re: How to find a coach??

Post  Dave-O on Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:57 pm

@mountandog wrote:
@Chris M wrote:
@Mr MattM wrote:I want Dave to coach me... but he thinks I am uncoachable. What a Face

Laughing

That hasn't stopped him from coaching me. If I always stayed on track and followed the program, his life would be too easy.

I'll take Dave too. Ever work with any super masters Dave?

I haven't, and it seems everyone I coach lately ends up hurt.
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Re: How to find a coach??

Post  Jerry on Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:09 pm

@Dave-O wrote:
@mountandog wrote:
@Chris M wrote:
@Mr MattM wrote:I want Dave to coach me... but he thinks I am uncoachable. What a Face

Laughing

That hasn't stopped him from coaching me. If I always stayed on track and followed the program, his life would be too easy.

I'll take Dave too. Ever work with any super masters Dave?

I haven't, and it seems everyone I coach lately ends up hurt.

I learned and improved by just watching, so I think some of your apprentices are just lack of talent.

Btw, I read Brad Hudson's Run Faster the 2nd time and start to get some sense.
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Re: How to find a coach??

Post  ounce on Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:20 pm

The RRCA has a listing of certified coaches on their website rrca.org
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Re: How to find a coach??

Post  JohnP on Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:15 pm

@Dave-O wrote:
@mountandog wrote:
@Chris M wrote:
@Mr MattM wrote:I want Dave to coach me... but he thinks I am uncoachable. What a Face

Laughing

That hasn't stopped him from coaching me. If I always stayed on track and followed the program, his life would be too easy.

I'll take Dave too. Ever work with any super masters Dave?

I haven't, and it seems everyone I coach lately ends up hurt.

Does this mean Chris is injured? He's been very tight-lipped about his training
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Re: How to find a coach??

Post  Dave-O on Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:41 pm

@JohnP wrote:

Does this mean Chris is injured? He's been very tight-lipped about his training

Nope, Chris is healthy and training for Boston with my assistance. He's chosen not to blog this cycle, though, so I'll let him chime in if he wants to.
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Re: How to find a coach??

Post  Chris M on Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:16 pm

@Dave-O wrote:
@JohnP wrote:

Does this mean Chris is injured? He's been very tight-lipped about his training

Nope, Chris is healthy and training for Boston with my assistance. He's chosen not to blog this cycle, though, so I'll let him chime in if he wants to.
I've been quiet but I'm most definitely training. Next goal race is Boston in April. But I've been doing all the workouts/runs/weeks Dave gives me and lately I've been entering races (5K, full, half) and doing them as workouts.
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