Sunday, July 18, 2010

Um…so I have an idea…

Everyone just sit down and take a deep breath. It’s all going to be ok. But yes, I have an idea again. Last time this happened I believe I found myself riding a bicycle as fast as I could in my bathing suit trying to catch some woman with a black markered 32 on her leg at my first tri. It was fun, just not exactly something I pictured myself doing about this time last year (or, well, ever actually).

Now, I’ve got another one. And it’s hovering somewhere between really just stupid or maybe not so much. So who better to bounce the idea off of than my fellow running mammas eh? Bear with me, because it’s a work in progress, but here’s the idea:

I’m thinking of becoming a running coach. Not in the “hey you, runner there, let me tell you what I think you ought to do” sense, but the real I know what I’m talking about not only because I’ve done it, but also because I’ve studied about it and learned from Obe Wan Runner Kanobe (who’s name I’m sure I’ve spelled incorrectly ;-) ) and I actually have some form of credentials.

My thought is this basically: I love running (you had no idea right?). And running has done great things for me, as probably is true for many of you. I would really really love to share that with others in particular, other moms who would like to get started but don’t know how or maybe just need some encouragement and support to do so (feel free to insert my running story post baby numero uno here if you’re needing an example).

But what I don’t know or what I’m on the fence about is as my husband likes to put it: “is the juice worth the squeeze?” Is there a market out there for moms who want to run and are looking for a coach? Or is this just a big fat waste of time, money and energy that would be far better spent playing another game of dress up with my 4 year old?

So, I leave the floor to you, my blog family, any thoughts, opinions, advice, etc. on my little idea (Be gentle please if you are going to crush my slowly morphing dream here). Do I go break out the check book and sign up for coaching certification or put on a princess crown?

**SIGH** This has been on my mind solid, for a week now. Help please.

'Til next time...

P.S. I PROMISE I won’t be integrating coaching with my blog. Other than perhaps asking for a few guinea pigs once certification is complete. I know you’re all here for my ridiculously random running stories (no Kelly. It’s the goods. The free goods you giveaway. Duh.) not running advice. I’ll form a separate site for that if I need to.

8 comments:

TLS said...

I think you could make it happen, maybe the fruit doesnt need squeezed it just needs bitten into, like an apple ( and we all know how good apples are for you!)

Kadie said...

I think you should totally look into it. I am not sure how it would be financially, but my coach (who is a very close friend) used to coach with a group called "SeattleFit". Maybe you could look into something like that first and see how it goes. Then maybe you'd be able to embark on your own "personal training" gig. Just an idea!

Anonymous said...

There may be a market, but I don't know how much of one. All I can tell you, is that I as a middle class mom who is just starting to get into running, would not pay for a coach. Not enough money, not enough time. I think its a good idea, but I think most people who want to get started are doing so with friends, and would kinda just start up with them and not a coach.

PiccolaPineCone said...

My guess is that sadly there is no market for this. I think people are willing to pay for coaching for tings like swimming, diving, figure skating etc. i.e. things that we are not born knowing how to do. Don't get me wrong, I am not belittling the running coach, many of my friends are professional running coaches and I myself am a coach as well (except I don't charge for personal reasons). i think running coaches serve an important purpose and deserve to be paid BUT in terms of is there a market? my guess is probably not based on the experience of my certified friends and also based on the plethora of free "learn to run" training programs available on the web. But... prove me wrong! Do a survey on your blog and ask people how much they would be willing to pay - just make it clear what service you would provide i.e. a general training program versus one tailored to the runner based on an interview with them. e-mail consultations? bottomless or not? phone consultations? bottomless or not? figure out what you are willing to provide and then ask people how much they are willing to pay. hope that wasn't too discouraging and good luck! i love your blog.

Anonymous said...

First of all, I love your blog. As a new mommy to running, I would LOVE to have a running coach, but you don't live anywhere near me. I say check into it and give it a try.

runnanna said...

Go for it....There may be a market, but you even if there isn't...you might learn things to help your own running OR your family, friends, and fellow bloggers OR to put in your future book!

Chad said...

I've been reading your blog for a couple of months now and I can't tell you how much it's motivated me. I think you would be an awesome coach. But. You've got to do what feels right for you and your family. My best advice is -- always (and to nearly everyone) -- Carpe Diem. Are you going to make a boat load of cash? Maybe not. But I'm guessing that's not why you're wanting to get into it. Good luck to you.

Cassi said...

Go for it! Life is too short for ignored dreams! The thing is, if you go through the training, market yourself, and don't get a ton of hits, at least you had fun doing it and most likely became more knowledgeable in the process. Your credentials could also market you in another area too. On the other hand, you may target a group of people that are out there that no one has reached yet. I don't know much about how you would coach running, but I know that a lot of coaches that use teams or running groups sure do seem to have a great turn out.

Like you said, you love running, you have a clear gift and passion for it, why not go for it? It's not like you've gotten an itch to try and be a doctor (years of medical school, using your daughter's future tuition as your own, etc) ... if I had money I'd totally think about a coach!