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Marathon Coaching vs Marathon Training

There can’t be THAT big of difference between Marathon Coaching and Marathon Training, right? I mean, running is running, so as long as you are getting your miles in….? You might be surprised. Find out how coaching and training stack up in this week’s Running Coaches Corner!

Ironically, two years ago today was my last marathon!

Differences between Being a Marathon Coach and Marathon Training

When I was hired to be a coach for Chicago Endurance Sports‘ summer marathon season, I had already signed up for the Chicago Marathon, I had already run my goal marathon (at Phoenix), and I was coming out of an injury (my stress reaction).

These preconditions gave me some trepidation: what if I got reinjured? Would I be running with them each time? What if my body didn’t respond well to the new schedule? How would I train according to “my” schedule?

But the preconditions also gave me some piece of mind: I would have a great group of people to run with each week, I could run at paces slower than I would if I were with my usual ladies, and (particularly at the beginning of the program), I could work with the run-walkers as I eased back in. 

How does being a marathon coach differ from training for the race yourself? Can you do both simultaneously? Find out today on Running Coaches Corner @suzlyfe http://suzlyfe.com/difference-marathon-coaching-marathon-training/

Now that I am over halfway through the marathon training program (and 2 months out from Chicago!), I wanted to round up with some observations as to the differences between being a marathon coach and training for a marathon myself. 

  • First and foremost, this training is not about you. That doesn’t mean that you don’t prioritize your training, but it means that you don’t prioritize major goals that you had going into it. 
Found me some runners!

Found me some runners!

  • In fact, you have to take even better care of yourself! Compression socks at weddings, people. You are going to be running a variety of mileages, a variety of paces, and in a variety of conditions. And, guess what? If you don’t “feel” like running and it’s a running day, you will be running. It also means that you have to be very real with yourself–do you not feel like running, or should you actually not run? If you are having an issue, you can’t be a hero–if you get really hurt, you aren’t just out of a marathon, but you are letting the rest of the group down! So listening to your body is imperative. 
  • Good shoes are a must. So is rotating them to keep both them and your legs fresh.

Strategy for Rotating Running Shoes during Marathon Training

  • Now, more than ever, you will understand the transformative powers of running and friends. I’ve had a few practices that I, in all honestly, did not want to go to. But I showed up, and by the end of the practice, I felt like a new person through the power of the run and being surrounded by genuinely amazing people. Who happen to think that you are a rockstar, lol. 

Chicago Endurance Sports Marathon Training Coaches South Loop

  • You are not going to be running your optimal paces or miles for just about any workout. I’ve had a run were I was pacing the 9:00 runners, I’ve paced the 10:30s. I’ve planned to be running a certain number of miles for that workout and had to sub in (like this past weekend) and end up running fewer miles. I haven’t really had too many times when I’ve ended up running that many more miles than projected. Then again, new mommy Sarah ran about 34 miles at the Chicago Marathon last year as head coach of MDAcoincidentally the first time I met Tina!
  • And you will learn more than ever that running slow is MUCH harder than you thought. I often find myself starting off too quickly and having to really pull back (part of the reason that my natural pace has decreased of late). But I’ve also been honest and, once or twice, said that I just didn’t think that I could run at that particular pace. You will finish the workout feeling like you could run forever and ever after, but then, later on, you will realize just how tired you are. Why are you so tired? Because you are spending a great deal more time on your feet and moving. And, as Jason Karp reminded so many of us at his clinic at blogfest: you body doesn’t know how many miles you have run. It only knows intensity/output and time of output. 

This Caterpillar Speedwork Drill will help you increase your running efficiency while having having fun with friends! Great for marathon training or general fitness! @Suzlyfe

  • You have to be a good sport and do the workouts that are scheduled. Don’t want to do ladders? Or want to do a caterpillar with them but not at their speed? Too bad! Don’t like running on Tuesday nights? Get over it! Again, this isn’t about you.

