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Ask The Coach: When Will I Need A Run Coach?

Hillary Kigar /

NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things training–especially for runners looking to enlist help to reach their goals.

How do you know when you should get a run coach?

Do you feel burned out and want some new inspiration? Maybe you’re tired of continually getting injured just as you seem to be getting back in shape. Or are you ready to push for a PR but don’t know how to change up your training? These are just three reasons why you might want to consult with a coach. Coaches can give runners a renewed sense of accountability that can help with consistent training. There are a range of coaching options depending on your needs, availability and budget. Many coaches work online with their athletes while others are available to meet in person. Look online and ask the associates at your local running store for recommendations. Remember, it’s okay to be picky! You want someone who will push you but who can also give you a hug and joke with you when you’re having a rough day.

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