Birdcamp 2015

  
Birdcamp 2015 was an amazing experience with 107 mostly women from around the country. In case you don’t know this is not a birdwatching camp!! We are the “birds” of Oiselle. You can read Oiselle’s blog about camp here http://www.oiselle.com/blog

I have to start by saying I have been blessed to be part of Oiselle since early 2012 and I am constantly amazed by the work, messages, strength and power of Sally Bergesen and Sarah Lesko as well as all the members at the “Nest” headquarters. They are always so welcoming and friendly.

Trip started off amazing by meeting up at the airport and taking bus to flagship store. It was magical to walk in and see all the merchandise. I selected some shorts for Katherine and myself, could not come home empty-handed. I was surrounded by friends and fabulous merchandise, not to mention cool weather (I left behind 117 that day).

The 3 hour bus ride was very social only problem is I got extreme motion sickness. I just hunkered down for the 3 hour rainy ride trying to hold it all in. Did not want to be the girl who threw up on the bus!! We arrived around 530 and yoga was at 6. There is nothing better after 3 hours on plane, 3 hours on bus then YOGA class. Thanks to JASYOGA for being there all weekend to offer yoga classes. We had an opening welcome and dinner that night. It was a thrill to see my friends from last summers camp, meet new faces and finally connect with some girls I had been on social media with all year.

   
   
The agenda was outstanding from yoga, physical therapy talk and session with Jay Dicharry author of “Anatomy for Runners” http://anathletesbody.com/,

long runs, hikes, swimming in the lake, tubing down the river, fashion preview show, discussing the political side of the sport, new friends from Australia 

  
hearing about sponsorship with Yale http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/251948-Track-Season-on-FloTrack-2015/article/32947-Oiselle-To-Outfit-Yale-Womens-Cross-Country-Team-In-2015#.Vde29flVhBd,

tasty meals, beer garden visit, “the dozen” http://www.oiselle.com/blog/core-routine-runners-dozen (coming to Youtube soon)

  
goal setting session, meeting elite athletes (including our Hammer Thrower Britney Henry  http://www.oiselle.com/athletes/britney-henry),

cross-country 5k race, running drills, leaning about Girls Gotta Run http://www.girlsgottarun.org/,

  
Jungle Chicken Talk http://www.oiselle.com/blog/when-life-hands-you-lemons-throw-those-lemons-lifes-crotch

Every Mother Counts http://www.everymothercounts.org/, pool party, gear swap, Masters panel, free swag and getting to know my cabinmates.

   
   
 

 

I have been horrible about blogging lately so hoping to get back on it for the fall. Right now my goal race is California International Marathon in December. I am going to race 2 half marathons before then to test my fitness and see where I am at. The running in AZ summer makes it difficult to predicate your fitness level.. It seems every time I am in cooler weather it is 6500+ ft elevation which adds a whole other element when you have asthma.  Looking forward to cooler weather soon and not waking up at 4 am.z 

WHAT ARE YOUR FALL RACE PLANS???

Eugene Half Marathon Race Recap

Extremely delayed race recap!! After the race I crammed for my cumulative Anatomy & Physiology final, helped kids through the last busy week of school and then we were off to Europe.

We had 6 team members travel to Eugene racing the half and full marathon. I was very excited to make it to the start of the Eugene Half marathon after many trials and tribulations. I was not in full racing shape but felt confident in racing between 125-130 and getting back into racing mode. I had not raced a half marathon since spring of 2011!  The race director Ian Dobson was very gracious in hosting our team and making arrangements for us.

We arrived on Friday and I drove the marathon course for my teammates. We would all run 10 miles together and then the course would split. I needed to be sure and not start off with them. I desperately wished to be able to start with them and run faster but I had to be honest about the running shape I was in. I headed out for a few mile shakeout run. I have been doing great ramping up the last few months and then bam after track Wednesday a little hamstring/glute discomfort. Really? Shakeout run felt great and was beautiful along the Willamette River. I could have run for miles.  We got to attend Oregon Twilight track meet and watch some amazing races. Next it was a team dinner.

