4 REASONS TO HIRE A RUNNING COACH April 20, 2017 12:00

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Hire A Coach!

Maybe you've thought about hiring a running coach, but haven't taken that important step in your training yet. We're here to tell you all about the benefits of hiring a coach and why now is the time!

4 Reasons to Hire a Running Coach

1. Improve Performance

Most of us need help when it comes to training for a race. Sometimes that leads people to search for training programs online, but those programs are not tailored to you and won't necessarily be effective or even healthy for you. A coach works closely with you to tailor your workouts to your specific needs and goals, factoring in nutrition for a total approach that revolves around YOU! That means you can approach your race with confidence, and your coach can give you reasonable expectations about how to achieve a personal best.

2. Avoid Injury

When training with a coach, a professional approach will help keep you from overdoing it and becoming injured. A coach knows when to tell you to take a rest day, or take it easy during a certain workout. They know exactly what your goals are and how best to achieve them, so you can trust that they have your best interests in mind. Avoid injury by listening to the coach!

3. Train Responsibly in Summer Heat

It can be difficult to train in Florida's summer heat, and sometimes people will push themselves because they think they aren't doing as much as they were doing in the cooler months. A coach will help temper this tendency by providing appropriate summer workouts that will prevent you from getting overheated, dehydrated, and fatigued.

4. Make friends

When training with a coach, one of the best aspects is meeting other runners with similar goals. When weekly events like speedwork or track take place, you'll have the opportunity to train with other runners who are working with your coach. It's a great way to make friends, receive encouragement, and cheer each other on!



Train with Coach Jimmy

Looking for a coach? Look no further! St. Pete Running Company's Running Coach is Jimmy Williams, and he's taking new clients!

Find out more about specific programs, like Multisport Coaching, by visiting THIS LINK.

About Coach Jimmy:

Coach Jimmy has been a local runner since racing track & field for Dunedin High School. At Florida State University, he earned his Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. Jimmy was also exposed to the sport of Triathlon at FSU and competed at the collegiate level all 4 years. Jimmy continues to race in a broad range of events and likes to race alongside his athletes. He's a natural encourager and doesn't believe in "yelling" at his clients. Most recently he completed his first Half Ironman, earning 3rd in his Age Group.

What his clients say:

"I started training with an online coach who was actually an accountant turned running coach, but she knew nothing about me and was unable to watch me run. I knew I needed a change so that’s when I decided to try Jimmy out. Jimmy kicks my butt when I need it but is understanding when I need him to be. Jimmy is knowledgeable, motivating and approachable. He never makes me feel inferior or dumb for any of the questions that I ask. Most importantly, Jimmy knows not only how to develop an athlete but also how to speak to an athlete because he is an athlete. Jimmy is an excellent coach and any athlete would be lucky to have him."


"Being coached by Jimmy is like having an insurance policy for my racing performance and improvements. He is thorough in his plans and makes a conscious effort to know specific details about my races and goals. Jimmy is patient and committed to proving I can accomplish my objectives."


"Jimmy is very knowledgeable of the sport, a reliable/responsible coach, totally approachable and easy to communicate with, and always listens to my concerns and needs. The training program he designs is tailored to my specific abilities and goals. With Jimmy as my coach, I have set running Personal Records in various distances, won my age group in a triathlon, and progressed as an athlete. I couldn't do it without Coach Jimmy!"





Blogger Bria is a customer service manager at St. Pete Running Company.