When I first started running, I thought running was a relatively low-cost past time: all I needed was a good pair of running shoes, a few pairs of shorts, and perhaps a sports bra or two, right?
…well, that’s what I thought at least! Before long, I realized that my random baseball cap could be replaced by a lightweight technical one, my cotton tees should be upgraded to a more wicking fabric, the socks I picked up by the package at TJMAXX probably weren’t optimal, and hey, tracking my pace might be more helpful with a stopwatch of some sort…right?
It was not long until I made a few more big purchases…race registrations, a GPS watch, brand-name running apparel, GU, NUUN, compression socks, compression sleeves, armwarmers, special waterproof earbuds…it was like opening Pandora’s Box!
Now, looking back, I realize that you really don’t need to buy #allthethings for running success – in fact, you may find that the basic approach might be the best for you – but in the short time that I’ve been running (four years this summer) there is one purchase that I made that I’ve seen a Return on Investment more times over than anything else: the hiring of a Running Coach.
Right now, you might be saying, “well, I’m just a beginner, I don’t think that will help me” or “I thought coaches were just for elite or professional athletes” – and to that, I’d say NAY!
A Running Coach can help in many ways, including, but not limited to:
- Determining Appropriate Goals – including paces, increasing activity, weight-loss/management, training volume)
- Connecting Athletes with Flexible Training Plans – moving beyond a “cut and dry” plan, allowing for adjustments and “tweaks”
- Encouragement and Motivation – some athletes are more motivated than others, and coaches may provide that extra “push” for a reluctant runner
- Lending an Ear – while your friends, family or coworkers might be tired of you always talking about your next run or race, a coach is there to hear your thoughts, help with questions, and help sort out confusion or frustration.
These are just a few of the reasons I decided to get into coaching, and more specifically, online coaching. I have discovered networks of friends, colleagues and running pals via social media, and I recognize that it is where I thrive – and I want to share that passion; while still maintaining the same identity that I’ve developed over the last few years 🙂
You see, I’ve been asked if this business venture will take away from any of my current interactions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and the answer is NO! I am still 100 percent available to provide motivation, encouragement and to answer any questions about running, runDisney, racing, endurance events (or cupcakes) that come my way, but with online coaching with Outrunning the Monorail – Online Coaching, I’ll be able to kick it up a couple more notches for a one of a kind experience. My goal? To not only get you to the finish line upright, but with a smile, too.
Helping you discover the joy of running – well, to me, that is a priceless experience – but as I discovered, in my personal research in developing my structure, is difficult to monetize! 😉 So, I worked from my own experience being coached, surveyed my unique offerings, and came up with a structure that I found to be the best value.
My current standard offerings on the site are arranged in three tiers: Express Monorail ($25), Resort Monorail ($100) and Epcot Monorail ($150). While Express is simply a consultation, Resort and Epcot packages include consultation, a personalized 18-week training plan, check-ins, race day plans and more. Broken down mathematically, these plans average out to $5.55/week and $8.33/week, respectively, or, in monthly terms, ~ $22-33 for a 4-week period.
Some may argue that a plans can be found easily for free online, and encouragement is just a mouse click away these days – and I agree – but I also believe in putting value on the things that are important to you. An investment in you goes a long way – and in the very least, I know that I take things more seriously when I know that I’ve spent money on them!
With this mindset, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be working to bring a handful of new plans to the mix in April, with customized packages for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, for the 10K, 13.1, 26.2, 39.3 and the 48.6 (otherwise known as the Minnie, Donald, Mickey, Goofy and Dopey) races. Prices start at $100 for the Minnie 10K and go up to $175 for either the Goofy (Race and a Half Challenge) or the Dopey (all 4-races; I think anyone at this point deserves a price break)! All the details are available here.
It’s my first “season” of coaching, and I am just so excited to share this special opportunity, so as I announced on the Outrunning the Monorail blog, I wanted to celebrate with YOU! As a kick off to registration for ALL 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend event training packages, I am offering a special 10% off promotional code for the entire month of April. Use “BIRTHDAYBONUS” to knock the prices of each package down a couple notches, and free up a little money for the inevitable awesome swag at the expo 😉
What does this mean for you? Well, you can be on your way to training, with an RRCA Certified Coach for as little as $5 a week (for the 10K)! Fun, right? An extra bonus? You know that I will be signing up for Goofy, so I’d LOVE to meet up with you before the race to review your race plan, and celebrate your victory afterward…and who knows what other kinds of fun surprises could be in store?
After reading all of this, you may still be asking yourself, “Can I Afford a Running Coach” – but the good news is I am always glad to answer your questions for free in the comment section below, or via email at khiguchi at gmail dot com – and don’t forget – special 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend packages will be available for purchase April 1, 2014 (the same month that registration opens for the race) and are limited, so take this month to think it over, share with others who might benefit 🙂
Will you be running any of the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Events?