I recently became a RRCA Certified Running Coach.
From their website:
The RRCA Coaching Certification course is designed to provide a baseline of education and training for individuals seeking to become an RRCA Certified Coach. The RRCA Coaching Certification Course emphasizes how to be a successful coach, whether coaching individuals, small groups, or large group training programs such as 5K, half marathon, or marathon training programs. The certification course focuses on issues specific to road running and racing for adults at all ability levels.
The course curriculum includes 16 hours of lecture, group work, and interactive exercises, including working in teams to build training programs for novice and experienced runners. The two-day certification course is an in-person course followed by a 100-question online exam that will provide immediate results.
RRCA Certified coaches volunteer with their local RRCA member running clubs, coach clients one-on-one, and coach training programs for groups of individuals working towards a common goal. RRCA Certified Coaches will work with runners and emphasize the use of intelligent training plans that are based on a scientific body of knowledge and designed to help a runner achieve their goals, while minimizing the risks of overuse and over-training injuries.
Form more information here is there website: RRCA Coaching Certification
I am running this marathon in 2013.
Sergio Reyes wins the 2012 Flying Pig Marathon held in Cincinnati, Ohio with a time of 2:22:06!
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The early start times of endurance events act as a selection pressure.
It’s an unpleasant fact of life that most mass-participation endurance events start at (and sometimes before) the crack of dawn. But it’s not equally unpleasant for everyone: the world is divided into morning types (“larks”), evening types (“owls”), and those who don’t have a pronounced preference either way. What if you’re a wonderful endurance athlete, but you just hate getting up in the morning? Will this make it less likely that you persist in the sport?
That’s basically the question that a group of South African scientists from the University of Cape Town tackled in a recent study published in Chronobiology International. They compared four groups of people: 125 cyclists, 120 runners, 287 Ironman triathletes, and 96 active but non-competitive controls. The first test they did was to administer the “Horne-Ostberg Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire,” which is used to distinguish larks from owls. Here are the results (where MT is morning type, NT is neutral type, and ET is evening type):
Pretty big difference in the number of morning people in the athlete groups compared to the control group. But this doesn’t distinguish between cause and effect: maybe years of pre-dawn rides have convinced those cyclists that they really like getting up in the morning (because if they didn’t tell themselves that, they’d go crazy). So the researchers also did a series of genetic tests; here are the results of one of them:
In this case, the “5 allele” is associated with shorter circadian rhythms, which in turn translates to morning preference — so people born with morning preference are indeed (at least in this particular sample of white South African men) more likely than the general population to end up getting addicted to endurance sports, presumably because of the time of day when most people train and compete.
So… who’s going to found the first Evening Triathlon Association, bringing endurance sports to the neglected owls of the world?
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