Do You Really Need a Running Coach?

Maybe you're perfectly good on your own…

Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

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Photo by Arek Adeoye on Unsplash

Nowadays, it's so easy to become your own running coach. There are a ton of books in stores and other resources available online that seem to provide all the necessary training advice.

But is it enough? Can you prepare for your first marathon or improve your 5k PB without a specialist's guidance?

Many people would say you can until you reach a certain level.

I have trained both with and without a coach, and I've gotten my answer.

A month ago, I unlocked another major running milestone — I ran my first marathon.

When the thought of training for my longest race ever first crossed my mind, I knew I couldn't do it all on my own. But I also knew it would not be easy to find a running coach in the middle of the season.

So I decided to go for the 2nd best option. I used my own coaching and training knowledge and got inspired by the marathon plans available on TrainingPeaks.

In the end, I crossed the finish line in good time and spirit, but I also understood that having a running coach would've helped me even more, and here's why:

You don't have to think (a lot)

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Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

Marketing specialist and running coach who's been passionate about writing since childhood.