Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Why I Hired A Running Coach

Running has become a big part of my life. It's something I do for myself for many reasons. At first, I did it to lose weight. Then, I did it to escape. Now, I do it to meet other people, challenge myself and because it makes me feel great.

I am a competitive person. I study things so I can become better at them. As a reporter, I ask questions, because I want all the answers. I'm like that in running. I've read books, joined clubs and scoured through the internet to find training plans that work for me. What will make me a stronger and faster runner. How can I get better?

Enter Coach Suz

So, Suz and I kind of met when I was In Phoenix for the Half Marathon in February. Basically, she was talking to another blogger buddy of mine, in our hotel lobby, and we exchanged "hellos!" Seriously, that was it. We really connected, online, shortly after. Suz is not only an amazing (and fast) runner but she also knows her stuff and can help push you to that next level. She is a RRCA Certified Running Coach and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and she has years working with top trainers and coaches. 

So, besides her wealth of knowledge, she also has Crohn's disease. I love (as ironic as that sounds) that we can connect on that level as well. She will understand when I saw I'm having horrible stomach pains and can't get out of bed/the bathroom.

Her motto (which I LOVE) is:  "Live and Train Beyond Your Expectations."

Oh, and Suz also loves London. I think she referred to him as "like a little brother, or nephew" in one of our recent messages. Suz knows that, as much as I have big goals, he is my priority. 

She loves penguins so we obviously had to send her photos from the zoo

Suz reached out to me a couple weeks ago asking if I would be interested in hiring a coach. I didn't even hesitate to say yes. Within two days she had already started on our training plan. I wasn't planning on starting to train for my next Marathon (BMO Vancouver) until next month, but we are already doing some tune-up work after my NYC/Vegas injury. Yes, coach's aren't cheap but they are worth it. While I haven't planned on spending the money to hire one I decided to make it my Christmas present to myself.  

Coaches are there to support you, encourage you and give you a little tough love along the way. Suz does all the work and I just do what she tells me to. She works around my schedule (and it's a crazy one) and is always super fast at responding to all my questions.

Oh, and did I mention she has an app? Yep, I can receive, update and track my training right on my phone. How handy is that?!

I'm am so excited to see what I can accomplish with Suz's help!


***If you're looking for a running coach, check out Suz's page HERE***


  1. I recently had a dream where I loved running and was good at it. But I also recently had a dream that Hilary Clinton was in between my mattress and box spring, so I try not to look into them too seriously ;)

    Good luck with training!

  2. Suz is awesome and I hired her for my spring race too. I'm SO excited! Good luck!