Jennifer Blake: Becoming a running coach.

Becoming a running coach.

July 12, 2013

I have always been active. Growing up I am pretty sure I dabbled in every sport out there. The ones I stuck with were soccer, dance and cross country skiing. I tried track for a year, I played softball and basketball at some point in time, but for me soccer and dance were everything. I danced my entire life including through some of college and I miss it more than anything. If there was one thing I heard over and over throughout dance was that dance loosens your muscles allowing for flexibility and running tightens them, so I typically stayed away from running. Well flash forward to my summer before my senior year of college and I was completely inactive and out of shape. 

My biggest problem with sticking to exercise is actually motivating myself to get dressed and do it. Once I am actually doing something I love it, it's the getting there part where I have a problem. My dad called me the summer going into my senior year of college and informed me that he would be deploying for 6 months or longer, and he would be leaving in November. Before he left though he was asked to train a half marathon group through a local running store. He asked me if I had interest and told me how special it would be for him to have me in his group. Honestly I think I say yes at the time because I have a major issue saying no, the guilt gets me every dang time. The group took place about 45minutes from school and it took place Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from August until the race in November. 

It was one of the best things that I have ever done. I loved the people I met, I loved bonding with my dad before his deployment, I loved pushing the limits with my body, I loved how I felt, and I loved the accomplishment that came with lowering my time or finishing a long run. I also loved the nights that I would race from the back of the pack to the front and race my dad back to the store front where the group met after our run. 

After a full day of classes and homework I would be lying if I told you there were days I did not want to go, and days I actually called and told him I wouldn't be able to make it. Sometimes life gets the best of us and as much as I love running, sometimes that has to get pushed to the side. I found a good balance throughout the semester though, and the day I finished my half marathon, well I was so proud of myself. 

My dad is a runner, he recently started a company called No Finish Line Running where he offers custom training plans for all levels, offers exercise and nutrition tips, and offers personal one on one training. He became a certified running coach a few months ago and now it is my turn. This weekend I am taking a course and I will join him in his small business venture. 

What do you do for exercise? Do you run? 

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1 comment:

  1. I'm not much of a runner, especially these days with a baby on board but I just found your blog through Living in Yellow and I'm in Massachusetts, too! I feel like it is so rare to find other bloggers in this area! I just had to stop by when I saw those mac & cheese recipes, too! LOVE!

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