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A Few Common Concerns and FAQs
A run coach is someone who provides structured individualized training plans, considers balance, offers advice, and analyzes your performance. Their goal is to allow you to focus on running without having to think about everything that goes on behind training.
The variables that a coach takes in and analyzes could go on for quite some time. To name a few, a coach may consider: What types of runs would benefit you most? What types of muscles are being used. How many workouts a week you should you be completing? How much rest are you getting? What are your goals? How can they minimize your risk of injury? Or perhaps factor other “efforts” into your schedule, such as a yoga class you enjoy.
For anyone new to the sport of running, and does a quick search of “types of runners,” you may find that you don’t fall into one of typical categories of runners mentioned. Examples would be: basic, intermediate, or advanced. However, there’s actually many types of runners, and the Road Runner Club of America names 11 types of runners, and an additional 2 that are a subset of the Novice Runner.
While the information found in print may be limited from various resources, I assure you that there’s a category you fall under.
According to the RRCA, the Novice Runner typically runs 0-15 miles per week and is new to the activity & sport.
Goals: Possible Couch-to-5K program
Once a runner logs 300-500 miles of running a year, they may no longer be a novice runner.
According to the RRCA, the Experienced Runner logs 15-40 miles per week. They may also be called a Recreational Runner. Their “experience” is based on the mileage completed, the years running, etc.
Goals: Road races, PRs, etc.
Not necessarily. As stated above, there are many types of runners. Coach Marsha would be more than happy to discuss this with you during the free consult, and together you can decide if Coach Marsha is the right run coach for you.
You do not need to be a certain size or shape to start running. You may never change size or shape after starting running. However, the confidence you gain after starting is almost guaranteed.