Monday, January 3, 2011

Just Call Me Coach Blondie

There's a niche that needs to be filled, and I'm just the person to do it.

That's what she said.

In my quest to step it up in 2011, I went online to find a running club in my area. There are tons of running clubs in the ATL metro, but apparently I live in the Bermuda Triangle of running. There's a serious lack of clubs in this area. So what do you do when you can't join a club? Well, you create your own of course.

So I'm officially registered for the RRCA Coaching Certification Course being held in Atlanta in March! I'm pretty stoked. It's a two day course scheduled in conjunction with the Publix Marathon & Half.


You don't need to be a certified RRCA coach to start a RRCA sanctioned team, but it certainly helps. If I'm going to be training with others and giving advice, it's better that I'm not just pulling stuff out of Runner's World magazine and my a$$ my personal experiences.

Now that I've started recognizing and greeting other runners by name at local races, I see potential for getting a group together. My first thought was to focus on a women's group, and maybe even a mommies group. Sort of like a Stroller Strides on steroids, well not steroids, but you know what I mean. Women with a competitive streak who just happen to train with their kiddos too.

Sorta like this, but not so LAME-O


Then I was talking to a neighbor who pointed out there's a huge home-schooling network in our area. Why not create a group for those kids? Fantastic idea! Since we plan to home school Emily, it would be a learning experience for us too. Let's see what this whole home-schooling thing really entails.

I'm excited about the prospects. Let's see if I can turn my little hobby into something bigger.

20 comments:

  1. I think that's a great idea. I'm sure there are lots of moms who would love to run with their kids. If I ever have kids, I know that I would love something like this.

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  2. Awesome! Sounds like fun. I had looked at doing the certification but more for a personal goal. I love the idea of the kids program. Are you running the Publix race?

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  3. Very exciting! Sounds like you have some great ideas and areas of potential. Best wishes!!

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  4. What an awesome idea! I would totally do this if I had kids (hopefully soon)! Have tons of fun, sounds like you'll be great at it!

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  5. That's fantastic! I'll be very interested to hear about the coaching course.

    Good luck getting the new group set up - I'm sure you'll be a fantastic leader!

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  6. That's so exciting! You go mama!

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  7. I think you'll make a great coach! Keep us posted on how that goes :)

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  8. Don't forget about Girls on the Run --it pairs experienced runners with middle school girls, and there's a curriculum to go with it that aims at raising their self-esteem. I think there's an Atlanta chapter, but not one in the suburbs.

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  9. Awesome! I need to find arunning group near me after I have the baby. Also, thanks for your advice on the revolution.

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  10. What a great way to mix a bunch of your hobbies and interests! :)

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  11. I'm planning to run the half marathon too. A very running-centric weekend.

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  12. Awesome idea! I would be interested in joining your kiddo friendly running club. I guess it depends on where you run though. I am 30 min west of atlanta, so I guess it depends on far I would have to drive. In any case, good luck with your training.

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  13. How awesome!!! I know it would be cool to have something like that in the area. I bet you'll get lots of interest. :)

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  14. I think it's awesome you are starting a club. Thanks for the breakfast advice, I will definitely give it a try. I signed up for biggest loser at work today and plan to CRUSH everyone!

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  15. Wow, congrats! I just found your blog and love it. As a fellow pilots wife, I can totally relate! I wish I was in your area and could join.

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  16. That is awesome. Keep me posted. I'm interested in doing it. I always find your running adventures very inspiring especially to Mommas.

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  17. That is so exciting. Have fun at class, coach!

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  18. Wow, congrats! I just found your blog and love it. As a fellow pilots wife, I can totally relate! I wish I was in your area and could join.

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  19. Awesome! I need to find arunning group near me after I have the baby. Also, thanks for your advice on the revolution.

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  20. Very exciting! Sounds like you have some great ideas and areas of potential. Best wishes!!

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