For those of you new to my blog, for the last 7 years or so I used to travel full time Monday through Thursday. It was different, but my wife and I both made it work for us. After work, I read blogs and watched The History channel in the hotel and my wife watched Bachelor related shows and shows about housewives in various metro areas to her heart’s content. There were downsides (no close friendships in the town I lived in, away from my wife) but there were advantages too (lots of frequent flier points,
So, as I found myself in a hotel by myself again for the first time in a long time, I found that I quickly fell into my old habits. I caught up on blogs / twitter and had a little wine:
Who am I kidding? I mostly did this:
And I reaccustomed myself to
But, I soon realized that I didn’t travel half way across the country to pass out after drinking too much screw-top wine – I could do that at home! I needed to learn about coaching.
The class itself was split up into two full distinctly different days. Day 1 was all about the bio mechanics, nutrition, coaching styles, and even a bit of psychology of helping people realize their potential. It was all very interesting information – but it was all very theoretical in the sense that there was no pace talk, mileage talk, or even a hint of speedwork. Almost like knowing how you brew beer. Sure, really good info to know that it doesn’t come from the beer fairy, but doesn’t make it taste any better.
Day 2 was where all the action was.
Of course, Murphy’s Law says that you can’t get 30 runners together with at least a few of them knowing each other. Rebecca @ Thru Thin and Thick followed Lesley whom I coach, Matt @ SISU Runner somehow found me, and Ann from Sporty Girl Jewelry was there as well! Unfortunately, we only all put this together the last day.
Overall the coaching certification course was a great experience and I would do it again. It was great to see all of the various backgrounds of people: from fairly novice runners looking to make a career change, more experienced runners looking to gain an edge, and people looking to start children’s groups or even help coach high school track. But, while we were all there for as many different reasons as there are to run in the first place, the drive was essentially the same: We all wanted to help others put one foot in front of the other.