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RRCA Class Chicago -trip pictures

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I got to finally go do what I was wanting to do for so long, take the class necessary to become a certified running coach. I have yet to test (should be testing htis Saturday) but I feel good about it and I got a fairly good handle on the material.

Coaching program information-

Group shot

It was a total of 16 hours of class time and after an afternoon shift followed by an all night drive to get down there, day one was not easy... I was pretty much shot but I really stayed with it. I was pleasantly surprised what a couple of naps can do for a guy.

After class we went out to dinner and had some serious Chicago deep dish pizza...

I was fading fast though. Met up with a great Spark buddy of mine, JPONCIN, but I was so out of it and we were there so late that I totally forgot to get a pic together. :( . Understandable because as of the time we got out to the resteraunt, it was somewhere around 930-10pm. I was mentally gone... I had been up from Friday 11am to Saturday 10pm with just a couple cat naps under my belt and a full day of class.

A friend sent me this... Thank you Vickymariec for the caffeinated thoughts :)

- I needed the extra help :)

Day 2 went MUCH better. I got a solid nights sleep and went into class swinging. We went into the practical application of designing a running training schedule with a case study of a man who wanted to qualify for Boston. With his current running fitness, past injuries, time frame, and schedule, we broke up into groups and brainstormed a plan that would get him there with short runs, tempo runs, intervals, and the long run. We followed 2 6 week cycles where he would peak then taper 2 weeks before the race.

This was a real eye opener because through the course, I could clearly see all of the things I was totally doing wrong and it is a wonder I didn't get hurt more than I did.

I am a shining example where zeal overcomes common sense and goals are reached through sheer brute force. I'm still struggling with a few nagging issues. My shoulder is doing much better but I still need to go in and get a deeper check out to see what is going on.

Day 2 was also my chance to meet a LONG time Spark buddy who has been friends with me ever since I started on the Half Marathon Spark Team and has always been so kind to be waving the pom poms for me and offering encouraging words to me. :)

LOGOULD (Lorraine), we met and it was like long lost friends... :)

We even took a pic of her Facebook post and I made the pic my Facebook post... it was pretty cool :)

We had so much fun... went to Panara Bread for dinner and then went to Barnes and Noble (I'm a total book geek) and I bought a book on Kettlebells (of course)

trip home required a little boost (especially after Mongolian BBQ)


I had a package waiting on me when I got home ...

Hmm - a box, inside of a box, inside of a box....

My 40lb 'bell was lonely, now he has a sibling...

Now I can start training to do doubles with swings, cleans and maybe even snatches...

The whole "family"

Left to right
2-10lb, 2-20lb, 2-25lb, 2-40lb, 1-55lb, 1-80lb.

So far my shoulder is doing well and have been easing back into a basic routine. So far, my basic max stats are... (ie 20x80 means 20 reps of 80 lbs)
3 rounds progressive until final max set of-
Swing 25x80
Cleans 10x55
Squats 10x55
Snatches 10x40

Im slowly building my my strength and I can really tell I'm making progress.

Thanks for sharing my trip experience....

I am going to be testing on Saturday.... if I make it, I'll be a RRCA certified running coach, next goal... ACE Certified Personal Trainer...

Then start Couch to 5k program..


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
IMSMILEY88 12/5/2013 9:07PM

    What an amazing reminder of all that you've lost! And, congrats on how much you are improving!!

Well, I'm getting steady on the nutrition and will start getting steady with the workouts again next week. I have been 'faithfully' riding most weekends. And, I've been doing a spin class about every other week. But, I KNOW I've got to be faithful again. AND, I need to do strength training!

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BLUENOSE63 11/22/2013 7:10AM

  Well seems like you not only learned what it takes to teach others to run but you gained some valuable insight into yourself. Definitely a WIN WIN couple of days for you!

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SWEETCLEANER 11/21/2013 1:40PM

    OK great story but lets focus on what kind of CHICAGO PIZZA you had??!!
My fave is Giordanos!

congrats on doing the certification.....but I have to enjoy that CHICAGO PIZZA from afar!!

