A Little about the Instructors:
Patti and Warren Finke, RRCA certified coaches. Patti, an exercise physiologist, is the Chairperson of the RRCA Coaching Committee. Warren, is a long time coach and distance runner. Both are founders and directors of the Portland Marathon Training Clinic, now in its 25th year. They are the author's of "Marathoning Start To Finish and of numerous articles on training for local, regional, national and international magazines. Guest speakers are DeeAnn Dougherty, PRT, RRCA Certified Coach, coach& director of the Portland Marathon Training Clinc and Suzanne Girard Eberle, R.D. sports dietitian. You will receive a copy of Suzanne's book along with the regular publications.
- We were served bagel and banana breakfast, awesome Lunches and afternoon cookies.
Anyone who has read this blog long enough knows that I have SERIOUS issues with the Run Slow to go fast strategy. I run as long and as fast as I can almost every day....Hmmmm, could this be why I am tired?? and sore??
The second day Patti and Warren really drove home the arguments for this strategy, which I will share later.
IT CLICKED!! Sooooo when I train for Boston, I will be my own tester.. I plan to use the same training plan I used for Eugene, but SLOW down.. Will see how that translates on the Pavement in April.
The last day of the class was my FAVORITE we had a fake client and had to develop a training plan for her:
- Meet Joe...she is a single mother of 2 who wants to run a Half Marathon to impress a guy. She has been running for 6 years, always fast and never more than 5 miles. An experienced racer.....
We got into groups and worked on our plans. What I realized QUICKLY is that I have a REALLY REALLY hard time taking my own personal experience and drawbacks out of the picture.
Thoughts like "Why would you take someone who goes 8:20 pace and slow them down to 9:45, that will feel so weird and she won't have time to shower and eat lunch," and "That is too many miles for her to run, her knee will be sore.." GEEEZ Mel, this is not you!!! Thankfully my team was GREAT and together we came up with a pretty good plan. It really is amazing how everyone has a bit different way of approaching a training plan.
- Tall Mom Gripes: This is in no way a big one... I love love instructors who tell stories. Patti and Warren have GREAT stories. I was thoroughly entertained.. BUT.. I would have liked to hear more stories about the type of clients/people I will help. I may never meet an Elite, Olympic qualifier, Ironman contendor, or UltraMarathoner, let alone coah him or her. The examples given about coaching the NORM were a bit more applicable.
If you have any questions about the certification course please email me (tallmomontherun @ hotmail). The cost is $250, and you will get great resources, meet new people and increase your Running/Coaching bag of tricks.
Off to study for my 100 question test. Wish me luck!!