Did I mention that I am the non-permanent head varsity track coach for the high school? Well, it just so happens that Coach D (former head coach) is being deployed in Feb/March and will not be able to fulfill the duty as track coach. So... yours truly got the job! I guess today was my official first day b/c I attended a rules clinic in Montgomery with other coaches from around the state. Here are some things that I learned:
1. I need to buy a wind suit. Out of about 100 coaches, only 6 were women. They were all wearing wind suits with their school logo. One gal WAS wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, though. Um, what was I wearing? Short wool skirt w/ long sleeve shirt and boots. Oops. My name tag might as well of said "Doofus".
2. Coaching hurdles is going to be difficult. I took very good notes, paid attention, AND requested a free video, so we'll see.
3. Our state is majorly lacking in the area of distance running.
I did meet some really nice and helpful coaches. Plus, Coach D and I discussed everything that needs to be done. The list is quite lengthy, but I am really, really excited. I've already designed the first month of conditioning for the 400m runners and up. Together, Coach D and I made some training plans for sprinters, and he just had to do the field events b/c I am pretty lost there, too.
I also spent a lot of time making my coaching philosophy with team expectations. This was done on recommendation of the leaders at today's clinic. The good news is that 6th graders can now compete with the high schoolers. So... next week I will head over to the middle school to do some recruiting.
Bad news is that the track is damaged and does not meet AHSAA guidelines for hosting track meets. The damage was done by a construction company and their large truck. Coach D has requested the money to fix this and was denied. I will try my persuasive, sweet-talking skills tomorrow. I would really like to host meets at home.
I guess that's it for now. I've started doing P90X Core again, so I'm a bit sore from the lunges. I've added a little speedwork, once a week, back to my routine, too. I'm still keeping the mileage low for another week after this. Then it will training time for Charlottesville!