When I started running the internet was my “go to person” for most of my running related questions. I found free training plans and also answers to questions related to equipment, nutrition, hydration…. I even self-diagnosed myself during an injury. It worked….kind of!
The internet is full of information but you never really know how correct the information is and therefore I made many mistakes. I was eating way too much during my runs and felt sick many times. I risked an injury due to overuse. I should have gone way earlier to a doctor when I was injured, which would have made my recovery much quicker.
I gained my experience based on a trial and error principle. It’s not that I regret doing it that way, but I wish I would have been able to talk to an experienced runner rather than internet. I didn’t know anybody who runs and I was too intimidated to sign up for a running club. I was too slow and didn’t want to be embarrassed in front of a group. I thought running coaches are for elite runners only and they could care less about somebody who is not even able to run 3 miles without walking.
I gained my running experience the hard way and don’t wish anybody doing the same mistakes as I did. Therefore, I got my coaching certificate and one of my goals is to help beginning runners to have fun and enjoy their journey to a healthier and happier life style.
Don’t get me wrong, it is still a lot of work to train for a race, but it helps tremendously if you have somebody on your side who can help you with your training, provides you with the right advice and suggestions and guides you through rough times – physically and mentally. A coach can pick you up when you feel it is too much and all you want is to quit. A running coach can support and help you to make it to the start line properly trained, injury-free and ready to go!
Don’t be afraid and try e-coaching. It’s a very affordable way of coaching, plus you have access to your coach anytime, anywhere!
What would be the one thing you wish you would have known when you started running?