Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Coaching for Ultramarathons

Runners sometimes hire coaches, and the practice is increasing. Years ago, many people assumed running was simple enough to be done without guidance. Personally, I blame this idea for the horrible running form we often see at road races.

A running coach can teach you a litany of useful skills, including good running form. A running coach can also set up a training plan, monitor your progress, and recommend changes to improve your performance. Coaches can also provide necessary encouragement and moral support.

Running coaches are relatively easy to find online. Simply Google “running coach [your municipality].”

If you're looking for a specific ultra coach recommendation, my friend and ultrarunner Jesse Scott is my top pick:


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