As many of you probably know, I took a RRCA running coach certification course last weekend in Champaign, IL. I wanted to write a little bit about the course itself and what I got out of it.
The course itself was held at Human Kinetics. I was really busy leading up to the course so I didn’t think too much about the location, but when I arrived I discovered that Human Kinetics is the publisher of a lot of great running books, including one of my favorite books on marathon training, Advanced Marathoning by Pfitzinger and Douglas (affiliate link). It was really neat to be taking the course at a place that’s publishing such great stuff about running.
We covered a lot of topics, including the roles of running coaches, different categories of runs and their definitions (long run, intervals, etc.), principles for putting together training plans, the business and legal side of coaching, and injuries. I’ve read a lot of running books so I had a good grasp of part of the material already (especially the biological parts…hello, PhD!), but it was nice to see information compiled from many sources in one spot.
It was great getting to meet all of the other future coaches and to interact with them. Everyone had their own goals, perspective, and expertise, so I got a lot out of chatting with them and our class discussions. We also did a little group work putting together an example training plan, which was a great exercise. I also liked that the class had a pretty relaxed atmosphere, which made it easier to ask questions or have friendly debates.
Overall, I got a LOT out of the course and learned a lot about running and coaching. It reminded me of some things, like I should probably be doing more easy miles and I should add in more speedwork into my own training plan. I left feeling excited about my own running and excited about being able to help others get excited about running. Once I pass a test and turn in proof of CPR and First Aid certification, I’ll officially be a running coach!
At the end of the class we received a copy of Daniels’ Running Formula (affiliate link), which I was really excited about because I’ve been meaning to buy or ask for a copy of the book for years but hadn’t gotten around to it. Now I have a copy and I’m really excited to read it! And we got a discount code for other Human Kinetics books, so I think I’ll be adding to my running library in the near future.
Any other running coaches out there? What did you think of your training?
Do you want to become a running coach?
Where do you get your training plans from?
Do you tweak a training plan to meet your needs?