A few months ago I completed the RRCA course and became a Certified Running Coach. Aside from coaching Girls on The Run, I really had no idea what I would do with it. As a Chapter Leader for MRTT, members are often asking me questions and I figured it would be great to have some solid knowledge to give out. Then, the other night in a moment of weakness, I somehow convinced my husband to be my first client! Ok just for some background, my hubs hates running in fact I think he hates all exercise. He has always been very supportive of my fitness endeavors but has not hidden the fact that he pretty much thinks my friends and I are all nuts. He never understands why we wake up early on weekends to train and race when we could be sleeping. At the same time, he truly admires my dedication and determination.
I gently reminded him the other night that he has a big milestone birthday coming up mid-November and “wouldn’t it be great if he got in shape and did a 5k?” (As you can probably imagine, I’ve mentioned this a few hundred times before) I must have caught him at a weak moment because he agreed to let me train him!
I am so excited that we will be doing the Jingle all The Way 5k together December 6th! It’s a fun festive race that lots of families do together and I am going to love doing it with him and my son. Last year, my son joined me & my MRTT crew for the race.
I am resisting the urge to go hard core, all in with him because I know that will turn him off. Instead, I am drawing on my past clinical social work skills as well as my RRCA training and starting where my client is. My “client” has not done anything in the way of exercise for a long time.
I’ve devised a couch to 5k plan for him which I will be modifying as we go along based on his progress and motivation.We have 14 weeks until the 5k so plenty of time to take it slow and steady. We are starting with lots of walking mixed in with short run intervals.
I am planning on a 4 day a week schedule with the opportunity to add in extra days.
5 minutes of walking warm up, 2 minutes of running, 5 minutes of walking
This was definitely not at all challenging but I really want to start off slowly so he feels encouraged and I don’t lose him.
The next day was supposed to be an off day however, he came home and said he wanted to run again. YES!!
5 minutes walking warm up, 3 1/2 minutes of running, 5 minutes cool down. He clearly didn’t find it too taxing but I still think starting slow is the way to go.
Still smiling so that’s plus!
I am trying to contain my excitement but I am really optimistic. I hope, in the end, he enjoys it and feels a sense of accomplishment when we all cross the finish line together.
I will be updating his progress next month to fill you in on how I am doing as a coach.
Have you ever trained or been trained by your spouse? How did it go?