In Spring 2011, I was contacted by another local blogger who heard that my local recreation program was in desperate need of a running coach. She got me in contact with the coordinator of the program's first Couch to 5K program. They had 27 excited members from the community signed up for a local 5K and were scrambling to find two coaches to train, coach and cheer the newbies to their race in the summer. The instructor was no longer able to fulfill her commitment. I had no coaching certification, just passion and enthusiasm for the sport. And, the rec program coordinator spoke with me on the phone and believed in me and experience and hired me another another local runner to co-coach the group.
Seeing newbies become RUNNERS for the first time was an amazing experience and got me even more excited about my own running, too. It was amazing seeing people initially struggle doing one minute intervals and in just nine short weeks they were running continuously in a 5K ... and excited about it.
After the program ended, I started working with my own clients that were interested in training 5Ks or were just interested in getting outside and getting active. I met some of the most amazing people through this experience and many of them have become great friends of mine. These seven people have achieved great things and many of them have made running a constant part of their lives and their daily routine.
I have now been asked by the recreation program to coach an all female training group for the current season. The group of women is simply fantastic. They are dedicated, consistent and determined. The all female program has been such a success that we will be doing it again next spring. I'm excited that there are so many women that are excited to do something so positive for themselves.
If you are in the Madison, Wisconsin area and are interested in training for a 5K or having running become apart of your life, please email me at runningdivamom at yahoo dot com for rates and availability.
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