ISSUE #10: Making a Case for Coaches

Thanks to everyone that has mentioned to me that they’re enjoying the newsletter. Of course, in a way that creates pressure to continuously come up with new topics, tips, and recipes to share each week. Some weeks it feels like I have enough material to go on forever. Other weeks I feel like I’m scrambling to find a theme.
Earlier this week we had a kickoff meeting for the MDRA spring marathon and half marathon training class that I’ll be co-coaching again this year. I’ll get back to the class in a minute, but I wanted to make the case for coaches. I’m not just talking about a coach to help with your running or your health. I’m talking about hiring a coach for any aspect of your life that you’d like help with or want to get better at. There’s a chance you already have a coach, or coaches, in your life and you might not even realize it. They just go by other titles; financial planner, personal trainer, mentor, and so on. I even remember reading an article about a surgeon who hired a coach to help him understand why his performance in the operating room was plateauing. It’s a long article, so luckily there’s a TED talk video by the author entitled “Want to get great at something? Get a coach.”
Obviously, being a coach, this post could seem like I have an agenda. I do, but it’s not to get more clients. If someone reads this, feels inspired and wants to work with me, that’s great. However, my main agenda is to help people remember that they’re capable of so much more than they think is possible. Again, this applies to all areas of life, but let’s focus on running. There are tons of great running coaches locally in the Twin Cities; Dennis BarkerRochelle Christensen, and Kelly Mortenson all have websites and come to mind immediately. You can stop by any running specialty store and just ask. I know Josh Moen, Kurt Decker, and Brian Klug at TC Running do some coaching. Of course, there’s always the interwebs and a quick Google search will yield coaching options. Or you can look on these sites for Lydiard or Road Runner Club of America (RRCA) certified coaches – even searching by state. The point is, now that the majority of winter is behind us, it’s time to think about racing and getting after it – before next winter arrives.
Even better than “just” a coach, is a training group. So, getting back to the MDRA training class, we start meeting this Saturday, March 9th. We’ll have at least 80 runners in the class and we’ll meet twice a week; Tuesdays for hills and speed work and Saturdays for long runs. We split into 4 main groups based on training paces of anywhere from 8:00 – 12:00+ per mile. If you, or someone you know, is looking for training partners, training direction, or just something new, come check us out.
Recipe of the week: 
This week’s recipe is brought to you by the hoodlums at Thug Kitchen. Before you click on their site I should warn you that their tagline is “Eat like you give a f*ck” and, as such, their recipes are littered with profanities. Some people find them offensive. I find it more-funny than anything, especially when you consider that the authors aren’t “thugs” at all. Anyway, their first cookbook was mentioned by Gwyneth Paltrow on the Rachael Ray show and they exploded from there. Like any good entrepreneurs, they quickly produced two more cookbooks. This recipe for Turmeric and Sweet Potato Soup comes from their Thug Kitchen 101 cookbook.
What I’ve been listening to:
Last week I mentioned the NAZ Elite running group, Scott Fauble, and how much I liked his new book, Inside a Marathon. Carrie Tollefson must have been reading because she reached out to Fauble to have him on her Ctolle Run Podcast. I love it when athletes open up and share themselves with their fans through social media, podcasts, books, etc. It only makes sense if they want to grow their fan-base. A month ago I didn’t know Fauble, now I’m looking forward to seeing how he does in Boston in just over 5 weeks.
If you’ve even just listened to one podcast, there’s a chance you’ve gone “down the rabbit hole” and discovered many more podcasts that you want to come back to. Anyone who’s been reading my newsletter knows I’m a huge fan of the Rich Roll Podcast and Finding Mastery. I’ve dabbled with some other podcasts, but these are my 2 go-tos. One of the podcasts that I’ve dabbled in is Impact Theory. There are a couple of reasons why I haven’t gone “all-in” with this podcast; 1) time – there’s only so much content I can listen to (and retain) and 2) I haven’t quite figured out the host, Tom Bilyeu, yet. With Rich and Dr. Mike it’s very apparent that they’re just genuine, caring people that are as interested in learning themselves as they are in sharing with their audience. I don’t get this same vibe from Tom, however, when you combine him with Rich my perception starts to shift.
Today’s Quote: 
“Surround yourself with as many amazing people as possible. The people that see things in you that you can’t see in yourself.” – Coach George Raveling

Chad Austin