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Adidas miCoach Connect {giveaway}

by Meghann on October 27, 2011

Last month the kind folks at Adidas sent me their new miCoach Connect technology to test out.**

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The miCoach Heart Rate Monitor syncs with an app on your iPod or iPhone. The app reads your heart rate and coaches you to ‘speed up’ or ‘slow down’ based on pre-determined training goals you’ve selected. The concept is pretty straight forward and reminds me of treadmills with pre-calculated workouts you can follow based on height/weight/heart rate/etc.

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The set up was pretty easy, all I had to do was download the miCoach app (for free) and connect the monitor/reader/thingy to the iPod.

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Then I strapped on the heart rate monitor and was good to go.

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(Not an awkward photo in the least….)

The miCoach app takes your inputted height and weight and calculates four colored coded optimal heart rate zones: Blue, Green, Yellow, and Red. Each workout is designed around holding these zones for a certain length of time before moving on to the next.

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The software comes with a few sample workouts (or you can build your own). I did the assessment workout first to let the system gauge where I was, then selected the 30 minute progression workout as part of my 6 mile run on Tuesday.

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My Pros and Cons…

Pro: The heart rate displayed on the screen throughout the run

Con: The iPod was tucked in my arm band so I couldn’t see it

Pro: The voice told me when to speed up or slow down

Con: I had no clue whether I was running at the right heart rate anytime in between

Pro: The voice spoke over my music, so I didn’t have to worry about missing out on my tunes during the run.

Con: The sample workouts were 30 minutes or less (but I could easily download or create more)

Pro: I could continue my workout without interruption once the first 30 minutes were up.

Pro: The heart rate data automatically uploaded to my miCoach profile, so I could retrieve it from the internet without ever having to connect anything (MAJOR PRO!)

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umm… 9%? Obviously I’m not great at taking directions!

It wasn’t until I reviewed my workout stats that I realized I had not followed the cues at all (umm… thanks for the warning ‘speed up’ and ‘slow down’ voice!). I guess once i got in my groove it was hard to slow down and be at the speed I needed to be at (stupid pride). I did try slowing down when the voice asked me to, but there was no follow-up warning that I wasn’t meeting their demands, so I had no clue where I was. At that point it would have been nicer if I had my ipod in front of me, so I could see the stats on the screen.

To be fair, I’m not great with the whole heart rate monitor thing. I had one once (with my Garmin 305), but never wore it. I know that I should track my heart rate to understand how hard I’m really pushing myself during runs, but those numbers never interested me as much as pace or distance. (I know, bad runner).

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It should be noted that the Adidas miCoach mobile app for the iPhone/Android/Blackberry does use GPS for pace- based coaching as well. However, I was testing the miCoach Heart Rate Monitor Connect via an iPod Touch (no GPS – boo!). A miCoach Strides Sensor is sold separately for non-GPS based pace/distance coaching that I think would have helped my opinion on this little system. πŸ™‚

Giveaway Time!

Ok, after that big long review, I do have some good news! There is a giveaway, yes, but it isn’t exactly for the miCoach connect.

I have ONE pair of Adidas CC TRs (male or female sizing) to give away!

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Adidas CC TR

Clean and simple lines create a sophisticated running style. Minimalist upper promotes optimum ventilation and flexible tooling provides comfort and freedom of movement for screaming down the trails.

Nice, right?

These shoes are trail running specific, so if you have any interest in trail running (I <3 trail runs!) go ahead and enter. Not into trail running? Well, at least the shoes are cute – enter anyway. πŸ˜‰

To enter – just leave a comment below with your preferred training style.

Do you like to be coached or are you an athlete who likes to figure it out on their own?

You have until tomorrow at noon EST to enter and I will pick a winner during my lunch post. Good luck!

*This giveaway is only own to U.S. residents. Sorry!

** The miCoach connect was a free gift from Adidas. However, I am NOT being compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

1 Mary @ food and fun on the run October 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I love having a coach! When I focus on what I want to do all the time, the workouts get repetitive. If I have a coach, they can push me so much harder, and really get me out of my comfort zone! I feel that I am a better runner with a coach!
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2 Sarah @ The Dirt Road Dreamer October 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I’m a coach kinda girl. Growing up playing sports you’re always given a workout to do, so trying to figure it out on my own is not coming easy.
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3 Jess@atasteofconfidence October 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I liked to be coached! Pushes me harder.
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4 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I fall somewhere in the middle. I like guidance but I don’t like to be harped on or “micro-coached” (totally making up that term.) I’m the same way in regards to heartrate stuff. I never really pay attention. Oops!
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5 Emily V. October 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I wish I had a coach. Instead of I just kind of make things up. When I don’t know what to do, I don’t do anything, so it’s a pretty poor strategy. I need a ‘design your own workout for dummies’ book.

6 Cristina October 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I like a little bit of both. I like to hear some expert advice, but prefer to make the final decisions on my training myself.

7 Molly@hungryhungry spanrunner.com October 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I love having a coach! I like having someone – preferrably somone who knows what they are doing – give me guidance, push me and help me improve. πŸ™‚
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8 Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com October 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I love having a coach! It helps to have someone – preferrably someone who knows what they are doing – give you guidance, motivation and insight. πŸ™‚
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9 Hannah (Running In Freedom) October 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I’ve never tried a heart rate monitor but it sounds interesting! I would like to train with a group of some kind for my next race. It would be nice to have that team mentality and also the accountability. πŸ˜‰

10 Brianna October 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I love having a coach, especially since it’s my brother he knows he can push me! My favorite type of training is trail runs- they sure can kick my but, very rewarding!
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11 Debra Paluch October 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I’m hoping this is where we are supposed to enter to win the shoes. I just found your blog and I’m enjoying reading all that you’ve posted.

12 Kat October 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I am not very good at taking direction so I really hate to be coached but it’s something I’m working on. I’ve been taking group fitness classes and specifically asking for feedback from the instructors as a way of getting comfortable with constructive criticism.

I’m also just getting into trail running, don’t have proper footwear for it yet and would LOVE to win these shoes!!!

13 Stacey October 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I’m a mixture of both!! I’ve learned by figuring it and reading lots of magazines and blogs. But recently went to a running clinic and was surprised to see what I learned! I couldn’t imagine having an actual running coach.

(love the shoes by the way. I’d love to give those a try!)
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14 Karen Hannington October 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I prefer the coaching to keep me on track

15 Kara October 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

My husband is my running coach. I trail run often and I’d love to try those shoes!
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16 Lindsay October 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I like a combination of being coached and trying things out on my own.
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17 J October 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm

A coach, especially one that will push you to do your best!

18 Krissy @ Shiawase Life October 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I like having a basic guideline and then working on the workout through ‘feel.’ For example, I have a training plan for my upcoming marathon through Runner’s World Smart Coach, but have stuck to it about 80 percent – sometimes I want to run more, less, or switch out speed for tempo training, etc πŸ˜€
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19 Heather M October 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I like to be coached so I know I’m actually doing something!!!!!

20 heatherfeather October 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

hi! those shoes look compfy….i don’t really want to be coached or follow a plan when i exercise. it’s my time to NOT think and randomly burn off steam and feel those feel-good endorphins. πŸ™‚

21 Laura October 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I definitely like to train with a coach or at least other people. Having others be there to hold me accountable makes me work much harder than I would have had I been training on my own!

22 Chloe@LightOnMyFeet October 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I’d prefer to train myself because I feel too much pressure if I’m coached. Also, I want to take full responsibility when I reach the goal πŸ™‚
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23 Jen October 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I have never been coached on anything…never played sports, so thats why I took up running. I do better on by own!
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24 Allison B. October 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I enjoy making training plans based off a couple different ones. I also really enjoy group classes….so I would say I am half and half! Sometimes I want someone there coaching me to do “just one more” and sometimes I like to what I feel!

25 Rachael @ Happy Healthy Runner October 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

part of me wishes I had a coach and the other part of me knows that I’m super stubborn and love to figure things out on my own. I never ever track my heart rate so I guess I’m a bad runner too :-/ oh well!

26 Cat @Breakfast to Bed October 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I suck at being coached. This is why the second time I had a baby. I opted for epidural before I even felt a twinge of pain (induced) and shot my baby out like a canon.
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27 Danielle October 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Coach all the way! I love to have someone there pushing me and keeping me motivated, even if it’s just an “electronic” coach or a friend. Encouragement from others really helps me stay dedicated!

PS Meghann, just discovered your blog a few weeks ago. I’m loving it! Glad you’re settling in to Tampa it’s a great city, I moved here from Orlando almost 10 years ago.

28 SaraA October 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I would love to have a coach! It’s so helpful to have someone keeping me accountable and encouraging me.

29 Lindsay October 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I have never had a coach, but would LOVE to be coached. I train with pre-planned workouts. I have only trained once with a heart rate monitor…. Great review!

30 Jess October 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I think I would like having a coach – as long as it was the right person. In your face boot camp style is not for me!

31 samantha October 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I like to figure it out on my own. I appreciate having a coach to go to every now and then, but otherwise I find exercise meditative and like to zone out πŸ™‚ I don’t think I would have reached your 9%…

32 Kristi October 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I am a figure it out on my own kind of gal. When someone is pushing me to do something that I don’t care for I don’t stick to it. But when I am doing something because I like to do, I stick to it. I was never one for tough love when it came to working out πŸ™‚

33 Kelly Anderson October 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I prefer to have a running buddy to help encourage me to go further. Although, running by yourself is very peaceful to let you think things out. Getting out of the house and running is awesome to be able to see nature if you’re in the country, like myself. You see alot of things most take for granted. Running is such a great overall body excerise. :^)
Thanks Meg for the givaway!

~Kelly

34 Leanne October 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I like being coached when it comes to weight training, kickboxing, etc but when it comes to running I really can only listen to my own body, otherwise I wont make it through!

35 jen October 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I love having a coach around to really kick my butt, but a lot of times I like to take control and do my own thing!

36 Hope October 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I would much rather be coached so that I know what I am doing and that I am doing it correctly.
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37 Holly October 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I definitley am a figure it out by myself type of person!

38 Cate October 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I usually figure it out on my own, but am always open to advice. I always research training plans though to get a basic outline before I start a plan.
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39 Anastasia October 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I really like being coached as it helps motivate me even more. I always go to group exercise classes because of that.
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40 Danielle @ Long May You Run October 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I’ve never had a coach, but I’m not sure how well I’d do with one. I kinda have a control problem =) Instead, I like to educate myself the best I can and then come up with my own game plan.

