Rise. Run. Retreat. 2018
I know this recap is a wee bit late but I wanted to share with you a little bit about the amazing Rise. Run. Retreat. that is hosted by my friend Sarah Canney of Run Far Girl. In the end of May women runners from around the country came to Woodstock, Vermont for a weekend of running, yoga, nutrition, inspiration and of course relaxation.
The attendees slowly arrived from various locations. A handful were bloggers that I knew but most were new attendees to the retreat. One of the greatest parts about the retreat was getting to know all of the different people all with a common thread of running and fitness to bring us together.
I arrived early and helped Sarah unpack goodies from some of the sponsors including Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, Grandy Oats, Cabot Cheese, and Stonyfield Yogurt. The house was a cool Air B n’ B with a mix of bunk beds and lofts with a fun flair including unicorns and deer in the decor. There was also a huge deck off the back of the house with a hot tub which we totally took advantage of after one of our runs with some wine, beer, and cheese.
We started off the weekend with a short shake out run in unseasonably hot and sticky temperatures but enjoyed a view of a scenic barn and some cows and goats. After our run we gather for dinner catered by the Woodstock Farmer’s Market, a delicious meal of salmon, quinoa stuffed cabbage rolls, and a robust salad.
In the morning we were excited to discover that after some traveling delays, Elite Runner Steph Rothstein Bruce had arrived to join us for a run and to speak about her running career and women’s running. Not only is Stephanie an elite runner with a marathon PR of 2:29, but she is also a mom of two little boys. First she joined us on a run around Woodstock where we all got to marvel at her easy, long strides and then we enjoyed her talk.
I was inspired hearing about how her running career has and is evolving, her most recent run at the London Marathon and her upcoming races. She also spoke about her viral postpartum photo that sparked an important discussion about women’s bodies. She is very real about her experience as a woman, a mom and an elite athlete which is truly inspiring. She is all for women being proud of their bodies and what they can do no matter what. I also love that her mantras when she come often come from the Rocky Movies. You never know where you will draw your motivation and inspiration from.
In the afternoon Crystal Seaver, fitness coach and ultra runner (definitely check out her instagram), came to take us through a fitness/strength workout. We did circuits using our bodies as our weights and some resistance bands and let’s just say I got my ass kicked!
After the workout we got to try out our new Trigger Pin Vector roller, the perfect recovery tool (and a New Hampshire product!). Crystal shares many of her workouts on instagram. The evening after all of our working out was filled with chatter about life and running and we shared more wine, beer and cheese and amazing healthy food from the Woodstock Farmer’s Market.
Sunday morning the weather was a bit cooler and overcast. We went to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park where local runner Rebecca, a National Park Service Employee led us on a trail run past the Pogue (pond) and up to a gorgeous lookout point above Woodstock. There were different distance options planned for the run for all abilities of runners. The trails were perfect, covered with soft pine needles and well maintained for running and walking by the Park Service. After the trail run some runners ran the road home back to the Air B n’ B.
Post run we headed to Long Trail Brewery for lunch where I enjoyed a spicy chili and a beer. A great refuel and warm and cozy as at that point the temperature had dropped a bit.
After lunch, functional nutritionist Erin Holt joined us to talk about intuitive eating rather than dieting.
Sunday morning we finished up with a run up Mt Peg. While a short run it was misty and we had sweeping views of Woodstock.
The weekend was capped off with restorative yoga with instructor Kristel. She led us through a yoga sequence that left me feeling open and calm.
We recieved an awesome L.L. Bean swag bag filled with goodies from amazing sponsors for Rise. Run. Retreat., Run Far Gear, L.L. Bean, PrAna, Coolcore, Darn Tough Vermont, Under Armour, Epic Wipes, NuttZo, Badger Balm, and Redd Bar.
Overall this retreat was just what I needed. Meeting other runners can be so inspiring!