View from Museum Campus, Chicago during CES Marathon Coaching

  • In fact, sometimes, you won’t run at all! You might just stand there with a stopwatch. Flexibility is key.

coach sara and susie ces marathon training

  • This will be unlike any other training cycle that you have done before. And in some of the best ways possible. You won’t care that you are running at paces that are a minute or so behind what you typically do. You won’t care if you end up running or not on days that you thought you would be. You won’t care that you have to be up at 4:30 on Saturday mornings and out the door at 5:10 armed with a banana holster. 
Banana Holster in a Flip Belt Runner

My Flipbelt Banana Holster

  • In so many ways, you are learning how to parent. Remember how I wrote that post about how leading a life of fitness and being a runner is going to make me a better parent? So will being a marathon coach. Because every time you show up, you will find yourself in front of people who need you to show up. They need you to be a little pushy sometimes, or back off at others. Who need you to be funny, serious, self-deprecating, and confident. Who want you to be unstoppable but also human. Who are going to have a million questions to ask but need you to pull it out of them because they don’t know that they have a question until you give them the right prompt. They are going to be overconfident, scared, too smart for the own good, not smart enough, adhere too much to the training program, or basically do whatever they want. Some just need to learn the hard way. And, yes, you will have some that you adore and others you want to strangle πŸ˜€
Early morning scenery on the way to coach.

Early morning scenery on the way to coach.

But you’ll love them anyway. Because they are yours. 

What it is like to simultaneously coach and train for a #marathon #runchat #runchi @suzlyfe Click To Tweet

In conclusion, if you are looking to set your PR while also coaching, I wouldn’t rule it out. With the right clients, sure, you could do it! (Also, it depends on your PR). But I have given myself over to this process in an entirely different way. I still get my own marathon training in (hello, tempos), but I’m a bit more lax about other things (need to do more of my comprehensive strength training). Respect the process, give yourself over to it, and you will find that you learn even more! 

Have you ever simultaneously coached and trained for an event? What did you learn and how did it change your perspective?

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  • Reply Heather @fitncookies

    Running slower paces is hard and I don’t think I’d be able to pace them very well! These remind me of teaching fitness classes. Some days you just don’t want to do the workout, you’re tired, you want to stay home, and you just can’t. People are counting on you to show up and bring your all! I always feel better when I get there and get started πŸ™‚
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    August 11, 2015 at 6:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yup yup yup. Put on your big girl pants!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    Very cool to see what it’s like to coach and train for a marathon at the same time! I’m glad that it’s going well for you so far – it sounds like it could be very tiring but very rewarding at the same time!
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    August 11, 2015 at 6:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactly. Tiring-yes. Rewarding-absolutely.

      August 11, 2015 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    So happy you are opening yourself up to more opportunities. You will be great! Unfortunately with three injuries this last two years, my running days are over. I’ll be hanging with the walkers from now on. If I ever walk again. Just kidding!
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    August 11, 2015 at 6:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      DON”T SAY THAT. That breaks my heart!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Erica {Erica@EricaDHouse.com}

    I trained with a group for my first marathon and LOVE IT. I could tell the couch sometimes struggled with slowing down to our groups pace, but he did a great job. If I still lived in Pensacola I’d pay to train with that group for every marathon. It’s so much more fun/motivating that way.
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    August 11, 2015 at 6:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. And you make such great friends!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    As I’m right at the beginning of my my marathon training…I gotta admit, I’m pretty curious about the idea of having a marathon coach.
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    August 11, 2015 at 7:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well you know where to find me! Having a coach is a great way to take the guesswork out of the process, but also to have someone who is there to answer any questions that you do have. We have several people who have run marathons before, and several newbies!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    When I taught Pilates and did the workout with my class it was a constant practice in focusing on their needs, not mine. Even when I wanted to curl up in bed because endometriosis stinks, I still had to put a smile on a teach – which always ended up having a positive effect on my day! I miss teaching Pilates and am so excited to get my coaching certification!
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    August 11, 2015 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you saying the endometriosis bit is so right on–you don’t have the option. We are lucky in that we have a couple of coaches to help out, but yeah, I don’t know how you would make it through!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Gretchen | Gretchruns

    I’ve always wondered how people that coach balance that with training. Always an interesting perspective from you! I’m kind of coaching Dan with running, and it’s definitely tough to balance my own workouts and goals with running at a slower pace with him and less miles that I should be running. Like you said, it’s not about us though! Helping him achieve his goals would mean more to me than achieving my own, so it’s definitely worth it.
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    August 11, 2015 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Awwwwww and it is sooooo much fun to see them succeed. As long as you don’t kill him. Then it might not be such a good idea πŸ˜€

      August 11, 2015 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Michele

    So happy you are coaching! I really can’t imagine having to show up for workouts all the time that are NOT about me, since I mostly am coaching online. Adam coaches cross country and a lot of what you’re saying is what he experiences. He really loves how rewarding it is but it definitely has unique challenges.
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    August 11, 2015 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And with cross country, you have to balance the parents, too, I’ll bet!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Bri

    As a trainer and coach it’s SO IMPORTANT to be there for your clients and to show up, as you put it. I always remember a mentor telling me that you must 100% focus on the client as it’s “their time” — don’t talk to them during reps of a workout because you feel awkward or bored — give them 100% of the attention and support they are paying you for and be “on” as best as you can.
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    August 11, 2015 at 7:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactly. This is not about you, dammit!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    I have always coached while training, for the same distance I was doing, but never for exactly the same event. My tri coach trained for Ironman Mont Tremblant all year while coaching all tri distances. That kind of blew my mind. #sotimeconsuming
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    August 11, 2015 at 7:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Holy Balls.

