Our Basic Coaching Program

Why don’t people hire a coach?

That’s the question I ask myself many times. After nearly a decade of asking that question, I have narrowed it down to three typical reasons based on my experience.

The first, they don’t know how. This is the least common, but it happens. Frankly, it’s not why I am writing this article. And, if you are reading this, then you know where to find a coach.

The second is that people don’t think they are “good” enough. Well, if you are serious about improving, then we are serious about helping you improve. Again, not the main reason I’m writing this, so we’ll save it for later.

The third and most common reason that I’ve found that people don’t hire a coach is that it’s just too dang expensive. And, let’s be honest here, the whole sport of running is simply not cheap anymore. As soon as I formed HCS as an actual company it was a big part of the thought process. It’s a tough balance between paying my coaches what they are worth and providing a great value to people who need help.

With that, the idea of our Basic Coaching package. It’s a great way to provide a form of coaching without breaking the bank. Here’s why it provides value without sacrificing service. The biggest cost of a coach is paying for the time they are actually writing your schedule- think personal trainer rates. So, what if we could take that cost out? Guess what, we can!

Several years ago we created a number of schedules using the Hanson philosophy but adjusting for weeks, miles being run, event, and goal time. We also have the ability to not only provide a paper form, but also drop it into a running log site that provides you daily messages about upcoming runs. These features cut the cost of coaching down dramatically.

So here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Basic Coaching
  2. Fill out your training profile
  3. A coach (Melissa) receives your profile and helps you select the right schedule.
  4. You get an online training log and schedule is downloaded to your calendar.
  5. Start training and utilize your coach on a monthly basis. The training log site emails your next workout on a nightly basis, so even if you use another system, you’ll still know what your workout is.
  6. After your race, Melissa can help you plan what’s next and even give you transition and recovery schedules. Whether it’s a short term or long term venture, we can meet your running development needs!

This program is a great opportunity to take a low risk jump into hiring an online coach. You can get a great training plan and find out that there really is a real human on the other end of the modem. To make it an even better deal, let’s throw in this coupon code of 20% off our Basic Coaching Program: velo_20  This is good only for new basic coaching sign-ups.



If your basic coaching subscription has expired:

Hey all,

I know some of you with Basic Coaching subscriptions have gotten notices that your subscriptions have expired. We are aware and are working on it!

Here’s the problem: When we updated the Basic Coaching to include all the new features, we increased the price. We (myself and my webmaster) were under the impression that the new price wouldn’t effect your billing. As you are aware- it has! So, we are working on a way to make sure that you are still only billed $9.95 instead of the new price.

If you are one of these people, please email me [email protected] and I will make sure you are “switched back on” to the site.






New Basic Coaching Announcement

New Basic Coaching Announcement

We are pleased to announce some great new updates to the Basic Coaching program! We (the coaches) sat down and discussed how to truly make make coaching available to all levels of runners and all financial levels. We already have great training schedules based on time until event and mileage run. Over the past 5 years they have proven to be very effective. So, part one is taken care of. So how do we make coaching truly affordable to all levels? Well, the primary cost of coaching is the time the coach takes to write the training for each athlete and following up with athletes as their schedules need to be written. By using the pre-designed programs we already have and placing them in our training software at we take care of a large portion of that expense. The second part comes from making the athlete responsible for needed follow up with a coach.

Note: Currently only the marathon programs are ready to go. We are updating with the rest of the programs regularly.

Here is how it works:

1) Purchase a basic coaching subscription from

2) Upon completion, you will receive log-in credentials and a welcome packet.

3) After you log in, you can select whichever marathon program fits your needs.

4) After selecting that schedule, you are taken to Training Peaks and the schedule is applied to your free athlete account. Your athlete account is also automatically linked to a coaching account that is monitored by all of our coaches. Your schedule can be moved around to start or finish on a certain day.

5) After that, start training, use the members only content- videos, forums, training articles, etc. Following the guidelines, get feedback from one our coaches on a monthly basis including advice on how to alter training schedules.

Check it out: