For those of you who are not aware, I want to share some insights regarding our coaching certification program. To begin with the idea came to us more out of necessity than desire. There are only so many people we can reach from where we operate to provide a level of training and coaching that our consumers are so very hungry for.
Running popularity is on the rise. There are more people participating in events from the half to full marathon than ever in history. These events are no longer reserved for the fittest of the fit; a marathon is now something that many
average folk have added to their bucket list. With this popularity stems a strong need for support and education. Even as popular as running has become it also holds the record for the most injuries in sport. Nearly 7 out of 10 runners are sidelined with nagging injuries, most of which could have been avoided had they been properly trained; this is where we come in.
Make no mistake about our intent; we can give a hoot less about what other certifying bodies’ think about our program or if what we are providing even is in keeping with the needs of elite athletes. The market for running is not made up of elites, it is made up of everyday people who are trying to get into shape, gain some confidence and meet some life challenges. Our program is for them, because we know that half of the battle is being able to get up each morning to train without getting injured. And, beyond what is typical, our program not only addresses the ability to survive the work, our program teaches people how to run well beyond expectation!
Our certification program is no simple walk in the park. To represent us as a Certified Natural Running Network Coach we have high expectations. We demand a level of understanding and knowledge that few other certification programs provide. Sure our program is set over three days but our curriculum and study materials will open Pandora’s Box. We teach proper running mechanics but that is only the beginning. We also teach the art of program design, how to implement heart rate training with our proprietary system. We teach running anatomy, functional strength training, hydration and nutrition strategies, and finally but not least of importance, how to identify and deal with injuries.
We have a strong relationship with the principals at Rock Tape and have adopted their taping strategies and are fortunate enough to have them provide this element of our education hands on. We also bring experts to our training, such as Matt Fitzgerald, author of numerous books relating to nutrition and endurance sports.
Part of our plan is to encourage our new coach candidates to join our network and take responsibility as a regional coach in their area. This way we can grow our membership, create events and develop a community of runners who will show the world what a bit of sound education can do! Our runners end up with better and progressively faster finishing times, are able to log more weekly mileage all while avoiding the pitfalls of injury that most other runners have to battle with.
What we set out to do is no small task but the result is that each and every person that certifies with us, wherever they end up will be far more capable leaders and superior running coaches. I stake my nearly 30 years in the business of coaching and working with athletes on it.
So, if this is something that has been lingering in the back of your mind, or you already stand as a group leader in preparation for an event such as a marathon, you should contact us right away or visit us online; www.naturalrunningcoach.net