Two weeks ago I received an email from a woman who needed help getting faster so she could pass the physical test for law enforcement school. She had one more shot to pass. Since time was of the essence I skipped the usual first meeting I have with coaching clients and we got to work.
She had to shave 11 seconds off her 300 meter time and 1 minute 1 second off her 1.5 mile time. At our first workout I told her that the 1.5 mile time goal was likely but the 300 meter time would be tough in just two weeks. I could not guarantee anything.
We worked together twice a week for two weeks and she ran on her own and cross trained the other days. I showed her how to properly warm up and we worked on improving her form to make her a more efficient runner.
Two weeks is such a short time but during those training sessions I saw her form improve, her confidence in her running improve, and her ability to embrace the pain that comes with running fast improve as well.
I was able to be there the morning she retook her test. We warmed up just like we did during our workouts and even did a timed 100 meters to remind her what her 300 meter pace would feel like. Then she left to check in, take the vertical jump test, then returned to the track with the instructor and other students who were also retaking the test. She passed the sit ups portion of the test then it was time for the 300 meters.
I timed each 100 meter section of it for her and called out her times so she knew exactly where she was. She finished in exactly her goal time. Passed! Then on to the push ups. Passed. Now the final test was the 1.5 mile run.
I reminded her where she needed to be at each 200 and 400 meters. She started slower than goal pace and gradually picked up the pace. With a lap and a half to go she really started to push. I could see the effort on her face and hear her labored breathing. She learned to embrace that discomfort and in doing so she beat her goal by 24 seconds, which was 1 minute and 25 seconds faster than two weeks ago.
I don’t know who was more nervous and excited that morning. I felt the adrenaline pumping through my body and I wasn’t even running! Even her instructor who was giving the test came over to me afterwards and told me how impressed he was with her improvement in such a short time.
I don’t know if there is anything more satisfying than helping someone achieve her goals…especially in just two weeks.