Last year, Kiera Smalls, co-founder of City Fit Girls asked me if would consider coaching her. I considered it for .5 seconds before responding YES! I was so excited to help an athlete who is making it her mission to help so many other women. I asked her a few questions about her goals, what her thoughts are ar0und being a coached athlete.
MG: What are you currently training for? What is your goal for the race?
KS: The New Jersey full marathon on May 1st. My goal is to just to finish (a finish of 4:30 would be nice).
MG: What was your reason(s) for wanting to work with a coach?
KS: I needed someone to keep me on task and keep me motivated. I am not sure if I would succeed on my first go around without the accountability from a coach.
MG: What drew you to work with me?
KS: You are a very nice person who cares deeply about women athletes becoming successful. I can tell through your community work and online engagement that you are someone I need in my corner in order to finish strong.
MG: What has your biggest challenge in training been so far?
KS: It has been great learning how to do speedwork. I love that it switches up every week and I find myself ready for the challenge.
MG: How has coaching helped you thus far?
KS: It keeps my training (workouts, food, schedule) at the forefront of what I do every day, week and month. It empowers me and allows me to empower others.
MG: What would you say to someone considering hiring a coach?
KS: Definitely do it! Sometimes we get wrapped up in so much that we tend to forget about things that matter most. Having a coach will help keep you accountable, responsible and working towards the ultimate goal.
You can also support Kiera in her marathon fundraising goal of $2600 for Gearing UP .