Running coaches aren’t just for experienced runners. A skilled coach will challenge you and guide you to achieve your goals. A coach will design a training plan for your specific fitness level, work with you to optimize your performance and make sure your injury risk is minimized.
- Look for a coach that has certification and training.
- Road Runners’ Club of America (RRCA) certifies coaches who work with runners of all ages and abilities.
- Decide if you want a coach that will work with you one-on-one, in a group or online.
- Ask fellow runners for references.
- Interview potential coaches before making a final decision.
Why Hire a Running Coach?
The top 3 reasons you need a running coach from Bird Coaching.
Before choosing a coach:
- Know your running goals
- Know yourself – what motivates you and gets you out the door to run?
- How much money can you spend a month on coaching?
- How much time can you spend on training?
Henry David Hall, RunningCoachCT.com and TriathlonCoachCT.com
RRCA Level II, USA Track and Field Level I, USA Triathlon Level I, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Certified Women’s Fitness Specialist. Running, Triathlon, Swimming, and general fitness
David’s coaching philosophy:
I want to help runners achieve their goals, whether that be run a BQ, finish a marathon or become fitter for some sport that involves running. I don’t have ‘cookie cutter” training plans; each one is based on the athlete’s current ability and goals, and the time available to train. I try to be as responsive to my on-line athletes as if I were at the end of their run ready to give them personal feedback.
Training Options: one on one, in-person, online
Chaz Koch, Run U
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, Running and general fitness. Owner/Operator at Cardio Sport by the Bay- Bringing the workout of sports to Connecticut, Head Coach Rising Stars Youth running program, Founder Coach at Run U.
Chaz’s coaching philosophy:
At Run U we make our coaching style fit your needs. We believe that efficiency and stability in running and life create longevity.
Cara Manfredi, Lift | Run | Perform
VDOT 02 Distance Coaching Certification, CPR/AED certified. Running and general fitness.
Cara’s coaching philosophy:
I believe that every individual is capable of running and achieving their own personal goals. As a coach, I value a close athlete-coach relationship and I believe that effective communication is the key to successful coaching. The term limitless runners came from the idea that as humans, we tend to limit ourselves because we believe we are not capable of achieving certain goals. I believe that once we start to believe in ourselves and our abilities, then we are capable of achieving anything we put our mind to.
RRCA Certified Running Coach, CPR/AED certified, and Fitness Instructor. Experience with “couch to 5K”, 10K, half-marathon and marathon training.
Jeanne’s coaching philosophy:
I stress the importance of setting goals and making the personal commitment to sticking to them. I believe training shouldn’t be stressful – it should a positive experience. You should embrace this life changing experience, and I believe that if you put your mind to it that you can do anything.
RRCA Certified Running Coach, CPR/AED certified
Kim’s coaching philosophy:
My coaching philosophy stresses the importance of accountability, responsibility, discipline, mental toughness, self-confidence, sportsmanship, and a desire to succeed and meet goals.
Susan Rubenstein, Yoga Be Fit
RCAA Certified Running Coach, Personal Training, Group Fitness of all Modalities and extensive Yoga training, running, cycling, general fitness, nutrition
Susan’s coaching philosophy:
Helping each individual reach their personal goals in a safe and effective way. As a full time fitness professional, I am honored to see the incredible transformation of so many wonderful students and clients. I am grateful to love what I do.