I’m really looking forward to starting this process of helping you to realize your running goals. Some of the following information will help give a clear picture of what I will expect from you as a coach as well as give you information on how you can best use me to get what you need.
In the beginning Janet recommends that you have sessions once every two weeks in order to help you overcome the background of years of ingrained movement patterns in order to instate new movement patterns that lead to improved running form.
She recommends when possible that you opt for a 3-, 5-, or 8-session package to get the consistent, up-front work on your form that you need. You will be a different runner by employing these methods—no matter what level you are, you’re running will be transformed by consistent work with these techniques.
What to Bring to Your First Session
Please bring to each session running clothes, running shoes, and your running log. Even if you don’t need help with your training schedule and just want form work, I need this information in terms of deciphering what the causes of your injury may be, or form problems.
I will send you a questionnaire preceding our first session that will ask about your background and current training. Please fill this out if you can up front. It will save more time for the session to work on the issues that you want help with.
I will videotape your running form and we will work to improve your form. Click here for more details around videotaping.
We will plan a training schedule together based on your issues with form and goals for the future.
Listen to your coach and make sure your coach is listening to you. Be honest with feedback to me. I need to know how you feel in order to adjust your training schedule. If you’re having difficulty, I need to know. If your training schedule is posing problems to the rest of your life, please let me know. On the same token, when I’m giving workouts, there is a lot of background information and reasoning that goes into it that comes from my experience as a coach and runner. Please don’t change workouts unless you talk to me, especially when you have an injury that you are dealing with. Exactitude is actually more important than you might think.
At different times I’ll ask you to leave me a leg report by email. Sometimes when things are more complicated, we might need to talk on the phone. I depend on you to take this responsibility when I ask for a leg report specifically. Once you leave a report, I will get back to you about the next step to take.
As your coach, it’s extremely important that I know about any injuries or anything that might be going on that’s hurting. It’s important that you call me right away so I can help you in the initial stages. If we get right on top of the healing process, often times injuries can be healed really quickly with a few simple focuses and the right measure taken, rather than having a setback.
I want you to keep a log of all your workouts. In order to help you with your program, I need to have a record of what you actually do. I will give you a calendar in the session and make sure you bring your log to the sessions and we’ll go over it. Again, if you have questions before then, please email me. An example is say you miss a workout and you’re not sure what the best thing to do is, that’s what I’m here for.