If I were to tell you that all runners need a coach to complete their first ultramarathon, I’d be lying.

I didn’t have one, after all.

But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have seen major benefits from personalized plans. And I know I would have benefited from the coaching.

Back in January, I released Discover Your Ultramarathon: A Beginner’s Guide to Running an UltramarathonIt has been a total blast hearing from runners all over the world that used the guide to run successful races. The general guidebook and training plans have been working.

And that makes me one very happy runner.

But I’ve also been hearing from runners who need more.

Not because the guide, interviews, and training plans aren’t thorough enough, but because they want someone to be there when they have questions. Someone to motivate them when training gets hard. And someone to create a training plan to perfectly fit their goals and race needs.

They wanted a personalized plan and a coach to assist them throughout training.

So it got me thinking. How can I best help runners train smart, race well, and run successful trail races and ultramarathons?

The only answer was to start offering what people told me they needed.

So I enrolled in a coaching course with USATF (USA Track and Field), spoke with other coaches, and really dialed in on my own experience running and training for ultramarathons.

I could have started offering these services long ago, but I wanted to first make sure I was fully prepared for every unique situation. If a runner is going to put their trust in me, I wanted to be ready.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s take a step back and talk about the benefits of coaches and personalized plans.

How a Coach Can Help You Train Smarter

Like I said before, not all runners need or want a coach. Those runners might feel completely fine using generic plans and figuring the rest out on their own.

But that’s not the case for everyone. For many runners, general information isn’t enough. They want things like:

  • Proven advice when training questions arise
  • Someone to lend support and hold them accountable
  • Training plans built just for their needs and goals
  • The ability to change course if training takes a turn

These are just a few examples of what a coach can do for runners.

There’s nothing wrong with going at it alone, but having a coach supporting you through the training process is guaranteed to make for a better, more successful experience.

Personalized Trail and Ultra Training Plans and Coaching

That’s what all this boils down to, making sure you have the best and most successful training and racing experience possible. That’s what I strive for with Discover Your Ultramarathon, and that’s what I know will be possible through the personalized plans and coaching.

Starting today, I’m taking Discover Your Ultramarathon to the next level.

The guidebook will still be available on its own, but I’m now offering personalized training plans, designed specifically for you and your goals, as well as one-on-one coaching.

In other words, you can now get Discover Your Ultramarathon and a coach all at once.

Click here to find out exactly how it works, the different plans, and exactly how I plan to help you train for your first or next ultramarathon or trail race.

And because it’s launch week and I’m so excited to get started, this week only I’m offering the plans at a 15% discount. That sale will end at midnight on Sunday, July 27th.

I know the idea of having a coach might feel new to some of you, so if you have any questions or hesitations, you should always feel free to contact me directly.

Find out how I can help you train smarter, run longer, and reach your goals here.

This is going to be fun.

Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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