Coaching in running fitness

On Saturday I started my training to become a coach in running fitness. I headed to Hillsborough College in Sheffield for two-days of running related activities. CiRF_Logo

It was a fantastic weekend – very intense but fun. It’s given me a lot to think about both for my own training and, ultimately, for coaching others. As well as looking at the physical side of running we looked at the science behind the sport. This absolutely fascinates me. In two days we covered a lot, but it’s just the start. There is still so much to learn.

I have six weeks of independent work before the next training day. This is followed by a few more months of study before taking the exam in October. The course, which is organised by England Athletics, involves a practical and theory exam. I’m really looking forward to the course, but also a little daunted by the idea of the exams. Everyone on the course felt the same and the team from England Athletics was very supportive.

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Jayne Rodgers (right) with her daughter Bibi http://www.veggierunners.com

As well as starting my coach training, which I’ve wanted to do for a while, it was nice to meet people who are so passionate about running. One of the ladies, Jayne, is also a running blogger. Her blog www.veggierunners.com has just been shortlisted for best blog in the Running Awards. You can vote for it here.

For a while I’ve been struggling with iron deficiency and have been looking at ways to include iron in my diet without eating meat. Veggie Runners provides recipes for runners whatever distance they are training for. It was lovely to meet Jayne and great to find a blog that will help improve my nutrition. I will definitely be voting for it.

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