I had been considering hiring a running coach for about 6 months now but didn’t do it. I wanted to do it last August after pulling my hamstring and needing physical therapy. Then after the therapy worked and I wasn’t hurting anymore I decided I didn’t need to.
After the WDW marathon I came home and wanted to do another marathon sooner rather than later. I didn’t want to wait until the fall and because I had the mileage base under my belt I wanted to get one done in the spring. I found the Providence Marathon. This was perfect! It’s a short drive from home, the course looks nice, the price was good and several other friends of mine decided to run it.
When I went to the Princess Half marathon a little over a month after the WDW full marathon, I wasn’t happy with my training. I was struggling with hip flexor pain and my running was very, very slow. I was hoping to talk to Jeff Galloway at the expo, but didn’t get the chance. When I got home I made the decision. I was going to do e-coaching with Jeff Galloway! Why wouldn’t I? I follow his training plans, I met him twice and I love his training method. I already read several of his books and I believe in his method of run/walk/run. Because I was planning on running another marathon within 6 months of my last, I wanted to do it in a way where I wouldn’t hurt myself, since I seem to be prone to injury. I also wanted to use it as a method to prepare me for a decision to do Dopey in 2015.
What comes with ecoaching?
- Individual Training Program to the goal of your choice by Jeff Galloway
- A copy of one of Jeff’s books (Galloway Training Program, Galloway’s Book on Running–2nd Ed. or Year Round Plan)
- Direct email access to Jeff, for questions and clarifications, with priority
- Free Monthly E Newsletter
- Opportunity to ride on the Galloway Bus for the New York City Marathon start
- Discounts on Fitness Vacations at Lake Tahoe Meet and run with other Galloway Members at races around the world
I am three weeks into the training plan now and I have been very happy with it. I was surprised with the intervals Jeff recommended and the pace for my long runs, but I can see now why they are recommended. I also liked the other workouts he prescribed from cadence runs to hill repeats. I never took those workouts seriously before, but now I see how they are effective for the whole process of building other muscles and to help with speed. My recover on my 2 last long runs were very quick and just this past Friday with my 20-miler I was able to hike Sunday and ran and rode my bike on Monday and didn’t even feel like I ran 20 miles just days ago.
On April 6, Jeff will be at the Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half & Legends 4-mile run. I hope I get the chance to run with him during the 4-mile run. Every time runDisney had a meetup the guests had the chance to run with Jeff. I never had the chance. If not, I will be sure to get another picture with Jeff! I am also looking forward to participating in his Jeff Galloway 13.1 Inaugural race in Atlanta in December.