It’s March 9th – normally by now I’d have at least 80% of my races for the year booked in, or at the very least know exactly what races I plan to run and my goal for each. This year is different – I only have one 10k race in April, and that’s only in my calendar as I am a clinic instructor for the group – the rest of my year is wide open, and I plan to keep it that way.
Here it is; the last guest blog of 2018. A massive THANK YOU to all the guest bloggers who agreed to be part of this series, and of course to you for reading them. As I’ve mentioned before, I love hearing how other runners got hooked on the sport, I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know some of the wonderful people in the running community.
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.
I’ve mentioned before that I love doing these guest blogs because, well, in a nut shell, I am nosey. I love finding out how other people got into running, and what motivates them to get out there time and time again to crush their goals. Not just that, but I like discovering more about them – stuff that you may miss from a social media post etc. Let me introduce you to Saskia, who is this week’s guest blogger. She is a runner and has a fabulous collection of photos on her Instagram page which you should definitely check out. The discovery I made recently about Saskia is we live both live in Victoria, BC! I love how social media opens up the entire world to you, but it’s also brilliant when you come across someone that is close to home; who knows, I may have even run past her at some point.
How is it almost the end of August already? This summer has whizzed by! The temperatures seem to be cooling down a little which I am SO thankful for. I forget each year how horrid it is to train for a half/full during the hot summer months.
This week’s guest blog is the fabulous Alexis and Terran from Parks and Perspiration. You have got to check these guys out! Not only are they serious #couplegoals, but they are raising money by running 250km around New Zealand in support of the National Parks Foundation. You can find them on Instagram and also on their website.
Where has the summer gone? I feel like I was just starting (and re-starting) Seawheeze 2018 training, and now we are in week 10 – THE RACE IS IN 4 MORE WEEKS!!!! YIKESSSSS! If you are training for this race (or any fall/autumn race for that matter), how has training been going for you? Are you feeling race ready, or wish you had a few extra weeks/months before race day?