And I could really use the trail shoes- I’ve almost been talked into running a 50k in January!
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41 Michelle October 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm

While I normally base my training on a plan set by someone else, I like to figure things out on my own. Years of being coached (yelled at) in basketball will do that, I guess.

42 Izzie October 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I’m also a coach kind of girl- too many years on various teams! Now I’m awful at doing anything other than long, slow runs by myself, I need the motivation of a coach P

43 Lindsey M October 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I am definitly a coach girl at first, then I like to figure it out from there!

44 Caroline October 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I love having a coach, but they’re hard to come by. The non-human coaches are not the same as the x-country and track coaches I had in college. Usually I gauge my running based on how hard I feel I’m pushing myself. Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised, other times I’m sorely disappointed.

45 Lisa Fine October 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I like to follow experts’ plans (especially Jeff Galloway’s), but do my own thing when I hit the trails or the road.
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46 Katie October 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I prefer to be coached. I have worked out with personal trainers in the past, and I loved how they would challenge me. They would push me out of my comfort zone. I think we are all capable of more than we realize. Sometimes it takes someone else motivating us to realize just what we are capable of.

47 Megan October 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I love being coached when I am first trying something new and then I like to go with the flow and make my own schedule.

48 Savannah October 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I love having a coach, someone to push you when you really need it!!

49 Hannah N. October 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I like it when I have prompts or other people to push me. I can push/motivate myself, but I find I get bored!

50 Kim @ The Family Practice October 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I want that little app thing – I have a droid though. I wonder if it only connects to iPhone? I’ll have to check into that…
And of course, who doesn’t want Adi shoes? My husband just got the guy ones and he loves them
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51 Heather October 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I like to train on my own, I get too self conscious if someone is watching and telling me what to do!
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52 maija October 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

i love coaches… but only when i can hate them for pushing me. it’s complicated πŸ™‚

53 Jennifer V. October 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I like to be coached! It makes me want to work harder and gives me motivation πŸ™‚

Thanks for the giveaway!

54 Gavi @ Gavi Gets Going! October 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I like to run on my own, but running with a team or coach pushes me to be much faster!
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55 Michelle October 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I like being coached. It forces me to be pushed, which is something I sometimes won’t do when I’m the one creating my own workouts.

56 Wendy October 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I like having the motivation and accountability that having a coach provides.

Love those shoes! My favorite color!

57 chloe@321delish.com October 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I love training plans. Coaching is great but not 100% necessary for me, but without a plan, I am lost…

58 laura October 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I need new shoes so badly but due to my lack of funds (damn you, college!) I’ve been putting it off!

I prefer to push myself and figure out what works best for me. But the miCoach sounds neat!
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59 Mari October 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I prefer to figure it out on my own! I don’t do well if my workouts are too structured.

60 Caitlin C. October 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm

My preferred training style is in a group! It gives me other people to compare myself to and try to beat (in my head only of course). The group’s leader provides motivation and pushes me beyond my limits.
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61 Cindy October 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I used to swear by training plans but they actually caused me to get burnt out on running. I’d feel guilty if I skipped a workout. Now that I’ve run a few marathons I just use them as guidelines and base my workouts on how i’m feeling!

62 Carolina @ Peas in a Blog October 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Awesome review, sounds like this could be a good product.

I like being coached, keeps me accountable & on pace.
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63 Alex October 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I love having a coach! I feel like a coach is more reliable than me and when I have one I always feel bad about bailing on training.

64 Whitney October 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I love just figuring it out as I go! I feel like I do my best that way!!

65 ChristineH October 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I like to plan things on my own. My life is too unpredictable to stick with a coach or plan. I have to run when I have the chance and I often have to adjust my distance or pace around my life (stressful week=long, slow run on the weekend to get away; easy week=tempo runs to push myself). That and I’m at the mercy of Wisconsin weather!

66 s October 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm

i like some structure, but only when i have enough energy to follow directions … sometimes when i’m going running and am exhausted (like after work sometimes) having a virtual coach isn’t really going to help me … haha.

67 cassidy hogan October 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I like to be coached. It gives me the assurance that I am on the right track.

68 Emily B. October 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I like to figure out as I go. Running is my “me” time and coaching just stresses me out.

69 Michelle October 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I like working out with a friend. It’s fun to push each other and motivate one another. Keeps me in check and when I feel like quitting or taking it easy, I just have to look over my shoulder for motivation.
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70 Jaclyn @realhealthwife October 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I definitey like to push myself. I feel so accomplished after a race knowing that I had to motivate myself through training! Love the shoes, they are really nice!
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71 Christina October 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I’m a little bit of both. While running, I prefer to do things on my own. But when it comes to weight lifting a good coach or plan will help me stay on track!

72 Sarah October 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

So far I’m enjoying interval signals but that’s about as much coaching as I’ve experienced. And I’m not even really that great at following the signals…I tend to run through my slows but eh, I’ll figure it out. πŸ™‚
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73 Kelly October 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Honestly, it depends on my mood. There are days, I like to figure out my workouts on my own depending on how I feel and what I feel like doing. There are other times where I totally like and need to be coached or else my workout will be pathetic or even non-existent.

awesome giveaway!

74 Megan October 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

My track and field background says “coach” but that would not fit my wife-mommy-career lifestyle anymore! I prefer a friend to run with. Super cute shoes, and new running shoes are on my “I really really need” list. πŸ™‚

75 Hanna October 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I definitely like to be coached! I need reassurance.

76 Andrea October 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I like to work with a personal trainer. I need the motivation and they always seem to push me harder than I push myself.

Those shoes look awesome!

77 Kimbery October 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I like a mix of both. it’s nice to have someone there coaching you, but usually i like being out on my own. it gives me time to myself, which i love!

78 Natalie October 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

At this point in my life I just like to figure it all out on my own. I feel like I’ve been involved in sports and athletics for long enough that I know the basics and like to adapt to my own style. Growing up playing sports I was definitely coachable thought!

79 Tiffany October 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I definitely like to be coached so they can push me to the limit instead of me wanting to quit halfway through!

80 Laura October 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I would much prefer having a coach rather than figuring things out on my own. Even though I’d like to think I push myself when working out or running solo, I know that having a professional there to motivate me would definitely take me to the next level!

81 Errign October 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I like to train on my own πŸ™‚

82 Kara October 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I have always been a do it myself girl, but I feel a coach/trainer could really push me to give me that edge I feel like I am missing!!

83 Laura October 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm

If running, I like to find a pace that feels natural. If I’m doing weights or yoga, I’d rather have an instructor. Great looking shoes–my husband could really use a new pair πŸ™‚

84 Rebecca October 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I like to figure things out on my own, but I do lots of research first, if I’m trying something new, to make sure I’m not wasting my time.

85 Kristina October 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I have never been coached, but I think I would prefer that. I kind of just run the best I can and try to enjoy it. I am an amateur still right now πŸ™‚

86 Alison October 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I prefer to be coached. Having someone there to motivate and encourage is really what helps push me to the next level.

87 Heather October 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I think my best workouts are when I have a coach (virtual or not) – it helps tremendously! I tend to get bored and my mind wanders off when I train on my own.

88 caroline October 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I would rather be coached, that way I could have an expert teaching me the most effective ways to work out

89 Kelli @ Howdy from NYC October 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Although I am a self-motivated person, when it comes to working out, I prefer to have a coach. I like attending classes because I am pushed so much harder than I would ever be on my own. They have to be a nice coach though, no yelling. I hate that.
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90 Sarah October 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I kind of like to do things myself! Sometimes a coach “my brother” to help me with a training plan is nice, but that’s about it!
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91 fallon October 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I always like to be told what to do when working out because I feel like I get more out of it!
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92 Amanda at the red table October 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

They are cute shoes! πŸ™‚ I like the Runkeeper app so I know my pace and how far I’ve gone, but to be honest, most of the time I just wing it myself.
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93 Rachel October 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I love adidas running sneakers – I currently wear the supernova sequence and love them! I usually follow my own training plan and do most of my training on the treadmill – I feel like I push myself so much more on the treadmill.

94 Rachel October 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I like to be coached– scream at me, push me, make me push MYSELF!

95 Mimi October 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Perfect giveaway! I LOVE trail races and need a new pair of shoes! (:

I’m generally a self-taught girl, but a little encouragement is a good thing. Depends on my mood, I guess!
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96 Shannon October 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I have never used coaching, so I’d love to give it a try. It might be helpful!
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97 runnin4fun October 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Definitely do my own thang! But I run more for fun,not training….But I need me some trail shoes! I don’t have any and I slip and slide through state parks when I run them!

98 Rachel @Balance and Blueberries October 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I definitely do my own thing as far as planning and training are concerned. Maybe that’s to my detriment!

99 Maria October 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I love having a coach! I am pretty vain when it comes to working out; I will let myself slack off but NOT if someone else is ordering me around or keeping track of me! No wonder I was more in shape in high school sports!

100 Courtney October 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm

It kind of depends. I have noticed that when I am coached I tend to push myself harder.

101 Kelsey October 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I have been on my own with running, I think that coaching would push me harder. But until then I just read blogs for that push πŸ˜‰

102 Beth B. October 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I like to train on my own and just listen to my body, but I think a coach could definitely help me take it to the next level.

103 Cate @ CKinCA October 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I’ve never been good a the heart rate thing either. too complicated! I do what feels right… got to listen to the bod πŸ™‚

Anyway, I like a combo of both. Usually an initial coach, but then practice on my own, which is really no surprise, because that’s how i trained with skating..
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104 Kelly October 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

No coach for me! I ran my first half marathon last year and didn’t follow anybodys training advise but my own! Follow your heart, thats what I say! πŸ™‚

105 Nicole October 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I would love to have some more coaching and recently invested in a session with Marathon Matt (a San Francisco coach), but it can be really expensive. Usually, I plan everything on my own, using trial and error paired with some research. SF has great trails so these sneakers would be awesome!

106 Christina @ Just Running October 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Can I get a women’s size 13?

I like to coach myself.
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107 Anne Weber-Falk October 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I go for the coaching 100%. I need that person to push me that much so I will work harder and longer.

