Hope you all had a good weekend! I’m exhausted after spending 18 hours in training. But I thoroughly enjoyed it: running talk, planning and writing programs, connecting with some great people… not a bad way to spend the weekend.
I promised a brief overview, for those of you who are curious. RRCA is one of several running coach certifications. So far, they offer the one basic level of training, and they are hoping to develop a level 2 course and some continuing education options. Other programs include USATF Levels 1 and 2, NAASFP Marathon coaching, Natural Running coaching, etc.
Most of us in the room were already writing our own training plans, volunteering with coaching groups, or training others. I’ve been reading running articles and following the research for years, so it wasn’t a lot of new information. But it was really helpful to put things together in a new way and fun to learn the RRCA lingo.
One of the most helpful tools was a visual graph of the training pyramid, from base building through strength, intervals, tapering and race day, with an emphasis on three week cycles. It helped me reframe my training mindset and I have a few ideas for things I’ll change next time.
We covered everything from sports psychology to form, injuries, heat, altitude, training methods and the business side of coaching and legal issues.
5 Things I Learned
1) The terminology and training mindset of RRCA is distinct. I’m a slight outlier, with my emphasis on cross training and fewer overall miles, but I expected that going in. Top athletes run 6 days a week, and that was the basis for many of our plans (think Advanced Marathoning over Run Less, Run Faster).
2) The purpose of different types of intervals for different race distances and goals.
3) The importance of waivers, legal advice, and liability insurance.
4) How to coach running form and exercises by over-exaggerating poor form.
5) Three types of running drills and how to incorporate them.
One of the best things about gathering the running community is the wealth of expertise and information shared in one room. On my left was a physician who specializes in sports injuries and on my right was a sports physicist who has a lab that does lactate threshold testing. I made sure to get his info!
Next to him was an accountant, who helped me think through the pros and cons of sole proprietorship vs LLC for my health coaching. I got his card, too.
And good news for those of you who have been waiting for an RRCA course to come near you. The original teacher, Randy, brought along two teachers-in-training (top runners with science degrees) who taught portions of the weekend. They’ll each be taking on their own courses by summer, so there will soon be many more courses available.
What’s next? An online test, and then some brainstorming about how I want to use it.
It was a marvelous weekend. I’m linking up with Katie for Marvelous in my Monday.
What was something marvelous about your weekend? Do you have any interest in a running coach certification?