I think I originally did a google search of some type, which led me to the Road Running Clubs of America directory of coaches, and then I found my coach. She lives 40 miles from me, so has become a great combination of online and in-person coach.<br><br>
Is there a particular reason you want an online coach? Time constraints? Do some searching online, in local running publications, maybe ask at your local running store too.<br><br>
Working with a coach has been very helpful. She gives me workouts I hardly believe I can do (but can!) and definitely kept me exercising when I was injured this spring.
I pay my coach monthly, it was a 6 month minimum commitment with the first and last months paid upfront.<br><br><a href="http://www.dreamchaserevents.com/lisasmithbatchen/homepage_coaching.htm" target="_blank">http://www.dreamchaserevents.com/lis...e_coaching.htm</a>
I also would say for myself, I'm finding it even more helpful to work with my coach in person once a week. I like having her see how I'm running rather than only reporting it to her. But a sole online relationship can work great, too.
I do not mind, for what i am doing, not seeing my coach IRL. (although she was the RD for my last race and that was awesome!)<br><br>
I researched a lot of coaches, all online, and started narrowing them down first i wanted one that was ultra specific with a lot of ultra experience and success. Then i looked at how they did their coaching. Mine is very regimented with training schedules and whatnot. Others are more liberal in their training.
I need a regimented coach. If I'm given enough wiggle room, I'll wiggle myself into complacency. Someone local would be great, actually. Once a week at the track with a coach would be perfect for me. I need to gently be introduced to speedwork and by someone who knows how it's done, and tailor a workout specific to my abilities and goals.<br><br>
Thanks, ladies. I'll check those out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
They say, never take coaching advise from a runner you could beat in a race . . .<br><br>
And unless you happen to be one of the 10 guys who managed to beat one of these two in the 2006 Boston Marathon, you're in luck as they both offer online coaching:<br><br><br>
Luke Humphrey<br><br><a href="http://www.hansonscoachingservices.com/" target="_blank">http://www.hansonscoachingservices.com/</a><br><br>
Clint Verran<br><br><a href="http://www.runguru.com/coaching/" target="_blank">http://www.runguru.com/coaching/</a><br><br><br><br>
There are a few runners on this forum that I'd gladly take their advice and then proceed to whip their butts only because they aren't as genetically gifted.<br><br>
I had a club coach that had a 3:10 PR, I wish I would have listened to him much sooner on some of the stuff that told me, he was so dead on. I now incorporate some of his advice. When I'm on a track and debating on whether I should do another set, I hear his voice "do you 'think' you can, or do you 'know' you can?" A good coach needs to know his runner's personality. This coach knew that I was too hard on myself and ran myself to the ground. This is the thing I worry about with online coaches, how do they know your "tendencies"?
No, but in the testimonials I recognize one of their clients as a CR Boomer.I don't know her, just recognize the name. Apparently under this coach (and as a master), she won a couple marathons in 2:58 and 2:50.<br><br>
I'm a little late to the party (just came over here as a Coolrunning refugee, so this is my first post) but wanted to pipe up....I had my first real-life coaching session with Lowell Ladd, owner of 2lcoaching.com, just last week. What a great guy. I plan on meeting him with him more regularly after the new year to get ready for Spring training. If you're interested, I blogged about the session, just follow my sig link.