108 Jenn October 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I follow my own plan. I like to get a general idea of what I should be doing from training guides, but I only follow them loosely. I ran my first half and full marathons this year using my own plan, so it works for me πŸ™‚

109 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance October 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I’ve only had a training coach while training with Team in Training, but I did love it! It was definitely helpful to have aid in the whole process
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110 Kristen October 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I need both. I like having a trainer for my strength and exchange ideas about cardio workouts to improve my running. But at the same time I do a lot of reading/research and like coming up with my own workouts.

111 Britt @ Run with Britt October 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I like ridin’ solo. As much as I want to be the fastest runner ever, it probably won’t happen. Running is my time for me, and even though I do care about pace I like to keep my run pressure free. πŸ™‚
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112 Sarah D. October 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I think I am a balance of both. I like to ask for and receive advice, but I also like to figure things out on my own.

113 Faith @ For the Health of It October 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I just found a trail that I feel comfortable/safe running here in Orlando – those shoes would be awesome to get me started outside!

114 Emily October 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Running is new to me, I enjoy doing my own thing, but I would love to be coached.

115 Liz October 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I’m mostly a ‘figure it out on my own’ kinda girl, but everyone could use some encouragement sometimes. The miCoach could be perfect for that – do it yourself without an actual coach, but with some great pointers the whole time!

Those shoes are super awesome looking!

116 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers October 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

In my perfect world, I’d be coached all the time (or workout with a partner regularly) as I think this pushes me further. That being said, since I can’t afford that, group classes help with the accountability and the rest of the time, I’ll just work out on my own!
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117 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

i like to wing it myself! i’m someone that needs flexibility and canNOT for the life of me stick to a training plan. i always manage to fit everything in, but like to do so on my own schedule.
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118 Will October 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I definitely need a coach to keep me in line!

119 Sarah October 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Wow, great shoes! I just create my own training plan. I try to workout with friends. I find it fun and motivating!

120 Rae October 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Self coached all the way. I am super type A, so I push myself!!
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121 Christy October 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I love to be coached because it helps me push harder!

122 Jennifer October 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I would say a little of both, I usually like some guidance (my hubby used to be a personal trainer), but I totally rebel at anything to set in stone. I get better results when I follow a plan though!

123 Margaret October 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I really struggle with coaching like this. Sometimes my HR goes crazy, and no one knows your limits better than yourself. Maybe that’s why i’m still slow after all of these years of running. I just started using a HR monitor on my runs, and it has definitely given me the confidence when I can push it a little more. My favorite training style is trusting my own instincts number 1.

124 crystal October 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I like books. I figured out my weight lifting plan from NROWLFW

125 Sara October 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I’ve already trained for runs by myself, unless a friend wants to run with me every once in a while. Cute shoes!!!

126 Kelsey October 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I definitely like to figure it out myself πŸ™‚

127 Lindsey October 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I like to start off with a coach and then once I know what I’m doing, i like to go off and learn on my own!

128 Jessica October 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I definitely need a coach! I need the guidance!

129 Hillary October 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I bounce back and forth between preferring my own training style and needing the help of an expert. When training for a big race, I definitely need a solid plan in place (and someone to check in with during the process)!
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130 Danica @ GirlsThatRun October 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I’m more of a figure-it-out-on-my-own type. I will usually take a general plan from a training website and modify it to fit my schedule. Although if I could afford a personal trainer/running coach that would make life a lot easier πŸ™‚

131 Jackie October 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Definitely prefer being coached. I never feel like I know what I am doing!

132 staci October 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

a bit of both – i love being coached every now and then and learning new things, but i do enjoy coaching myself on a daily basis. i tend to give myself a break more that way! πŸ™‚

133 Courtney October 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I like to be coached. Pushes me harder and makes me accountable.

134 Marcie October 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I employ a buddy system for training to stay motivated

135 Aimee M October 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I prefer to be coached! I’ve only been running and lifting weights for about six months, so my trainers keep me on track and show me the right way to exercise so I don’t injure myself.

136 Lindsay October 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I like to figure it out on my own. It’s worked…so far πŸ™‚ Super cute shoes!

137 katie October 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I like coaches!!! I like to control everything – so its good for me to be forced to not be in control and let someone else do it.

138 Laurin October 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I need a coach to keep myself focused and to push me when I think I cannot go even one more step or another rep! Once I get it, I like to train alone.
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139 Cat October 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

When I used the Runkeeper Ap for the first time, which also has voice overs to tell you distance (GPS based) and it totally freaked me out the first time! I was using it on my bike, had my iPhone in my pocket and I heard it and was like what the…???!!

Also, wanted to add that not using Heart Rate for training does not make you a bad runner! There is currently a lot of debate in the kinesology research community lately about it’s value for training, anyway. And this part is 100% my opinion, but I think that abiding by “target heart rate zones” from cardio machines, etc. can be somewhat limiting and not needed for much of the population. Especially someone like yourself that is quite fit and works well running with pace via time very well already. If that works for you, I say do that.

I personally use a heart rate monitor pretty regularly, but mostly because I like to see how hard I can work — I like to see it in the higher end, because I’m crazy πŸ˜‰ — but I also just like to track how many calories I burn for fueling purposes.

140 Ari @ Ari's Menu October 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

When it comes to running, I prefer to figure it out myself and push myself, but with things like weights and strength, I MUCH prefer to have someone there yelling at me to work harder!
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141 Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete October 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I love being coached – I do so much better when someone is pushing me! I tend to punk out when I’m by myself. I really miss being able to afford going to a gym and having an instructor in group classes. Love the shoes…if I win, I’d actually love to give them to my husband Nate. I think he’d be a big fan of them and doesn’t treat himself to things like new shoes often enough!
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142 Baylee October 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I prefer to figure out cardio on my own but I like to be coached in weights/pylometrics!

143 jillian October 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I like to have a plan to follow, but I also need some flexibility. Some coaching is good, but too much coaching drives me crazy.

144 Christina October 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I actually used MiCoach to help train for a half and then full marathon. I love this app. I’ve never used a heart rate monitor before. I think it could really take my training to the next level!

145 Alyssa October 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I prefer to just figure it out on my own – at least with cardio!

146 nikki lynne stephanou October 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I love to be coached! I have a trainer two times a week now and it is awesome and helps me reach my potential for sure! Love her and these sneakers! Would love to test them out πŸ™‚

147 Lindsey @ Sound Eats October 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Well, I’d say I’m a loner/ figure it out myself type girl, but I haven’t had a coach in a long time. But, I think I still may be more of a figure it out on my own kinda girl…I’m like that with everything else! (cooking, school, yoga, etc.)

148 Cathy October 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I like the structure and discipline coaching provides

149 Kara October 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I like to have not only a coach but also a whole class of people as motivation/friendly competition! This is why CrossFit works well for me. These shoes are super cute too — thanks for hosting this giveaway!

150 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I like to be coached mostly for the extra push and encouragement.
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151 AlisonJ October 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I actually prefer a team approach. Some guidance, some work on your own = great team effort.

152 Tracy October 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I used to like to be coached/trained, but the more I learned about working out and training, I prefer to do it myself!

153 Laurel October 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I like to push myself. I really don’t like being told what to do, although I should probably try to change that.

154 Alice October 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

i think i prefer coaches! i’m more motivated when i have someone screaming in my face πŸ™‚

155 Lauren October 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I usually like to coach myself but while marathon training I had a personal trainer once a week and it really helped! Now if I could only afford one for the rest of my life πŸ™‚
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156 Jaclyn October 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I like to be coached. Puts a little more umph in my step.

157 Caroline October 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I like being coached when I can, training with a friend keeps me motivated as well!

158 Travis October 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I like to coach myself.

159 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I think running coaches are awesome – I made tremendous progress under a coach. I think I’m even more biased now that I am a coach though! πŸ™‚ I think coaches are especially great when trying to break past that time goal you’ve been chasing after or telling you to back off when you need a break (and aren’t listening to your body enough).
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160 Caitlin October 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I definetly prefer coaches. Keeps me motivated and accounted for.

161 Alicia October 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I like to be coached. I need someone to push me!!

162 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I definitely like to figure it out on my own!
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163 Cristine October 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

After all of these years, I prefer to go at it myself. Makes me feel accomplished and capable of anything.

164 Lilian October 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I like to be coached if possible. =D

165 Kelsey October 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I definitely like having a coach so there is some aspect of accountability.

166 wendy sue October 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I love having a coach, it’s just not that feasible to hire one! luckily my local running shop has an awesome summer marathon training program w/ a low fee and the owner is the coach and super accessible!
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167 Yin October 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I like having a coach!

168 Erica October 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I like to be coached when I have no idea how to start– like half marathon training, mud runs– or when I’m in a class. Otherwise, I like to keep to myself if I’m just working on fitness and endurance.

169 Chelsey October 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm

So awesome that you’re doing Savannah- I’ll be there! And I prefer training on my own, without coach…I was a competitive swimmer for a long time and now just love running for the sake of running. I can push myself pretty well, too!

170 Jessica October 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I prefer running but am trying really hard to commit to weight training. Like you, I tend to focus on pace and distance rather than heart rate. My friend trains for his marathons purely on heart rate (think intervals based on times at different Hr levels rather than getting to a specific distance)

171 Sarah October 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I like to figure it out on my own all the way! BUT I always wear a HRM to monitor my workouts!!

172 bree October 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I really like to figure things out on my own but I always end up doing WAY better with a little coaching!

173 Crystal October 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I love trail running during the fall/winter offseason. Such a nice way to change up the usual training routine.
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174 kylee October 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I like figuring things out on my own!

175 J October 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I love classes they keep me motivated

176 beth October 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I’d love to have a coach for a little while since I’m always interested in learning new approaches to things and improving but for now I just do my own thing

177 Carol October 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I train with a list that I download so I stick to a schedule and keep myself on track…it’s tough but it’s working for me so far!

178 Heather B. October 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I need to be coached or else I won’t get my ass off the couch. πŸ˜› It motivates me more when I have someone pushing me. It sounds pathetic but it does the trick. This sounds like a perfect gadget for me!

179 Alex October 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Cool! I just ran a trail 50k and could definitely use a trail specific running shoe! As for my training style, I completely empathize with you – Can’t listen to anyone but myself!!

180 Tina @ Everyday Decisions October 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I like a little of both. Coaching would really help me focus especially when I get too comfortable in what I’ve been doing. But I also like doing my own thing!
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181 Leah October 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Im leaving my comment here to win some rather awesome shoes. Can I pick up the comment again after my run? I would feel a little silly taking it with me.

182 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Cute!

