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So a little earlier today I received an email from the NSCA.

I.

Am.

Officially.

CERTIFIED!!!

…now comes the hard part.  The next few weeks will be spent organizing a business plan and, hopefully, meeting with prospective clients. 

Time to get to work!

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I’ve run a lot of miles this year. 1,035 to be exact.  It’s been a great year of running for me.  I managed to run at least a mile a day, averaging over 5.5 mile a day, for 168 straight days to start the year. I ran my first 100-miler.

But I’ve got a problem.

It’s been almost a year now that I have been studying to take the NSCA CSCS certification  test, but #AutismStreaks and training for the TARC 100 has taken time away from that.  I had originally aimed to get myself certified by late March.  I am already 4 months behind.  A barely failed practice exam has made it clear to me that I need to re-evaluate my priorities.  I need to buckle down on the books and get my head back into studying regularly.  Running had become, to a degree, an escape.  As much as I love helping others train, burning the midnight oil with my nose in the books has been easy to pass up when given the choice of going for a late night run.

I can’t give myself that choice anymore.  I need to get back to studying at least twice a day, get myself certified and then get to work.

#AutismStreaks will have to be put on hold.  Consistent running will have to be put on hold.  Regular blogging and writing will have to be put on hold.

It’s time to get my priorities straight so I can get this done.

Wish me luck.  If I’ve discovered one thing during my studies, it’s that my brain isn’t as elastic as it was 25 years ago.

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I haven’t been a student in over 20 years. And the last time I was a good student was over 24 years ago. Sure I studied for and took the GMAT’s over a decade ago, but there was no text book, no real study materials.

Last night this arrived –

Study Materials for the CSCS

-these are the study materials for the CSCS Certification exam. The textbook, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, is heavy enough to do curls with.

Curls anyone?

This is going to involve a lot of self-motivation. I shouldn’t be a stranger to that. I had to do it through all my marathon trainings. But in a lot of ways, getting up to run sprints, tempos and long runs is a lot easier than sitting down with a text book to study. If I want to achieve my goal of a March Certification, I am going to have to dedicate some serious hours.

You know what?

I’m ready.

Let’s go!

I’ll be available for appointments in April – just in time to get you ready for bathing suit season or a mid-summer race.

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Step One

This morning I took my first step toward becoming a CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist).

I became a member of a national fitness organization (NSCA – National Strength & Conditioning Association) and ordered the study materials for certification.

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. And now I am on my way.

I am…

Excited.

Nervous.

Hopeful.

Absolutely scared.

Totally thrilled!

I can’t wait for my study materials to arrive. I can’t wait to get started, to find out how much I already know; how much I have to learn. I want to start right now! I’m targeting March as my certification date, so keep me in mind if you need help getting ready for Summer Pool Days!

My request to you?

Let yourselves go this Fall and Winter. Eat like it’s Thanksgiving every day from October until March, and then give me a call. I’ll be waiting, ready to help!

Can’t wait!

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