Thursday, January 17, 2013

Women's Trail Running and Yoga Retreat

It's time for the third annual Women's Trail Running and Yoga Retreat! Well, I guess I should rephrase that, as the temperature is hovering around zero and we're enjoying perfect skiing conditions right now: it's time to get excited for the third annual Women's Trail Running and Yoga Retreat! Join us May 2-5 for an extended getaway to experience the best the Methow has to offer: sun, fun trails, snow-capped mountain views, wildflowers, and relaxation in a beautiful place. This year we'll be based next to the Methow River, at Winthrop's River Run Inn. They have cabins, inn rooms, and a main house to accomodate both groups and individuals, complete with a swimming pool and hot tub for afternoon relaxing. They are giving us a crazy good deal (rooms between $35 and $55 for single occupancy), so as not to break the bank.

The plan: wake up, eat yummy food, run, eat yummy food, practice yoga, relax, eat yummy food, sleep, repeat.

Early May brings sun and myriad wildflowers valley-wide, and we'll tour the area on daily runs (or twice daily if you're so inclined) between one and three to four hours.

This year I'm excited to have a demo fleet of Scott Running shoes for everyone to try: their lightweight and innovative design make a great, fun feeling shoe. Also new this year, local photographer Kristen Smith will document the weekend and give everyone a photo-loaded cd of her work. Because food and fueling is so important for maintaining a healthy running lifestyle, Stewart Dietz Catering will provide us with nourishing, vegetarian meals (every meal except Saturday night so you can experience our local restaurants). There will be opportunities to work on trail running technique; learn strength exercises, nutrition strategies, and injury prevention to supplement your running; and how to formulate a successful training plan. Finally, local shoe whiz and Winthrop Mountain Sports owner, Rita Kenny, will give a talk on the importance of shoes and how to find the right one for you.


When: 5pm Thursday, May 2 to 11am Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cost: $275. Includes catered dinner Thursday, all meals Friday, breakfast and lunch Saturday, and breakfast Sunday; guided trail runs in groups based on level and distance; technique instruction; injury prevention/strength session; nutrition discussion; and a shirt. As I love a girls' weekend, bring a friend and take $15 off registration (email me for the discount code if you want to register online.

How: Register online, print or email this form. Call River Run Inn to make your reservation at (509) 996-2173 (make sure to mention you are part of the running retreat to get your discount).

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