In case you missed it, yesterday I posted a sweet giveaway for some new Brooks Running shoes! Enter HERE if you haven’t already!

Today I am so excited to introduce something new to Crazy Running Girl —> Running Coaches’ Corner. 

The deets:

Running Coaches’ Corner is a new link up that will take place every Thursday during March, and then Wednesday from April on, and that will feature the best running tips and articles from running coaches around the web. All you have to do is to link back to one of the hosts (who I will introduce in a moment) and spread the link up love! Feel Free to grab the image for your blog as well!
Your hosts:
Rachel of Running on Happy
Susie of Suzlyfe 
March’s Theme will be March Madness! Plan on linking up with posts dispelling running myths, telling crazy running stories that we can learn from, and talking about the madness that it is to be a runner!
Since we’ll get started next week with some fun posts for March, I wanted to talk about what it means to be a running coach, and what certifications are available. I am a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America, but there are a few different ways that you can become a certified coach:
  • Road Runners Club of America: The RRCA coaching certification program focuses on creating a community of coaches that can help runners that are focused on all distances — from 5ks to marathons. It includes a weekend intensive course, a final exam and a requirement to be First Aid/CPR certified. You can learn more about the RRCA Coaching Certification Process HERE.


  • USATF Coach: This coaching certification requires an online course. It will certify you as a coach to teach track and field to youth. In addition to running, you’ll learn essential information for jumping and throwing. There are different levels of certification (e.g., Level 1, Level 2, etc.). You can learn more about becoming a USATF Coach HERE.  


  • Pose Method Specialist Certification: I am not as familiar with this running coach certification, but it is offered through the Romanov Academy of Sports. You receive the title of “Running Technique Specialist,” which is designed to help you understand how to train runners effectively and safely. It is offered to a variety of people, including sports and healthcare professionals. Learn more about the Pose Method Running Technique Specialist Certification HERE


  • Marathon Coach: The North American Academy for Sport Fitness Professionals offers a certification to become a Marathon Coach. Before I became RRCA certified, I briefly looked at this, but preferred the RRCA designation because I learned how to train at all levels. This only focuses on the marathon, whether you do it on an individual or group setting. You can learn more about the NAASFP Marathon Coach certification HERE.  
As a running coach, I love learning about your race goals and finding ways to help you meet them. I use a combination of what I’ve learned in the courses, my own running experience and what I’ve learned from being a running coach for other runners. It’s so rewarding to help someone figure out what they want to achieve, and make their goal come to life! 
I welcome you to check out the details of the Running Coaches’ Corner below, join the link up and check posts by the other hosts! Also, if there’s something in particular you want to see covered, please let me know!
Have you ever used a running coach before? What did you like about it? 
Any thoughts on future post ideas for Running Coaches’ Corner? 

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