The New York City Half Marathon is one of New York Road Runner’s most celebrated races, and this year the course has gotten a major makeover. I won’t say “upgrade” because I know some people are unhappy with the new details, but I will say that the course update comes with new and unique challenges — like crossing the Manhattan Bridge within the first three miles before shooting up the East River Parkway, and ending amongst the rolling hills of Central Park.
While personally I like the idea of finishing in Central Park over Wall Street, those inclines and declines (chutes and ladders, if you will?) will undoubtedly be difficult in the final leg of the race. Which brings me to my next point… race preparation!
If you’ve registered for the United Airlines NYC Half, consider hiring a coach for your training period.
You can probably finish 13.1 miles without seeking outside help, but a coach can help you in a variety of ways and make your entire training experience easier, more seamless and extra fun. And don’t forget — a coach can also help you generate better results!
Here’s what a coach can help with:
- Making the plan itself and taking the guesswork out of training: A coach will provide you with a week’s worth of structure that will prepare you to run the distance ahead of you as safely as possible to help you avoid injury
- Reaching your goals: If you’ve got big (or small) goals, a coach can help you accomplish them.
- Providing accountability: Without a coach, who’s going to nag you about not finishing your workouts?
- Expert advice: It helps to know this person has run this distance before — multiple times — and knows what it takes to get you through the finish line.
- Personal knowledge: With a variety of clients, a run coach also has TONS of relevant running knowledge that can help you along the way.
- Reassurance and Motivation: Because at some point, you will doubt yourself.
- Pride: You won’t just be running for yourself — you’ll also be running to impress your coach.
- Investment in Yourself: Investing financially in your running can help you be more accountable in your training, and your finances. Plus, by investing financially in a coach, you’ll gain someone who’s invested in your well-being.
The good news is, I’ll be creating beginner, intermediate and experienced training plans for the United NYC Half, and would be happy to be your coach!
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and/or any questions!
— Coach EK