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Giving back through coaching

Posted Aug 12 2012 6:07pm

Running has given me so many things over the years. It’s added happiness to good times, clarity to hard times and confidence in times of doubt. It has helped me make new friends, have new experiences and step out of my comfort zone. For the past several years, I have enjoyed becoming a stronger runner. I have also had the opportunity to be trained by some amazing coaches both formal and informal. For some time, I have toyed with the idea of giving back to the running community by becoming a coach.

In the past few weeks, I have been blessed with two opportunities to coach. Through work, I am helping with our company’s 5K program through mentoring a group of runners each week. Through church, I am helping my friend Jae Jae kick off our walking/running group this Fall. I cannot express how much I have enjoyed helping others with their running journey. Seeing how excited they are to start a running program and seeing how much they improve each week has been so wonderful. It feels great to finally give back to others and share my love of the sport.

I have been following the RRCA’s (Road Runners Club of America) website for over a year now waiting for a good location and time to sign up for the RRCA coaching certification course. Finally, a few months ago, the perfect opportunity came up. It took me about 5 minutes to sign up for the certification course in New Orleans next month. I cannot wait to learn more about coaching, training and take the next step in my running journey.

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I am not certain what I will use the certification course for outside of my running groups at church and work, but I know it will be a great resource. I am looking forward to sharing what I learn with all of you as well.

Keep posted this week for a fun GIVEAWAY so I can give back to you, my wonderful readers!

How do you give back to the things you love?

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