Back to Blogging (in time for Back to School)
I decided to take a little summer vacation from blogging. I will do a few recaps of exciting summer adventures at a later day (including my recap on 1st time being a pace bunny). So what has brought me back from the hiatus? The answer is…PIM!
What is PIM?
Nope, it’s not the linear program that I run for refinery/cracker optimization. 😉 PIM stands for Power in Motion. Power in Motion is a 10-week running program/clinic/fun experience sponsored and created by the Houston Area Road Runners (HARRA). It is open to everyone ranging from run/walkers to seasoned runners. The program is designed such that the participants will be able to complete a 5k race at the end of the 10 week.
How did I get involved?
My friend Bernie has recruited me. 🙂 As soon as she mentioned that PIM is looking for volunteer coaches for the fall season, I checked out the website and decided to go for it. As soon as I read the brochure and the coaches roster, I was immediately inspired.
So what does it entail?
The 10-week program comes with a training plan for the participants (based on ability and experience level). The program is very well organized. For example, tonight, I went to the Coaches meeting. Prior to the meeting, I was given glossary, information about the set up and expectation via email. The Coaches were matched up so that each group will have 3 coaches and that at least 1 coach will be an experienced group.
I am bummed that I was too busy to take notes during the meeting and forgot to take pictures. I promise I will do a better job documenting things with photos in the next 10 weeks.
Since this is my first time being a volunteer coach, I am going to use this forum to capture my thoughts and hopefully I can improve from here. I volunteered because I am really passionate about running, meeting new people, but also learning from others.
Oh if you can’t tell already, I am really excited. I am partnered up with two very experience coaches. One of them is a world record holder for female age 60 to 64 for 1500m. The other partner in crime is a personal trainer. 🙂 I can’t wait for the next meeting and the pace finding exercise!
Have you ever volunteered at a race? Have you ever volunteer to lead an exercise class? Any tips for this first timer?