Pip Running

Building a community one runner at a time

WTF just happened

The last month or so have really been a whirlwind full of ups and downs for me. I have had a lot going on with creating and launching my new website, Pip Running , setting up a Groupon campaign, setting up classes at Renton Community Center, reformulating my run schedule/pricing, launching my newsletter, scheduling coaching workshops for myself and starting my own marathon training! Phew! I'm tired.

The website is something I have thought about doing for awhile. I wasn't sure if I would try to hire someone to design it for me or just try to wing it myself. I have winged setting up sites before so I knew how daunting it could be especially with no actual coding knowledge. I was lucky enough to be listening to Mark Maron's WTF podcast when I heard the ad for Squarespace and remembered to check it out. I thought the websites looked nice and it seemed doable. I spent a week solid working on it and fixed bugs and stuff a long the way. It's not perfect and on the backside for setting up the calendar and store things could be easier but I'm pretty pleased with it especially with my limited website building capabilities. Check it out and let me know what you think.

The whole reason I really sat down and built the website was so that I could start doing Groupon or Groupon type campaigns. Obviously I wanted to attract more runners to Pip but I really want to start building up the trainings so that all the mid-week stuff could just be free, fun, maintenance runs. That is my plan and hopefully the little community will start to grow and Pip Running shirts will be seen all the local trails. After I complete some of these workshops that I have scheduled I think I would feel more confident exploring more online coaching as well. The Groupon campaign is launching in 10 days and fingers crossed it all goes well! There is a lot of satisfaction in getting people to run and having them fall in love with it. It won't be everyone but that handful that does it is really fun to watch and be apart of it. Spread the word!

All of this was going on and when I would do my solo runs something was off. The runs seemed to be a lot harder than they should have been. Things weren't moving right and I was getting pretty down on myself. The coach needed a coach. I started working one on one with my Flash and Dash Speed/Form class coach Ben Rixe. Seems like I was running into a common problem (no pun intended) that my own workouts were suffering. Let me tell you seeing yourself on video can not only be very frightening but pretty eye opening! This is something I want to start doing more myself as a coach. No one wants to see themselves but after a few dozen times of watching yourself you will get desensitized to how your ass looks in those tights and will be able to focus on things such as arm swing, foot strike and forward lean. I'm feeling better these days and started seeing improvement immediately. Now about my ass in those tights...