I have been waiting for almost a year for a Road Runner’s Club of America (RRCA) course to open in the vicinity of where I live, so when I received an email 4 months ago that there was a class being offered in Deal, NJ, I immediately signed up. These courses are offered throughout the country during the year and are notorious for filling up within days (sometimes hours) of registration opening.
I spent this past weekend in a Fire Station in Deal, NJ with 33 other running enthusiasts learning the basics of coaching. We had 17 hours of instruction which included powerpoint slides, discussions, and practical exercises. While there were many aspects that I was already familiar and comfortable with (I have been making training plans for myself as well as friends and family for several years), I learned quite a bit about training for shorter distances. To be honest, with the exception of a couple of “couch to 5k” plans, I’ve never created a training plan for a race that was less than a half-marathon.
One of the best parts of the class was getting to meet and interact with the other class members – some have much more experience with coaching – ranging from one-on-one to group coaching (of 100+ members) to online coaching. AND, I finally got to meet Lauren!! She is a wonderful, amazingly sweet blogger from RI who I “met” via twitter several months ago. We found out we were signed up for the same class (yes, she drove down all the way from RI for this course) a while ago and I’ve been looking forward to meeting her in person!
I’m looking forward to starting the next phase of my career with coaching – more details to come soon, but I plan to offer e-coaching as well as one-on-one coaching (in person). I don’t know of many running coaches on Staten Island, so I think there is an opportunity for me to start something! (Note: I am not a certified running coach until I take and pass the online test I will be taking sometime this week!)
Some exciting news…I found out late last week that I will be heading down to Galveston, TX this weekend to watch the Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas. The REFUEL | “got chocolate milk?™ Campaign is unveiling their new ad on Sunday, April 1st at the post race press conference…and they have invited me to participate in the event!!! Not only are they covering my expenses for the weekend, BUT I am going to meet and have one-on-one time with Chris Lieto, one of the best and most famous triathletes in the world – Chris Lieto. A native of Red Bank, NJ (about 45 min from where I live!), Chris is a multiple Ironman (IM) winner and came in 2nd place at the IM World Championship (Kona) in 2009.
Watching a normal IM 70.3 is really fun, but the event is also doubling as the IM 70.3 U.S. Pro Championship. The previous few years have drawn a very competitive professional field, including some of the biggest names in US triathlons – Timothy O’Donnell, Andy Potts, Amanda Stevens and Kelly Williamson. The Championship offers a $75,000 prize purse for the male and female winners, who earn the title of Ironman 70.3 U.S. Professional Champion and get bids to Kona in the fall. Another professional triathlete who I hope to meet is James Cotter, the husband of a friend and fellow FitFluential Ambassador, Lindsay. I’ve been following James’ training and racing for the past few months and look forward to seeing him compete on Sunday!
I have a special place in my heart for Texas – I spent (off and on) six years of my life stationed at Fort Hood, TX during my time in the military – my son (AJ) is actually named after my and my husband’s favorite city – Austin!! Having the opportunity to return for a few days is a blessing. The only downside is that I am going to be away from my son longer than I have ever before – 3 full days. (The upside is that I may get to sleep in for the first time in 14 months!)
Hope you had a wonderful weekend - did you do anything fun? Did you race?
I will definitely be blogging about my upcoming experience this weekend, so please let me know if there are any questions you would like me to ask Chris!!
Are you a certified running coach? What training did you go through to receive your certification?