We are taught from a young age that we are each unique. Unique personality, unique looks, unique physiology, unique minds. There is no one like you!

And the same comes to you, the runner. You can train exactly like Eliud Kipchoge, but you will never be Eliud Kipchoge. In fact, with all respect, you won’t even be able to train like Eliud Kipchoge. His training is designed his body, mind and professional athlete lifestyle.

Runners all have different muscle types, body types, heart, lungs, mindsets, personalities, lifestyles. And lets not forget, different moms and dads which have passed on their genes! All of these differences play a big role in determining what type of and how much training is best for each of us individually. What might result in a personal best for one person, might not do the same for you.

This is why they refer to coaches as both scientists and artists. A great coach is able to apply the science to your unique humanness and lifestyle in a way that will bring out the best runner in YOU.

Then of course there are the unpredictables –  illness, injury, work, travel, family commitments etc. All factors that greatly influence your race preparations, but which a one size fits all training plan is not able to adapt to.

While not everyone has the privilege of receiving personalised coaching, you can become your own best coach simply by logging your training carefully and taking note of what works for YOU and what does not. Then just keep on doing what works.

It really is as simple as knowing your own body and mind, finding your best lane and sticking to it!

Let me know how you are getting on.

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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