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JPONCIN 11/21/2013 6:09AM

  It was so great to finally meet you! The wait was long but the pizza and the company were fabulous. :)

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GARDENQE2 11/20/2013 2:41PM

    The class sounds like a wonderful experience (especially after you got some sleep!)
Best wishes on your will be an excellent coach...maybe you can even influence your first trainee...yourself! emoticon

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SRVFREAK176 11/20/2013 1:17PM

    MR.AMAZING YOU ARE!!!!! Please, please wise one...enlighten me and help me!!! Can you do that even though I am in Colorado? emoticon

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LINDAK25 11/20/2013 10:13AM

    Fantastic! Good for you. Does this mean you are no longer going to let zeal overrule common sense? Curb your enthusiasm? (I think it's the need to do better, better, more better, that gets us into trouble.)

Glad you got to meet longtime Spark friends! Enjoy your whole family of kettle bells. Take is slowly and get that shoulder tended to. Maybe a visit to a sports medicine clinic would be in order?

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REMCMFA 11/20/2013 9:35AM

    OMG!! That's so neat!! Good Luck on your test.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 11/20/2013 9:28AM


I would LOVE to have a set of kettle bells at home. You are one lucky guy!

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IMSMILEY88 11/20/2013 8:37AM

    I am so happy for you... and proud of you! I love that you will be 'passing it on'! I know others will be blessed to have you as a coach. Best wishes on Saturday!

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LSPIZZA 11/20/2013 7:13AM

    Congrats and good luck on the test!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/20/2013 6:21AM

    Good luck on your test... know you're going to rock it!

emoticon New toys always a motivator... congrats on the new arrival.

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NILLAPEPSI 11/20/2013 3:57AM

    Looks like a great class. I'm glad you were able to go. That pizza looks amazing! I'd even eat some for breakfast right about now. emoticon

Awww. Your kettlebell has a buddy. emoticon I'm glad you hear your shoulder is better, too. Also, you are not alone in your book geek-dom. I have a book with me except when I'm sleeping. emoticon

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DALID414 11/20/2013 12:39AM

    That is a LONG time to stay awake, my gosh.

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SIERRAGOLD 11/19/2013 11:19PM

    Hi Robert,

That was a fun post to read with all the great pics along the way! You really know how to write a fun blog to read. I know what you mean about '...zeal overcomes common sense and goals are reached through sheer brute force.' I did that back when I first started body building, (14 years old, and then re-started at 20) before I got my hands on the magazines to inform me on proper technique. Those were the early days before much was known about it. Then, once I figured out the correct way to train, it really took off. Those were the days. :-/

I'm so proud of what you've been doing, and so excited for you! Saturday we all want to hear how your test went. So best of luck (you don't really need it) and I'll be waiting on an update soon!

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LIVEDAILY 11/19/2013 11:10PM

Congrats on taking the class and good luck to you on Saturday!!

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SBFT84 11/19/2013 11:00PM

    Thanks for sharing your fun experiences :). They remind me to have fun, even through the serious stuff.

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/19/2013 10:47PM

    emoticon What a great post! So many things to be thankful for! Excellent that you're getting certified as a running coach....that sounds so awesome! I'd love to do that. Then again, I'm just beginning to figure out my own running style and reduce injury....

How great that you got to see 2 Spark friends!

And I am a big fan of coffee. Glad you were able to make it through those days. Sounds like a real marathon. emoticon emoticon emoticon

You are a marathoner in every sense of the word!

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ROXYZMOM 11/19/2013 10:29PM


Good luck on your test Saturday! I know you are going to do great!

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KATHY98665 11/19/2013 10:25PM

    WOW!! What a day. Congratulations.
I am new to running and am still trying to work on the breathing. I am a super-deep breather/inhaler ( breathing once to my husband's two or three), and I think that makes it difficult when I run as I feel I am not getting all the air I need.
In other words, I think coaches can be necessary! Wishing you all the best in your new job.

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