4. Educate Yourself
Never do a workout if your coach cannot explain the purpose of the workout. The explanation does not have to be complicated. For example, if your coach requires you to do a long run every Sunday and you ask “Why?” His or her response may simply be, “You need a big engine to run a marathon”. Good enough. Read a couple running books so you can participate in the conversation with your coach.
On a similar note, NOW is the time to learn about hydrating, pacing, cadence, form, and recovery. Do not wait until you are half way through your pre-competitive phase.