Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Just Call Me "Coach"

I've been waiting until everything was finalized to be able to say it, but now that I got picked by and met the training director and got the "ok" from work to have the next 8 Saturday's off, I think it's finalized enough to say it...

I'm a coach!

The ING Hartford Marathon is on October 15th and they run a marathon, half marathon, and 5k all at the same time.  The local group that runs the race - the Hartford Marathon Foundation - offers training groups for people looking for some help in training and after a friend pointed out a notice in one of their email newsletters, I applied to coach a 5k group.  What do you know?, I got it!

I can't even express how excited I am.  I get to do something I've always wanted to, I get to add more experience to my resume, and it is one more step towards what I want to do with my life which is helpful given that every so often we all feel like we're floating in the middle of nowhere unable to make any progress.

Training begins the 20th of August and goes for 8 weeks.  This is going to be a BLAST!!

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Questions
1.  Have you ever done a training group?  If so, what did you like/dislike about it?
The group is a beginner 5k, so we will be doing a lot of walk/run training; nothing intense.

2.  Have you ever coached either a group or individual towards a race?


Stay fit.  Stay healthy.  Stay safe. 

12 comments:

Erika said...

So fun! I'm sure you'll make a great coach for the 5k-ers!

I have never done one, or coached one, but would love to! Will need to check into it around here to see if I can find one to do.

Have fun!

Stephanie said...

You'll make a GREAT coach!

SupermomE12 said...

That is awesome! I think you'll do great and be a super fun coach!!! Congrats!!!!

Aimee said...

That is so awesome!! Congrats!

it's all about pace said...

you are enthusiastic... and a good listener... you will make a fine coach

Run with Jess said...

O - you'll be great at that!!
I coached a race training program this spring/summer. And now I'm a group leader for a bunch of women called Sole Sisters. I enjoy passing on the passion for running, sharing tips of the road and prompting them along. It was so cool on race day to see them bask in the glory of finishing the race (the first for many.) The hardest part for me was coaching those who were stubborn and hard on themselves.

Colleen said...

That's awesome! I've never coached but think it would be such a rewarding thing to do! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Miguel Vieira said...

Congrats in getting the "job" man! You will enjoy if tremendously. I was a HS PE teacher for 6 years and athletic director and absolutely loved it. I miss coaching and the excitement of guiding a group through competition.

You will be great at it as I am sure they will notice your enthusiasm for the sport.

Have fun! :)
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Tri-Living said...

Totally incredible!!! Congrats!

Coy Martinez said...

Oh My Gosh! That's great Kurt! I'm so excited to hear how that's gonna go!

I ran a 5K the other day with a girl who was running her first 5K after losing 78 lbs. It was such a thrill for me.

Coy Martinez said...

Oh My Gosh! That's great Kurt! I'm so excited to hear how that's gonna go!

I ran a 5K the other day with a girl who was running her first 5K after losing 78 lbs. It was such a thrill for me.

Coy Martinez said...

Oh My Gosh! That's great Kurt! I'm so excited to hear how that's gonna go!

I ran a 5K the other day with a girl who was running her first 5K after losing 78 lbs. It was such a thrill for me.