Remember this - a coach have 1 main mission. To look for the runner´s improvement, not to be famous or rich or popular. For that coach goal target you need 2 parallel works: to coach the runner and to feel like an apprentice – a student - along all your future coaching career.
1/ Forget most of what they teach you about physiology. Analyse training from a physiology perspective only when - in the limit - you haven´t no way to understand what´s going on about a effort or a intensity.
2/Start to learn running training method history and training technique, and how the different training coaching methods are connect with a located culture etc.
3/Analyse all that is preconceived or that comes to you to an undeniable truth about training – most of the training concepts are wrong, or they tell you their versions of the story.
4/Be influenced by what you consider the best coaches – despite that they mightn’t be the most famous or the ones that have more popularity. But don´t copy – if your schedules that “smells” to anyone else they are no good.
5/Learn from the best runners – past and present – how they did to get to the top. You learn more with an analysis from a top class training method than from all world´s lab data.
6/Preserve each runner individuality. That´s your training that may fit in the each runner individual and not the opposite that the runner needs to fit into your training concepts.
Besides a runner that´s a human being with the chance to fail, not perfect, only the schedules that you design is that what you think that are perfects.
7/Uses a your own training inner structure to classified most of the training variables.
8/train in simplicity. I never saw a good training schedule that´s too much complex in it´s premises.
9/Every coach/runner relationship may starts in respect for each one individuality, in a master/pupil relalationship and with time and confidence that may end in friendship.
10/Remember that sport or running – besides that´s also an industry and a way of living, doesn´t mean that the life have only a meaning with sports. Life and life meaning goes beyond all sports, that´s a bit more than sports really. Thus live your life as a coach but also pay attention to all the rest human expressions: arts, sciences, politics, etc.
My training inner structure, or the way I try to understand all training goes like this:
TRAINING – TIME AND SPACE MATTER
Space (distance) – the exterior objective materialistc reality. The distance.
Time (duration) – the inner abstract/subjective reality.
The conjunction of time and space, the combination of both; the time it takes to cover a certain space, or vice-versa, the space you do in a certain time, that´s the PACE (intensity).
I myself use a training method that´s based in simplicity. I use SPACE (as seen as distance in perception reality) and TIME (seen as duration in the activity) and the result of product from time and space are PACE. All my training is based in this simple formula, and from there and according each individual talent there are different zones of intensity which the basic ones are race pace; the zones faster than race pace, and the zones in intensity but slower than race pace. With an analysis of that multitude of variants, I define volume, intensity, specific training formats (workouts) with some precision and I i´m able to characterise any training that exists, independently from the physiology.
Concretely training that´s a overcompensation target that deals adequate management of time and space (PACE).
Related to a target goal race, we have a PACE, the time you take to cover that distance.
The running pace we know all that´s slower for a longer distance and/or more time duration and faster for a short distance/duration.
Every training principle doesn´t go out of that equation, and in the limit, that´s a ordinary logic rule. The ultimate scientific discovers relate to running activity found in physiologic or biologic or any other subsidiary science department, in their simplicity that´s no more than the use of TIME AND DURATION, so a pace issue.
Everybody knows that in an effort the relation in between time duration and the distance that´s in the direct proportion. Intenser paces that one shall be able to cover – in the limit of speed, of it´s own maximum intensity that´s only possible if you cover a short distance/time duration. The opposite that´s also true – no one can run in a continuum a longer distance than his event run if not in a slower/less intense pace than Race Pace.