The only sound, really, was the wind. That and the soft crunch of footsteps over loose gravel and fallen leaves. It was still dark when Rise.Run.Retreat. participants made their way up Mt. Major, a small little mountain along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. This sunrise hike was one of the final activities of our four-day retreat.
The weekend kicked-off on Thursday as women rolled in from all over the country to the little lake-side town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Our Welcome reception sponsored by Athletic Brewing and Cabot Cheese helped us ease into the weekend and get to know each other. Founder and host, Sarah led things off talking about the ideas of practice, process and persistence. She helped the participants redefine their ideas of persistence as giving yourself the gift of beginning again.
Everyone had a chance to test out their PUMA Running gear Friday morning when we ran along the Rail Trail. Thanks to PUMA’s generous sponsorship, each participant received a pair of the Deviate Nitro SP, the Favorite Running tight, their Favorite Running tee and the CLOUDSPUN full-zip hoodie.
She walked us through safety measures to protect ourselves while on the road or trail and taught us that our voice is our greatest weapon. You could hear our chorus of “No’s” echoing across the water.
These bikes have become essential cross training tools for many runners, including Olympic Bronze Medalist and PUMA-sponsored athlete Molly Seidel. After a tutorial in the parking lot, the group zipped down the rail trail and back.
That evening everyone gathered around the fireplace to enjoy the fall colors overhead.
The next morning the group was off again for another group run that circled through the Sewell Woods nordic ski trails. A little Vital Proteins Collagen was the perfect boost in our coffee pre-run.
This beautiful network of wooded trails was the perfect backdrop to the run and everyone was happy to have easy access to their phones thanks to their Koala Clip. As the morning sun burned away the overcast start to the day, participants donned their goodr sunglasses. The picturesque run looped back through town and returned to the house.
After lunch, Kim Nedeau led the group through her injury prevention session, teaching each participant how to assess their own injury risk through a series of core strength tests. Not only was the session interactive, but also empowering as each woman walked away with a greater knowledge of her body and specific exercises with which to strengthen it.
From there the group moved into a bodywork and breath session with Linda Jaros, brand educator with OOFOS. She led us through a series of breathwork exercises that were energizing and promoted recovery and mobility. Plus each participant walked away with a greater understanding of the OOFOS footwear they received and just how perfect it is for runners.
It was an early night for most in anticipation of the sunrise hike, winding down after a busy day was aided by the product Healist Naturals provided for each person, their well-being drops which are a great way to end the day.
Sunday started early with a 5:15 departure for the mountain. Thanks to Super Coffee and Run Gum our participants were wide awake and ready to go. Outfitted in headlamps and extra layers our group made their way up the rocky trail. If anyone had qualms about the early start or the dark hike it was immediately dissipated by the breathtaking view from the summit. Mt. Major provides an amazing vista of Lake Winnipesaukee and offers the scope of just how big this “smile of the great spirit” is.
The morning hike was also the perfect opportunity to sample the Spring Energy that was in each swag bag. With the wind whipping around us we made our way down the mountain, back to the van and back to the house for a quick turn around right into our Yoga session.
Our group met yoga instructor, Annie Cannon at Albee Beach for a lake-side session that included myofacial release for hips, shins and glutes. All the areas where runners need relief. Under the warmth of the October sun, we stretched out and relaxed--the perfect end to a busy weekend. We were glad to have the samples of FRE Skincare’s SPF 30 PROTECT ME lotion to protect from sunburn during our savasana
To complete the weekend we all gathered one last time and Sarah led us through and activity where we each shared what we saw in each other. These encouraging truths were something that we could take with us to help us change our internal narrative and ultimately change the way we perceive ourselves.
It was certainly a weekend to remember and we can’t wait for next year!
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