      August 11, 2015 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Yay for running into Tina! This is a great insight into how marathon coaching works WHILE training! I never really thought about all you pointed out but it seems like it will make you a stronger coach AND runner!
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    August 11, 2015 at 7:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was so much fun. And I think it will–I might be a bit slower at the moment, but I’m learning so much!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    i love these reflection posts, and you offer some great insights here (even though i’ve never coached). it also reminds me that i prob need to get new running shoes soon. and i like the distinction between not wanting to run and probably needing to not run that day. i definitely know i tend to err on the side of trying to run some days when i really shouldn’t — sore muscles are expected, but a calf that feels like it’s going to explode isn’t the best. πŸ™‚
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    August 11, 2015 at 7:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, I wouldn’t run on an exploding calf! And there are definitely times when I’m not feeling it, but luckily the group tends to help me deal with that.

      August 11, 2015 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola

    I would totally let you be my personal trainer if I lived close to you!
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    August 11, 2015 at 8:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That would be so much fun! We would have such a good time.

      August 11, 2015 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply MCM Mama Runs

    Sounds like fun! I’m not sure I could commit my small amount of free running time to coach marathon runners, but I had a great time when I coached a group to run their first 5K. So awesome to watch the progress.
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    August 11, 2015 at 8:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is a great way to do it–you still get to coach and put your time out there but you don’t have to do the massive marathon commitment!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Oh, you’re the best! The people you’re coaching struck gold with you. I used to lead running clinics for the local 10k run and it was a lot of fun but also felt like a big responsibility (because it was!). There’s nothing like watching them cross the finish line at the race and it’s even more rewarding to drive by them still running years later.
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    August 11, 2015 at 8:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I want you to coach me. We would kill each other. You could decide the method πŸ˜€

      August 11, 2015 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I think that one of the benefits of working with a bigger program like yours is that you have several coaches to work with various groups. From what I see on the path, a coach tends to stick with their pace group for the duration. For us, we tend to bounce back and forth between groups and that is where a 12 mile run turns into 16 miles. It definitely does take some time to get used to running at a slower pace. I remember being SO sore after our 20 miler and then I realized that it took me 4.5 hours with the group, an hour longer than my own marathon. That is a lot of impact on your back and joints. But gosh, it is fun isn’t it? So incredibly rewarding.
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    August 11, 2015 at 9:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactly. I seriously don’t know how you did it! When you told me how far you had run, and how long you were out there… sheesh. And the tiredness is really more apparent than you think! We tend to bounce around pace groups, at least in the middle of the pack.

      August 11, 2015 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Run Colby Run

    I love this post Suze. And you nailed it on the danm head. Running slower paces is hard. *drops Garmin* IT’S EXHAUSTING. And it also ties into the whole concept of cumulative fatigue that Hansons Method is a super huge fan of. Me? I’m plum tuckered on the Hansons Method. And the “Easy” (Read: “slow”) runs ain’t so damn simple! Dare I say, I do believe it’s working. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. πŸ™‚
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    August 11, 2015 at 9:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seriously. I think about you often when I realize that I’m basically doing Hansons!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles

    I love that you saw Tina!!!! She looked stunning in the wedding photos, I can’t wait to hear her recap soon.
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    August 11, 2015 at 10:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was hilarious. And so exciting!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Heather@hungryforbalance

    These are some great coaching tips! I am not currently a runner, but I have been coaching/teaching BODYPUMP classes. It took me a few times of teaching to realize that’s it was no longer about my workout anymore; it was about the class participants. I have had to drop me weight down some in order to be able to really focus on the class’ s form and performance.
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    August 11, 2015 at 10:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactly. as I just mentioned to someone else: when you are there, it isn’t your workout. It is there workout. You just happen to be getting some physical activity out of it. But otherwise, you don’t treat it that way!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply Patty

    Coaching sounds… hard. Like, really really hard. LOL I had no idea! Go you- your team is lucky to have such a well-rounded runner as their mentor!
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    August 11, 2015 at 11:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aw, thank you! Coaching is hard, but what worth doing isn’t?

