I’m surely up for a lame-ass blogger award. I really do intend to do a race report. But right now I’m suffering from some sort of bug and trying to maintain a minimum of training up to my marathon next week while also visiting family. And trying not to get everyone else sick. Basically, I’m quarantining myself since there is one 90+ year old in the house who I do not want to give my germs.
One thing I did want to update on is that I started working with a new client (who is a family member, but still) who is going to be 65 this month and wants to learn to run. She is quite fit from being a horse jumper and working with a personal trainer, so we’re starting from a good place. She does daily walks with her boxer, and now we’re adding short run intervals a few days a week (the running is not with the dog — I’ve run a bit with the dog and she’s fast). So far we’ve gone out for two sessions, and she’s done fantastic. I didn’t have to show her how to properly pace herself because she naturally knew what pace to run. I’m so impressed.
I’m going to go out with her for a few more sessions before I have to leave here, but I feel good about writing her a training plan having seen where she is right now. I’m using a Galloway interval program for her, which started with a warm up walk, 5 times 1 minute running & 1 minute walking, then a cool down walk. We’ve been chatting it up during both the run and walk portions, so she chose a great pace for herself. She has a lot of experience with horses, which I think has some application here as far as training goes. (Or so it seems to me — I’ve ridden a few times and been tossed off, so I’m kind of a village idiot about horse training).
Running with my new client and finishing the race with my friend Bethany last Sunday reminds me of why I decided to go for the coaching certification. Their excitement at being able to run when they thought it was something they’d never do is so fulfilling for me.