Saturday morning team met for a run on Pre’s trail. It was absolutely beautiful passing University of Oregon campus, winding through the woods on a nice dirt trail. I was definitely feeling race ready. I spent some time studying for my upcoming final. We had the elite race meeting in the afternoon and met a masters runner from Canada, Catherine Watkins. I decided we would adopt her for the weekend since she was traveling alone. I have to admit feeling a bit out-of-place since I was not quite my speedy self yet but just reminded me to run my own race.

Part of the fun of traveling with my teammates is all the weird idiosyncrasies we all have leading up to a race. They all joined me in stretching at the airport versus saying “mom I will sit over there while you do all your weird stuff”, obsessing about food, and I won’t mention names but one person brought a mini rice cooker. I felt slightly jealous. My other teammate helped me find the microwave tucked in the back of gift shop so I could sneak down early in the morning and make my oatmeal.

Sunday the alarm went off at 4am I bolted out of bed ready to go! Quick trip to the hotel lobby to make my oatmeal before we boarded the bus to start line. We had a great place under Hayward Field to wait and warmup, there was even indoor pole vault. I took a moment to reflect on all the amazing runners that had been there before. Weather was about 50 and cloudy and slightly humid.

The first couple miles felt faster than I wanted but they were downhill and I felt any slower I would be putting the brakes on. I found the 1:30 pacer and decided to stay with them for a couple of miles to help me settle in. After a few miles I found some Oiselle girls I met at camp last summer so ran with them for a couple of miles. The plan was to start easy and pickup the pace in increments. The rolling hills of the course felt difficult to vary the pace, I more went with the flow. I could definitely feel the hilliness of the course by mile 6-7. We had a larger hill at mile 8 and after that I was hoping to increase the speed. My quads were starting to feel a bit fatigued so I decided to wait until 10 to pick it up. We split on the river path and all the sudden I was alone and a bit of head wind. I  made a plan to try to close the gap to the guys about 200-300 meters up ahead. My quads were really feeling it and I just dug in a bit remembering I did not want to finish after 1:30. The last couple miles were harder than I thought at a slower pace than I wished but I just stuck with it so I could finish strong. Hitting the track at Hayward Field with 200 meters to go I turned it on with everything I had. Again reflecting on running in the footsteps of greatness. I finished in 1:29:24 age group win, 3rd master. Not as fast as I would have liked but given the stories of other racers that day I was satisfied.


      

A Shiny New Year.

I am really excited for 2015 for many reasons.

-Sonoran Distance Project Team new sponsor Procter & Gamble!!! New team members capping us at 16 women strong.

-Family trip to Europe this summer

-Big running goals; qualifying for Olympic Marathon Trials by easily running that sub 2:43 marathon

-Running camp this summer with Oiselle in Washington

-applying to grad school at ASU for Exercise and Wellness-Healthy Aging

-celebrating 19 years of marriage with my sweetie

To name a few! I feel like I could add a lot more. I was reading Lauren Fleshman’s blog the other day and it really hit home and inspired me (like she always does). Check it out here http://www.oiselle.com/blog/year-i-take-chances

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THIS YEAR I WILL TAKE A LEAP EVEN WHEN ITS SCARY!

Taking a leap!

Taking a leap!

I WILL HAVE BALANCE IN RUNNING, SCHOOL, FAMILY AND LIFE!

Having balance, even when its tough.

Having balance, even when its tough.

THIS YEAR I WILL FINISH ON TOP OF THE WORLD KNOWING I GAVE IT MY ALL TO CHASE DOWN BIG DREAMS!

Being on the top.

Being on the top. Katherine State Gymnastics All Around Champion!

I WILL TAKE RISKS AND TRUST MY STUFF BOLDY AND WITH CONFIDENCE

Taking a risk and trusting your stuff.

Taking a risk and trusting your stuff. Josh pitching for first time in 2yrs to win  final championship Little League game.

Little bit of a proud mom sharing alert. I looked back at this year and cannot believe it was only one year for Katherine. She finished 8th grade and started high school all while accomplishing so much!! She finished off her gymnastics career by winning All Around and Vault State Champion Titles competed at Region 10 gymnastics meet scoring her highest score on floor for her last gymnastics routine. She helped her jr high xcountry team go undefeated all season and win the championship then rush across town for a gymnastics meet. She graduated from 8th grade, took up pole vaulting, had a successful high school xcountry season qualifying for state and improving her times all season. She ran in the Region 10 xcountry meet (yes two regional meets two different sports). She did outstanding on the PSAT as a freshman! Attended her first high school dance!  She has blossomed into a beautiful young woman and has a bright future in front of her.

