Over the weekend, I took the RRCA running coach certification course. It was an awesome course and I learned SO much. I feel like I learned everything I’ve been doing wrong in my own running and a lot that I can do to improve in the future.
I want to take all my new knowledge and work out a killer new training plan so that I can go dominate a race. Well, I can’t really do that right now being pregnant and all, but my wheels are already turning thinking about what I can do in 2013. I was so excited that I started mapping out a training schedule for myself for after the baby is born. Then I gave myself a reality check and remembered that I don’t know how long my recovery time will be (I had an emergency c-section with Zain and I don’t know if I’ll need a repeat c-section this time). Plus, I’m going to need to ease back into running anyway. So maybe my killer training plan will wait until the second half of 2013.
In the meantime, once I’m certified (have to pass the test first!), I’ll be accepting applications for those of you interested in being my little science experiments and letting me coach you. I’ll be offering free coaching to start. FREE?! Yes, free. Just because I took this course doesn’t make me an expert so I plan to offer free coaching on a limited basis until I have a little more experience under my hydration belt.
My fellow participants in the course had a wide range of running backgrounds – from brand new runners to those training for their 1st marathon to ultramarathoners and one
crazy awesome woman who had run 90 marathons. It was great to have all that experience in the room. Plus, our instructors had impressive running backgrounds of their own.
During the course, a lot of the examples we discussed related to FAST runners. I don’t mean 7 minute milers, I mean like 4-5 minute/mile runners. I obviously have no experience in that arena. While it was really interesting to talk about the type of training fast runners do, I don’t think I’ll be coaching anyone that fast. So if you have dreams of going to the Olympics, I am very sorry to say that I will not be the coach for you :).
I’m really excited to get my coaching started so stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed that I pass the exam!