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Working with Coach Suz as My Virtual Running Coach (Coaches Corner)

What is it really like working with a virtual running coach? More specifically, what is it like working with me (Coach Suz) as YOUR virtual running coach? Find out today as my friend and client Nicole takes over Running Coaches Corner! 

I have a fun guest post over here from a good friend, fellow blogger, and former client about why she chose to work with me as a virtual running coach and what that experience was like! Enjoy! 

Hi there! Nicole here. I’m a runner and foodie blogger over at fitfulfocus.com. I’m honored to be over here on Suzlyfe today. Why? Well for one, Suz is awesome, and two, I want to tell you how awesome she is!

Suz is more than just a fellow blogger and friend. She was my running coach! Yep siree, I enlisted good ‘ol Suz to help me PR the New York City Marathon last November. I lived in NYC at the time (currently residing in Austin, TX).

Wait a second… I’ve been following Suz for a long time, and I know she lives in Chicago. How could she possibly be your running coach if you lived in New York?

A fair point, Suz Fan, but you see, we’re in a digital age! Coach Suz coached me virtually!

What does that mean and what does it entail? That’s exactly what I’m here to tell you about! Let’s start at the beginning…

Working with Coach Suz as a Virtual Running Coach

What is it really like working with a virtual running coach? More specifically, what is it like working with @suzlyfe (Coach Suz) as YOUR virtual running coach? Find out today as my friend and client Nicole takes over Running Coaches Corner! http://suzlyfe.com/working-coach-suz-running-coach-coaches-corner/

Why Did I Hire a Running Coach?

I’d run quite a few races and had always followed my own plan or one I’d found online. I snagged quite a few PRs and all seemed to be going well, so why did I decide to hire a coach this time around?

The New York City Marathon was my big goal race. I worked hard to gain entry, and didn’t want this to just be another race. Although the NYC Marathon would be my fourth marathon, it was going to be my first marathon for time. I wanted to enjoy the race, of course, but my goal was a new PR. I wanted a plan that would help me get there.

I sustained one running injury early on in my running “career.” I believe this was due to lack of proper nutrition. Who knew you had to take in carbs every 45 minutes or so during a distance race? While I’ve recovered from that injury (and learned a ton about running nutrition since) it still nags me from time to time. The last thing I wanted as I trained for my big goal race to get injured. I figured a running coach would give me a bunch of stretches and strengthening exercises outside of my run plan that would help keep me injury free.

What is it really like working with a virtual running coach? More specifically, what is it like working with @suzlyfe (Coach Suz) as YOUR virtual running coach? Find out today as my friend and client Nicole takes over Running Coaches Corner! http://suzlyfe.com/working-coach-suz-running-coach-coaches-corner/

I also was seriously lacking motivation. I’d get in some weekly runs, but for some reason, I couldn’t push myself. I thought that having a running coach would help keep me accountable. For one, I’d want to get the most out of my money, which would mean following the plan made for me. I’d also have someone else checking in on me to see how I was doing with the plan.

So to recap, I hired a coach:
– to create a customized plan that would help me PR
– to give me extra tips for staying injury free
– to motivate me
– to hold me accountable for getting it done

How I Chose A Virtual Running Coach

I started by asking my running friends who they had used for coaching and what they liked about them. I looked up those coaches and their prices. I knew I wanted someone that had good reviews and someone I knew I could connect with. I thought about whether I wanted someone physically training me in NYC or if I wanted a virtual coach.

After doing my research, I decided a virtual coach would be best.

Once I came to that decision, I started thinking about all my blogger friends who are also run coaches, and immediately thought of Suz. She’s had experience with a variety of race distances and she’s dealt with injury, so I knew she’d be great with helping me avoid injury. I’d also met her in a person a few times, so I knew she was awesome and that we clicked.

Why a Virtual Running Coach is Awesome

I thought about having a coach I could actually meet up with for in-person runs, but I know me. I like to run on my own schedule. Of course, an in-person coach can give you tips on form, but I didn’t feel like that I was something I needed.

Why a virtual #running coach can be the perfect choice for you #runchat #coachescorner Click To Tweet

As a virtual running coach, Coach Suz was able to give me exactly what I needed. Coach Suz checked in with me every month (Nicole chose my monthly check in plan) to see what I was liking and not liking and to see if there was anything she needed to help me work around. I had a few vacations planned throughout training, and she was great with making sure my training plan worked with my trips. She was also available via text if I had a late-breaking question (i.e. Can I run a race as part of my 15-miler next weekend?).

What is it really like working with a virtual running coach? More specifically, what is it like working with @suzlyfe (Coach Suz) as YOUR virtual running coach? Find out today as my friend and client Nicole takes over Running Coaches Corner! http://suzlyfe.com/working-coach-suz-running-coach-coaches-corner/

We included races as part of her long runs

She also sent me printables of warm-ups and strengthening workouts that were so helpful and laid out workouts and paces for me in an easy-to-follow calendar.

Coach Suz’s price point was also spot on with what I wanted to spend. Working with her cost enough that I would be motivated to use the plan, but not so expensive that I felt like I was breaking the bank.

My favorite part about working with a virtual running coach: Coach Suz was there when I needed her, but the fact that she trained me virtually also gave me the freedom and flexibility to fit the plan she gave me into my schedule and work on motivating myself to get it done.

Would I hire Coach Suz as My Virtual Running Coach Again?

After 4 months of training with Coach Suz, I ran the NYC Marathon and snagged myself a nice, shiny PR. Soooo ABSOLUTELY I’d do it again.

What is it really like working with a virtual running coach? More specifically, what is it like working with @suzlyfe (Coach Suz) as YOUR virtual running coach? Find out today as my friend and client Nicole takes over Running Coaches Corner! http://suzlyfe.com/working-coach-suz-running-coach-coaches-corner/

Working with Coach Suz as my virtual running coach was an amazing experience. I got to try new running workouts that I’d never tried before, and I had someone holding me accountable for my training. It was a great way to do it alone without really doing it alone if that makes sense.

With Coach Suz as your virtual #running coach, you are never alone! #runchat #coachescorner Click To Tweet

If you want some extra help and support throughout your training, but don’t necessarily think you need someone super hands on and joining you for every run, I definitely recommend a virtual running coach. If you do go with a virtual running coach, go with Coach Suz!

Thank you Nicole! And for those of you who don’t already know her, check this girl out–she has a fantastic blog and is one of my fave people that I’ve met on the interwebs. 

Join the link up and Running Coaches Corner for more great running advice and content!

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I am linking up with myself, Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for Running Coaches CornerPatty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, Nicole, Annmarie, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday, and Ilka and Angela for Food and Fitness Sunday. 

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