The last six months have been a journey and a bunch of great new experiences from a running perspective. I’ve set my sights on a lofty goal (a Boston BQ, which for me means running a marathon in ~3h10min) and I have been working with a local coach to help me achieve it. I’ve also spent a lot of time reflecting on what motivates, energizes and inspires me. We can’t all expect to get everything we need out of just what we do from 9-5, what our hobbies might provide us or even the relationships that we have with others as important as each of those on its own might be. We have to continue to grow in all of these different facets of our lives. So in the vein, I’ve decided to sign up for an upcoming Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Coaching Certification Course. Not because I have any expectation of doing this as my “gig” but because I want to continue to stretch myself.
There’s so much I feel like I can learn about my own running through this and also gain a clearer understanding of the feedback and guidance I get from my own coach. I also hope to be better prepared to give guidance and encouragement to the two budding high-school age runners in the house. Even if nothing ever becomes of it, I think it’ll be an interesting investment of time to hopefully learn something and see running in a different way. The first step, gaining my certification in First Aid/CPR/AED, is already complete. In a few weeks, I’ll venture to Twin Cities, MN and spend the weekend geeking out with other runners. Who knows where this might lead? That’s the interesting part.