Running is my “me” time, so I enjoy doing it alone, but I know I would definitely benefit from a coach! Running with other people makes the time go faster, but it also makes me out of breath due to chatting. πŸ™‚
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183 Chelsea @ Go Chelsea Go! October 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I definitely like to be coached! It’s nice to have that extra motivation, and I know that if I go on my own, I have a tendency to push myself TOO hard (at least, that’s what my heart rate says), which results in a lot of post-workout fatigue and some injuries. It’s nice to be told that I can take it easy once in awhile πŸ™‚
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184 Maryz October 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I’m a combo person….love a coach to get me started and then I like to be able to mix it up!

185 Kristi @ Sweetly Fit October 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

i like to be coached so THEY can do all the thinking!
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186 Erin October 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Thanks for the review! I’m presenting to my running club next week about all the different kinds of running technology out there and this is one I don’t have much experience with. Your review really helps!

And I guess while I’m here I’ll enter the shoe giveaway! I like having a coach but I’d rather it be a real person who can look at me and talk to me to gauge whether or not I’m overtraining or not pushing myself hard enough.

187 Colleen October 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I like to be supported with the time to try and figure it out and help if I need it.

188 Regina October 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I like a mixture of both. Usually I like to follow my own body’s cues but I’ll be honest, sometimes I need a little proding.
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189 Danielle October 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

If coaching didn’t cost money I would definitely prefer that method.. Until then, I will just have to figure it out on my own!

190 Jamie P October 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I really like to work out by myself, but it sometimes is nice to run with the husband.

191 Danielle J October 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I like to figure it out with small suggestions πŸ˜€

192 Kelly October 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

For running, I love to do it myself. I like that I can run for as long as I personally want to run and I don’t have to listen to anyone. With that said, I think we could all use a little guidance here and there! I’d love to win the shoes, I am doing my first trail race next month!

193 Socal Rachel October 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I prefer to have a coach, trainer, instructor. Its less to think about before workout time.

194 elissa October 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I usually just go by how my body feels. If I’m feeling good, I’ll spend up and if I’m having an off I’ll take it a little easier. I’m mostly a trailer runner so listening to my body is really important especially when it comes to all those hills!

195 Ashley @ This Is The Place October 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I would love to have a coach but I can’t afford one so I just read a lot of books about running and design my own training plans πŸ™‚

I love trail running…these shoes are adorable!
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196 Kelly October 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I like mainly training by myself but I do enjoy a buddy for longer runs πŸ™‚

197 jess October 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I work out alone but would love to ne able to afford a coach

198 Robyn October 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I prefer to figure it out on my own. I like to run by myself and go at what pace feels best.

199 Meghan R October 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I need a plan to follow! Otherwise I get distracted and get no where fast.

200 Noel October 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Coaching is for me, definitely helps me be focused and accountable and keeps mem on a plan!

201 Stephanie Ratty October 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I tend to get bored with the same route all the time, so I explore when I’m on the trail to see where it takes me. Sometimes I’ll bring a friend along as a “coach,” but that’s more to keep up motivation. πŸ™‚

202 Lynda T October 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I like doing a little bit of both. Having some guidance from pre-made training plans, running apps, or coaches is fun but I also like running on my own terms according to how I feel that day.

203 Lara October 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I don’t have a coach, but I like to read books and follow training plans, I don’t just wing it!

204 Kelly October 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I like to fly solo! I like to take the time to come up with a training plan just for me and then change when needed!

205 claire @ the realistic nutritionist October 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I definitely love having a coach or trainer. I have a bit of a motivation problem (as in I don’t have any) so having someone push me around and tell me where to be what to do REALLY helps!

Oh and my tennis shoes are pathetic so I would be VERY happy if I won this!
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206 Beverly October 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I like the feeling of being coached, whether it is with an actual coach/personal trainer or a friend/relative/workout buddy.

207 Michelle October 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I’m a little bit of both. I like to be coached in the sense that it motivates me to push harder in my workouts, but at the same time, it is nice to work out and train alone when I can just zone out and focus on me!

208 Anna October 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

For now I like to just run on my own, but I know that I need to improve a lot so a coach would be a good idea eventually. For yoga, having a teacher I trust and see often has been the most wonderful experience.

209 Haley @ Health Freak College Girl October 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm

i’m in the middle. i like to hear advice, but i like to do it on my own too. these shoes are too cute btw!
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210 Ellie@fitforthesoul October 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

OooOh very purty shoes! haha, I love adidas πŸ™‚ I don’t know why exactly, but I think I’m more of the “figure it out myself/push myself” kind of person. Yes, I do love support from others and loved having great coaches in xcountry in high school, but when it comes to FITNESS, I feel most motivated by my own accomplishments. Have a great day Meg!
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211 Amber October 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I would prefer to be coached! I feel like a coach would push me to my limits! I’m just not that hard on myself :/

212 Jaala October 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I prefer to have a coach, without a couch I don’t push myself hard enough.

213 Emily G. October 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I’ve got to admit, I’m that type of girl that needs the treadmill help. I have no idea what to. I just know I can press a button and either do a cardio or fat burn based workout. I walk, run, or eliptisize (word??) until 30 minutes are up! LOL!

214 Molly October 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I do best when I am figuring it out on my own, but lately my husband has been catching up with me concerning speed so maybe that’s my cue to get something or someone to give me direction!! πŸ™‚

215 dena b October 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I do need to be coached a bit, it helps me to push myself, I like a little motivation. Great giveaway

216 Ryan October 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

It’s always nice to have a coach point you in the right direction but part of the challenge is getting out and working through the ups and downs of the process on your own. To me, it makes the whole process more rewarding….

Now here’s to taking those Adidas CC TRs out and eating up the trails! WHOOOOOOO-HOOOOOO!

PS. Great site… and great write up!

217 Melissa H. October 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I train on my own for everything but I wish I had a coach because I think that could help me improve as a runner.

218 Allison October 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I don’t mind training on my own, but a coach might be fun.

219 Nikki October 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I like to have a coach, someone there to show me the right way…and also to encourage me!
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220 laura October 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I like to be coahed. It gives me a huge sense of direction (I’m lost as far as working.g out and what my body needs otherwise) and pushes me to work harder.

221 Jennifer Goodale October 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I definitely train harder with a coach. And while I don’t technically have a coach, I consider our running group leader as a good substitute for that role. Hope to win! I LOVE trail running.

222 ALH5051 October 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I also fall somewhere in the middle. When it comes to running or cardio, I like to figure things out on my own. I love having someone to coach me through weight training though. I love to weight train but feel a little lost without some direction being given to me.

223 Sarah Butterfield October 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I need a coach! I’m getting better at disciplining myself, but I always work out better with someone helping me along.

224 Abbey October 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I prefer to have someone coaching me so I know I’m doing the right thing!

225 Megan W. October 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I like having a virtual coach! I am doing Jamie Easons 12 week livefit program and it is perfect! Those shoes are awesome!

226 Mari October 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

When I can afford it, having a trainer is awesome. They definitely push me to do more than I would normally push myself.
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227 greenbean October 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

i love training with a running buddy. instant motivation and it’s more fun.

228 Katherine October 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I’m definitely an on-my-own exerciser. I actually get a little anxious when it comes to group workouts. I feel a little bit trapped because once I’m in the room, I’m there- I think it would be rude to leave mid way through a class. The one exception is yoga.
I do enjoy workout DVDs though!
I would like to have a trainer on days that I don’t feel quite so motivated, but I can’t exactly budget that in at the moment.

229 Jessica October 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Perfect! I’ve been dying for a new pair of running shoes. Once I’m over the tendonitis currently keeping me in a walking boot, (boo!) I’ll definitely check out the miCoach.

230 Erin@JustBreathe October 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I like having a coach to guide me…. but sometimes I need days where I can just do my own thing!
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231 Anne October 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I wish I could afford to be coached. I take advantage of non-professional coaching when available, but think I could really benefit from having a professional coach.

232 Erica October 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I would love to have a coach, but I don’t. So i stick to figuring it out on my own πŸ™‚ those are sweeeet looking shoes!

233 Ashley October 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I am an on your own exerciser when it comes to cardio/weight training but for yoga I need the discipline of a group setting otherwise I don’t push myself. I’d love to win a pair of sneakers, I’m due for new ones!

234 Keri October 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I usually do the coach-yourself sort of thing, but it is really helpful sometimes to have someone give you directions. I know I do better at the gym when I go to the classes than when I just hit the treadmill alone!
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235 Amy Schneider October 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I would love to have a personal trainer because I know they could help push me further than I would normally push myself. Since the budget doesn’t allow for that, I seek out tips and advice from friends and blogs that I follow and then try to come up with my own training routine!

236 Liz @ runbakerace October 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I wish I could have a coach but I do my training on my own. I do like to come up with a training program for marathons based on a lot of research from websites and articles.

237 Emily@SavoryandSavage October 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Loved your review – I have the same trouble with following directions which is why my GPS is of limited help when I drive:-)

I have always wondered about my heart rate when I run – but I am probably better not knowing because nothing is going to make me alter my super slow pace, lol.
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238 Colleen October 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I definitely prefer going coachless for right now. Running is *my* thing, and I like to figure it out on my own. It helps me be in tune with my body and myself, gives me an opportunity to collect my thoughts…. I don’t know if I’d have the same mental peace if I had someone telling me what to do! πŸ™‚

239 jenn October 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I currently train by myself, but would love to get a running coach some day.

240 Katie October 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I always liked being coached when I was in college, but now that I no longer am a “competitive athlete”, I like having the freedom to do as I please!

241 Elizabeth October 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Yes! I’m a trail running beast and would LOVE these shoes! I’m also a do-it-yourselfer. I have some books with training plans, but I like devising my own workouts from them, not having someone else come up with them for me.

242 Debra October 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I am pretty new to running so I prefer to be coached and I push myself harder. Also in desperate need of new shoes. The crosstrainers I bought years ago are not cutting it anymore.

243 Kelly Edm October 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I’d love to have a coach! I usually like to work it all out on my own, but I think as I get older, and more out of the loop, I NEED a coach. Haha. Motivation would be the number one reason of having a coach, for me. I’m less likely to skip or “do less” in a workout with someone there guiding me, and helping me along.

244 Heather Christopher October 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I would love to be coached but I just can’t afford it so I train alone and just figure it out as I go. I live near great places to go trail running and would love to try it and new trail shoes would definitely give me the push to do it. I have 2 weeks until my first half-ironman and once that’s done I will need a new challenge.

