I Passed Steps 1&2 of my Coaching Certification!

What feels like eons ago, I mentioned I was studying for the NAASFP Marathon/Running Coach Certification. For some reason, I signed up to take the exam in May despite that I got the text and manuals around Christmastime. 

I promptly got to work, getting through 80% of the manual, only to stall studying around mid-February when I realized how long away the exam was. I probably would’ve been better off requesting an earlier exam date, but hindsight is 50/50. Anyway, the exam was trickier than I’d hoped, what with so much time lag between initial coursework and the actual exam date, but I still passed! I also passed the Red Cross 1st Aid/CPR/AED course in April, so parts one and two are now complete. 

Next up is the case study, which I’ve been mulling over and done some preliminary work on as I went through the course materials. I think this will be a challenging, and hopefully fun, exercise. 

  On Saturday, I ran the Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k, and thought it was a really nice event. Technically, I was supposed to take the day off from running, but I’d never run this race and have heard it was something of a “must”. It was a bit further from home than I’d normally do for a 5k. The drive there was twice the time it took me to run the darn thing, and I had to go for packet pick up the day before too, so the total travel time was hilariously long relative to the race. My husband came to the expo with me and “convinced” me to buy a tank from Athleta. It was a good purchase and I wore it to the race with some Skirt Sports Redemption Fitness shorts. 

I ran into fellow blogger and awesome age-grouper Darlene at the start. Talking to her made the time go by quickly. I’ve run into her at a bunch of races this season. We both are Skirt Sports ambassadors as well as participants in irun4. 

  Race morning was warmer than I’d like, in the upper 70s, sunny and fairly humid. I’ve been training in the heat to acclimatize, and I think it did pay off some on Saturday. My plan was to have a fun run and not worry about pace. I needed to be able to run 16 miles on Sunday, so that was in the back of my mind when I started. 

I saw a young woman running with a selfie stick 😦  Kind of a hazard, but marginally better than trying to selfie without one? Undecided. I pretty much think it was stupid either way. 

I was fairly chill and just ran by effort. I’m pretty happy with my splits. I still haven’t raced a 5k in over a year. One of these days, I’ll stop being chicken about it. Maybe. 


My next race is a half in Vermont and I’m pacing a friend through her first half marathon! I can’t wait. Then a couple weeks later I’m going to run the Fairfield Half for the third time. I haven’t decided my strategy on that one except to at least beat my previous course time, which isn’t all that fast considering I was nursing a hip injury last year when I ran it. 

I’m also volunteering for our local 4th of July race. I’ve run it twice before, and they used to not have a start mat, which caused chaos the first mile or so with people lining up in the front who had no business being there. It’s a large race, about 5000 people, and there’d be people with strollers and people dead-stopping early on. I just didn’t enjoy it all that much, what with the dodging and weaving. However, I do believe in giving back, so I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to volunteer instead. 

Ironically, I just found out they added a start mat this year. Oh well. 


18 thoughts on “I Passed Steps 1&2 of my Coaching Certification!

  1. Congratulations on the pass! I am not a fan of selfie sticks on a race course – I think they’re a bit dangerous myself. Then again, maybe I’m not a fan of running selfies in general – I look terrible when I’m out there. LOL! πŸ™‚

  2. Congratulations! πŸ™‚

    And it is funny on the start mat thing – people are obnoxious enough when there IS a start mat, makes me annoyed and I’m not all that fast!

    As for the selfie stick thing … can’t people just go to a race for the running and realize there are actually other people who deserve courtesy? I mean, blasting music in earbuds is bad enough, but people with over-the-ear headphones, or just blasting music out of arm-mounted phones? Ugh! And I don’t care about courteous people who get off the course and take pics or dance or whatever – it is when they do it in the middle of the course!

    Anyway πŸ˜‰ Congrats!

  3. Congratulations! Well done! I was thinking I’d celebrate your success with a bit of chocolate, but it seems a bit “wrong” considering. πŸ™„ So, I’m going to celebrate with a bit of PT. πŸ™‚ Go you!

  4. Darlene says:

    Congrats – those are great splits for a rest day. I hope you didn’t get wet during your 16 miler. Congrats also on you certification. Maybe I’ll hire you when you’re done.

  5. Congrats on an awesome 5K and passing your certification!! My friend got a selfie stick as a gag gift and we almost ran a half marathon with it…almost. It’s pretty hilarious!

    • I’ve thought about running with a GoPro, but then it would be pinned to me somehow and not filming me. I thought it’d be funny to do a running commentary of my inner thoughts while running (probably lots of nonsensical muttering and outfit critiquing).

  6. Someone wants pictures enough to run with a selfie stick? There are no words. Great job on your test and 5k!!! They certainly can be stressful! πŸ™‚ As for slower people starting out first in a large group? Well, I’d certainly find use for a selfie stick. Ha!

  7. Congrats on completing the first steps! Is it bad that I want to break all selfie sticks I see? I realize that I am guilty of probably taking too many running selfies but those sticks are ridiculous. πŸ™‚

  8. Just happened upon your blog, love it! I also am considering coaching certification; I’m an older runner but still sort of a newbie, but there might be a niche for that. But you are a lot faster than me!

    • You should go for it! I’ve been running just over 2 years and I’m 45. I primarily want to get into helping beginner runners learn to love running :). Not everyone is going for super-fast race times. In fact most people aren’t anywhere near even sub-elite. I think there’s a huge niche for people like you and I to become coaches.

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