Is it Worth Hiring a Running Coach

For my first marathon I followed Hal Higdon’s Novice Supreme Training Plan. It was easy to follow, didn’t include any ‘workouts’ and the primary goal was to get me to the end of the 26.2 miles.

My second marathon was the NYC Marathon and I had just 10 weeks to prepare for it. And on this occasion I sought the advice and coaching of Gia, a NYC coach who knew the marathon course and helped me prepare for the challenges of those hills. It was the first time I’d included any kind of speed workout in my training and it paid off! I ran a 45+ minute PB!


I’ve worked with a couple of different running coaches. All with slightly different styles of working and who brought different workouts/mileage/ideas to the table. Having someone else believe in me on race day has been just as invaluable as each individual workout that has helped me get to the race start line.

你可以看我的Pros and Cons of working with an Online Running Coach here.

Is it Worth Hiring a Running Coach

Is it worth hiring a running coach?



If you have big goals you want to achieve, are finding yourself struggling to see improvements or would find it helpful to have someone to be accountable to… I would recommend looking into coaching if that’s something you can afford.

You do not have to be a certain speed or have a certain goal to start working with a coach.

When I first worked with Gia, I just wanted to finish the New York City Marathon. (I had run the London Marathon the year before in 4.54.) I didn’t have a time goal to begin with. But it was something we worked on together during training.

If you’ve dealt with injuries in the past and are coming back to running, or are trying to prevent injuries from reoccurring (aren’t we all!) then working with a coach to manage your build up, as well as helping with the strength, warm up and cool down component can be very helpful.


然而在我看来,最大的好处是the personalisation of training plans to suit you. A generic online training plan might include 6 runs per week when you can only manage 3. Or it might top out at 60 miles per week when that high mileage causes you injuries. The idea behind working with a coach is to make an individualised plan to suit your needs. And for it to be altered and developed with you. So if you’re having a bad week at work, or your kids are sick, or you feel a niggle…the plan gets changed to work with your schedule/health. You don’t have to be a slave to the training plan. Or feel guilty if you skip a run because you’re simply exhausted.



What can you expect from a running coach?

What you get from a running coach varies between coaches (and sometimes the packages that they offer). Typically you’ll have an on-boarding call with your coach to discuss your goals, runs per week, lifestyle/work, and your current fitness levels/PBs. Then they’ll usually use an app such as Training Peaks or Vdot to schedule in your weekly runs, either in miles/KM or time based with prescribed effort levels/paces. The coaches I have worked with set workouts week by week. Whereas some others set them monthly. These plans will usually build up to a goal race. Whether that’s a 5K, 10K, half or full marathon (or beyond!). Some coaches will also have the option to add strength workouts to your running plans.



Most coaches will also help develop race day plans, down to pacing and nutrition. I spoke to Ash for about an hour before theEdinburgh marathon通过英里讨论我的比赛策略,水化和加油英里。她知道当然比我做到了。我是她在我的知识和信心,非常感谢!虽然我的比赛没有去相当计划,我还是跑了6分钟PB。并有灰叫我整理祝贺我的30分钟内(并且告诉我是什么阵风优势是让我感觉更好!)。

Is it Worth Hiring a Running Coach


Cost seemed to be the most popular question on Instagram when talking about run coaching. And the truth is, cost varies a lot between running coaches. Sometimes this is based on experience and knowledge, or input (ie getting strength workouts/number of contacts). However, this isn’t always the case.

The ballpark figure seems to be around $100/£75 a month. However, there are coaches charging far more than this and those charging a lot less than this. It’s worth noting that a lot of running clubs in the UK that have running coaches that work as part of the club that often help with training plans as part of club fees or for much reduced rates.




I would say word of mouth and recommendations are the best way to find a running coach! Speak to friends who work with coaches. Or people that you follow on social media. You are looking for someone with coaching qualifications, not just a fast runner! In the UK the most common seems to be the UK Athletics and England Athletics. Whilst the US you can look out for USATF and RRCA qualifications. If in doubt, just ask!


A key point in finding a coach for me was to find someone that would let me race when I wanted. I’m not talking about pushing it in every race. But taking part, running with friends and just having fun with running. If you want to get to know a coach, ask if you can schedule a call or speak to athletes they coach currently to get an idea if you’ll be a good fit with one another!

你目前工作的教练吗?或有哟u considered working with a run coach before?


  1. 卡拉麦克伦南
    2020年7月27日/ 8:05 am


    • 夏洛特


  2. 克里斯汀
    16th August 2020 / 3:33 am

    Do you have a general framework you use to determine how much strength training, running, and biking on the Peleton you do a week? I want to get back into long distance running, but still want to do the Peleton bike twice a week. I haven’t seen any good programs out there that mix them and have a strength component.

    • 夏洛特
      21st August 2020 / 6:29 am

      我怕我不 - 我的教练组跨天的培训,我经常使用的大部队恢复搭乘摇出我的腿!