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.