My exciting running-related news is that I have a new coach!
First I need to say that Sage was truly great to work with. He is very smart and knowledgeable, loves the sport of running, is a super talented athlete, and really just knows his stuff. (HUGE congrats to Sage for winning the 2013 Tarawera Ultramarathon 100k today in New Zealand!!!)
Sage helped me a great deal. He got me back on my feet after a rough few months- he helped me recover from being over-trained, he helped me get strong, and he helped me to a new PR. I have nothing but good to say about him.
So why the change? I have gotten to a point where I know what I want and what I need. Sage was very upfront with what he would provide as a coach and it worked for awhile, but I knew that it was not what I needed or wanted long term. He gave me great training plans, but there was minimal interaction and not a lot of coaching or support. With his own training and racing as a professional runner, and the producing of his Vo2max Training Videos, he is a busy, busy guy.
What I wanted was to find the right coach for me - someone I could build a long-term, strong, working, coach-athlete relationship with. Since I train almost completely on my own, the support, encouragement, guidance, and direction from a coach is very valuable to me. I don't need a lot of hand-holding, but I wanted someone that would be available when needed. I wanted someone who would get to know me and care about me as an athlete and a person. I wanted someone who could help me now and in the big picture, someone who will push me and challenge me, and also pull me back when necessary.
Before I started working with Sage, I learned the hard way that I had to be cautious with who I trusted my training to. I put a great deal of my heart and soul into my training and I needed someone who would respect that. I needed someone that knew their stuff. I needed someone experienced with coaching competitive marathoners. I needed someone I would enjoy working with. I wanted this to be the last coaching change I make for the foreseeable future, so I was going to be picky and I was going to be smart about it.
The nice thing was that there was no pressure or time frame since I was working with Sage on a month to month basis. For a while I have been doing lots of research, sending emails, having phone calls, etc. I knew what I was looking for, and I knew I would know it when I found it.
From the first email with Coach Doug Storey, I had a really good feeling. After looking at a training plan he had made for another competitive marathoner, talking with him, reading the blog of another girl he coaches (Vicky has a current PR of 3:01 and will also be running Chicago!), and giving it a lot of thought and prayer, I knew Coach Doug was the right coach for me. I am so glad he was willing to have me as one of the small group of competitive marathoners he coaches.
I have a shiny new training plan to get me to Cox Providence Marathon. It is intimidating and exciting all at the same time, which is what I think a training plan should be. I am excited to get to work, and I am excited and grateful to have Coach Doug to guide me on this journey.
So that is my news. I have felt really excited and happy about it.
(If anyone needs/wants an evaluation of their training, Sage is not currently taking new runners to coach, but he does thorough coaching consultations for $25, and it is money very well spent).
GOOD LUCK to everyone racing this weekend! There are lots of races happening, and I hope the Luck of the Irish is with you all. :) Erin Go Bragh! (Which means Ireland Forever!) The kids and I will be rocking out to the Young Dubliners, Flogging Molly, the Chieftans, and the Dropkick Murphys this weekend.
Fun fact you probably didn't know about me - I played the violin for years and years and years. Quite well. For a few years on St. Patty's Day I played the violin for a friend that did Irish step-dancing, and we performed a few times in a few places. You don't even want to know how many times I have played "The Irish Washerwoman". Irish music was always my favorite kind to play. :)