Strong and graceful

Strong and graceful

Tempe Prep girls team, undefeated all season!

Tempe Prep jr high girls team, undefeated all season!

Pole vault camp

Pole vault camp

High school state xcountry meet

High school state xcountry meet

Homecoming

Homecoming

Josh has had an amazing year also. I can’t believe he is almost a teenager! He started the year finishing off his 1st jr high xcountry season, he worked hard all season and helped his team tie for 2nd at championships. Last spring he played his final year of Little League (too old next year), they had a great season.  It all came down to the final night they had to win game 1 to make it to game 2 and have a win for the championship. Josh had not pitched in 2 years but was the only pitcher the last game and helped his team to a victory. Talk about a nervous mom! This fall he played soccer again and his jr high team was successful in capturing the championship. Soccer finished and he jumped right back into xcountry. this year he ran the USATF Region 10 meet in Flagstaff and qualified for the National meet. Unfortunately he started to develop Achilles tendonitis training for Nationals. We decided to go anyway and enjoy the experience, he is all ready to go back next year.

Josh Little League Champions

Josh Little League Champions

Josh soccer champions.

Josh soccer champions.

USATF regional xcountry

USATF regional xcountry

Josh USAT Junior Olympic National xcountry meet

Josh USAT Junior Olympic National xcountry meet

Recapping the kids year I wonder how many miles I drove and hours I spent in the car, healthy meals I cooked, snacks I packe, water bottles filled uniforms washed, etc. One thing is for sure they are memories I will cherish for a lifetime.

My year started with a running injury that would prove to be stubborn as hell. It seemed like the pain in my butt, elbow and vision problems would never go away. Well after many doctors, treatments and finally finding the right person to help me I started on the road to recovery this summer. This fall I was able to build a pyramid of strength to power my running, adding miles and finally introducing speed. It has been a long road to recovery with more patience than I ever thought possible, but I did it! Returning to school has been awesome and crazy busy. The last two weeks with taking Josh to Myrtle Beach for Nationals and finishing finals and a research paper almost put me over the edge. I am so thankful for my supportive husband Kevin and kids for all supporting me on my journeys this year. I could not do it without them.

I am so excited for 2015.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS, DREAMS, DESIRES, RESOLUTIONS FOR THIS YEAR? I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT THEM.

It is all about balance.

Balance it can apply to all areas of our life. Our diets can be balanced, our exercise plan, workload, etc. Last spring after dealing with my injury and frustration for months I felt like running was out of balance with the rest of my life. I was living in the space between doctor appointments, hoping and praying to be better ASAP. Trying to determine if I was losing my identity as a runner. It got me thinking about the next chapter, when I still run but the lofty goal of qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials is behind me. What will I do with all the extra time? What passions will I be driven by? What will ignite my fire? I spent my extra time exploring and made the choice to apply to graduate school and pursue a degree in Exercise and Wellness emphasis on Healthy Aging. There are many steps to take, the biggest one is passing the GRE exam. I was scheduled to take it Nov 24 but busy school schedule and sick kids proved too demanding. I am rescheduled for the GRE mid-January. This will give me extra time to prepare and achieve my goal of obtaining the needed score for grad school.

I feel so blessed to be pursuing my goal of qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials with an awesome group of women and returning to school. The challenges feel large and overwhelming at times but I try to focus on the daily steps needed to achieve these goals.

Life at home has been extremely busy this fall. I hope my kids truly comprehend what mom is trying to accomplish. This year I have really seen the lessons I have taught them come out in their actions.

My daughter Katherine has found her own way to balance her sports and academic life. Katherine made the tough decision earlier this year to retire her gymnastics career and pursue some new interests; pole vaulting and running also increasing her involvement in school as she entered high school. It was a bittersweet choice and I am so proud of her. During her thought process I made sure she knew I needed a daughter that was happy not a daughter that was a gymnast. She went out on top winning the State Championship All-Around title and vault title in her division. She is off to a good start with pole vault and already has a spreadsheet drafted with colleges she wants to attend.

