Everyone Is A Running Coach…

Posted: January 30, 2014 in Uncategorized
Feeling at home on the track.

Feeling at home on the track.

Are you surprised by how many people offer you advice once they learn that you’re running the Boston Marathon? People that haven’t even run the marathon seem to have words of wisdom for you. They can range from diet, shoes, avoiding injuries, managing the course…the list is endless.

It can be so confusing and overwhelming because, aside from the volume of opinions, it’s difficult to decide what information you should follow. My suggestion is to simply follow the advice that Paul, Greg and I offer you. While these people are well-intentioned, I recommend that you rely on the information that we share at training, in our weekly communication and on my daily blog.

I’ve always marveled at the pattern of communication I have with runners. There’s always a core group that regularly communicate with me but there’s also an equal number that either don’t attend training or ever communicate with me.

If you were taking a college course and knew the professor was providing regular answers to the final exam on their blog, would you take the time to obtain that information? The primary purpose of my blog is to educate you about running in general and the Boston Marathon in particular. Inevitably I eventually hear from the runners in the final weeks that I’ve had little or no communication with and it’s never as comforting for them as I would like. Their questions tend to mirror the questions that I’m commonly asked in the first month of training, not the final weeks. This can cause a state of panic at a time where they should feel more comfortable and confident.

As the marathon approaches the volume of opinions tends to exponentially increase. You will be well-served if you focus on the training techniques that we have offered throughout training. If you’re uncertain about any aspect of your training please notify us and I’ll provide further clarification. I’m always comforted when I hear stories like this from a former runner:

“Rick, I couldn’t wait to share this story with you. One of my colleagues, who has run more than 10 Boston marathons, learned that I was running Boston and began offering a battery of recommendations and asking an equal number of questions. He seemed particularly shocked that I had answers for every question and was also familiar with every recommendation he offered since Boston will be my first marathon. I just want to thank you for all the support, encouragement and inspiration that you’ve provided all of us the past several months. I’m convinced that I am in good hands and right on track with my Boston preparation.”

As a coach, there’s no better endorsement than that. Keep all the advice that you’re being offered in perspective and let us know if there’s anything that we can do to support you!

  1. dtreadw575@aol.com says:

    When people press advice to me I just tell them I have a great coach and that I’m right on top of it. If they really press, I say the week’s training is preparation for the ever-increasing long run on the weekend. That seems to satisfy them. Thanks!

    David Treadwell

  2. David,

    Thanks for your support. We’ve been on this marathon journey before so the faith we have in one another is all that we need.

    It’s been an honor to be your coach!


  3. Laura Meyerson says:

    This post made me chuckle…my neighbor recently found out I was training for Boston. Now, he is a nice guy, but about 50 lbs. overweight and does not really work on his fitness at all. So, he advised me that I have to be running 60 miles a week in order to have any chance of completing Boston because it is really hilly…I did not argue, just smiled and said, “Oh, really?”

    As a rule, I don’t really discuss that I am training for Boston with people generally. Of course, after I complete it, I will shout it out to the world!!

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