Just the idea of it makes me giddy with excitement! What could be more thrilling than two weeks away from the daily grind, where we try our best to squeeze in enough miles to keep us going, and nothing but running related activities to look forward to.
Imagine you are attending a week-long running camp. Where would it be? What would you do? Would there be classes? Bootcamps? Socials?
I want to know all about the kinds of things that make up your ideal running-related week. No work, no obligations outside of camp,… for one week you can have it exactly your way!
Tell me all about it!
When I think about the ideal camp scenario I immediately envision a mountain terrain. Although I love the beach more than anything, I have never really run in the mountains and Boulder, Colorado has always had a certain draw. (Colorado, specifically Boulder, is the only cold state I consider living in). But my camp does not necessarily have to be in Boulder or even Colorado, just as long as it is in the mountains somewhere. It could even be in a different country: Switzerland, South America, Italy (pasta anyone). One thing that would be a must is that all of my best running buddies would be there as well.
Accommodations are decorated region specific and have all the comforts of home, if not more. There will be soft beds with fluffy pillows and duvets. Bathrooms are private with large steam showers and excellent water pressure and campers would have bath products from Fresh, Kiehl, or Aveda available to them. The camp also has steam rooms and saunas with access to the outside with outdoor showers.
There would be a variety of activities to choose from each day: trail runs, mountain biking, swimming in a near by lake, stretching, Pilates, Yoga, strength training sessions, cooking classes, and lots and lots of different massages and other spa treatments. All activities would be led by experts in the specific field and if Kenyans were present for the trail runs it would just be the cherry on top!
Meals would be eaten at a long dining room table that accommodates everyone. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner would be buffet style and offer a variety of healthy and organic foods, and would have choices for special dietary needs. During dinner we would have guest speakers discussing nutrition geared towards long distance runners and how we can fuel our bodies best. The camp would also have a 24 hour snack bar with healthy choices for those of us who like to graze instead of eating full meals other than dinner…
After two weeks everyone would come back refreshed and energized, ready to take on the next running challenge like a champ!
Oh, the possibilities!
Today’s Running Tip: Running Camps!
Running Camps do exist. The Running Times has a list of different camps from around the world! One can dream!!!