FYI - I have 6 years cross country coaching experience, I am in my 3rd season with Team In Training, and I'm a Certified Fitness Trainer. I realize it must sound strange that I want to be a better runner and yet I coached running for 6 years, but I guess you could always call me a "wanna be" runner. I LOVED coaching my athletes and helping friends, but never was a very good runner myself. I have completed 3 full marathons, 8 half marathons, and a few 5/10k's, but I'm still just running slower than I would like to be. All opinions, suggestions, and comments welcomed.
Although you have coached others, you would benefit from having someone now coach you. My advice is to come out to the club and talk with Tony Flesch, who would be an outstanding person to get you started. Also, recognize that people run for different reasons and rather than post your story here on the bulletin board, you should be prepared to talk about your objectives, beyond just being "a better runner," which can mean many things.
You will also benefit from running with a group, and finding people at your level or faster, to make workouts more enjoyable and challenging. I appreciate that you posted this today. I imagine many people feel as you do, but don't have the idea to post about it. Come out and run with us. Spareribs
Thank you for the response. I have been working with a trainer/coach for the past 4 months and it's been hell. I would love a coach that actually knows what they are doing and not just taking my money. I will heed your advice.
There are many different approaches to gaining speed and endurance. Hansens recommend many days of training with no very long runs. FIRST recommends only three quality workouts a week with 2 days of cross training. As an uncertified student of The sport I think different training regimens work differently for different people. If I were a coach I would push everyone to FIRST because it worked for me, however I have other running buddies that run every day and consistently run faster then I.
With this in mind evaluate what your real goal is (run faster, run longer) then try a different training regimen for at least a month to see what makes you feel like you are progressing tp your goal. A coach is important if you wish to improve form and reduce risk of injury but it important to find a coach that is flexible and willing to tailor a plan to what works for you physiologically and that meets your specific goals.