We believe in the power of a great coach and mentor. We asked Lee McCarron, founder and head coach of Halifax Road Hammers, some of our burning questions about his running and coaching career.
How or why did you start coaching?
I started coaching as a way to give back to the sport which has been great to me. Passing on any insights I have learned over the years to help individuals on their own running journey.
What motivates you to coach despite other obligations you have in your life?
After being an athlete, I really wanted to help people reach their goals. Coaching is a great way to help others reach their targets and goals. Creating a community to enable people to live healthy lifestyles and work together is very rewarding.
How has the transition been from athlete to coach?
The transition has gone well. After university, I had some goals I wanted to achieve on the roads. Once I accomplished those, I started to put more time and efforts into coaching others. I still run lots of races, but I do them for experience and enjoyment rather than trying to achieve specific times.
Where is your favourite running spot? What do you love about it?
Rolling country roads in my hometown of Antigonish.
What would you consider your proudest coaching success?
Creating the Halifax Road Hammers, and helping to build the running community in Halifax and Atlantic Canada.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced as a coach?
Being on the east coast, ensuring that athletes have races that will allow them to run to their potential with lots of depth and positive race experiences.
What is your favourite running event? What do you love about it?
Any CRS event – well organized and great fields. Locally Natal Day 6 miler – its always been a stable event on the long weekend in Halifax and is well organized and low entry fee.
In your opinion, what is the importance of a national run club like CRC?
Connect people from coast to coast, share best practices from all cities in Canada.
What are your other hobbies besides running?
Travelling and hiking.
Is there an event or location you dream of attending?
What is the best advice you could give someone who is just getting started on their running journey?
Be patient, join a group to have others to run with, get involved in the community, network and ensure you’re getting the best advice for your current needs.
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