My RRCA Weekend AND a One Mile Race!

My RRCA Weekend AND a One Mile Race!

This weekend I took the RRCA Coaching Certification course in Little Rock.  It has been a goal of mine to one day become a certified RRCA coach.  I’d looked up course locations but they were all out of state and far away so I just put it in the back of my mind that I would do it someday.  A few months ago our Arkansas RRCA State representative David Meroney sent out a message seeing if there was any interest in one of these courses in our state and low and behold there was!   I immediately signed up because I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to take the class when it was offered so close to my home. 

I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect but once I looked over the agenda our course director, Randy Accetta emailed me I must say I got a little excited.  What runner doesn’t want to know more about this stuff?!

• Coaching History
• Types of Runners and Their Training Needs
• Putting it Together with Physiology
• Types of Running: Building a Periodized Program
• How to Coach: Running Form
• Coaching Nutrition

• The Business of Coaching
• Coaching: Sports Psychology
• Coaching: Injuries, Heat and Altitude; Managing Workouts
• Building Programs, Part I
• Building Programs, Part II
• Conclusions and Next Steps

They were long days packed with A LOT of information but our teacher kept it interesting.  We had a great class and many of us knew each other or had at least seen each other at some of the Arkansas Grand Prix races.  I also enjoyed hearing about some of the groups some of my classmates were planning to coach.  I did not know that much about Women Run Arkansas or Black Girls Run programs until this weekend.  Others plan on coaching high school kids or working with community/ church groups.  I even met another local blogger- Heather Iacobacci-Miller from “Where’s the Beach?”

I am planning to mostly coach online but I am very interested in working on a local kids running program at some point.  I am not sure how to go about this right now but I know there is a need.  My kids have a running club at their school but I’d love to help more in the community as a whole. If you have any ideas or know some things that have worked in your community feel free to share them in the comments below.

And speaking of kids and running… while I was away at the RRCA class John took all the kids to a race! Can I just say how proud I am of him?  He did not have to do that.  I know getting four kids out the door, dressed and ready (by 7:30 am!) is NOT an easy task.  On Saturday there was a local one mile race that supported the track and cross country teams at my kids school.  My older two planned to run in it and at the last minute Anna decided she wanted to race too.  I guess you could say she was “bandit running” because she just sort of jumped in but I don’t think anyone was going to DQ a 5 year-old! 🙂  This race was very low key and I had no idea she would actually want to run in it.  She was the youngest by far.  The majority of runners were high school age.  So proud of these kiddos!  

Anna- 12:05, Abi: 8:05, Anthony- 10:08 & Ashton- trying to stay out of trouble!

So what’s next?
Well, to complete my coaching certification I need to pass the written test as well as get certified in CPR and First Aid.  I’ve actually been meaning to do this for years (ever since we had our first child) but I never got around to it.  So I will be getting on that ASAP!

In the racing world- no other races for me this month.  August is not my favorite month to race and trust me- one was enough!  I do have two in the works for September (a 5K and a HM) so that should be interesting.  Twelve weeks from yesterday is the Bass Pro Marathon! I feel like I still have a LONG way to go to be ready so hopefully I can make the most of it.

Does your community have any type of kids running program? 

20 thoughts on “My RRCA Weekend AND a One Mile Race!

  1. How fun that you got to meet Heather- she’s so sweet! Was Randy your instructor? I really enjoyed him, he had such great energy and kept the class engaged. Way to go to your kiddos!!

    1. Yes, she is! And we had Randy too. Very energetic which helped since it was basically listening to him for 9 hours 2 days straight! He did a great job.

  2. I think it’s so awesome you took this coaching class. Good Luck with it! I’m on the email list & would love to do it someday… but why, I’m not sure. HA! Got CPR cert next week.

  3. I had been waiting for a course to be offered nearby for awhile and ended up going to one in St. Louis in April – I should’ve waited just a couple more months! I was really impressed with the whole course as well. I coached with Girls on the Run for awhile and really like the structure and message of the group, but that’s all the experience I have with coaching with kids.

    1. Yes, lots of info! At least it was interesting though! 🙂 They mentioned Girls on the Run in the course. (The instructor was wishing boys had something similar.) Sounds like a good program.

  4. This is on my list of things to take & get certified in. Now that all the kids are in school I have time to devote to developing programs & such at our Y. Due to my faculty trainer status with the Y I have to keep my CPR current so it gets done every single year!

  5. Those kids of yours are such a bunch of cuties. It’s so great that they love running as much as their Mum.

    Do you have Little Athletics in the US? Our kids did it for years when they were young and it’s a great place for talented Mum/coaches to start moulding the next generation’s champions.

  6. Your kids did awesome! So cute that they love to race. I can’t believe you’re doing a half-marathon in September. That’s still hot weather! At least, I think it is – but you’ve done some really fast hot weather races.

    1. Yes, it’s one I did last year that someone actually got hit by a car- but the RD says they will be controlling traffic better this year. It’s not the fastest course but it could be worse. Just going to see where I am HM-wise… It’s not until the last weekend in September so I’m hoping it cools off A LOT between now and then. We’ll see… 🙂

  7. Ah! I am thrilled you got to take the courses and get certified. You will make a GREAT coach, Tia. At whatever level you choose!

    Can’t blame you about races in August there… Here, it is cooling off already! Think we’ll have an early fall.

    Your hubby did a super job to take the kids to the race- and they all did so well! And almost matching! 🙂

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. XO

    1. Thanks Raina! I hope so. I’ve been coaching friends and family around here but it will be nice to officially take it to the next level! 🙂

  8. that is awesome, Tia!!! Congrats. You will be awesome at coaching!!
    12 weeks until Bass Pro. I have a room ready for me I just have to pull my big girl pants up and sign up for the 1/2.

    Love how you describe Ashton – trying to stay out of trouble!!!

    Wow, Abi’s time! Machine!!!

  9. Tia, Davy Insell (2011 White River Roadrunners president) helped Blythe Keller (teacher and one of our members) run an elementary grades “Striders” after-school running program for the past two years. She’s moved into a different job at the school this year and isn’t running the program, but they can give you some background on the experience. Also, Nicole Driver had a WRR club kids program a couple of years back to get her son Tristen going. He’s now in 10th and was one of only two 9th graders in the state 5A top 12 at the spring track mile and 2 mile championships. I want to do summer and offseason kids clinics or weekly runs when we get our certifications, too. Keep in touch.

  10. Props to Pops for taking kiddos to the race! I’m glad I met you. Might you be interested in the Little Rock Women Run Arkansas program? We need coaches/leaders/pacer type ladies. 🙂

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