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#140: When and How to Hire a Coach

Angela Bekkala (left) and her Saucony 26Strong cadet, Kailey Ingerman, at the start of their marathon journey, which culminates this weekend in Honolulu.
Angela Bekkala (left) and her Saucony 26Strong cadet, Kailey Ingerman, at the start of their marathon journey, which culminates this weekend in Honolulu.

Coaches aren’t just for top-tier athletes: Dimity and Sarah are joined by two running coaches who talk about how a pro can get any runner or triathlete to her very best. First up: Angela Bekkala. This mother of twins and running coach in New Hampshire describes a coach as a neutral party who can help you discover your potential and prevent injury—two worthy goals in the mother runner playbook. She also talks about, “the power of trying,” and how a coach addresses the brain plus the body. Next, Briana Boehmer, the coach who guided Dimity to her Ironman success and Sarah to her recent Boston-qualifying marathon finish, describes how a coach makes good decisions for you and opens your eyes to what you can do. She sagely labels a coach-athlete relationship as, “a partnership,” and the ladies talk about how pressure is alleviated on race day by knowing a coach has your back.

Also, find out how singer Moby is to blame for Dimity’s quivering quads—and why Sarah’s son just got 30 stitches. Finally, the gals make a plea for you to leave a short voicemail about a standout 2014 race: The number to call is 470-BADASS1 (470-223-2771).

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