Here at Salty Running, we are a Spice Rack of multi-taskers. And just like our readers, we each play many roles in our daily lives. Chances are, all of us have written and revised our professional resumes at one time or another. But do you have a resume for any other areas of your life? Specifically, do you have a running resume?
I’ve been running for over 15 years, but up until 2011, I’d never heard of a running resume. But, when Paige and I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2011, we met up with a film producer (Wendy Shulik) doing a documentary on women chasing the Olympic Trials Marathon Standard. Wendy asked for our running resumes and I had no idea what to do! So I jotted a few PR’s down on a Word Document and sent it along.
The purpose of any resume is to highlight your experience, achievements and growth. But how are those things measured in the world of running? And why do you want to have a handy running resume anyways?
Well, a running resume is helpful in three situations.
1. Getting into elite races. If you’re trying to get into a race’s elite field, such as a USA Championship, your PR may carry enough weight. But if you are on the bubble (say the half marathon standard is 1:18:00 and your PR is 1:18:10) or your PR at that distance is dated (outside the qualifying window), a running resume might help you out.
2. You’re thinking about coaching. If you’ve been tossing around the idea of coaching on an individual or team level, but have no prior coaching experience, it is helpful to have your own running development data to back up your coaching style. If you can show improvement/development as a self-coached athlete, you’re on your way to establishing credibility as a coach. Coaching courses and certifications can help you seal the deal.
3. You’re eyeing a job that values athletic goals. Vanilla can certainly speak to this, but if you’re looking to get on staff (in any department) at a running store, running brand company, an endurance-athlete training center, or any athletic-based company, you want to highlight your successes and achievements as an athlete. Show you’re serious about your fitness goals and the employer (who also values fitness) will know you’re serious about professional goals as well.
As free time flourishes before the hard spring training season, what better time is there than NOW to start thinking about you running resume? Stay tuned for what to include to help your running self shine in your running resume!
Salties, do you have a running resume? Have you even heard of such a thing?