First off let me say, it is weird for me to say that I have a coach. It makes me think of some Olympic athlete or super elite sports person, which I am not...by a long stretch. However, when a few of my friends would talk about workouts from their "coaches", it got me thinking...Why not give it a try? What could it hurt right? I wanted to get faster and I obviously wasn't making any headway on my own. Yeh, I know I am supposed to do speedwork and hills and tempo this and fartlek that, but seriously...how fast and how long and how many? I am no running scientist and I hate math BUT I am a rule follower. If you tell me to do something, come hell or high water, it will get done. So right before Thanksgiving I messaged Adam (@theboringrunner) since he was a mutual friend on Twitter and my friend Lesley's coach too. I inquired about how much he charged and what all it would entail. He was awesome. He send me all the info along with lots of questions about past races, PR's, future goals, etc. I was in heaven! I love looking at the numbers with running - I just don't like figuring them out!
So for about six weeks he worked with me on speed work and other workouts. I wanted to PR at the New Year's half marathon so that would mean less than a 2:20 half. I was really wanting a 2:15. He encouraged me and proceeded to kick my ass in workouts.
|Adam, Me, and Ninja Greg after New Year's Double race|
|Felt like this many times during an "Adam" workout...|
|This could be me...|
After the half marathon and 5k, I told him that I wanted him to add the triathlon workouts too to my schedule. I wasn't sure if I would like that, but oh my gosh...Heaven! Yes, I still hate speed work because it kicks my butt every time, but I love the results of doing speed work. My pace has slowly gotten quicker and I can do things I never thought possible. Probably because I would have never pushed myself like he has me doing. Probably because I don't want to have to email or text him and say I couldn't or didn't do it. I think since November there have been one maybe two workouts that I didn't complete just like he wanted. It goes back to being a rule follower. If he tells me to do it, I will do it or die trying.
There are many times when I am running speed work on the treadmill that I might not be saying such nice things about Adam. I might be cussing him after the 8th repeat of something ridiculous that he has me doing, but it always pays off and I am singing his praises in my head by the cool down mile.
|I'm not above doing this...just gotta figure out how to get a cake in the gym.|
|I will kill him if I see him...Good thing he lives in Arizona...|
|Get it done...|