245 Chris Wrzesien October 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I like to train with a coach or a peer. It is always nice to have somebody else to share the road with and motivate you when u need that extra boost to finish strong and achieve a personal best or training milestone.

246 Rachel C. October 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I like running on my own most of the time but I do like having a “coach” to give me suggestions and help me out.

247 Kathy October 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I like the idea of having a coach, however, I’ve found that I sometimes push myself more when I’m doing what I want to do. And I’m a nerd when it comes to numbers and love to keep track of distance, pace, and heart rate. It helps to keep track of how i’m doing!
Also, I love taking spin classes that use heart rate monitors, however, I too sometimes have too much pride while running and hate to slow down when i’m feeling great at a faster pace.

248 dana October 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I enjoy having a coach or group of people to have that playful competition and coaching aspect to push you to your full abilities.

249 Melissa October 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I like a little bit of both– coaching and going it a lone!

250 Molly P October 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I like to figure it out on my own! I can normally tell when I’m not giving enough. It just motivates me to work harder and better myself and my running.

251 allie October 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm

ooh fun! definitely like the instruction of a coach!

252 Tania @ The Health Macadamia October 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I’m another one for falling in the middle. I like to be coached to know if I am doing things “right” but I don’t like to follow formal little training thingies. I’ve got enough going on than to need a chart to work it!
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253 Becky October 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I like both. Somedays I need the coaching and somedays I can really push myself.

254 Sonia October 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I like to figure if out on my own, although I do love a good motivator! πŸ™‚

255 Lauren October 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I like both, just depends on what i am doing. I love being motivated by someone with new ideas but also like to march to the beat of my own drummer!

256 jennie October 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I like to read tips and tricks online of others training plans, and then I try them and see what works for me. So I’m changing up my runs, and I can change it to suit my style!

257 Darbi October 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I prefer to be solo but with the guidance of different training programs on my Iphone.

258 Julianne October 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Like them both! I definitely love the motivation that a coach can offer, but sometimes there’s nothing better than doing something by yourself FOR yourself!

259 Sarah October 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I prefer to be coached. I need that extra push!!!

260 Lacey October 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I like to do it on my own. No garmin or watch… I just go by how I feel!

261 Emily October 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I like to be coached! Especially for form correction and the motivation always helps!
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262 Matteson @ Healthy High Schooler October 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I like both, however; I really like it when I have soomeone to motivate me!
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263 wendie October 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I prefer to be coached…and since I can’t afford a Coach, training plans are my standby!

264 Run.Learn.Repeat October 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I like a little of both. Somedays I want some coaching an extra motivation, and some days I’m happy to do my own thing.
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265 Jess October 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I’d prefer to be coached. I find it helpful to have someone give me pointers along the way. Since I can’t afford a coach, I just make friends with people who are better runners than me and I get FREE tips from them!

266 Kristin October 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I like to be coached… so I can be pushed! So usually I will do videos and training plans for the majority of the time… other than that I end up doing cardio!

267 Dorry October 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Great giveaway! I like a little bit of coaching for guidance and that extra push, and a little bit on my own to keep things balanced.
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268 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I don’t like having coaches except group fitness instructors (if that counts)..but one on one would get a little old. I do love to have a plan, though!
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269 michaela October 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I definitely prefer figuring it out on my own. My dad is a much faster runner than me and he always insists we run at his pace. It drives me bonkers.

270 Sharon H October 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I definitely like having the guidance of a coach. They help push me to my limits and motivate to try my hardest each and every mile!

271 Katie October 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Ooooooo! I love them. I heart trail running as well!

I like to figure out running on my own…. In everything else I like some direction. πŸ™‚
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272 Liz October 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I like being able to figure things out on my own, but I’m always open to suggestions. So does that make me…a mix?
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273 Ellen October 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I’ve always been one to figure it out on my own, but lately I’ve really liked going to fitness classes like kick boxing. It’s nice to not have to think and just follow!

274 Lauren October 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I like to train on my own or with friends!
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275 Cynthia October 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I definitely prefer to be coached. When I am on my own, I don’t think that I push myself hard enough.

276 Nikki October 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Those shoes are pretty awesome. I’ve never had a coach so I’m not sure what it would be like. I just sort of wing-it right now. I do think there would be a lot of benefits to having a coach though.

277 Chris October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

This year I trained for the Chicago marathon based on heart rate. It took a while to get used to but to be able to see my progress over the months was cool. I used to always run at the same pace but now I know I have to run faster to hit the same heart rate. Valuable stuff!

278 Jillann October 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I just started running. My first half marathon is next weekend! So far I’ve been following a plan, but doing it all on my own. I think I’d like to try a coach. Having a plan is super helpful, I can only image having a coach would be even more so!

279 melissa October 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I totally need to be coached – if not, I don’t know how hard to push myself!

280 Carolyn C. October 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I think I would love a coach to really push me to my limits and get my heart moving to its full potential. Thanks for the giveaway!

281 Courtney October 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I definitely like to go it alone. I’ll use a training plan and run with buddies, but I’ve never had a coach, virtual or otherwise.
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282 Erin @ GoBananasBlog October 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I think have a coach makes me really frustrated. Although I can tell I run better with others so I’m not sure!

283 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm

That is really cool to have that piece of equipment!

I like coaching (I am a fitness coach myself) and I have seen lives changed because of coaching! There are a lot of people who have NO idea they are doing things incorrectly or are just staying where they are —and have no idea that they are hurting themselves! It is all about becoming better, so why NOT have a professional help ya out?!

I love workout/athletic shoes!! I practically live in them. Haha! I’d love to win πŸ™‚
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284 Kellie October 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I am a person who enjoys working out alone, so I think a coach would bother me. I prefer my solitude on runs.

285 Angie October 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I like to do things on my own. I don’t enjoy going to a gym for my exercise. I’d rather be outside hiking, doing yoga at my house or just about anything outside of the gym atmosphere.

286 Kristi M October 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I love being coached – I need the extra motivation to stick to it!

287 Jen October 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I definitely like to just do it on my own. I am pretty good at motivating myself. However, I do think a coach would be fun, too!

288 MaryBe@Accidentally-Vegan October 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I’m lazy so I like to do my own thing. Pretty sure I should have a coach to kick my lazy butt into gear!
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289 Nicole W. October 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I wish I had a coach to keep me on track and to get my booty moving more.
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290 Mindy Lord October 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I loved to be coached! It not only provides guidance, but I seem to push myself to a more intense level so I won’t look like a fool πŸ˜‰ On another note, I love to coach as well!

291 Mallory @ It's Only Life October 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I like figuring things out on my own..unless it comes to weight training. then i’d love someone to coach me and just make me do it. otherwise, i tend to be quite the treadmill whore πŸ˜€
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292 Amanda @ JustAmandaJ October 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I much prefer having someone there to tell me what to do. I always feel overwhelmed if I have to do it on my own and wonder if I’m doing moves right.
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293 amyt @ Chicken Nugget Momma October 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I think it’s good to be pushed….then again, I’m on the stubborn side – I guess maybe a lil of both worlds πŸ˜‰
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294 Soraya October 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I thought I liked to figure out things on my own, but I recently started doing boot camp and I have found out that I push much harder when someone is coaching me!

295 Elizabeth October 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I love being coached and having a plan! I need to stay on track and coaching helps me do this!
Thanks for the giveaway!
BTW I am crazy in love with your blog, I read it all. the. time. πŸ™‚

296 Valerie October 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I prefer being coached I feel like it pushes me harder!

297 Rachel A October 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I’m a new runner. So far, I’m figuring it out on my own, but I’m sure I could learn a lot from others.

298 Meaghan O'Connor @ My Spoonful of Inspiration October 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I really need to be coached- self-motivation is hard for me! πŸ™‚
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299 Lauren October 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I really prefer coaching, it helps me out so much to get advice from those who have done it before.
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300 Maddy October 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I love having a coach so that I know I’m on the right track, otherwise I’ll either over do it or not do enough and then will be mad at myself!
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301 Annemarie October 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I love having a coach or trainer. I like knowing someone is watching my form and making sure I’m training effectively
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302 Blair October 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm

i prefer to be coached, or at least have a program to follow. makes it easier to stay on track!

303 Anne@MyZenPulse October 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I love coachING!! During my 1/2 Marathon this year, the most motivating part was encouraging my running buddy through the tough miles. Kept me excited and moving! Being coached, though, is *amazing* after spending most of my days coaching other people! I really appreciate the input – knowing what goes into it – and not having to think so much is a welcome break.
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304 Amanda October 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I like to learn from a trainer, then work out on my own. I’m no good at getting it down on my own, I prefer to learn the proper form and go from there.

305 Jillian @ sprinkle massacre October 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm

It’s nice to have a coach, but I think I like trying to figure things out on my own. I feel like I learn and retain the information better when I have to force myself to do it.
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306 Tami October 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I typically follow a plan, but I only run three days a week somimalsomchange them around

I run o. Trails at least once a month, more during the summer

307 Christie October 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Ive never had a coach but I love the appi I have on my phone. She talks to me every mile and tells me my distance, average pace per mile, and total time. Its like my own fan club but with no one around!!
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308 Nadine @ Multi-tasker Runner October 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I have my moments… sometimes I like being coached and pushed…But I can definitely can say I like to figure things out on my own. With my fitness backround it makes that part a little easier…but I think once I figure it out, I have more of an appreciation for it.
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309 Larissa October 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I would like to have a coach, but can’t afford that so I just figure it out on my own!

310 Evan Thomas October 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I’ve really enjoyed not having a trainer for running. It lets me listen to my body better and be flexible with training.
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311 Rebecca October 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I want I want! πŸ™‚ My favorite training style is with friends. Encouragement goes a long way during a tough workout!!
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312 Whitney October 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm

After 6 months of hard studying I passed the ACSM personal training certification! I hope that I can train and coach others and learn from them as I have from my past trainers. Support really makes a difference in my training.

313 Nikki October 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I like doing everything on my own but with positive reinforcement for my achievements after I am done.

314 Mari October 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I think it’d be great to have a coach and be held accountable with things.

315 Abbie October 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I like to be coached! It pushes me harder!

316 Kim October 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

When I first started running I liked to be coached because it was too hard to keep pushing myself. Now I understand what my body is capable of and don’t need as much coaching anymore.