My son Josh has taken some of my lessons and put them in place also. Last spring his baseball team was in the final game for the championship title. The team was out of their regular pitchers and Josh accepted the challenge to pitch, despite not pitching in 2 years. I was nervous but he handled the pressure just fine and pitched the entire game helping his team win the championship title. Leading up to the game we read from “Mind Gym” and practiced some mental training in the event he would pitch. I was happy to share this mental training I learned with my son. The power of the mind is amazing. Josh loves to runner and is very competitive. I look forward to watching him blossom as a runner. He recently qualified for USATF Youth Xcountry Nationals. I am going to jump through a few hoops to get him to the race in South Carolina the weekend before finals. I know it is a choice I will not regret. I told Josh today extraordinary accomplishments don’t come from ordinary actions.

I loved Lauren Fleshman’s article in Runner’s World this month “The Awesome Project”. I feel like that is exactly what I am doing! Although I am not at her level I feel like I can draw many parallels. Last year I started experiencing pain in my right glute and left hamstring. After many months of rehab, pt, doctor visits, chiropractor visits, yoga, 1 MRI I realized I need to make some major changes with my body. I have always had some form issues and they reared there ugly head demanding to be fixed properly and permanently this time. I started working with a new physical therapist this summer and we have come a long way!!! I am back to training building mileage, increasing speed and starting to feel like I am back in the game.

There are many demons that attempt to invade my thoughts hollering out why I can’t achieve my goals: too old, 3 years since my last marathon, one injury after another and the list goes on. Anytime these demons pop up I quickly shut them down with “Yes I can”. My mind does not comprehend the word “no or not possible”. In quoting Lauren in regards to her continual pursuit of her athletic goals “we might flip over and burst into flames for all I know. But I earned the chance to find out, and I am going to take it.” I am going to keep pursuing my big dreams! Regardless of the outcome it will be an amazing journey.

Time to ask yourself: What are your dreams? What are your goals? Are you taking steps necessary to achieve them?

I’m a Believer!

The last couple of weeks the roller coaster continues. I keep thinking I will hit my stride and everything will start clicking together seamlessly. My blog jumps around a bit this week but I think that is my brain pattern for now.

Last week I spent many hours studying and preparing for my Biology test. I was not feeling very confident about my knowledge so was concerned for the test. I felt I prepared the best I could. I will just say effort did not produce the grade I desired (too embarrassed to list the grade). I decided I needed a new plan to succeed, I met with the teacher, reached out to classmates to find potential study partners, spent more$$ on an online access code for the book, met with instructor and met with a tutor. The online access is helping, the tutor is helping so hoping for a better result on my weekly Tuesday quiz. My other classes are going well. Overall academic pursuits are taking up more time than I initially forecasted.

Today I started my GRE prep class. 5 hours on a Sat for the next 5 weeks, then a 2 week break, review and then the exam. I am hoping to take it before Thanksgiving, I think it will get to crazy with holidays, finals and semester end. I just need to pick my exact date and register (oh and pay $200).

homecoming

Katherine is on the end in the bluish dress (very hard to find a short dress that was not too short so she opted with full length). Girls had a great time, pre party prep at my house, I cooked them dinner then off to the dance. They came back for a fun sleepover dipping their feet in the pool to ease the soreness.

Josh is #7 Josh is #7

 

It has been really fun to help out with Katherine’s cross country team this fall. I wish it would cool down soon. She battled it out in her last race fighting a nasty cold, and some big hills. I am proud of her for performing her best and learning from the race. Josh is having a great time with soccer I have had to miss last couple of games when I was at cross country. The kids have new science teachers so that is a huge “Amen” and there school life is going much smoother. The kids are really excited to race at the Desert Twilight Cross Country Festival next Friday. Katherine is running in Freshman race and Josh middle school race. Josh has not started cross country season (they do it in winter for our school) but he is running at least once a week and doing soccer at least 3x a week so should be in pretty good shape. I always remind my kids; regardless of their outcome I truly enjoy watching them compete in their sports and how they are developing as athletes.

