This morning I found out that I passed my NAASFP Coaching Case Study with a 97%. So now I’m down to doing the client practical as the last step in my certification.
This step will take awhile. I will be taking a volunteer client through a training cycle to her first marathon at the end of November. Bethany, the awesome athlete I mentioned in previous posts, has agreed to be my volunteer. She had already signed up for the Space Coast Marathon, and so I shyly asked her if she would be interested in being coached by me. We will have a Master Trainer overseeing the process.
I’m really excited about this step. Bethany is already a joy to run with, and I hope I can help make her first marathon be the best experience possible.
This is maybe a good time to mention my longer term coaching plans. I’m not planning on being a running coach as a job per se, but instead I am going to use the certification for charity fundraising. I want to set up things with a few charities for runners to make donations in exchange for training plans and/or coaching. I also hope to be able to work with some local races to provide training plans for participants if they donate a little extra to the race’s cause. I’ve done a little preliminary work talking to people in the fitness industry here in my town, and it feels like I’ll have some pretty good support for getting things established. I’ve got a few other ideas that aren’t yet fully formed, but I’m super excited to be able to use my love for running to give back.
My own running is going well. I’m dealing with a mild case of plantar fasciitis in my left foot, but (knock on wood) it’s manageable and I’m getting it worked on with my trainer and chiropractor. I’ve got a half marathon in Connecticut on Sunday, but my only goals are to not get injured, beat my previous course PR (shouldn’t be an issue unless I have a bad day) and have fun. I used my poor foot as an excuse to finally try the famous Roosevelt Spa Baths here in town. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to soak in one of those amazing baths.
In July, I’m going for metabolic testing. I’m sort of nervous about it, but can’t wait to see what it’s all about.
Oh, and I’ve been switching over to Hoka One One shoes. Ohmigod, these shoes are amazing. I have the Clifton, the Clifton 2 and today I ran for the first time in the Challenger ATR shoes. The latter I purchased so I could go on and off trails during some of my runs in the park. I wore the Cliftons when I paced Bethany in her half marathon, and I finished that race with my legs feeling fresh. I highly recommend these shoes