Trying to become a certified running coach / trainer

As some of you might know, I'm currently learning to become a certified running coach / trainer.


Why? I hear you ask. Well, firstly because I wanna learn more about the theory and science behind running. I've always been fascinated by the science behind any sports. From experience I know running is a lot more than meets the eye. The right technique can make you run easier and faster. But more importantly, the right technique can prevent injuries. 


My second reason is more career related. As my current job is ending at the end of this year, and I still have no clue what I'm supposed to be in life. A couple of friends suggested something to do with sports, because that's been such a big part of my life. I like the idea of doing a job that relates to one of your biggest passions. But there is a small doubt, because training and motivating yourself is something different than training other individuals. But I really like to give it a try. 


In the beginning of October I read a post on Facebook from a good friend, who is a massage therapist and personal trainer. He had entered for a training to become a running coach. Something clicked and I rang him saying, is this something I can do? He immediately said yes, and so I entered as well. 


From that day, we started bouncing business ideas and soon had a good plan to start something January. I'll keep u updated about how, what, and when. What I can say, is that we will have a different approach, and we will focus on training technique as well as training for endurance. We wanna provide the whole package.

First day. Back to school.

November 5th, It's the first day of my training. I'm excited but also very nervous. It's been 10 years since i've been in a classroom. Luckily for me it's not a classroom. The training takes place in the canteen of an athletics track. 


The training begins with an introduction. We all introduce ourselves and our background and it becomes clear to me that i'm the only one with almost no training or teaching background. But also that I have more experience as an athlete than most of them.


As the training begins we learn that the first day will be 70% theoretically and 30% practical. The first things we learn are about the human body. Which muscles you use, and what the correct names are, but also how many parts build up a muscle. This part is mind boggling. I know which muscles to train and how to train them, but to actually name them. My head's spinning right now.

After this, we start to talk about the different type of muscle fiber. Type 1, 2a and 2x. And what separates them. These are more familiar terms. The next chapter, about heart-rate zones and training zones are even more familiar. I'm glad I know something. But still. Tough stuff. 


And then we get to the reason we are all here. Running specific training & running techniques. As the trainer explains everything i'm analysing my own running techniques and quickly discover a couple of small faults. I'll explain these faults in a later video. Luckily for me this is when today's practical training starts. 

Warmup. trying to activate the right muscles.

As the practical part starts, we start with the base. Warming up. Why do we do warm-ups? The answers vary a lot. But it's to physically and mentally prepare for the training ahead. A warm up normally contains two parts. A general warm up and a specific warm up.


As we warm up we learn new techniques that helps us activate and train the proper muscles. So instead of a general warm up, it's actually a specific run analysis training. Very interesting and also very difficult to do. Exercises we normally don't do.

Assignment for next week. Prepare 10 minutes of specific training.

The last part of the training is back in canteen where we discuss today's topics and get our assignment for next week. It's to prepare 10 minutes of specific running training. As I hear this assignment i've got the perfect candidate in mind. My girlfriend. So, i'm sorry luv, but you're gonna have some sore muscles at the end of this week. 


Thanks for reading my story today, and i'll write to you tomorrow. 

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