Katherine is enjoying life as a high schooler, I am figuring out how to train on less sleep on the weekend when I pick her up late from parties, retreats, and most recently homecoming. Last night after a friend cancelled I filled in as her guest at Summer Ends Music Festival concert. I was dreading staying up past midnight. The last time I was at Tempe Town Lake that late was during Ironman (not sure what that says for my social life). I was really looking forward to hearing American Authors. They have 2 of my favorite songs to run to: Believer and Best Day of my Life.

 

I think Believer really speaks to me right now. With all I have going on I just have to believe in faith that it will all work out. I will run a 2:42 marathon and I will pass the GRE and I will get accepted into Graduate School at ASU. If you don’t have these songs on your running play list go download them NOW. I included the lyrics below:

(I’m just a believer that things will get better
Some can take it or leave it
But I don’t wanna let it go)

The other lyrics from Best Day of My Life:

I had a dream so big and loud
I jumped so high I touched the clouds

 

These speak to me too. I feel like my dreams are really really big! I like to set the bar high. I also embrace  the journey so it is not just about the outcome.

kind of my mantra right now. Which leads me into the next area of concern. Just when running is going well again a little tiny itsy bitsy nagging in the left hamstring. REALLY???? I backed off for a few days and had my pt guy scraped, cup, massage and stretched it. He says it is really minor and should be just fine. I just hate when hamstrings hurt. I had reduced my pt exercise sessions to 2x per week but going to bump it up to 3x on my own and 1x in the office per week. Going for a run with my team tomorrow so have my fingers crossed.

I AM A BELIEVER!!!!!

WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS/GOALS RIGHT NOW? WHAT ARE YOU COMMITING TO BELIEVING IN RIGHT NOW?

(I’m just a believer that things will get better
Some can take it or leave it
But I don’t wanna let it go)

(I’m just a believer that things will get better
Some can take it or leave it
But I don’t wanna let it go)

I’m a little bit sheltered
I’m a little bit scared
I’m a little bit nervous
I’m goin’ nowhere

I’m a little bit jealous
I’m a little bit slow
I’m a little bit hurtful
And I don’t wanna let it go
No
And I don’t wanna let it go

I’m a little bit angry
When everyone’s around
But I get a little lonely
When no one’s out

I feel my demons misleading me

I’m just a believer that things will get better
Some can take it or leave it
But I don’t wanna let it go

I’m just a believer that things will get better
Some can take it or leave it
But I don’t wanna let it go

Maybe when I get older
And I’m in the ground
Weights off my shoulders,
It was bringin’ me down (Down)

I’ve never been that lucky
I’ve never tasted fame (Fame)
I’m always lookin’ for somethin’
But I hate changing

Time fades
There’s no space
As life breaks new ground

I’m just a believer that things will get better
Some can take it or leave it
But I don’t wanna let it go

I’m just a believer that things will get better
Some can take it or leave it
But I don’t wanna let it go

It doesn’t matter what is out there
My head is spinnin’ and I won’t bail out
It doesn’t matter what is out there

‘Cause time fades
There’s no space
As life breaks new ground

(I’m just a believer that things will get better
Some can take it or leave it
But I don’t wanna let it go)

I’m just a believer that things will get better
Some can take it or leave it
But I don’t wanna let it go

I’m just a believer that things will get better
Some can take it or leave it
But I don’t wanna let it go

(Na na na na na, nana na na na na na na na na)
(Na na na na na, nana na na na na na na na na)

I don’t wanna let it go!

Read more: American Authors – Believer Lyrics | MetroLyrics

The next chapter!

Life has been a bit of a whirlwind with going back to school this fall and preparing for the GRE exam (hopefully take it in late October). I am running great and building my base and excited to start speed work soon and actually schedule some races.

I am currently taking nutrition and Biology classes and labs at Mesa Community College. I 1st attended MCC when I was 19 during my first year of college. I was a full time worker and full time student trying to balance it all before I transitioned to ASU. I came back to MCC in fall 2012 to fulfill a dream of being a collegiate athlete when I ran on the cross country team. It was an amazing experience and part of me wishes I was running with them again. So here I am on round 3 fulfilling some undergrad course work so I can apply for grad school at ASU.

