(interior monologue) I’m happy to give advice, but I’m not sure I’m really a coach.
If I were your coach I’d want to roll time back a month or two and spend that time getting you used to running before I started marathon training.
I haven’t had a chance to say that yet. (end monologue)
Yesterday I was working at the Yoga Center when a friend came up and told me she intended to do the Santa Barbara International Marathon. I’m always glad to hear someone say that. My friend is not a runner so she asked me if I could recommend a book and give her advice — then she disappeared into class before I could say much.
No problem, I figured I’d talk to her after her class.
But she came out and vanished before I could talk to her.
No problem, we would take a class together the next morning (this morning), I’d talk to her then.
Then I realized she probably wasn’t doing any running yet… The race isn’t that far off. Plenty of time to train a runner. Will it be enough for a yogi?
Well she was busy before class today (I expected that) and I didn’t get a chance to talk to her.
No problem, I’d catch her after class.
I did get to start a conversation after class:
I lent her an old beginning marathoning book I’ve got lying around. I told her to start by running every other day, beginning with 20 min/day, told her not to try to run hard…
And then she had to go to another class. As she left, she said— “You’re my coach now!”
She seems all excited about the prospect of running a marathon, but I’m a bit concerned about how hard it is to talk to her☺ I’d like — oh — ten minutes? to find out if she’s been doing any running (I’m assuming not, but I should at least ask), give her some basic cautions and conditions. So far there hasn’t been time.
Not a good sign.
It’s rather flattering to be asked (or at any rate told) to be someone’s coach, I had been thinking I would try to get her started and then suggest she join Rusty’s group, or Team in Training. But the flattery has gone to my head and I shall try to be a coach.
She’s a good yogi. Certainly fit. But not a runner.
Sixteen weeks until the race (well 15 weeks, 6 days). If everything goes well that might be enough.
I had better get advice from Rusty and Mike though…