Having a running coach isn’t just for elite, Olympic level athletes. Sure they all have coaches, but anyone can have a running coach; whether you are trying to hit a personal best, getting back into running after an injury or long break, you are completely new to running, or you have hit a plateau in your times and need help pushing through.
This week’s guest blogger is the fabulous Richard, or also known on Instagram as frenglish_guy
If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I am training to become a running coach. If you had asked me 4 years ago if I would ever see myself being a runner, let alone a running coach, I would have falling off my seat laughing. Nope, back then it was certainly not something I ever saw myself doing, yet here I am – funny how life changes.
In 2017, I found an online marathon coaching certificate that I really wanted to do. At that time I was thinking more for my own knowledge rather than being a coach, but after being a clinic instructor at the Running Room, I found something that combines two of my favourite things – running and telling people what to do. It wasn’t until 2018 that I signed up and got cracking on the workload (and let me tell you, this course is full on comprehensive, with an exam, case study, first aid course, and coaching a volunteer client!).
If you live on Vancouver Island, you are likely to know Carlos from the Capital City Run Crew (and if you don’t know him, then you absolutely should!). This guy is a machine when it comes to running, even when I ran as fast as I possibly could, Carlos left me for dust…. without even breaking a sweat.