The other day Michelle suggested a post about the pros/cons about training with a team. I loved that idea because it is something I’ve been thinking about a lot. I have worked with a few coaches over the years and I’ve loved all of them. There are definitely pros of working one-on-one with a coach and pros of training with a team too!
Last year I needed Mary to get me back to running injury-free after having Skye. She did just that along with getting me to a goal that I had had for 8 years! Having a one-on-one coach was awesome because each detail of everything I did was tailored exactly to my needs. Mary was aware of life situations that effected my running, she knew my strengths/weaknesses and was great at remembering I had a whole life outside of running (and all of my previous coaches were great with these things too). I wasn’t really able to train with a group last year because Skye was so little. I ran at random times and always left straight from my front door. It’s been so nice in the past to have my one-on-one coaches text me right after I finished tough workouts and to hold me accountable. Also, Mary really helped me to build up my confidence again and to increase my fitness in safe increments after having Skye.
This year I am able to be a bit more flexible with when I train and my sub 3 qualified me for the Runner’s Corner Elite team. There is a huge group of us training for St. George and our coach is BIG on training in groups. I think he is just as excited to see after a workout that a lot of us were there doing it together as he does seeing us hit our splits;). He believes that running with others is one of the huge keys to getting faster—> we lift each other up, we get each other out of our comfort zones and we go faster chasing each other. I can already see huge improvements JUST from training with this group and I started speed work (with the group) in May of this year after about a 6 month break from fast stuff. The coach we all have has been coaching for decades. He is very invested in our training, communicates multiple times a week with us, tailors our workouts to exactly what we need for the day/week and is very encouraging (even when his workouts scare us;).
Free picture from the Timp Half:
Pros to training with a team (or a group of people):
*Before we did a big workout called MTC miles (mile repeats down and recoveries back up that hurt very badly and are so incredibly hard) in July, Emilee and I were telling the group our goal for the repeats. We said we would be thrilled with 5:40-5:45 averages (remember, downhill;). One of our teammates said, NO WAY. He told us we should be shooting for sub 5:30 based on our fitness. We hit a 5:26 average that day. I’m sure we would have hit 5:40s if our teammate wouldn’t have said that because that is what we believed we could do. It’s really nice having other people to tell you that you are capable of more and once you believe them, your body will follow.
*I always feel safe. There have been a few times in the past while running alone when I didn’t feel 100% safe and always having teammates to run with means I always feel safe while running now.
*You simply get faster when training with a group. It helps you to get outside of what you think is possible for you and try to be more like those up ahead of you. Also, a few of us are pretty much right next to each other in every workout/race and having someone next to you working hard helps so much to not give up when you want to quit. We pull each other through days where one feels terrible and the other feels great!
*They get you out the door. They are doing the same thing I am doing so if I’m tired and feeling not up to a workout then I can remember they probably feel the same way and it helps me to go out and do the workout.
*Everyone on my team wants success for everyone else on our team. If you can find people to train with like that, you are in luck! There is enough good for everyone and being around people that truly believe that lifts you up big time.
*They distract you ha. Sometimes you just need a great distraction before a race, during a workout or when you feel like quitting.
*They are so good at giving you a good perspective on things… I tend to want to race workouts or get greedy with gaining speed but I can’t tell you how many times Emilee has helped me to remember to save my legs for races or to not go all out in a workout and to see the big picture.
*Doing hard things together builds incredible friendships. I have gotten so close to these girls already and you just understand each other on another level. I feel like we already know what the other person needs to hear during the tough moments and how we can help each other in running and in life. We get taking care of social health needs + physical health needs + getting faster = perfect.
*I learn so much from them. We have girls that have OTQed, a 1:13 half-marathoner, 34 minute female 10kers, many girls that ran for BYU and other colleges and I love how freely they share their running knowledge (nutrition/mental tips/pacing strategies etc) with everyone around them. They’ve gotten me to try new things (no music, crazy workouts, more trails etc) and reach outside of my comfort zone which is very needed for an ‘addicted to routines’ type person like me.
Con’s of training with a team:
*Scheduling. Some days I need to juggle schedules a little bit more and drive somewhere for the big workouts but it is so worth it. So far I have been able to be at every workout (hired babysitters) unless we are traveling and recently Andrew was able to choose his work schedule so I can continue to be at every workout/long run leading up to St. George (yes, I hit the JACKPOT with who I married:). But every now and then it’s a little trickier than just leaving out the front door.
*Oh I thought of another con, I am spending more money on cute running clothing/socks/hats that I see my running friends wearing. My running gear coveting has gone up immensely.
*OHHHH actually I thought of another real one. It is easier to get caught up in doing exactly what everyone else is doing and not listening completely to your body. I’m really trying to be careful and listen to my body and take extra rest and days when I need to. It’s super important to remember that our bodies handle the stress/recovery differently so it’s important to pull back if your body is telling you to when you are training with others. Back in 2014 I was training with a few girls daily and I tried to mimic their every move. That ended in some crazy injuries because they were in a completely different fitness level than I was and I didn’t understand that!
Long story short, I’m having a lot of fun with this! I’ve also really enjoyed working with one-on-one coaching too.
And a few random things to discuss:
*When in marathon training… you learn to multitask your recovery with other things:). Many of my posts this month have been written with my boots (I have a review of these boots here) on.
*Have you seen the new Melts Collection from Brooks? I think I need each and every one.
*Brooks sent me these ‘Change Your Perspective’ socks… such a good reminder during the run when things get tough we can switch our thinking to this is fun and we GET to do this.
*Random story- this pizza fell out of the back of my brothers car when he was driving it back to our house after picking it up. He didn’t notice until he got to our house and a few minutes later the pizza place called saying that someone had found it and brought it back to the restaurant:). Nothing had fallen out of the box and you better believe we ate it (it was like a $30 pizza hahah).
*I love how these gels make it so when you rip off the top it doesn’t fall off and stays connected… but be careful when opening them because the other day I just barely missed ripping it where the gel starts to come off and I had to jump on it to get it to open ha.
*Ummm these are awesome… I’ll be using these for dark mornings up ahead. Brooks sent them to us but I found a similar one here!
*I love following Late w/Kate and I had no idea that this is what these drawers were made for:
*Just something I’m trying to remember more often:
What are some of the pros and cons of the way you train? In a group or solo or mixed?
What was the highlight of your weekend?
If you run in the dark… do you wear any lights or reflective gear?
What gels have you been loving (ehhh tolerating;) lately?