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Instead of a Jockology column this week, my editors at the Globe and Mail asked me to write about the phenomenon of recreational runners hiring elite distance runners to coach them. I spoke to a bunch of runners ranging from beginners to veterans road warriors, working with coaches like Marilyn Arsenault, Jerry Ziak and Brandon Laan, to find out why they decided to get coaching and what they’re learning from it:
As she recovered from a hysterectomy last year, Dee Ogden was eager to resume running but nervous about the post-surgical impact on her running form. So she did something that surprisingly few runners do: She hired a coach.
“When you learn tennis, you learn about your stroke and form,” says Ms. Ogden, 44, a registered nurse in Victoria. “Why wouldn’t you do that with running?” [READ ON…]