Meet Coach Janet.
Janet is currently pregnant, a running coach, and a Brooks I.D. member.
Brooks I.D. stands for Inspire Daily. These two simple words guide the principles of the program. Brooks I.D. is made up of over 800 members who are active in their running communities and share a passion for the Brooks brand. They are runners who are winners in their own right: Winning their age divisions, accomplishing their personal goals, pushing their own limits, and, by extension, encouraging others to do the same. They are coaches, mentors, and leaders.
I recently had a chance to interview Janet as part of my Brooks Ambassadorship, and I have to say, it was an honor to speak with her – what a inspiration!
What is your coaching philosophy?
I think my philosophy is to really take an individual approach, even in a group setting. First, you need to understand why someone is running and what their goals are – get in shape, finish a 5K, run a 10K PR, etc. I believe you have to love what you do. You do not have to love every run or every workout – you shouldn’t! But if you don’t love to run, you will never achieve your goals or your personal best. If you love it, then I want to help you figure out how to get the best out of you!
Did you have a favorite track workout?
The one that was last week and is done? Ha! That’s a tough one. For me, as a runner, and now doing more “middle distance” type races in track, I like the chance to try to go “fast!” So anything that is one lap or less, where I get to work on my speed vs putting in the miles. And I like a workout that ends with a few fast 200s – I feel like that is a chance to really dig deep and focus when I’m tired and that helps me at the end of any race regardless of distance. As far as coaching, since most folks I work with are doing longer races, I like ladders and really having them focus on hitting their times and maintaining their pace, particularly once they hit the longest interval and then coming back down. I feel like it’s a good mental game that they can draw on when they run their race.
What advice do you have for expectant mothers who want to stay active during pregnancy?
Wow! I actually thought about doing a whole lot with this when I was pregnant and my doctor told me I am now the example she uses with her patients! Anyway, first I would say that if you are even considering getting pregnant, start to get in shape and get your body used to working out NOW. Once your pregnant is not the time to suddenly decide you want to run (that said, walking is great). And most important, have an open and honest conversation with your doctor about what you currently do and what you are allowed to do. I talked to my doctor at every single appointment about my exercise and always, always had her approval to keep running, doing races (at a relaxed pace), etc. Understand that more than ever, you need to listen to your body, but that exercise will help you feel better through every trimester and through delivery. Reset your goals and reasons for running. Although I still did the Broad Street Run (10 miler) at 25 weeks, I didn’t expect to come close to a PR…I had fun and ran the whole way and finished. And invest in some good sports bras, expect the first few minutes of each run to be a bit uncomfortable as everything “settles” and when someone questions you for running, just smile and walk away! I truly believe I can credit my running and gym work to the fact that I not only had a very healthy pregnancy with no issues, but that I recovered so well and walked the 3 blocks home from the hospital.
What’s your current coaching goal?
Not sure I have one other than to just be able to share whatever knowledge I have with whomever when appropriate and try to instill a love of running in others. I think my goals often revolve around those I’m helping. A friend is running her first Broad St and she was never a runner. My goal is to ensure she has confidence in her training and herself and that she finishes with a positive experience. On the other hand, another friend has goals that are pretty lofty and specific and I want to make sure I’m providing the right workouts and motivation to help her reach them.
Thank you, Janet!
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