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Online coaching

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Sep 2017
2:03pm, 5 Sep 2017
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RunningCoach
Coaching, online or otherwise, should ideally always be a long-term process. Even with the best rapport and communication between athlete and coach it can still take a few months (sometime much longer) for the athlete to see tangible changes in performance.

I've known athletes go to coaches expecting a magic pill that will suddenly make them PB across all distances with a couple of weeks. We all know that in endurance (the clue is in the name) the process takes time.
Sep 2017
4:03pm, 5 Sep 2017
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Liliaicha
I have been coached by James Elson from Centurion Running for a few years now. He is a fantastic coach and I hear good things about the other Centurion coaches too.
Sep 2017
8:53am, 17 Sep 2017
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katypie
Thanks all for your comments. Really interesting. My goal is long term so the relationship has to be too. Basically I see me having to do 6-9 months of consistent base training to be able to understand what works for me and then target a race. I have minor health considerations that impact my running so it could take a while to see what works both in terms of meds and training.

I think I'd benefit from someone blunt but maybe not right now. After an up and down year running wise I need to build my resilience a bit too. I think when I've stopped avoiding parkrun I'll know.

Thanks for all the thoughtful comments
Sep 2017
10:17am, 17 Sep 2017
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Curly45
Katpie - another thought if you are unattached and not quite up to a full coaching relationship yet. Join a club. It will help you get fitter and you can get informal advice and possibly find a coach through there anyway.

Re: meds etc., it wont be a problem - its all part of the puzzle of fitting together the best training plan for you.

Good luck!
Sep 2017
8:59pm, 17 Sep 2017
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katypie
Curly I honestly couldn't join a club. I find the thought too intimidating. I've also got wee boys so the week is taken up with their clubs etc. Maybe when I grow a pair and they grow up a wee bit. Thank you 😊
Sep 2017
9:26pm, 17 Sep 2017
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K5 Gus
Not sure if your searching has so far come across Donnie Campbell of getactiverunning.com ? He is based in Edinburgh, and offers online and 1-2-1 coaching.

Donnie is an international trail runner ( he won yesterday's Ben Nevis Ultra ), and is highly recommended by at least 4 current/past members of Harmeny, at least some of whom I think you probably know, and achieved amazing results with them.

If you don't know who I'm referring to, fmail me ;-)
Sep 2017
10:45pm, 17 Sep 2017
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katypie
Ah yes. Donnie! Impressive run yesterday
7 Nov
8:17am, 7 Nov 2020
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Rog T
Did you end up using an online coach katypie? Of so, who and how did it go for you?

It's something I am now considering - anyone got any current recommendations?
8 Nov
12:35am, 8 Nov 2020
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katypie
Yes. I’ve used a couple. I went with Hawkins Coaching. I got my PB but think the volume was high for me.

Other coaches have worked but with covid nothing to race
8 Nov
2:37pm, 8 Nov 2020
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Rog T
Thanks katypie.

I've been in touch with Jonny Mellor Coaching and am going to give him/them a try. Mara pb target for Newport in April or London in October. Maybe a bit optimistic for April race but the training will be worthwhile anyway.

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Hi. Has anyone used online coaching? How did it go? Any recommendations? Thanks.

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