My schedule has been so kooky these last few days, but just to recap…
I had to move my long run to Thursday, because I was taking a Red Cross class on Friday and the RRCA Coaching Class on Saturday and Sunday.
I celebrated my long run with Mexican!
Spent all day Friday in this class
With this man.
I am now Adult and Pediatric CPR/ First Aid/ AED certified! (Please don’t ever make me use my training. Cool? Ok. Good!)
Celebrated with this man! (It totally makes sense to celebrate Red Cross certifications with wine, yes?!)
His and hers
The RRCA Coaching Certification Course! It was such a big deal that we were able to get one here in Nashville. I’ve been wanting to take this class for a few years, but they were never offered nearby and the classes in desirable locations filled up quickly.
Preface: I don’t have any plans to start coaching, but I wanted the knowledge. I love running, and especially pacing and helping with training groups.
Day 1 Agenda:
- Coaching History
- Types of Runners and Their Training Needs
- Putting it Together with Physiology
- Types of Running: Building a Periodized Program
- Coaching Nutrition
Celebrated completion of day 1 (I’m detecting a trend)
After eating way too many sweet, snacky foods in class on Saturday, I planned ahead with oatmeal and berries.
Day 2 Agenda:
- Reflection on Day One
- The Business of Coaching
- Coaching: Sports Psychology
- Building Programs
- Coaching: Injuries, Heat and Altitude + Running Form
- Building Programs
- Conclusions and Next Steps
And bubbles to celebrate completion!!!
I’m worn out. The toughest part was getting a classroom full of runners to sit for two days from 8-5. It was also a challenge to work my run schedule around theses classes. I had to run two-a-days on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I’m really proud of myself for getting the miles in, and I was rewarded Saturday night with this beautiful sunset.
These classes gave me an even greater appreciation for my coaches. So much work and thoughtfulness goes into helping their athletes.
My next step is to take the final exam. Wish me luck!
Have you taken the RRCA Coaching Course? What did you think? Are you coaching?
Or, do you want to take it?
Did you run/race this weekend? Tell me all about it!