Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Officially an RRCA Certified Running Coach!

I've neglected my blog over the last few weeks because I've spent every last ounce of energy on work.  We knew that July was going to be a busy (and downright miserable) month....it did not disappoint in the slightest.  The goal was to stay afloat, maintain our sanity, and not punch anyone.  Success.

However, in the midst of that madness I was able to attend my RRCA coaching courses this past weekend.  To be honest, it was way more intense than I ever expected.  The amount of knowledge they pour into you is crazy but I was loving every second of it.  Our instructor, Cari Setzler, was great at not only teaching the assigned curriculum but shared so many personal stories about her successes as a runner and as a coach.  Not to mention she's a dog loving veterinarian, bonus!  She was so knowledgeable on all of the new studies and information that are surfacing about running and in particularly about modern training technique.  Everyone has their own opinion of course, but it seems like the art of training is starting to change.  We discussed techniques from the infamous Galloway method to the modern day "renegade" training of the Hanson's Method.  Nutrition, physiology, fartleks, tempo, intervals, different pace types, running form, disordered eating  ....I could go on and on and on!

Last night I sat down to tackle the 100 question exam and to be really honest, it was harder than I expected!  I'm a visual learner so the test actual helped cement the information in my brain.  Proud to report that I passed with flying colors, a 95 to be exact.  Cari said they usually see an average of 91-92 on the tests...just sayin' :)  I passed, now what?  I plan to continue working with the people that I do now but with a ton of extra knowledge in my back pocket.  (I hope to add more to that list soon, more on that later.)  My husband wants to run his first full in Spring 2014 and wants me to coach him!  They say that if your marriage can survive wedding planning and buying a house, that you can survive anything.  I'm pretty sure having your wife as your running coach may soon top that list!  One of the biggest things I realized this weekend is that now I want my own coach!  Admittedly I am one of the most stubborn people on the planet, so having an outside opinion to guide me through the process would be so nice.  I've always flown solo at the full marathon distance.  I lay out my own training and I run all of those long lonely miles by myself.  Sometimes just having someone who has "been there" is such a great resource.  
 
I was a little sad the course only lasted two days because I could sit through that stuff for days on end.  I've always loved to learn and now I crave more.  Oh how I wish I could back to college!  The RRCA is hoping to offer a Level II course and continuing education classes in the near future...I will be all over that!

Now I need a whistle.