Do you need help with your training? There are a lot of different options available. Today I want to talk about the options you have when you're looking for help with your training.

Stephanieruns Fitness

August 26, 2018 Newsletter

What options do you have for help with your training?

As a trainer and coach athletes come to me looking for help with their training. I find that not everyone is aware of all the options available to them. This might be surprising to hear coming from a trainer/coach but not everyone needs one on one coaching. I believe that there are many options out there and the perfect option for you, your life and your goal is out there. If you need help with your training, trust me the help is out there!

When I first started running I signed up for a running clinic at a running store, it was a learn to run program. If I remember correctly it was a 12 week program with a 5k graduation run at the end. The program had three runs a week, and weekly talks from experts on different subjects. I believe it was about $80. For me this was the most accessible and affordable way to start running. I needed to be around other newbies and take it slow and build. You'll find most running stores offer programs for new runners right up to marathons and sometimes beyond. If you live close to a running store and want in person group support this is a great option.

Running clubs are another great option. I've come to learn that there really is a running club out there for everyone. From runners looking for fun to more serious runners your club is out there. Some running clubs have access to top notch coaches which is invaluable for your training. If you're thinking about a running club I'd recommend you see if you can join for some group runs/talks to see how you like it before you commit. Like I said there's a group out there for everyone, and if your ideal group doesn't exist create it!

Charities have made their presence known on the running scene. They have great coaches, training programs and group runs. The catch is that there is a required fundraising component. If you are okay with fundraising you can access great coaching programs which can help propel you to further distances or personal bests. This option isn't for everyone.

Working with a coach one on one is another option. Coaches work with athletes in person or virtually. Before picking a coach you should know what you're looking for to see if the coach is a good fit. Each coach will have a different scope of practice based on their qualifications. My scope of practice allows me to offer both cardio and strength training workouts. I can also offer recommendations on flexibility workouts/stretches. It would be outside of my scope of practice to offer meal plans or nutritional advice outside of race/workout fueling. Quality coaches take their scope of practice and qualifications seriously. Don't be afraid to ask! Coaches will refer you to another provider if what you need is outside their scope of practice.

Workshops and conferences are another way you can gain information to help your training. There's a large fitness conference that happens every summer by me. They have a huge expo which is open to the public. the expo offers talks by experts, workouts, and tons of vendors. Large races usually have an expo as well. Take advantage. I was asked to be on a speaker's panel at a race expo a few years ago. It was a fantastic experience and a great way to share knowledge. This is also a good chance to meet up with your twitter running friends!

Social media has changed running and the way way runners connect. I've been at multiple race starting lines and heard someone call my twitter name. The twitter running community is supportive and is there to build you up. Use it when you need extra support. Remember kindness goes a long way online!

I could go on. There are so many ways you can get help to support your training but I believe this gives you a good start. If you need help with your training, and let's be honest who doesn't, help is out there! Don't be afraid to ask for help, what's the worst thing that could happen?

Weekly Challenge: Training Help!

I honestly believe that assessing your training and making changes is one of the best ways to grow as an athlete. This week I'm challenging you to look at your training and yourself and identify where or what you need with your training.

You might need help with strength or flexibility training.  Maybe you need an accountability partner. You might be in an area with not a lot of other runners and need community. Everyone needs something different. I have yet to meet a runner that doesn't need any help with their training.

Identifying where you need help with your training is not the same as goal setting. You're looking to identify your weaknesses. We are only as strong as our weakest part, and yes we all have weaknesses.

Assess yourself and your training and identify your weakness or weaknesses. Take those weaknesses as an opportunity to improve. Next figure how where or how you can get help with your weaknesses and start an action plan.

Let me know how this goes and of course I'm here if you need help!

Keep Your Training on Track this Fall/Winter

I've heard from a lot of athletes that their training falls apart in the fall and winter. I get it! When it's cold it's easy to stay inside and cuddle up in front of the tv. This is why this fall/winter I'm offering a one on one coaching program to keep you on track.

The program will run from November 4, 2018 to February 2, 2019 (13 weeks). During this time you'll receive your strength training and running workouts uploaded weekly into your Training Peak's account. I'm available for weekly check in calls and by e-mail as you need me. When you sign up we'll discuss your training, your goals and what you want me to help you with.

This is your chance to stay on track with your training and have me there virtually with you every step of the way. Online training isn't the perfect fit for everyone if you're not sure if it's right for you send me an e-mail at I'm happy to discuss it further.

The cost for this 13 week program which includes all your strength and running workouts is $550. However for my newsletter subscribers the cost will be $450. If you want in send me an e-mail at I'd love to help you with your training.

Do you have questions you want me to answer? Send them my way and I'll answer them in a future newsletter.

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