In her Monday New York Times column, Gina Kolata looks at three different types of people: those who enjoy working with coaches, those who don’t, and coaches themselves. (Fun fact: Anyone can claim to be a coach. There’s no certification process required.)
Kolata falls into the pro-coach camp: “Who else…wants to hear how far or how fast I ran or whether my legs felt heavy?” she writes.
She names a number of runners who’ve chosen to work alone, including Olympic great Joan Benoit Samuelson and American half-marathon record-holder Ryan Hall. Benoit Samuelson says she was unable to find a coach whose personality worked with hers, while Hall cites the flexibility of self-coaching as his reason for going solo.
What about you? Have you ever worked with a coach? Why or why not? If not, would you ever try it?