Are you not secretly a hot female then Harry?!
Sorry your current coach is a bit rubbish but its interesting to hear how different coaches and clubs do things. Its really hard to differentiate training when you have a big group of wide ability but with adults i would think the least a coach can do is sit down and talk about each athletes training goals etc and try and tailor something individually towards them.
I've done the first 3 coaching awards, its the 4th, the top, top one i have yet to do (would make me an Arsene Wenger of the athletics world
Like the A licence in footy) Theres the general mastercoach award and theres a young athlete specific one which is the one i want to do. Apparantly its pretty equivalant to a masters degree so i am feeling a bit daunted by the ton of paperwork and many years it would take to do it but i reckon it would be good to have something to keep the old baby brain ticking over! Bit scared i will fail though, all sounds well advanced and when it comes down to it i'm only coaching county standard young athletes at a medium sized club (which is fine by me, i like being at grass roots level) but i worry how relevant it would all be so i'm umming and ahhing a bit over it!
You're right though re the word of encouragement, from my own limited training i know how important it is and especially as i am working with kids mainly. Its so rewarding to see them gain confidence and enjoyment in an event. I love coaching!
Well done re the run! I'd be well chuffed with that time too!