Disclosure: I received complimentary coaching from Ekiden Coaching as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.
In over 2 years of running now, I have had many ups and downs training for different races. I’m actually quite proud of all I have accomplished just through research on the internet. However, “going it alone” has its drawbacks, like a lack of motivation sometimes. I have been so curious to try a coaching program just to see if it helped me to become a more consistent runner. Through BibRave, I had the opportunity to partner with Ekiden Coaching and try working with a coach for the very first time in my running career.
What is Ekiden, exactly?
Ekiden is a new coaching platform that harnesses the power of the World Wide Web to connect runners with a coach that is right for them. According to the Ekiden website, “from the beginning, our mission and vision has been to bring a great human coaching experience to every athlete, not just a training plan.” So, after years of using template plans and making slight tweaks, I said “sign me up” to an approach that would actually tailor my running schedule to me!
Images above are from the Ekiden website.
For the past several weeks to a month, I’ve been on the Personal Coaching plan. It has been super convenient to have a coach (Jenny, who is awesome) tell me what to work out, and when to do it. Actually, she’s done a lot more than just that. We had an initial call to hash out what I wanted, my goals, the type of runner I am, etc. It was definitely helpful to have a time to chat normally!
Additionally, week to week you’ll use the Ekiden website or text message notifications, if you choose, to get your workouts. Within reason, coaches can make accommodations for your schedule as well. There is also a messaging capability, so you can give and receive feedback. Overall, it’s pretty simple and seamless.
How I’ve Benefitted from Having a Running Coach
Now that I’ve been training with Jenny and Ekiden a little over a month, I can say that having a running coach has helped my training consistency. Hopefully, this will translate to an overall more enjoyable second marathon (not that one runs marathons to enjoy themselves). Basically, I’m hoping to not feel quite so beat up by it!
One thing that Jenny has done that I’ve really liked, is that she’s listened to me overall about my desire to incorporate a lot of cross training into my routine. While she recommended to run 3-4 days per week, I have still been able to get in a bit of cross training each week. For me, that’s important to keeps things fresh!
I also feel more confident, having a resource that I can ask directly for advice and guidance. Someone who has been in my shoes and knows where I am coming from. Friends and family are normally great for that sort of thing, but their advice doesn’t always translate to the running world.
Aspects that Haven’t Been my Preference
One of the best things about Ekiden – connecting through technology – has actually been one of the things that I haven’t liked as much. Though it makes the coaching much more affordable, I do wish I was able to chat more with my coach. She’s been super responsive, but I am not the type of person to check an individual website to deliver feedback. I wish there was a way to just have a weekly, 5-15 minute check in call, where I could chat about my workouts for the week and deliver feedback right there. It’s more of a preference though, and I still plan to use Ekiden after my trial has ended.
If you’re thinking of venturing into the coaching foray, but the cost of such programs gives you a fright, I recommend Ekiden! Compared to many other personal training and/or coaching options out there, this is a much better way to get exactly what you need, without sacrificing your firstborn child.
What’s even better is that you can try Ekiden with this unique discount code, BibRave16, which gets you one month free when you purchase a 3 month plan. And, if you sign up for a longer plan, like a six month plan, you’ll only pay $53/month. Go to ekiden.com to sign up (scroll all the way down to view more pricing details).
Also, hope you’ve enjoyed some of the scenery from my recent Ekiden runs!
What’s the biggest change in routine that’s helped you become a better runner?
Cheers to deciding not to go it alone with my training any more!