Why get a coach?


  • The training is designed specifically according to your training goals, training history and current training capacity
  • Your training week is structured around your work and family commitments
  • A coach is someone to challenge you; listen to you talking about training, work, time management, power, heart rate, splits.  If you don’t value that then try talking to your wife or work colleagues about the 3:30 you ran in your first km of the 5k or going off 1:45 for your 20 x 100m swim session- they won’t care or interested and they won’t offer constructive advice or alternative strategies.
  • A coach empowers an athlete to come up with a fresh approach to an old problem. If your run is a problem then the coach will work with you to try and fix it.
  • A coach lets you test out your ideas and modifies them where appropriate.  Do you want to do treadmill sessions or circuit classes that’s fine a coach will fit them into a schedule where appropriate to you goals but if it’s not appropriate the coach will tell you.  A coach will often tell you where sessions are not helpful but may still include them because the athlete really wants to do them but the coach will tell the athlete the truth about the benefits.  If it’s a mental benefit that’s great but the coach will realise this – remember 85% of athletes do what the want; the successful 15% do what they need to do.
  • Your coach is probably the only person outside yourself who is interested in your sporting development.
  • Your coach gives you accountability and commitment.  This is a HUGE asset.
  • They will ask you questions to get down to the real issue.
  • They help the athlete identify what is really important for them.
  •  They will challenge to stretch the athlete.  You wouldn’t do the sessions at the pace the coach sets.  Sure you could say I’ll do an interval session but how many reps are you going to do and why?  If a coach sets 8 x 2 mins at 3:50 per km there is a reason.  What session would you set for yourself and what is that based on? Why was your coach setting your threshold pace at 3:50 per km and what would you set and why?

Science tells us that if you commit your goals to writing you are 40% more likely to achieve them.

It also tells us that if you tell someone else you are 60% more likely to achieve them.

Finally it tells us that if you have a coach you are 95% more likely to achieve your goals.

Coach Kathleen


About Coach Kathleen

Coaching since 2004, I have coached both young and old athletes from those achieving provincial and national medals in track, biathlon and cross country to runners running their first ever half marathon or marathon. I am a specialist in youth coaching and my coaching philosophy is to not only help each athlete achieve their best with their athletic talent but to guide each athlete in developing character and transforming their lives beyond the track. As an athlete I have competed at high levels across all the running disciplines, track, road, cross country and trail running as well as internationally in triathlon. I have a personal best of 2 hours 45 min for the marathon and have twice been part of the winning ladies team in the AfricanX trail race. Qualifications IAAF Athletics Lecturer Level 3 Distance Running Coach SAQ Fundamental Movement Certificate Personal Running Performances
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