      August 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Jill

    I’ve only ever coached for a 5k training group but I completely agree with you! Practice is not about your it your training at all. The trainees come first! I actually loved doing it and hope I get the opportunity to coach again. As a nanny with a teaching degree it’s just in my nature to want to help and guide people!
    I bet your trainees love you Suze! I bet you will be so proud of each and everyone of them when they cross the finish line!
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    August 11, 2015 at 11:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You seriously were meant to be a coach with your nannying and enthusiasm!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together

    I AM SO GLAD YOU WROTE THIS. I hate when people are coaches for things – or pace leaders – or anything and make the workouts about THEM. It’s not your workout anymore when you’re a coach – it’s theirs. You have to run that pace, run that milage – ah, you’ve written a post I’ve had in my head for months πŸ™‚ xo
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    August 11, 2015 at 11:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      EXCELLENT. Seriously. Every now and then I can get a little bit up in my head like, but I want to run this and not that! But then I remember that this isn’t MY time. This is THEIR time. And I get all caught up in a conversation and it’s all good.

      August 11, 2015 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    So much great insight here! Yes being the teacher (or coach) will set you up to not always get “your best” workout in but it’s so great to know you are helping others accomplish a goal they likely never thought they would!! That’s super exciting you will be taking on new clients – I’m hoping to launch my online business soon as well πŸ™‚ Banana holster still cracks me up by the way πŸ™‚
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    August 11, 2015 at 11:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We’ll see if anyone bites πŸ˜€ Maybe they will want a banana holster like me!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    You will NEVER see me training for a marathon —- which mean you definitely wont ever see me coaching someone through their own training! h ha ah aha h! Yea… NO! However I give everyone credit who does in fact run marathons!!!!!
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    August 11, 2015 at 11:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You could always operate on the “those who don’t do, teach” principle!

      August 11, 2015 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Congrats on coaching! It’s a really fun role and I wouldn’t change it for the world. And you’re right — it’s much different training than coaching!
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    August 11, 2015 at 12:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have so much fun with it!

      August 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat

    My sister was a coach for CCFA for the Miami Half Marathon and the day of the race she wound up running 20 miles for her team going back and forth and running with runners! It really isn’t about you at all when coaching. A lot of respect for those that do it.
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    August 11, 2015 at 12:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can you believe that I applied to be a coach a few years ago and they didn’t take me? Well, maybe the didn’t need me or something, but can’t you just kill one of them off? lol

      August 11, 2015 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I had to essentially ‘coach’ myself for my last marathon training, and I tell you what…it was HARD. I’ve never hired a coach before, but definitely sounds like it’s beneficial if you can actually meet up with them. I bet you are a GREAT coach! <3
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    August 11, 2015 at 2:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s a lot like a personal trainer–we can all do it on our own, but it is lovely to have someone else to look to and follow!

      August 11, 2015 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I love that marathon coaching teaches flexibility with your workouts. I used to be a lot more inflexible about my workouts, but as I’ve had a few opportunities to unofficially coach people through runs, it’s brought the fun back into running and taken out the stress of always having to hit a pace or a certain distance.
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    August 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It gives you so much enthusiasm, I’ve found! I love seeing how excited they get as they hit new goals!

      August 11, 2015 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    I’d be a terrible pacer – I can barely pace myself! I think it’s amazing that you are coaching and training at the same time – rockin’ it, girl!
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    August 11, 2015 at 3:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Trying to! Thanks dear!

      August 11, 2015 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    You pretty much reinforced why I don’t want to coach. I don’t mind giving advice, but my runs have to stay all mine. For now at least…
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    August 11, 2015 at 5:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, it isn’t for everyone. But I’m really enjoying it!

      August 12, 2015 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    Great observations and perspective! Your clients are lucky to have you πŸ™‚
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    August 11, 2015 at 6:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m lucky to have them!

      August 12, 2015 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    An inspiring post Suz. Good luck with those new clients. I’d love to have the company of you and everyone else you take on to train. Whilst I love my running here, I seem to be the only one doing it at the times I do! πŸ˜€
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    August 12, 2015 at 2:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I could record myself talking and then you could take me with you!

      August 12, 2015 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    I’ve never done anything simultaneously like that before, but I can see how this may apply for group fitness instructing. When I teach, it’s not about MY workout. It’s about the participants! I might not be working as hard as I would I I were taking the class, but it’s about them.
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    August 12, 2015 at 6:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactly–this isn’t YOUR workout, after all!

