I’ve grown a lot as a runner over the last month. Facing a potential injury certainly changes perspectives! One of the biggest things that I have changed is how I train. I worked with a coach for the last year as I trained for my first 100 mile race at one year postpartum, and she helped me nab a sub 3 hour marathon about three months later. Undoubtedly, my former coach helped me find speed that I didn’t know that I had.
I learned how to run intervals and tempo runs. And that’s about all that I ran. It was good for a season (or two or three) but it’s been really hard on my body, and I was starting to dread running. When my shin splints started to hurt more than normal, I actually welcomed the excuse to cross train and scale back.
My (former) coach is a firm believer in her method, which is great, but it didn’t leave any room for modifying my next training cycle so that I didn’t only run with intensity. So now I am coach-less, and I’m kind of excited to see where this leads. It’s pretty scary because I have big goals for the end of the year, but at the end of the day, running is a hobby, and if it’s not fun (or worse, if I can’t run because of an injury), it’s just not worth it. Thankfully, I have some pretty amazing runner friends who can help guide me through this process and help me figure out the right blend of training.
Have you ever had to separate from a coach when viewpoints were different?