I received some great news yesterday. I have been chosen as a Fitness Advisor for a Corporate Wellness Program administered by Active.com. Oh, and the corporation is DISNEY! Right on!
Since becoming a certified RRCA Running Coach in 2009, I have coached a lot of runners. I have written training plans, helped with training runs and even paced runners to the finish line in races. I have done all this for the love of it and was offering my services to my friends (and even some acquaintances). I have had ideas of starting an official business and finding paying clients once we were settled into our new community in Orange County.
Unfortunately, in early 2010 my husband lost his job and we both went into job search mode. Instead of pursuing a new career in fitness, I needed to focus on finding a job in my previous industry where salaries are high enough to support a family. I continued to train for free, but didn’t want to find paying clients in case I had to relocate for a job. 2010 was rough, as many of you know from reading this blog. Interviews were scarce. Call-backs were even more rare. I was actually offered a position, but the fit was just not right. My husband had several instances where he was a finalist for a job, but it went to someone else. *sigh*
Two weeks ago he was offered a job! Not only is it a good job at the right level, but it is in an industry that he is passionate about: biking. Around the same time, I saw the Active.com opportunity. It all seems to be coming together.
I will be coaching Disney Cast Members in a Couch to 5K program to prepare them to complete a 5K in May. I am so excited! I love pushing my drug (running). There is something very cool about helping someone start running and to accomplish a goal that they never thought possible.
This is the perfect opportunity for me. I will gain wonderful experience coaching beginners and have a great item for my resume. I have a good feeling that this is just the beginning of good things to come.
Oh...and I ended the first month of 2011 with a perfect 100. 100 miles isn't a particularly strong running month for me, but I think the number is a nice sign.