Working with a coach

As I gear up to start training for my two fall half marathons, I’ll be adding a new twist – working with a running coach!

My new coach is Bennett Cohen — he’s a running coach to women boomers (read those of us 40+), and is also the President of the International Association of Women Runners. We connected over a year ago and have been in touch off and on via email ever since. I’ve been feeling a little stalled in my progress and was starting to spin myself in knots trying to find the “right” training plan. Working with Bennett, I’m really looking forward to having someone else make my training decisions, monitor my progress and work with me to make the necessary adjustments!

After a great conversation last week, a review of my race results, recent runs, and my goals, Bennett sent me the first 6 weeks of my customized plan. Training officially kicks off next week and I cannot wait to begin! I’m both nervous and excited! This plan is definitely going to push me out of my comfort zone a bit and I’m looking forward to the challenge of it and seeing where it takes me.



  1. That sounds great! Keep us updated about your progress!

  2. I hired a coach to help me with my training last month and I’m loving it! I don’t ever have to worry about what I’m doing tomorrow – it’s already set for me. šŸ™‚
    I’m sure you’ll do great – good luck with the training!

  3. It will be a great investment and I do like the idea of not having to worry about what to do next. If I don’t make my goals this year, might be looking at one for next year. šŸ™‚ Have fun running and good luck meeting your goals.

  4. I have seriously considered this as well and I’m curious to see how your journey goes. I kind of want a running/personal trainer all wrapped into one. Maybe that’s the case anyway. I haven’t done it but would love to hear what others have to say.

  5. So cool! I think working with a coach is a great way to push yourself and see what you can do. Awesome! Good luck!!

  6. What a wonderful idea. Having someone to encourage you will be great!

  7. Fantastic! I’ve always wondered about coaching but have never pulled the trigger. I’ll be following your progress closely. All the best with it!

  8. Good for you! I hope it’s a great match and that you bust through some goals with him!

  9. How was the coaching/training? Did you find it was all you thought it would be and did you feel that you got a good return for your investment of both time and money?

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