Thinking about hiring a running coach? Read this new article from The New York Times first: I'm Keeping My Coach, But You May Not Need One
It provides some interesting insights into the types of athletes who benefit most from a coach (hint: if you're trying to shave a minute off your mile pace, this may be you). If you decide to hire help, do your research. (Unfortunately anyone can call themself a "coach.") Ask the coach for his or her qualifications, references from clients, and running experience. And try finding someone through the Road Runners Club of America, which offers a coaching certification program.