317 Katie October 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I used to do it all on my own and love it, but now I run with my fiance who has become my unofficial ‘coach.’ He has done amazing things for my running and has pushed me to achieve things I never thought I could. These shoes would be great for me, I’m running my first ultra in March- the HAT 50K- on trails! πŸ™‚
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318 Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count October 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I like to be coached! That is why group classes like BodyPump work so well for me…motivation!

319 Kayla @ Learningtosayyes.com October 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm

not sure about the coaching, but I have started tracking my data and wish I knew what to do with it to help me run faster πŸ™‚

320 The Swim Diva October 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I am a swim coach, so I understand the value of coaching. I need direction and swimmers are paranoid about tracking and data. I could use this bad boy fo’ sho’.
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321 Kate October 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Depends on the workout. For running – I like to just go. But for spinning, I almost always use a heart rate monitor!

322 leanne October 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Anytime someone can push me to my max, i’m in!

323 Tiffany @ texan on the run October 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Def need a coach, though I can’t afford one so I just reason solo by trial and error. Would love to try out the hrm!
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324 Mandy October 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I like to be coached. It makes me work harder!

325 Mason October 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

That’s a hard one! I loved being coached for speed work (track/xc in high school), but I think if I were training for a marathon or something I’d like to do it on my own! Plus, I’m pretty hard on myself so I know I wouldn’t be slacking off too much!

326 Beth October 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I like both training styles (not that I’ve had a coach since high school!). I enjoy training on my own but I do think I benefit from a little guidance.

327 Andrea @ Onion in My Hair October 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Figure it out on my own…but of course always watching my heart rate and pacing. Love my Polar HRM!
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328 Heather October 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I like to do things on my own and figure out what’s going to work best for me!

329 LeSlie October 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I like to be coached. I find I work harder with a coach.

I would like to offer you a grammar tip that may help you improve your writing. I notice that you frequently use the word anyways in your post as you did today. “enter anyways” this is improper grammar. Anyway is an adverb meaning in any event or by any means. An adverb can never be pulral. You would simply write or speak “Enter the contest anyway” This tip is meant to be helpful to you,not to hurt your feelings or to be mean.I enjoy your blog.

330 Mary October 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I prefer to follow the “rate of perceived exertion” rule when working out. I don’t use a heart rate monitor. I am also more interested in pace and distance.

331 Lesley October 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I only ever worked with a coach in high school, and they were very helpful. I would prefer having a coach, but they can also take the fun out of running sometimes.
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332 Erin October 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Definitely prefer to do things on my own but following a plan that someone else designed πŸ™‚

333 SaraRM October 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm

The only thing I use is my garmin and still dont use all the fancy programs is has to offer. I just use it to keep track of my pace. I do the rest of the training.

334 Jenny October 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I like to figure things out on my own but with the guidance of a premade plan!!

335 Alaina October 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I think I really need a coach to run. I never push myself enough and am stuck in a running rut.

336 Mendy October 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm

OMG I would LOVE a drill sergeant! But more for just getting out there not really technique. The shoes should have a zapper on them that delivers a shock if no motion is detected. haha

337 Christine October 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Growing up I’ve always been apart of a team of some sort, so I really prefer being coached – not that I can’t figure something out on my own, but I am very detailed and always want to know EXACTLY how to perform something!

338 Macrae October 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I just train on my own even without a detailed plan. But I would love to have a coach to help me run to my highest potential! I have actually been searching for one, but it is hard to know where to start!

339 Carmen October 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Definitely like to figure it out on my own!!

340 kemibe October 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm

The term “coach” as it applies to distance running is often nonstandard, especially in the Internet age. In other sports, coaches design specific plays, emphasize particular skills (e.g., batting practice, free-throw shooting) and, often, try to get teams to operate as a cohesive unit. In running it’s different; the coach is more of a road map for the athlete to follow and a second set of eyes on a training log as a means of catching something the athlete may be missing.

I was fortunate to be coached for a few years by a two-time Olympian, and more than having a plan to follow, I found it helpful not so much to motivate me but to keep me in check — left to my own devices I often ran well in excess of 100 miles a week and skimped on the sharpening work. With just enough cajoling in the proper direction I was able to overcome *some* of my foibles (and we all have ’em) and set most of my PRs at age 34 even though I’d been running and racing consistently since I was 14 years old.

I think it’s best to have a “coach” in spirit if not strictly speaking; this may mean training partners more experienced than yourself who can offer unvarnished but useful feedback and help you sort out what might need personalization in a given training plan you may have pulled off the Web or from a book.

I guess that’s a “yea” vote, but it’s critical to be honest with your coach if you expect him or her to be of much use. Most won’t bite if you admit you tanked or even skipped a workout!

341 Lisa October 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I usually like to be coached, but there are some days where I just like to go with what I’m feeling. Figuring things out on my own can be refreshing.

342 Kathryn @ Flopoodle October 27, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I like to read things online for ideas but generally I figure stuff out on my own πŸ™‚
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343 Jill October 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I like having a coach!! I miss my good ol high school days!

344 Amanda October 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I love being coached and following training plans!

345 Cait @ Beyond Bananas October 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I like to be pushed by someone – but I also like to do it on my own. I have learned through trainers and coaches HOW to push myself and motivate myself. It took me a while to actually do it, but the competitor in my definitely allows it to happen..
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346 Amanda October 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I prefer to be coached or at least have a program to follow!

347 Selene Thompson October 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I like to figure my training out by myself! But I do like to have a training partner πŸ™‚ a girlfriend is my number one choice….mostly because my husband and I don’t like working out together. I am currently training for my first half-marathon and have been checking out good trail running place in Orlando. (I’m taking suggestions)

348 Iris Lee October 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I’ve never actually been coached in anything, so I’m not sure what I prefer!! Unless taking group exercise classes counts as being coached? In that case, it is actually really nice to have someone motivate and correct me.

349 LeeAnn October 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I have a coach, but really I just use the plan she writes for me. I dont do any of the group or one on one training.
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350 Rachel October 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I like to figure out running things on my own, but I’d love a personal trainer to get better at lifting!

351 Kate October 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I’m somewhere in the middle–give me some coaching tips and then let me take them & figure the rest out on my own. Maybe not the most effective style.

352 Maddie (the person) October 27, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I’m training for Ironman Louisville! Although, I don’t have a coach, I take advice from my brother who competed their this past year. I’m also reading “I’m Here to Win” the autobiography of Ironman World Champion, Chris McCormack. It’s such a great read! Very inspirational. Totally pumped me up for my marathons.
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353 Grace Kennington October 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I definitely like to be coached! I feel like having someone push me and tell me exactly what to do motivates me a little more than when I’m by myself in the gym. I especially love taking classes!
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354 Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT October 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I am definitely a coach kind of girl. I really do well when I have a coach yelling at me to go faster, lift harder, push more, etc! πŸ™‚
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355 traci October 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Figure it out on my own for sure! After many years of gymnastics and being strictly coached I much prefer to just create my own plan.

356 Jennyh October 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I am a runny who likes to go at my own pace when runnin outside but I try to hit the treadmill once every couple of weeks to do intervals. Would love to get a HRM to push myself when running. I love Adidas running gear and these sneakers would be great for winter trail runs!

357 Katie October 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I guess I’m somewhere in between. I like to call it being “guided”. I like to have someone/some sort of plan set out for me to follow but I like being able to adjust it to when/what exactly I want to do that specific day. It seems to work.

358 Stefanie B. October 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I would love to be coached! I never have had a personal trainer or anything, but it would be nice for the motivation!

359 Brittney P. October 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I HAVE to have a coach or training plan! A coach helps you realize your potential is sometimes greater than you think it is! They will push you and set you on the right schedule to meet your goals!!

360 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) October 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I like following training plans to a certain extent, but I kind of like doing my own thing. That being said, I would love a coach to motivate me!
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361 Kassie Smith October 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I like figuring out out on my own. I want to do my own thing and figure out what best works for me! and lets be honest… its cheaper that way!

362 Julz October 27, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I’m coached because I run for my school, but I’m a bit excited to be my own coach someday!
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363 Hillary October 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I would prefer to be able to do it on my own, but I really need to be coached. Having the motivation of someone telling me I’m not working as hard as I need to be, or when to slow down is something that keeps me going!

364 chelsea October 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm

i like having a coach…they can push me more than I can push myself!

365 Stephanie Clement October 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I’ve never had a coach before, so I don’t really know! But I bet I’d love it!! I think it’d probably push me!!

366 Jasmine October 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm

hmm i like both! one pushes me while the other lets me listen to my body more

367 Carolyn October 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Since I’ve started running, I’ve done it all on my own with some help of (online) training guides. But I’ve loved having coaches in other sports πŸ™‚

368 Summer October 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Training on my own for sure- it’s my me time, and I like to use it sweating in an ugly manner and listening to bad chick music πŸ˜‰

369 tiffany October 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm

i like doing my own thing, but having a coach might be nice if i have a specific goal i’m trying to reach

370 Clare @ Fitting It All In October 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I like to figure things out and then look up advice if I need it.
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371 Ambi October 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I love running as well as cross training! πŸ™‚

372 Ambi October 27, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I like running with group classes but I think coaching pushes me more!

373 Kate October 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

My preferred style is “anything goes” – I do what I feel like, making sure to push myself at least twice a week πŸ™‚

374 Laura October 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I like being my own coach-but its also fun having a friend to push you as a semi-coach!

375 Jackie W. October 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I like setting my own pace. But, I think having a coach would help me to actually train for a race, and not be as easy on myself.

376 Caitlin October 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm

All through high school sports and college soccer I liked being pushed by the competition from a coach and teammates, but now since I’ve had to retire early I love the challenge I put on myself by trying to train for a marathon through some health obstacles.
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377 Laura October 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I like better being trained. It helps to have encouragement and someone to work on my goals with!
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378 Dina October 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I like having a coach tell me my pace and how far i have gone!

379 Margaret October 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I love being my own coach, there is nothing more satisfying than proving you can do better than your own standards.

380 jessica p October 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I prefer being coached. I chicken out and don’t push myself as hard when I work out alone.

381 Lauren R. October 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm

When I train I want to be left ALONE! Working out is my me time and I love listening to my body and energy and going with what is working!

382 Nikki October 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I love to be coached, having someone to push me makes the difference!

383 Lori October 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I actually like a little bit of both. I like to be coached, to make sure I am doing things the right way and to get that extra push and motivation that I cant get on my own…but then I’m also a little(!) stubborn and like to show myself that I can do this on my own too!

