6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Coach-xting

A little SWAMPED today.. will have to write about my Sunday run tomorrow... in the mean time...

I ALWAYS thought I would be a Basketball Coach Growing up... I even applied for the head coach job for my Alma Mater High School and was passed up. My Running journey has lead me to want to learn MORE and help others in the process. Today I am a certified RRCA Running Coach.. that being said I do not feel fully confident charging to be a Coach.. I need practice. Insert my WONDERFUL buddies/guinea-pigs, ladies who are willing to trust me with 16 weeks of their Running fate.

HARMONY HERE:


First Marathon Portland 2011, on a RAINY day with a STRONG performance. She has untapped speed and a runner's physique. The PLAN is for her Second Marathon. Harmony is training for the Spokane Windermere Marathon May 14th and will be amazing!! I developed a 4 day a week plan around her daycare schedule with some ambitious Goal Pace miles during her long runs and recovery runs the following day. She is ROCKING her training despite the SNOW covered roads, frigid temps and a broken treadmill. I wish I could run with her, but the 4 hours and Mountain pass between us makes it hard.

We keep in touch via text, email and I asked her nicely to log her miles on Daily Mile. So far so good, although there have been a few hiccups on my part, inputting the wrong date, not having the column total, not explaining the key at the bottom, etc. All good lessons for me as I go forward with Coaching.

CHELSEA HERE:
Chelsea told me last September that she was ready for her First Half Marathon and asked if I would help coach her. TOTALLY Honored!! Race day is Rock N Roll Seattle June 25th so Chelsea is only 1 week into her 4 day a week training. She likes to cross-train, so we are trying to keep her schedule flexible. Since she is newer to the racing I created her zones based on a 5K race. The First plan I created was way to SLOW, she set me straight and now has a good plan which will get her to the start line ready to run and FINISH.

We keep in touch via text, email, facebook and daily mile and the occasional Greek Dinner. Since she is just an hour down the road, I plan to run with Chelsea after Boston, when she is into her higher mileage training weeks.

  • Please head over and visit my ladies and wish them GOOD LUCK from Coach Tall Mom.

  • Need coaching advice? Email (Tallmomontherun @ hotmail) I will reply as soon as I can. If I don't know the answer I will find someone who does.

21 comments:

Kirstie said...

Best of luck to both ladies and best of luck to you the coach!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

What lucky girls to have you as their coach!

Julie said...

I feel the same way with personal training. I'm certified...but...I need practice! and time to practice!

Michelle said...

I think you will be / already are a great coach. I can't wait to see how they do with their races

Marlene said...

No better way to get some experience than with your friends! You make a great coach!

kimert said...

If there was anyone I'd want coaching me in my running it would BE YOU! Way to go to you and those lovely ladies!

Sherry @ Life from my persective said...

Congrats on the RRCA! I was just certified last month. Have fun with the ladies you are coaching!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Love that B/W of Harmony! Awesome shot.

I am sure you will guide everyone you help to wonderful successes!

Courtney said...

I bet you're an awesome coach! Good luck to these ladies on their upcoming races! :)

L.B. said...

Your alma mater passed you up?

Worst. Decision. Ever. Seriously, what were they thinking? Anyway, guess running benefits from having you focus more on our sport than on hoops.

Amy said...

Yes, you are an awesome COACH! Even better -- you truly inspire you pupils to go over and beyond without expectations. I can't thank you enough for what you have done for me Mel!!!!

Alecia said...

I love daily mile! I've been using it for about a year now.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

I just found Chelsea via bloggyland and of course, Harm is my girl!! You are going to excel as a Running Coach!

I totally appreciate our texting!! Your encouragement and belief is HUGE to me and so many of your readers!

Happy Tuesday Mel!!

marathonmaiden said...

i'm sure you are an excellent coach. if fact i'm drafting a list of question (nothing major just small inquired) now. hopefully when i'm not so busy (ick for being swamped) i can hit send!

Jen said...

I am sure you will be an AWESOME coach.

Terri said...

Sweet!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

Good luck with your running clients! Way to go!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Congrats!!!

I'm working towards my personal training certification and I honestly don't think I'll feel any different than you about it.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

I need help!!1 I have SO many races I am all sorts of confused!!! =) but seriously...I will call you soon but this weekend is crazy with all day training on Sat and race day Sunday. Maybe I'll give you a call on my 1.5 hour drive home in the late afternoon. I'll text you first.

H Love said...

you are so sweet and inspiring! Great post Coach! I am seeing a difference and think the plan is working!

Lisa said...

What a great way to get started coaching! I look forward to hearing how they do!