I’m starting a new BC & am curious if this becomes too much of an obstacle/ or too limiting in program design? especially since their are a lot of sprinting type drills/exercises.. and workouts where you want to travel large areas.. If you do have NON- RUNNERS, what types of things do you do to accommodate them?
Some advice directed more at the specifics of your question.
Not everyone wants or should run. And not everyone has the proper motor skills and/or neuromuscular integration to run safely. While you can work on progressing some clients to be add running, I don’t make it a goal or push it on any client. Running can be great exercise or it can be the last straw for an arthritic knee or ACL, etc. (I always get arguements from the run community, but I see the people that dropped out because it was not a good thing for them in my work. The run coach just thinks they didn’t come back because they weren’t tough enough.)
Your course layout is the easiest way to help accomodate novice and non-runners. One way is to have the run elements go out to a point and come back to the “in place” exercise area. You can use cones with colored tape or a colored ball on top designating distances for different participants. The participants can choose the distance they feel up to, along with your guidance.
There are many other modifications if the out/back course doesn’t work. If you want more advice, contact me through my profile or my website www.hawaiifitnessacademy.com