In my five years of being a runner, I have been self coached. I took advice from others, but ultimately it was me who dictated what I did. Being self coached requires a great deal of discipline. The only person you are accountable to is yourself, which can be both a blessing and a curse. I think that worked out fairly well for me in the past. I achieved some respectable PRs under my own guidance.
But, I want to become better. I don't just want to be "average"...I want to be considered "good". I don't think I can achieve this on my own, which is why I am going to start working with a running coach on Wednesday. My coach "W" is a runner himself. He actually coaches my best runner friend, who I have trained with for the past year.
The self-coaching door is shutting come Wednesday and the "getting coached" door is opening wide. With it come all sorts of excitement, dreams, and goals that I hope to accomplish. I realize my goals are ambitious, but W says that they are attainable. This scares and excites me at the same time. In the next six months, my goals are:
1. Break 1:30 for a half marathon (sub 6:53 average pace)
2. Break 20:00 for a 5k (sub 6:24 pace)
3. Break 3:20 for a marathon (sub 7:38 pace)
And as Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." It will take work, but I believe my body and mind are capable of running these times.