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?!
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.