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096: Should Your Running Coach Be Faster Than You?

Uncategorized Jul 11, 2019

Running is a fairly easy sport to judge because there are so many numbers involved.  If you check out social media you can very often find a mini-bio filled with numbers of races run and a set of personal bests.  On this episode we discuss the idea of whether it matters if your coach’s numbers are better than yours. 

In order for a coach/athlete relationship to work, there needs to be buy-in on both sides.  The coach needs to trust the runner to provide appropriate feedback and the athlete must trust the coach to provide running knowledge.  This knowledge can come from a book, experience, or both.  

We dive into Kevin’s background of coaches and his beginnings as a coach.  We cover insecurities with the starting of coaching and his evolution as a coach.  We also talk about Angie and the close relationship with her coach while having the physiological knowledge of a doctor of physical therapy.  

While we hit some tangents, the lesson comes back to a classic, running and life are experiments.  When looking for a coach, you want someone who is intimately aware of the mental and physical challenges of training and racing.  You want someone who is open to learning and trying new ideas. You want someone who wants you to reach your greatest potential. Not so that they can say that they helped, but so that you can be a greater person who can then go help someone else be a greater person.  

Does your coach need to be faster than you?  You can decide, but I think more than anything, your coach needs to care about you the person and not just you the pair of fast feet.  

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