It is an exciting time, hopeful one day discouraged the next. Tonight having my doubts, maybe I am too old, or not smart enough to make this dream of further education become a reality. Trying to upload Biology information into my rusty brain seems similar to getting back on the track to do speed work after many months injured. I reflect back on my Ironman training days when I would chant the mantra “Yes I can, yes I can” over and over until it was my singular belief.

We are trying to find a balance at home and constantly juggling everyone’s needs (cross country, soccer, school, teacher meetings, rides, cooking, laundry and the list goes on) it seems “moms homework” is last on the list. Hoping to equal out the balance for everything and get in a rhythm this week. I write this as my son whimpers about not being able to use the computer to play Mindcraft since mom is writing a paper and needs the computer.

Kids are having a great start to the fall. Still hard to believe Katherine is in high school I know the next 4 years will fly by. Took her shopping for a homecoming dress this weekend and racing flats. Not allowed to post any pictures until after the event in a couple weeks. She ran in her first cross country meet and showed true guts and bravery racing in temps around 105 degrees and placing 5th overall. So proud of her. Josh is working hard at soccer and running with cross country kids on the weekend. Kids are hoping to qualify for Youth cross country nationals later this year.

Katherine racing towards the finish at 1st cross country meet of season.

Katherine racing towards the finish at 1st cross country meet of season.

Post race some of the "fierce freshman"

Post race some of the “fierce freshman”

I was so excited this am to run with my Sonoran Distance Project girls. Practice started at 5am which was really early. I had to pick Katherine up from a party and did not get home last night until 11pm so 4am wakeup was tough. It was pitch dark and a couple miles in I tripped and fell on the pavement. Yikes!! luckily just a little sore on hip elbow and hand. It was a great 10 miler but last 2 miles were tough due to humidity. My heart rate was 173 running a slow pace. I just gutted it out to finish. So glad to run with the group today. I was reading a blog today by Kate Grace she mentions “A team is more than a uniform. It’s encouragement and support before and after competition. It’s frequent interaction, about running, but also just about the daily grind. It’s friendly competition – pushing each other to the next level in workouts. It’s running together, cheering on friends together at the water-stop. – See more at: http://www.oiselle.com/blog/open-letter-flock#sthash.bqJfb2El.dpuf”. I could not agree more. I love training with others and excited to get back out there with my friends and training partners.

 

Well off to study some more Biology and write a paper for nutrition.

 

Bird Camp

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to attend Bird Camp hosted by Oiselle. They first announced it early fall last year so I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of camp. I knew it was going to be fun but these Oiselle ladies knocked it out of the park, huge thanks to all the Oiselle ladies that made it happen especially Lesko, Sally and Kristin, JJ (amazing job on food).

I arrived Wed at Portland airport with Ashley and the plan of meeting up with 5 ladies from around the country, renting a van and driving to Bend. I assumed the 3+hour van ride would help us get to know each other. We were officially known as #vanbytherivergirls. Check us out on twitter. We arrived in a heavy rainstorm in Bend around 530pm. Our camp was held at Seventh Mountain Resort right along the Deschutes river. It was absolutely stunning and we had river trails to run on right outside our door.

me at Lauren Fleshman at Bird camp

me at Lauren Fleshman at Bird camp

#vanbytherivergirls

#vanbytheriver

I was concerned about food/meals. Being a gluten-free vegetarian I am not always the easiest person to feed. I love Picky Bars but did not want to eat them the whole trip. I was very pleased to be given a couple large boxes full of foods that accommodated my needs at check-in. Also every meal was labeled and had options I could enjoy. Thanks JJ for making this happen. I have never traveled and had “food” by this easy and abundant. I think I might have gained weight on the trip. One thing I could not resist was the gluten-free chocolate cake Fri night after build your own burger! This was in turn followed by smores (I had to pass, too full).

We were assigned roommates and I got to meet a new friend, Holly, from Jacksonville, FL. One of the best parts of camp was getting to know the 90+ women from around the country and a few from Canada.

We had a jam-packed agenda full of rich quality speakers, activities, runs, workouts, yoga, field trips, etc. Here is a sample:

Thursday

7am breakfast in room

8am Jasyoga meditation

815am activation exercises and run lead by Littlewing

930-11 pt for runners by Jay DiCharry checkout his book http://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Runners-Unlocking-Potential-Prevention/dp/1620871599  (I was so thrilled that he was in attendance, I love his book)

11-12 nutrition for runners Stephanie Howe (Western States Ultra Champion, amazing!!!)