384 ht October 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm

i love learning on my own. love to be in control. love those shoes very much. i will put them in good use. will send you pictures. promiss…

385 Allison October 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I would love to have a coach but, thus far, have not. πŸ™ I would love to have someone push me beyond what I think I can do.

386 Caroline October 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I am just getting into trail running and would love a new pair of running shoes!

387 Ashley October 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I like to be coached but I have a hard time following direction, I usually end up doing my own thing for half the time, especially zumba… it is way to complex for me.

388 Ashley October 27, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I prefer to figure things out on my own versus a coach.

389 Maureen October 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I follow a training guide based on what I am training for…marathon, half marathon, etc. I listen to my body and tweak the length and temp of the run a little if my body doesn’t feel at its best.

390 Megan October 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm

LOVE to shoes!! I’m pretty independent and prefer to teach myself. Although, I would probably be more successful if I had someone to push me.

391 Leslie Moore October 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I like running on my own but having a coach really takes it up a level so I say in the end, I like having someone pushing me the most. Great giveaway!

392 Charlotte October 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I definitely prefer to be coached – someone else watching is often enough to motivate me, but that person caring and guiding makes me do things I’d wimp out on by myself and I push myself harder.

393 Dee @ GF Grad Nut October 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I kinda like to be coached. That’s why spinning classes ALWAYS kick my butt!

394 Lara @ six times the yum October 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

As far as my running experience goes, I’ve always done things on my own. I’ve planned my own training schedules for races and exercise routines. But I would love to have a coach! That would be great for motivation, improvement, and knowledge. I look group exercise classes, so I think a running coach would be great. πŸ™‚
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395 Megan October 27, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I’ve gone so far as to have a running coach before, but I find I like figuring things out on my own. I wear my Garmin 405 on every run, but I just let it beep the miles off for me since I like to take different routes. That’s enough feedback πŸ™‚

Would love some new trail running shoes!

396 Ryan October 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Triathalons and crossfit. Best workouts going

397 Heather October 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm

definitely figure it out on my own for running….but weights i could use some help! πŸ˜‰

398 Martha October 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I like to do my own thing, but for big races I usually follow some sort of plan — so I suppose I like some guidance, but don’t really want someone telling me what to do in the moment!

399 Marty October 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I usually read books and research training plans and then modify to fit my schedule, trips, etc. Never had a coach, just kinda see what works for me.

400 Michelle October 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I like having plans as a rough blueprint for what I’m supposed to be doing, but I always adjust them to fit my own needs.

401 Samantha October 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I had a Nike Ipod run app that I loved! Tracking my mileage made me want to do more! πŸ™‚

402 amanda October 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm

i’ve never had a coach, but it might be cool πŸ™‚ thanks for the report on the HR monitor and the giveaway!

403 Riddley October 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I have been doing the insanity and asylum workout tapes from Beach Body for two years now and I love working out to Shaun-T, so I have to say I am a coach kinda girl (even one that’s on the TV)! Shaun-T keeps me pumped and focused throughout my whole workout.

404 Robyn October 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I definitely need a coach to kick my butt! But no coach when I want to run easy and take in the fresh air πŸ™‚

405 jennie October 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I’m a coach kind of girl when it comes to working out and lifting. Personal trainers are great motivation. But when it comes to running I’m a do it yourselfer!!
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406 Kim October 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I liked to be coached. They can push me much more then I would push myself and they can teach me a a lot.

407 Amanda's Notebook October 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I am definitely one that needs a coach!

It’s too easy to sit back and be lazy or to ‘half-ass’ workouts. With a coach they are there to make sure they’re pushing you to do your hardest, tweaking your form to make sure you’re doing it ass effectively as possible and just keep you accountable.

And new shoes are always fun to get. πŸ™‚
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408 Amanda October 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm

This giveaway makes me so happy…I trashed my shoes today while getting caught in the rain when the pup and I were running to the dog park. Of course, we continued, and still had fun at the dog park, in the rain and became muddy disasters…the things we do for our pups. But anyways, I like having someone guide me through my workouts. I started working out with my fiancee and his friends who plan different circuit workouts and I feel much better after those workouts than I do when I’m by myself.
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409 Sarah October 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I like being coached because having something hold me accountable helps me push myself

410 Whitney N October 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I don’t think I’d like to be coached on my running so much (the gym is another kettle of fish – and I love it!), but I’d probably give it try. My Garmin’s heart rate monitor doesn’t get too used either.
The shoes look rockin’!

411 Emily @ Comfortable Home Life October 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I like to figure it out on my own. I’m stubborn!
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412 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables October 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I like to be coached, but I usually figure it out on my own. I’m too cheap sometimes!

413 Ashleigh October 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I really enjoy both! I am a fan of working with a coach but am also perfectly fine going alone!
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414 Jen October 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I like having a plan but like to follow and/or modify it on my own. Coaching is great for lifting weights but when it comes to running or cycling I really like to just be in my head and push myself accordingly. I’m pretty selfmotivated though.

As a sidebar, this adidas thing seems like a cross between a treadmill and the Nike plus.

415 Nikki October 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

That heart thing is really freaking cool!!!! Also, I do a mix of trail and road running. There is a long rail trail near my house and it is so convenient and practically flat too πŸ™‚
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416 Lauren G October 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I much prefer working out on my own, with my own plan but I believe I would benefit from a drill sergeant leading me through my gym sessions–I’m too intimidated to get a trainer!

417 Regan October 27, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I think a coach would be great for a marathon to make sure I train the right way…for shorter distances I feel I can trust myself.

418 Sherri October 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm

The right coach would be wonderful – someone who pushes you when you want to give up but knows your limits, someone who understands your goals and customizes a plan for you. I think having someone like that to touch base with once or twice a week is a great idea.

419 Sarah R October 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I’m kind of in the middle… I like a little guidance, but I’m also pretty independent.

420 BroccoliHut October 27, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I’m definitely a solo kinda girl when it comes to training…unless you consider a dog a coach.
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421 Jenn October 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I must say, I love being coached. I feel that I perform much better when I know that I am being critiqued, or watched! Otherwise, I will slack off, and not give the workout my all!

422 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups October 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm

What a perfect giveaway! I’ve been looking for some running shoes. I haven’t done too much trail running before, but I’m trying to increase my overall speed and distance, so I’d love to try to start incorporating it into my training!
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423 hannah October 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I am a cross country runner! we had regionals today i pred and ended it strong! Thanks for the best giveaway opportunity!

424 Marissa October 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I like to be coached. I love the fact that this makes graphs, it really appeals to my inner nerd!

425 melinda h. October 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Figure it out on my own! Hasn’t failed me yet πŸ™‚

426 Courtney October 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Definitely like to be coached!

427 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings October 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I love figuring it out for myself…trial and error, listening to my own body and what it needs. Many times, working with a coach, I focus too much on the externals and what they want for me rather than what works for me. BTW, I LOVE the trails! What a fun giveaway πŸ™‚
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428 Sarah October 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I love running either on trails or on the road, but usually my favorite runs are the ones in the woods with my dog. I would also love a new pair of running shoes for my big feet. πŸ™‚

429 Katie R October 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I definitely prefer to figure it out on my own. I try to listen to my body and work hard when it’s willing (and slow down when it’s not πŸ™‚

430 Nancy October 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I mostly like to do my own thing and set my own goals without someone else watching over πŸ™‚

431 Laura October 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Definitely on my own- I was an athlete on sports teams for years, so now I love the chance to design my own workouts without anyone telling me what to do!

432 Danielle October 27, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I enjoy having someone to push me…I’d love to have one of those monitors! I also love trail running!
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433 ashley October 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I like to do my own thing but I think I would benefit for some coaching!

434 Becca @ Southernrunnergal October 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I struggle pushing myself as far as I am capable, so I really like having a coach, or at least a running group, to set the expectations for me through a run or other workout!
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435 Jessica October 27, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I like both being coached and letting my body teach me. I also LOVE trail runs! Especially in the fall!!!

436 Carolyn October 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm

I would love having a coach who pushes me but I usually am a do it yourself and get it done kind of gal. With three little boys 4 and under my only workout time is usually 4:30am so not many people care to workout with me:).

437 Heidi Nicole October 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I create all my own training plans based upon a bunch of Google searches. I think it would be interesting to have a coach but at this time I’m far too cheap for that!
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438 Katie October 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I love coaching! It motivates me, otherwise I’d just tell myself I’m too tired and walk.

439 Jennie October 27, 2011 at 11:50 pm

A trainer pushes me harder than I push myself, no doubt. I’m still working on self discipline now that I’m on my own again.

440 Ashley @ The Fit Academic October 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I prefer to just do my own thing….but that’s mostly because I exercise for my sanity and not for any other real performance goals. If I had real goals in mind, I think a coach would be the way to go!

441 Paula Lanier October 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I make a lot better progress with a definite plan to follow…so I like to be coached. I live on several miles of dirt/sandy road so I guess you could
say I like “trail” running, but I love it when I get to the pavement. Shoes look awesome!!

442 Sara@RunningInPinkProject October 27, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Ive never officially been coached but I would love it. Doing runs with even an unofficial coach pushes me so much harder!
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443 Erica October 28, 2011 at 12:02 am

I love my heart rate monitor but I hate the strap. I love my gps watch more though!

444 Kalynn October 28, 2011 at 12:18 am

While I enjoy having a “coach”, I also like figuring things out on my own! I just signed up for my first trail race next month, so winning these would be awesome!!

445 Donna Porter October 28, 2011 at 12:22 am

I like to do things on my own!

446 amy October 28, 2011 at 12:29 am

Love to do my own thing. I run for my health, my sanity, myself!

447 Laura T. October 28, 2011 at 12:38 am

love crossfit b/c the trainers push me to always work hard! theres never a dull workout!

448 Eleah October 28, 2011 at 12:53 am

I’ve never been coached but I think I would like it for help with my running form (not something an app could do.)

449 Jenny Langham October 28, 2011 at 12:53 am

I prefer 80% on my own and the other 20 with a class or coach to instruct…

450 Elizabeth October 28, 2011 at 12:54 am

I enjoy being coached because I need someone to keep me held accountable and it makes it more fun!

451 Erin October 28, 2011 at 12:59 am

I like to train on my own with a detailed plan! Cute shoes!

