No, I’m not quitting blogging. You’ll be hearing from me at least until I finish this crazy five half marathon thing. Where else can I talk about nothing but that and not drive my friends absolutely batty?
I’m moving on from coaching.
Two years ago I had big plans of creating a new career. I wanted to help moms return to running after having a baby and help other moms start running. It was a fairly small target audience, but I didn’t plan to make a huge amount of money or have a huge clientele. But, for a variety of reasons, I’ve slowly been letting this go. The market is actually pretty flooded with options, I didn’t feel like RRCA Certification gave me enough to be a truly good coach, and I felt like my own training had to be put on the back burner. I let myself sit with the decision for a year, but I recently had a bunch of steps I need to take to keep my certification active. And I made the decision to just let it go dormant.
And I’m ok with that. It doesn’t make sense to spend my limited time and money on something that I don’t really plan to use.
I’ll still be active with various organizations on a volunteer level. In fact, next weekend, I’ll be doing my annual volunteer gig at the huge Northern Virginia Girls on the Run race. I have a couple of other gigs in the works as well. Somehow, for me, keeping running as something I do for *me* and that I share because I *love* rather than turning it into a job is much more satisfying. It’s kind of nice to have that decisions made.
Speaking of running, last week’s running went really well. I hit my distances and came out of the week feeling good. My first run of this week was yesterday and it was pretty amazing. Virginia’s weather was phenomenal the last few days and I was able to run in shorts and a t-shirt. All the stars aligned and I ran 5.3 miles at a 9:46 pace and, while it wasn’t a walk in the park, I wasn’t pushing all that hard. I love runs where my body just cooperates.
I have an insanely busy week ahead. In the space of a few hours yesterday, my calendar got extremely cluttered. Add in some lovely rain today and it looks like a short treadmill run is in my future. Thank goodness I’m not to the constant double digit runs yet…
7 thoughts on “Moving On”
aww this makes me sad. I loved the stories you had of motivating women to get back out there, but I can fully understand where you are coming from too…and who knows sometimes when we take a step back it actually just opens up a new path we hadn’t even been looking at!
Makes perfect sense to me and surely the best decision you made. Your crazy 5 races will still entertain us plenty. Blogging certainly is a great outlet where we don’t have to drive anyone crazy with our running talk.
Wise decision. Everyone has to prioritize.
I’m sure this was the right decision for you and who knows what may come up next!
Just re-discovered your blog. I think you have to do what you feel is best for you. Can’t wait to read more!
Congratulations on your decision. I’m sure it was hard. I’m a CPT and I train no one because this is something I do for myself. Of course, when I get asked I’ll train someone until they are ready to fly solo but I don’t try to make this into a business for the exact reasons you cited.
Have fun running!
Sounds like you had to make a tough decision. Good luck with your big run.