Seriously, after today (well yesterday because that’s when I officially signed up), I am no longer spending money. Because I just made the best investment ever. Yes, ever. Running coach with personalized weekly workouts here I come.
Watching Ali’s marathon training with the amazing Coach Cane made me kind of jealous. Runner’s World never answered my questions. They never told me i was doing a good job or to step it up because today I sucked. They never helped me with my pacing issues that make me stop to walk 15 thousand times in a 3 mile run. They never said “it’s okay to avoid hills in the beginning” and they actually preferred that I run less. 3 days a week for a marathon? I don’t think so.
Within minutes of sitting down to talk to Sarah, I wanted to be her best friend. She answered all of my questions that I blurted out basically the second I walked in the door. She told me I had a great base. She understood why I stop to walk and she said we’d fix it! She’s going to give me personalized training each week. She wants me to email her all the time with comments, thoughts, and concerns. She’s even going to do my strength training for me. And make routes for me. Because let me tell you I can’t even manage to run 14 miles in this tiny little village that is Boston, let alone 20.
She wants me to run 4-5 days a week. She thinks runners are amazing. She called me an athlete that participates in a competitive sport.
I almost died.
That ex-boyfriend of mine used to tell me running was a “hobby” it couldn’t be a sport because it’s not an athletic event. Yeah, okay. I don’t see him running over 2 miles, no matter how many “sports” he plays.
So I did it. I splurged. I never spend money. I know where every penny I have is. But I worked on Monday and it was a holiday and I got holiday pay. So, clearly what better way to save for my future apartment on the East Side that is the size of a closet than to get a running coach?
It was actually a decent price and after talking to her for 45 minutes, I knew this was absolutely the best way to get through my training without going crazy and being healthy.
When I left she already had an assignment for me, keep my pace around 8:30 for the 2 mile run home and don’t stop. We realized a lot of my walking was due to the fact that I tend to run around a 7:20 and then get tired. Clearly. Because that is fast. Well, for me.
Anyway, I passed with flying colors. Can’t wait to get my weekly workouts!