      August 12, 2015 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Angelena Marie

    Great post! I think about this as I am a personal trainer and still need to work on my own fitness goals. It can be hard to want your clients to be successful, when they don’t really believe they can do it! I love helping them find that passion for fitness and loving the results of all their hard work.
    Thanks for linking up!
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    August 12, 2015 at 12:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too–I love watching them see and feel themselves be successful, then they start to believe in themselves!

      August 12, 2015 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply sarah@creatingbettertomorrow

    love those teal/aqua leggings in the picture above…where did you find those?

    thanks for linking up!!
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    August 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are Old Navy, but the BEST teal leggings are the ones from Brick Betty–I’m obsessed with the vixen capris!

      August 12, 2015 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Brittney

    Great post! I would really enjoy a post about what/when you eat during your long training runs and primarily the marathon. I’m training for the Chicago marathon and it will be my first marathon (I’ve done a few halfs) so I need some suggestions on how to properly fuel my body during that long of a run!

    August 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for asking! I will definitely do a new one, but I do have a post about my favorite fuels from a while back search for “favorite fuels” and it should pop up!

      August 14, 2015 at 10:01 am
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  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I haven’t had the chance to coach anyone yet, but I hope I do sometime soon. When both kids get back to school I’d like to start planning my future in terms of how to make this happen, but I really have no idea where to start. I’m thinking about taking Dr Karp’s online training course. Did you learn anything about it at Blog Fest? Think it’s worth it?
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    August 14, 2015 at 6:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sue–let’s talk about Dr. Karp because I’m thinking about taking it as well.

      August 14, 2015 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Farrah

    Hrm, that is definitely a different mindset to have, and something I never really stopped to think about and realize, but it sounds like you’ve sorted it out and have a great perspective on it! :] I can kindasorta relate in the sense that in the health field, we gotta put aside personal biases/issues and to poker-face the entire way through!
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    August 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactly–there are times when you aren’t gonna want to go to work (trust me, you won’t!) but you’ve gotta. Or people will tell you that they want something, and you are going to have to do your best to explain your side and move on.

      August 18, 2015 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Carla

    In a sense this is very reminiscent of when I would compete in bodybuilding while simultaneously personal training. I didn’t train others for competition per se but it was really such a similar experience!

    October 11, 2017 at 5:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Very interesting! I bet other people trained based on what you were doing πŸ˜€

      October 13, 2017 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Training my clients for a half and running with them was one of my favorite experiences. Definitely kept me accountable as far as getting runs in and staying on point with my nutrition.

    October 11, 2017 at 6:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So true! You can’t run with your trainees if you aren’t taking care of yourself!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply AmyC

    I love seeing this side of coaching – and I often wondered if coaches ran all the miles with the clients.

    October 11, 2017 at 6:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Some do! I ran 1x a week with clients. Well, 1-2x, depending on what the speedwork was!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Such a cool process to go through! I bet you almost learn more as the coach sometimes!

    October 11, 2017 at 6:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree! I learned so much through coaching!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner

    This is really interesting and I really never thought about what it would be like to do both at the same time. For me, it would be hard to make sure that I did not over train myself. Thanks for the linkup

    October 11, 2017 at 6:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree. Because you want to do your training as well! But what helps is that you are often running slower paces, so you definitely can focus on recovery and easy long runs.

      October 13, 2017 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I bet you’re an amazing coach! I always found it hard not to be working out when I was training people. I wanted to just have client/gym buddies. LOL!

    October 11, 2017 at 10:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha For me, I loved telling them what to do… and then watching them work lol

      October 13, 2017 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Most of my coaching is virtual, although I do sometimes run with the local clients I have now – but not as regularly as training a group for the marathon. Sounds like fun!

    October 11, 2017 at 11:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is! But it can be difficult as well–you have to put your agenda on hold.

      October 13, 2017 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    Wow I think you just made my respect for any coaches of any kind go up; it’s amazing to think that you have to be so flexible, and you really do have to sacrifice so much of your time and intentions for others. <3 Thank you so much for sharing this Susie. <3 I love that it even prepared you in a way for parenting.

    October 12, 2017 at 2:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope so! It definitely taught me that I can’t always come first.

      October 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply jennifer

    will you be my coach AND running buddy? currently taking applications πŸ˜‰ xoxo

    October 12, 2017 at 7:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Only if you will care me πŸ˜€

      October 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    I would love to be a running coach one day. It must be cool to coach others while also working on your own racing goals!

    October 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is, but you have to work a careful dance to make sure that they come first!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:07 pm

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