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.



Coaching Options Changes

As some of you may have noticed, we have created some changes in coaching process, and are in the middle of (hopefully) simplifying some things around here!

The biggest change is in what coaching options are available now. The goal has always been with our business to provide some form of coaching to any level of runner out there. Before, we offered custom schedules and coaching based on how long a runner wanted to train for. Ultimately, I had two lingering problems with that. The first problem was that with a custom schedule, the runner was really limited to initial consulting and then sent on their way. For many runners, issues would arise along the way but were fairly stuck as to how much I could do for them, while being fair to the runners who had paid a premium price for actual coaching. Cost shouldn’t dictate getting help and that was something that i had struggled with ever since coaching! The second problem I had was that runners were penalized financially by staying short term, and not going with a long term coaching option. My philosophy with coaching was, and still is, that a system takes time. To reap the full benefits of coaching, their is an adjustment period and then a growth period. So, my intent was to make longer term coaching less per month to encourage the long term sign-ups. However, with the new system, you are really in our system as long as you want to be and having that freedom is important to most runners. I feel that ultimately, runners will continue on longer term if they aren’t reall “forced” too.

With that, we changed how we operate in an improved attempt to make coaching a better option for all of those runners who need help! What has been done is the custom schedule option has been infused with the coaching option and made a mid level coaching option. So, you have three options, the basic, intermediate, and advancd options. All coaching levels are month to month subscriptions. You have the control to say when you are done. I will help you as long as you want the help.

The Basic Level:

The simplest and least expensive option at $9.95/month.

What you recieve:

-Access to any of our pre-designed schedules from 5k-marathon. As long as you are a subscriber, you have free reign on these.

-Members only content

-Our own social media content- profiles, friends, groups, messaging, etc! All within our own site.

-Online chat- chat with other runners and chat with our coaches when they are online.

The Intermediate Level:

Where the old custom schedule option dissolved into. The cost is $74.95/month.

-Same stuff as the basic level, PLUS

-Free Training Peaks account. This is where we keep your training log/program and you can log all your workouts, gear, nutrition, resistance training, etc.

-MONTHLY schedule updates and feed back. So, if things come up, you aren’t left on your own. We’ll keep you on the right path.

The Advanced Level

The most extensive level of coaching at $129.95/month

You get everying above, PLUS:

-Upgrade to a premium Training Peaks account. If you were to subscribe through them, it would be a $20/month cost. We cover it for you! The premium account gives you much wider functionality uses and some perks for those who really want to in depth training analysis. (Plus you don’t have ads on the screen with a premium account)

-Nutrition Analysis- with the premium training account we have acces to perform a very detailed diet analysis and give you tips/ideas as to what you are doing well with and where you could use improvment.

-Annual Training Plans- We can map out your entire year, where you need to be, what you need to do, etc. Again, this is thanks to our premium Training Peaks account!

-Individual race planning- we’ll decide what and where you should race, as s well as how to approach each of these races.

-Unlimited contact/schedule changes

-Form analysis. We now have the ability to take video that you send us and use it in our software. From there we can tell you what needs work on making that form a little bit better!

Everything above for the Advanced is part of the monthly cost- nothing extra to pay for. This is where the value comes in. It’s an in depth full fledged coaching opportunity.


The overall benefits of the new system are numerous. Obviously it allows for at least some form of coaching for any level of runner. I believe this will further promote the idea of long term development. The goal for this site is to be a place of community and learning, so having as many members that we can, will only add to that community. Hopeful