12 lunch

1 elite speakers and goal setting with Lauren Fleshman and Kate Grace (could get inspired by them all day long)

230 jasyoga

330-5 free time (I did my pt exercises after being inspired by Jay)

515 report to bus to depart to downtown Bend

7pm Deschutes 5k run outside Deschutes Brewery (free beer afterwards)

8 dinner at Café Yumm (it was yummy)

9 bus back

(we had to awake at 6 the next morning for our field trip to Smith Rock)

 

Smith Rock with Kristine Burgess from Chicago

Smith Rock with Kristine Burgess from Chicago

refreshing dip in the river after hiking Misery Ridge at Smith Rock

refreshing dip in the river after hiking Misery Ridge at Smith Rock

I have not done speed work since March due to injury. I am in base building mode with easy runs, my longest being 8 miles. I was planning to take it easy on the 5k and run a conservative 745 training pace. Well I got really excited with all the Oiselle girls in matching jerseys and wanting to pass a few guys. Ended up running avg pace of 7:11 but felt amazing. My goal was to be able to run every day of camp (it was achieved).

Thursday am 4 miles pm 5k race

Fri 4 mile hike Smith Rock, 4 mile afternoon run

Sat 10 mile run (amazing run along river trail felt awesome the whole way)

Sun 4 mile run (sore but just had to enjoy friends and weather one last time)

Friday we visited Smith Rock which was amazing. There were several choices for hikes and runs. It was pretty steep so I opted for the hike with a run later if I was feeling good. Lauren explained the routes to us and commented that she had hiked Misery Ridge at 8 months pregnant!! Misery Ridge was a beautiful climb followed by a lovely walk along the river. I could not resist a dip in the river! We had a wonderful box lunch picnic in the grass before heading back. The rest of the day was another flurry of activities. Around 10pm I went to my room to take out my contacts and try to gain a bit of energy. I laid on the bed and my phone was lighting up with tweets about the smores by the fire, Lauren playing guitar but I had nothing left and called it a night.

view of river from Smith Rock

view of river from Smith Rock

Saturday after good breakfast we headed on the river trail for a long run. The trail was amazing, rolling hills, shade, dirt path and excellent views.  I was hoping to run a solid 8. I had a great group of runners, Megan, Allie, and Susie. Since they were going farther I decided to add on a bit and then risk having to walk back at the end. I was able to run all 10 miles with no problems. This was amazing!!!! I have not run this long since March. I planned to take a few days off when I got home.

Deschutes river trail

Deschutes river trail

 

 

Nuun hydration break just before I turned back.

Nuun hydration break just before I turned back.

Sat afternoon I went tubing down the river with several girls. It was really fun and relaxing. Also the cold water was amazing on glutes/hips they were getting really sore. There was a dinner, band, dancing planned for us that evening. We rushed back from the river and I showered and changed in 8 minutes flat! The whole weekend was full of rich activities and I did not want to miss a beat so lots of running from here to there!! We had an amazing taco bar catered at Crows Feet with a great band playing. More kombucha on tap (gotta love Oregon). We opened the night with Lauren Fleshman leading us in signing the national anthem, quite moving. We finished dinner and danced under the stars to a great band. There were several men looking on, I am sure very curious about this large group of attractive and fit women!! The band wrapped up and we headed across the street for more dancing. I was getting pretty tired but just soaked it all in.

post race Thursday night with Jude and Christine Babcock. He is so cute.

post race Thursday night with Jude and Christine Babcock. He is so cute.

Sunday morning came way too early. I was determined to squeeze in one more run, despite exhaustion and barely being able to move my legs. I met my running partners at the conference center and spotted some Runenergy to throw in my bottle. Little did I know when I opened it the bottle was empty. Yikes!!

getting duped by the empty bottle of runenergy

getting duped by the empty bottle of runenergy

I think I could write a lot more and post tons of picture but I really want to get this out! All in all camp was amazing. I felt overwhelmed by the awesome women I met. I look forward to staying in contact and hearing about their races!!! Can’s wait for BirdCamp next year.

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