RRCA – Road Runner’s Club of America Coaching Certification Day 2 + You heard it here first + Treadmill Weather

This past weekend was so much fun! Getting to geek out and talk about all things running for two straight days was a dream come true.

In case you didn’t know, I’m proud and excited to say;

RRCA Certified Coaches volunteer with their local running clubs, coach clients one-on-one, and coach training programs for groups of runners working towards a common goal such, as completing a 5k, half marathon, or marathon.

RRCA Certified Coaches
 work with runners and emphasize the use of intelligent training plans that are based on a scientific body of knowledge and designed to help a runner achieve their goals, while minimizing the risks of injuries.
Looking forward to taking my exam in the next week (100 questions) and getting my CPR and First Aid Certifications as well in the next few weeks.
After the humidity disaster of 2019 the night before, I decided I was going to get 3 miles in on the treadmill before showering and heading in to start day 2’s class.
As much as I don’t like getting out of bed before I have to in the mornings, I love the feeling of already having my workout done, and doing something positive and healthy before my day even starts!
Early morning runs set my day up for success, and I feel accomplished early! I know with the summer heat, early morning runs are going to be a thing in my future… better start loving them now! I do NOT want to be on the treadmill every day though 🙂
So, an easy 3.25 miles on the treadmill Sunday morning before I headed to day 2 of RRCA training! It was great to see everyone again, and before class started we got a group photo which I’ll share later once I get to see.
We then spent the first 30 minutes of the morning talking about running form.
I’ll talk more in depth about this one on a dedicated blog post as I feel strongly about how important it is, and it deserves more time spent talking about it!
The images below are not from the class, but go hand in hand with what we discussed.
The past few runs I’ve really focused on form, correcting it when I’m tired and the sloppy starts to come out, and ensuring my body stays relaxed with arms moving correctly. Randy is right, elbows are the secret to the running universe… I’ll explain that later this week!
After being told we all run like idiots (kidding… except for a few folks. Lol! I told you Randy is funny!) we worked on a 12 week training plan for an invisible person who had a certain goal/base/history etc…
Was fun to see what everyone came up with as we were put into about 7 different groups. No plan is necessarily right as everyone think different, so it was interesting. However, it was was all differently similar… if that makes any sense at all!
Below is our plan (the best plan, cough)… We had limited time so definitely would’ve changed a couple things, but was a super fun activity!
My friend Elizabeth had her group’s plan below…. and of course Randy is being his animated self! Dude….. LOL!
After the training plan we talked about injuries and nutrition, which are two things near and dear to my heart!
I could talk about running for so much longer than two days (wait, I already do just ask my fiancé) so I was sad that it had come to an end. I will absolutely want to get level 2 certified in a year, which would be the time I would have to wait to move up a level!
Something I would also like to take a course on is Lydiard training… we touched on this in class and how important a strong base is (usually up to 500 miles at conversation pace) before introducing all the anaerobic and aerobic training etc… More to come on that as well!
I just can’t wait to talk through what I learned, apply it, and teach it! My coach has all of this down to a science… she is going to make me speedy while doing it smart!
That being said…. for the first time out loud, I want to say that I really want to qualify for Boston. Yup, I said it… I want to bust my ass and see how close I can get!
As you know, the marathon is a distance that I’ve done a few dozen times, but don’t train like I should for. So, I’m going to put it all out there as I gear up for Houston in January and see what’s possible. Now, Houston isn’t flat…. and if it doesn’t happen there I’ll pick another (flat course) if I’m even in the ballpark for a BQ and try to turn it out on a different course.
I got these two beers on Sunday… said I’d crack them open when I qualify. Let’s see how much dust they collect. Hopefully not that much! I’ve put it out there, let’s see if I can do this! I want to run Boston! I want to be like all you cool kids! Hard work, I’m coming for you!
Last night after work I did 6 miles on the treadmill at an easy 9:30 jog. Lynn surprised me and kept me company for the last few miles.
I had taken my Nanohydr8 and Had eaten a GU wafer ( can buy or check out more here under MY GEAR ) so I was feeling good. Dude I feel goooooood! LOL!!!
I listened to a podcast featuring Jordan Hasay who came in 3rd and 1st American woman at this year’s Boston Marathon. It was a great podcast, check it out!
We then hung outside our apartment, marveling at how cool our complex is and catching up on our day!
I’m a lucky girl, and I’m 6 months it will be count down to I DO!
See ya at the start line!
Randy…. thanks for a fun and knowledgeable weekend! See you in a year!
– Have you ever taken any time of running clinics, classes or training?
– Are you an AM or PM runner?
– Ever been to Boston?
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2 thoughts on “RRCA – Road Runner’s Club of America Coaching Certification Day 2 + You heard it here first + Treadmill Weather

  1. I’ve never been to any running clinics or anything but I’m following your RRCA posts and its definitely on my list!! I spectated Boston 2 years ago and it kick started my hunger for running the marathon!

  2. So loved reading this update- best of luck with gearing up for the exams! I know you will do awesome. And I have not been to any running clinics- I actually was not even really aware of them till now! And I am a morning if possible, and have been to Boston one time with my high school actually. Hope you are having a great weekened, Taushah!

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