I often get questions ranging from "which types of runners do you coach" to "I have an injury behind my knee. Can you help me"?
Which of the two questions above do you think I could help with most?
Understandably so. There's a lot I haven't shared while being preoccupied with my day-to-day.
While I was running on one of the dynamic treadmills without having done any mobility work or dynamic stretching beforehand, I pulled my sciatic nerve. I pretended like it was nothing. I was the top personal trainer at the Equinox Rockefeller Center location at the time and I still acted like I was okay. I was far from it. I pushed myself so hard to make it to Tier 3+ and to become a Nutrition Certified PN coach and throughout this time, I wasn't practicing everything that I stand for when it came to my own training. I just didn't cut myself a break until I broke.
I WAS A STUBBORN RUNNER!
Can you relate?
Below is one of my favorite pictures of me running in the Boston Marathon in 2017 for the first time! FUN FACT: I PR'd with a final time of 3 hours and 22 minutes.
This picture below of me sitting on the ground in front of my East Village apartment is me looking pretty darn dazed and freakin' CONFUSED. This was the day after what would've been the second year of me running in the 2018 Boston Marathon.
I was distraught; I lost the thing at the time I loved the absolute most: running. I had no guidance or no one to show me how to heal. Through time, experiences, and being open to everything new, I discovered my way back to greatness.
This is rooted in the core of my coaching philosophy. While working with the runners that I coach currently, I treat them like people before athletes. I provide each of them them with the resources and guidance to help them achieve their own greatness since I never had those resources for myself. I made them.
I believe in my runners more than they believe in themselves often because most of us need a little motivator and a little push too!
I tried to hide the fact that I was limping around my job while trying to convince myself that a few epsom baths would do the trick. WRONG! #notetoself.
"During the two years that it took me to begin running again after I got injured, I developed my method during this time. I learned everything I could about running, how to coach, how to relate to runners, everything. I taught myself through failures and through wins how to bring all of this together to help other runners like you."
As my silver lining, I am now humbled and grateful more than ever to have my health, my legs, and my ability to be a running coach for runners.
A quad strain, almost a femur fracture later, and piriformis syndrome in my right leg is what it took for me to pull myself out of running in the 2018 Boston Marathon.
As a result of all of this, I established my cross-training signature programs.
These now can help other runners gain strength, and relieve stress while being injured. I find myself very successful while working with individuals with injured runners wanting to stay fit. My programs also attracted individuals with weight loss goals.
I might not be the best coach for you, and that's okay! It's important to understand the value of a coach. You need to know how they can help you, if they can help you, and if you two can relate. Here's a simple list to break down a couple of necessities I think any coach should embody that you choose to work with.
What to Look for in a Coach
1. Do your research! Spend the time looking up coaches. Whether you hear a coach on a Podcast, Instagram, Facebook, or Google my Business. I love reviews because they tell it all. It's not the coach speaking; it's the people they HAVE coached. Reach out to some reviewers too. Why not? Communication and word of mouth is the best recommendation out there if you ask me!
2. Make sure your coach has the knowledge, experience, credentials, and the ability to work with you towards reaching your goals effectively. You need to have a rapport in any relationship, coaching or not! It's also beneficial if you're training for an event that your coach has helped you prepare for if they have some experience of their own doing that event too. That way, you both can better relate and make those goals happen.
You don't have to go through the experiences I've mentioned above. Unfortunately, I had to learn these things the hard way! The silver lining is I now have the ability to coach other like-minded runners like you.
You can be a runner and stay fit!
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Until next time ✌🏻,