What is a Running Coach and why would I want one?

In short, a Running Coach is someone who advises, supports and helps you reach your running goals. Not convinced you have running goals? Well, you still might want a coach and here’s why.

How does Personal Coaching work?

After purchasing an 8-16 week Personal Coaching package you will be emailed a New Client Questionnaire and waiver. The New Client Questionnaire can be completed electronically. Please print the waiver, sign it and scan it. Email both documents to realfittogether@gmail.com.

After I receive your completed New Client Questionnaire and waiver I will reply, if necessary, with follow up/clarifying questions. Then I will email you a customized training plan that meets your needs and goals. This plan will be specific for the first week and rough for the remaining 7-15 weeks.

I will ask that you, at a minimum, email me at the end of each week and tell me how things went. How do you feel physically and emotionally? What worked and what didn’t? I will then refine and/or adjust the plan for the following week. You will also have unlimited email access to me throughout the week to ask questions, address aches and pains, celebrate successes etc.

Where are you located?

All run coaching is done virtually (primarily via email). This means I get to work with anyone anywhere.

I don’t really run. When I try to run I am terrible at it. Should I try to get better on my own before purchasing a Personal Coaching package?

Absolutely not! I love working with clients that are new to running. In fact, NOW is the best time to hire a running coach. I can help you establish a sustainable running routine, help keep you injury-free and, most importantly, make sure you’re having fun!

How many weeks should I purchase?

It depends on your goal and your level of commitment. If you’re already running and want to focus your training on an upcoming 5K, 8 weeks is definitely sufficient. If you’re training for a half or full marathon, 12-16 weeks is more appropriate. If you’re new to running, consider how ready you are to put forth a real effort. You will be able to accomplish more in more time, but it’s also easier to burn out.

When deciding how many weeks to purchase, allow yourself about a week to complete the New Client Questionnaire and allow me a week to build your plan. These ~2 weeks do not count towards your package.

If you’re still unsure, feel free to contact me. I’m happy to help you figure out what makes the most sense.

Can I purchase Personal Coaching for a time span less than 8 weeks or greater than 16 weeks?

Unfortunately, I do not offer less than 8 weeks of Personal Coaching to new clients. This has nothing to do with making money and everything to do with ensuring you are successful and have a positive experience. I find that 8-16 weeks is a good length of time to focus on and accomplish a goal.

I am open to discussing training cycle lengths greater than 16 weeks. I am also open to discussing training cycle lengths less than 8 weeks with returning clients only. Please contact me with specific inquiries.

Why does Personal Coaching show “Out of Stock”?

Personal Coaching shows “Out of Stock” when I am unable to accept new clients. I devote a considerable amount of time to each Personal Coaching client in order to ensure s/he is successful and has a positive experience. Unfortunately, this means I can only take on a limited number of clients.

Please contact me if you would like your name added to the waiting list. Names will be added in the order they are received.

I am a new client. Why is a Custom Training Plan so expensive?

Although I do offer Custom Training Plans to new clients, I highly recommend first completing at least one cycle of Personal Coaching. My prices are set to encourage this. It is very important to me that every runner is successful and has a positive experience. Personal Coaching gives me the opportunity to get to know you and adjust your plan throughout the cycle. You will also learn more about your running during this time. After completing 8-16 weeks together you’ll feel more confident in your ability to train independently.

Do you offer any discounts?

In addition to advertised sales, I regularly offer discounts for new client referrals and to returning clients. If you don’t see a discount posted, please feel free to contact me and ask.



Do you offer any yoga services?

Unfortunately, I do not offer any yoga services at this time. I am currently enrolled in a Yoga Teacher Training program and have lots of ideas for the future. So stay tuned! Of course that won’t stop me from writing about my own personal practice and experiences on the blog.

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Yoga Inspired Jewelry

How much is shipping?

Shipping is always free for orders over $50. For orders less than $50 there is a flat $3 shipping fee.

How long will it take to ship?

Orders should ship no more than 2 business days after you place an order. All orders are shipped via USPS First Class mail, which takes 1-5 days to arrive on average. In other words, expect your package to arrive within 2-7 business days.

What is your return policy?

All purchases are final and non-refundable. That said, please contact me if your item breaks. I will gladly repair or replace your item at no charge if the damage is the result of craftsmanship.

Explain this custom mala thing to me.

I love making custom malas! Here are the basic steps to the process:

  1. Contact me or email me at realfittogether@gmail.com and tell me what you have in mind. Feel free to include pictures. Include your budget if you feel comfortable doing so.
  2. I will reply with questions and ideas. There will be some back and forth as we discuss options. I will send pictures of materials whenever possible so you can get a good idea of what the finished product would look like. During this back and forth I will also let you know the price and how long it would take me to complete various options.
  3. When your design is complete I will give you instructions for paying.
  4. After you’ve paid I will purchase any materials I don’t already have and begin making your mala.

Custom mala pricing makes me feel uncomfortable. Fix that for me please.

First of all, I totally get that. Let me share a few things that might help.

You are under no obligations whatsoever to make a purchase until you do. Let’s say you email me and we spend some time discussing different options and, in the end, you decide that you just can’t afford what you want right now. NO PROBLEM. No hard feelings, I promise. I also promise not to try and pressure you into making a purchase or send you email spam.

There is no fee for customization. So I’m tempted to say that custom mala prices will be on par with the malas already in the shop. But the reality is gemstone prices can vary quite a bit, and I have no idea what you might want.

In other words, the variation in custom mala pricing is primarily a function of the variation in gemstone pricing. Adding adornments, varying the tassel material etc. can also raise the price, but to a lesser extent.

If you feel comfortable sharing your budget with me I will give you options within your budget. Again, custom mala prices vary based on material prices. I don’t necessarily profit more from a more expensive mala. So I really have no driver to try and max out your budget.

I will always work hard to get the best deal on materials. For you and me.

How can I be sure a sale on custom malas is really a sale?

You’re just going to have to trust me on this one. I will first price your mala as I always would. Any sale discount will be applied to that price.

Still have a question that wasn’t answered? Please don’t hesitate to Contact me.