A few weeks ago I spent the weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas, at St. Vincent’s hospital.No, don’t worry! I wasn’t there because someone was sick. I was there for educational purposes, and it wasn’t nursing or anything medically related.
I attended a running coach certification course! It was a weekend jammed full of information on the different types of runners, what different types of runners need, and how to design training programs for runners from a couch to 5K to a marathon.
I have to admit. It was pretty overwhelming. I never realized what went into the training that I’ve been through. I just showed up and ran with my group, followed the coach’s instructions and lead, and then on race day, I showed up and ran my race! The science and discussion behind various training strategies is fascinating–and complicated!
Anywho, attending the course was the first step towards certification. The next step was successfully passing the online exam.
My goal for this week was to complete the exam. We could take as long as we needed to complete it, as long as we completed in within 30 days of the course. So I started the exam yesterday. I’d work through a few questions, take a break, come back to it. This morning I finished the exam.
My heart starting beating fast as I hesitated over the submit button. I had one chance, and there were a few questions I was unsure about. But I knew that I had answered the questions to the best of my ability. Come what may, I was done with the test. I hit submit. And then that 5 second wait that seemed like 5 hours was over and my score popped up on the screen.
Yes, I passed the exam, and Tulsa now has a new certified running coach. So if you’re in the Tulsa area and you think you might like to be a runner, I’d love to help you reach that goal!
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