September 21, 2010

Back into the swing of things

These last two weeks have been a crazy combination of my youngest being really sick, crazy school schedules, me being sick, our internet not working, and a RRCA certification class!  For the last two weeks, I seriously felt like I had a newborn again.  With my youngest getting up 3-4 times a night, and then me not being able to sleep because of some stupid head cold, I have just been exhausted.  But, things seem to be coming back to normal and our family is slowly getting back into the swing of things.

I feel like I have so much to talk about, but the thing I'm the most excited about is the class I went to this weekend.  I decided to get my RRCA certification and they had a class in Denver-yay!  My husband got to spend 2 whole days with the boys by himself, which was quite a change for my boys.  I think it was good for them to have some "daddy" time, and I also think it was good for my husband to get some "son" time too without me around.

I really enjoyed the class, not only for the information that I learned, but for the contacts I made with other local runners.  It was nice to be in a class where everyone there was an athlete.  During the breaks we would share stories and get advice from each other.  It was great!

I also feel like I learned a lot about training and training plans.  Yes, some of it was basic and pretty self-explanatory, but there was some information that made me have some "ah-ha" moments.  When I was deciding which marathon training plan to follow, I looked at all of my options online and then picked the one that I thought would best fit into my life and schedule.  I didn't really research the plan to figure out why I was running certain things or doing runs at certain paces.  I know there are a lot of different philosophies on running, but what I learned from this class really made sense to me.

I still have to take a test and complete my CPR/First Aid class, but I am excited to become officially certified so I can use what I learned to help others become better runners.  My first victim client is going to be my husband.  We both signed up for the P.F. Chang's Rock-n-Roll marathon in January (it will be his first!) and I am designing a training plan for him.  I'm really excited about it, but I'm not sure how my husband really feels about it...ha ha!  I'll also be creating a training plan for myself, so it should be fun.

On a side note, it is AMAZING how many blog posts I have missed!  I am trying to get caught up, but some I'm just going to have to let go.  :(

I hope you are all having a good week!  I CANNOT believe that today is the last day of summer!  Where did the time go?

34 comments:

Patrick Mahoney said...

Coach Aimee. I think that's pretty awesome. Hope you get a load of clients...

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Congrats! I've thought this might be fun to do with my kids becoming old enough to start running more seriously. What's the old saying about a man never coaching his wife? I wonder if it also goes the other way. :)

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Talking of CPR training... in 1996 I was running the Houston Marathon and I guy dropped at mile 23. I stopped but turned it over to a cop that was on the scene very quickly.. Heart attack I found out later. Oh, I was CPR trained had it been needed.

Emz said...

You're going to be here in January!?! I must sign up!!!

I'll be your second "victim"!!

P said...

SO exciting that you're *this close* to certification!! Congrats!

Andrew Opala said...

Congratulations Coach!

Try to get the boys some more Daddy-Time (it makes a big big difference)

Angela and David said...

Very cool that you are getting into coaching. I keep thinking that in my next "life" I'd like to coach high school cross country. Not sure if you need to be certified for that.

misszippy said...

Congrats on getting your certification. I'm sure you'll love coaching! And January in Phoenix sounds about perfect to me.

Anne-Marie said...

Congrats on your coaching certification! So exciting, can't wait to hear how it goes! I've recently started thinking about getting tri coaching certified, but just haven't had the time to research it or give it serious thought.

Hope you and your little one are feeling better and you're all getting more rest :)

teacherwoman said...

Sounds like a great class! Hoping you and your little one are feeling better!

ShutUpandRun said...

I took the RRCA in May and got a lot out of it too. My husband and best friend were my first victims and things seem to be going well!! My first marathon was the RnR Phoenix, great weather, flat course. Good luck with the coaching stuff - very exciting (and let me know if you have questions on the test...have you taken it yet?)

Big Daddy Diesel said...

That is just freaking cool.

Alisa said...

Oooooh I'm excited that you're going to be a coach! Count me as a potential future client =).

You'll like the flatness and warmth of RnR AZ but the course is pretty boring =) or at least I thought so.

Jill said...

That is a great 2-day course; glad you got to take it. I learned a lot in it, also, but felt the USTAF was a much better class...if it ever gets to town. Coaching is a total blast - I do it at the high school (Smoky) and do it on the side, very fulfilling...good luck!

Jon said...

That is SO cool that you did this! Can't wait to see how you progress with this, COACH! ;)

Jamie said...

Good job on becoming a coach!! How exciting! :)

Barbie said...

Congratulations on your new venture Coach. I am so very happy for you :)

Teamarcia said...

Glad you're feeling better (wish I was) and how exciting about the RRCA--good luck with it!

Regina said...

yeah! That is exciting news. You are a very good runner, this will be great for you.

Is your little one waking up because of school issues? My guy is having a hard time with the full day schedule. A big change for him.. that is why I ask.

trifitmom said...

i am going to try and take the rrca certification course but they are not in my area .....

Julie said...

Congrats on your RRCA certification!! that is on my to-do list in the next year or two. So sorry about the wake-ups. I'm dealing with that here too. My mid-day coffee is just not cutting it anymore! :)

Kristin said...

Awesome on the RRCA Certification!! Im sure your husband will love his plan!! :)

almostveganblog.com said...

Congrats on the cert! You'll make a great coach!

Julie said...

Congrats on getting certified!! I have no doubt that you will be a fantastic coach!

TRI-james said...

I took the class in July. I also enjoyed the info and networking.

Jon Gilchrist said...

yeah, summer really did fly by. I'm excited for you AND your hubby....lol. I hope the networking pays off in spades for you...

Kelly said...

Congrats on the certification and thanks for your encouraging words for me leading into my race this weekend!! I agree that it is a good thing for Daddy and boys to have some quality time together without mommy being there, although I find it very hard to relinquish that control. ;)

Running and living said...

Congrats on the certification!

Kirk (GottaTri) said...

Tis the season for head colds. The kids are back in school. I had mine last week. We don't have time for this crap!

DRog said...

Also good for you to get some YOU time! busy times!
-Derek

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

fun for you and the certification weekend;-)
and you'll rock your DH with his training schedule. as it should be. and if he has a problem with any of it..tell him to talk to US!

Mark said...

Wow— HUUUGE accomplishment. I was thinking of getting a run analysis done this off season. Wished you lived just a wee bit closer!

Kathleen said...

That is great Aimee! With your skill and love for running, you will make a great coach.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

so very excited for you to get your certification, that's great!! I love going to conferences even when I know things it's like a reminder that keeps me focused