452 Rob October 28, 2011 at 1:08 am

I do alot of running, cycling and extreme calisthenics. Couldn’t live without it.

Awesome blog. Found you on Twitter, btw.

453 Chuck October 28, 2011 at 1:53 am

I love having a coach- I have like 3… but I also like doing my own thing and my coaches don’t love that lol
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454 Leslie October 28, 2011 at 2:25 am

I think I work best with a balance of coaching and figuring it out on my own. I like to get guidance and then work on my own to improve…I would love to win these shoes. They would really help with my training! πŸ™‚

455 Kerri October 28, 2011 at 3:09 am

I like to train on my own with NO plan!

456 Ilene October 28, 2011 at 3:31 am

I LIKE to be coached but NEED a coach because I run out of motivation and self-discipline really easily!

457 Jacqueline @smartsolitude.com October 28, 2011 at 3:38 am

coach all the way!
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458 Siena October 28, 2011 at 4:52 am

I like to figure out my workouts on my own. If I need help I usually research the information on the internet!
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459 Floey October 28, 2011 at 5:07 am

Figure it out on my own πŸ™‚

460 Erin M. October 28, 2011 at 5:24 am

on my own!

461 Deanna G. October 28, 2011 at 5:50 am

I like to figure things out on my own. πŸ™‚

462 Lizzy October 28, 2011 at 6:09 am

I just moved to Asheville a few months ago and it really helps to have some guidance during lengthy running periods. So I really like to be coached or have friends to motivate me! Those shoes are really awesome by the way!!!
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463 Amy J. October 28, 2011 at 6:15 am

I’ve been doing it on my own but would probably need a coach to really improve. Love the shoes!

464 Sean S. October 28, 2011 at 7:34 am

I’d love to have a coach, so instead I cheat and look at other peoples workouts who DO have a coach!

465 Gina G October 28, 2011 at 7:51 am

I love a good coach who isn’t too hard on you, but not too easy either! πŸ™‚

466 marina October 28, 2011 at 7:53 am

I like being coached and taking group fitness classes

467 Ali @ Ali Runs October 28, 2011 at 8:02 am

I prefer to figure it out on my own.

468 Jen October 28, 2011 at 8:17 am

I pretty much figure it all out on my own! The only time I had a “coach” was when I was taking a 5 day a week boot camp – and he was more of a drill instructor! I feel like I know what’s best for me and what my mind and body need at any given moment, so I tend to just go with the flow when it comes to workouts. And I <3 trail running too, so I would love to win this giveaway!

469 Alex October 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

I never had a coach but I like to use the features of my Garmin to set specific goals and create my own training plan.
And I LOVE trail runs! Having to watch out for sticks and stones makes a long run go by so much faster. I also feel it trains the muscles of my feet and ankles much better.
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470 Meghan October 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

I love adidas! When I played sports it was all I wore! Now that I’m older, I train on the treadmill, do Jillian’s 30 day shred and I just recently purchased her buns and thighs video. My daily workouts include 3.5 miles and then one of her dvds, 4-5 times a week. I had bought the reebok zig techs about 8 months ago and loved them, but they’ve about had it. I saw these were coming out and really want to go back to my old loves!! Coincidentally, these are my high school colors as well!! I love your site and visit it daily for tips and tricks about training and different recipes, plus the fact that we have the same name, although spelled differently. Good luck!!

471 Stephanie October 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

I have never had a coach before, I just google what I need to know. I would be interested ina coach if I was training for a specific event.

472 beachgirlrunning October 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

I think I’m in between…I love doing my own thing and having that AHH – HAH moment but a coach is get great to help out with things I might not be able to assess myself, i.e. posture, running stride, etc. I think it’s good to mix things up!

473 val @ lots of dishes October 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

i like to workout on cardio machines alone, but then hit the mat for stretches with a friend who knows what they’re talking about who will force me to stretch.
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474 Kim @ girlevolving October 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

I like a little of both – direction, but also the ability to just get out there and do what I want.
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475 Aubrey October 28, 2011 at 9:31 am

I definitely am a combination! I love running because I can run WHENEVER and WHEREVER and choose if I want to be in training for a 5k, half marathon, full marathon or just for FUN! However, I do appreciate the help of blogs, magazines, and other runners advice to help me reach my goals.

476 Nicole October 28, 2011 at 9:39 am

I’m a fairly new runner, so I’ve pretty much just done it on my own so far. I’ve bought some different training books that I loosely followed to get myself through my first race, but I want to do more. I’m also working to lose about 75 pounds, so I have really been thinking lately about getting a coach that could help me become a better runner while also losing weight.

477 Kassi October 28, 2011 at 9:41 am

I tend to figure things out myself because I’m kind of stubborn. But, given limitless cash I might hire a trainer… πŸ™‚

478 Lindsay October 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

I would love to have a coach to push me harder.

479 bridget October 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

I actually prefer to go solo! but a coach or friend occasionally is nice to mix it up :).

480 Amanda October 28, 2011 at 9:56 am

I really like to download a plan and then follow it on my own making tweeks along the way.

481 April October 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

Oh, I’d love to try these shoes! I’ve just started trail running this year and love it! I like to figure out runs on my own, but, really, I need all the help I can get. I like to use a heart rate monitor, not sure how I’d do with a voice in my ear telling me to slow down or speed up.

482 Debbie October 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

I must be coached!

483 Sue October 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

I am a very independent (i.e. stubborn) person so I always like to figure it out on my own!

484 Melanie October 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

I always push myself harder when there is somebody yelling at me (I mean, coaching me). πŸ™‚

485 Dani October 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

I def need a coach. Its hard to find the motivation inside my own head! I need someone yelling at me, telling me what to do bootcamp style.

486 Emily October 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

I am def someone who likes to be pushed; but, I like to do the pushing. I tend to plan my route and tempo before I head out and try to stick with it. I’d love a devise telling me when I need to speed up/slow down to stick with my goals.

487 Casper October 28, 2011 at 11:18 am

I like to have a coach to help me set up my training plans. I am very self-motivated, but sometimes I get in a rut with my training.

488 EL October 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

When I first started running, my cosuin set me up with a workout plan. Ten years later, I still ask him for advice.

489 Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted October 28, 2011 at 11:23 am

I guess if I had a coach I might like it! I love reading what other bloggers are doing and then getting out there and figuring it out on my own.
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490 Erin October 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

I like being coached.

491 Katy @ MonsterProof October 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

I’m terrible at taking direction. Though I should try it one day. I just do my own thing.
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492 Jenny October 28, 2011 at 11:35 am

I usually like to figure it out on my own, but sometimes it’s nice to have a coach to push you to the next level and help you keep improving.

493 Hillary October 28, 2011 at 11:35 am

Oh fun! Those shoes are cute! I run trails when I’m bored with my usual loops. But since winter is coming, I don’t have a lot of daylight hours to do that anymore! πŸ™ sad.
I also prefer to run with a coach/group. I run with a big group in Houston and love having more experienced runners around to answer my running questions immediately!

494 Erin October 28, 2011 at 11:37 am

I typically get all of my “coaching” materials off of the internet. I would like to run with someone else so that they could tell me what I need to improve, but I haven’t had that opportunity yet.

495 kaitlin @4loveofcarrots October 28, 2011 at 11:38 am

I like to coach myself that way I can do what is most comfortable for me, I usually follow a interval running regimen to challenge myself

496 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl October 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

The Adidas gadget seems similar to the Nike+ I just found on my iPhone settings.
It kind of annoys me when the stationary bike tells me to slow down or speed up. Don’t know if I could hang.

I like to figure it out on my own. But there are times, I wouldn’t mind a little advice. Like someone just to get me on track and then let me take it from there. And use that advice down the way when I plateau or need a new regime.
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497 Lisa J October 28, 2011 at 11:46 am

I love coaching myself. I’ve found that only I know my own goals and the deep intimacy/emotional aspect that goes behind why I push myself an extra mile, or even why I decide to choose a healthy lifestyle at all. Having that power behind my runs and behind each stride not only empowers me and makes me feel so accomplished when I finished a workout or run, but it is something I share with only myself and makes it that much more special to me personally. I believe the things in life worth having are worth sharing, but deep down into the reasoning and push behind what I do means so much more that it is personally only my own (but a running buddy and support system keeps me strong as well!)

498 Johanna B October 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

I’ve had a trainer a couple of times when I was rehabbing an injury and I can really see the benefit in the extra encouragment. However, for the most part I like to “do it myself”.
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499 Lindsay October 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

I like to be coached, it gives me extra motivation to keep going!

500 Wendy Wojcik October 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

I definitely prefer a coach to keep me motivated! It’s too easy to talk myself out of it πŸ™‚

501 Jen October 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

I need to be coached as I’m still a beginner and need the push!

502 Angie (Losing It and Loving It) October 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

Also somewhere in the middle! Having someone to push me keeps me motivated but sometimes I just like to go it on my own to see if I can actually accomplish something without the push of someone else.
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503 Lizzy October 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I think I am in the middle. I love having a plan somedays and other days I just feel like doing my own thing!

504 Lana October 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I prefer being coached!

505 Mac October 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I love working out on my own, but I would love if I could have one of my fellow trainers kick my butt every once in a while!
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506 maria @ a life to Bragg about October 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Well I’m a trainer so I definitely like to “coach” myself! But I’ve been getting into CrossFit A LOT lately so I guess that counts as being coached? Great giveaway btw! πŸ™‚

507 Jessica October 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I am a beginner and would love something that will help me run outside, i am not loving the treadmill for all of my runs otherwise I do not know my distance, I am interval running now, 3 min walk, 3 min run with 5 min warm up and 5 min cool down. i would LOVE this:)

508 Meredith October 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I definitely like to be coached at first, especially by a personal trainer.. but then once I learn how to do the workouts by myself, I prefer to go off and do my own thing! Being coached is also great because I’m less likely to slack off and thus, gives me the mental boost I need to kick myself into gear!

509 Megan October 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm

i’m self motivated, but i love to check in with an expert now and again!

510 meghan October 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm

i like to do my own thing and see how i’m feeling that day. having a plan for the week helps though!

511 Lauryn October 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I wish I had a personal trainer! I need the push πŸ™‚

512 Tracy October 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Love to be coached on weight training – not at all with cardio!

513 Jessica October 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Am I too late to enter??? I train on my own but a coach would be nice (if I could afford it)! πŸ™‚

514 Candice October 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I totally need these! Crosstraining!!!
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