Soooo... I spent the weekend in Vegas for my best friend's bachelorette party... because it was less athletic than a normal weekend (read: no, I did not wake up at 5 am to do tempos and long run... more like went to bed at that time), I'm doing a throwback to a weekend in August that was AMAZINGGG.
Back in July, Kara Goucher announced on Facebook that she was going to have a women's weekend retreat and was limiting it to 50 girls. Within seconds, I texted my cuz Erin and told her we were doing it and immediately started counting down to registration. LUCKILY, we got in (after spending the weekend paranoid we wouldn't).
The Napa weekend was everything I hoped it would be- and so, so much more. At the very least, I was excited to get to meet my runhero and what I walked away with was an incredible experience connecting with some amazing women who understand the struggle that is life/running and were so supportive.
We got to the retreat just in time for cocktail hour and it felt like walking into your first day at a new school and not knowing anyone. Girls flew in from EVERYWHERE to be in Napa for this weekend. When we sat down for dinner and Kara talked about her vision for this weekend, it was SO apparent that it meant just as much to her. She said how she had envisioned this for awhile and finally made it happen. We all felt SO lucky to get to experience her first one.
The purpose of the weekend was to get a group of girls together that LOVED to run and just have a weekend of encouragement and empowerment. Like food for the soul. After dinner, Erin and I kept saying, if that was all that the weekend was - it was already amazing. Luckily for us, that was just dinner and we had two more days. Apparently we are too easy to please....
We had a packed schedule the second day: Pilates with the amazing Tracey Katona... (I'm scooping as I type, Tracey!)
a 5 mile run with Kara... (when was the last time you ran with 50 of your girlfriends down the middle of the street... we kinda took over Napa roads.)
Nutrition with Lottie (Erin and I may or may not have smuggled about fifty of the raw chocolate espresso truffles out of here. I am not admitting to anything though.)
And then after all that goodness, Erin and I were pretty wiped out... and there was another session! Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano of RUN THE EDGE were going to give a talk about what else, running your edge and what that means. Now on a normal day, I would have gone straight into a food coma and been spaced out- but these guys are HYSTERICAL and kept all of us girls on our toes, laughing and between laughs were driving home super solid points.
Two of my FAVORITES that I want to share (and please get their book to read more of this- I promise you, you won't be bored- and will walk away SO inspired.):
1. Feeding the Right Wolf
Basically there is a battle of two wolves inside you- one is everything bad- jealousy, envy, bitterness (you get the picture) and another is the good wolf- kind, compassionate, patient, just. Which wolf wins? The one you feed. Are you feeding/giving life to the negative things in your life? Or are you actively "feeding" the positive things? Great reality check to make sure that I'm doing everything in my power to "feed the right wolf."
The other thing I thought was AMAZING was...
2. Putting it out there
When you have a goal- YOU NEED TO TELL PEOPLE. Saying it aloud and speaking it into your life has an incredibly powerful effect on your mind. That and when you vocalize your goals and you share them with people, you're bringing them along for the journey. It's DEFINITELY scary having to be vulnerable and share big goals- but it's a great way of keeping yourself accountable while also having a built-in support system that pushes you towards that goal. If you aren't saying your goals aloud, you are robbing yourself of an incredible tool to propel you towards them.
The rest of the weekend was incredible- from an amazing session with Anna (tears), to an incredibly inspiring talk by Sally, CEO of Oiselle to a fit session with Skechers Performance (basically the lightest shoes ever- and extremely comfy)- it was a packed day.
That night for dinner, we all dressed up- which is unusual for me these days it seems.
Loved getting to meet so many girls with so many crazy running stories/backgrounds. Such an incredibly diverse and special group. If you have a chance, you need to go to her next weekend (I hesitate even typing that because part of me wants to keep that whole experience a secret)- but I cannot reiterate how special it was to get to basically go to CAMP with girls who love the same things you do and get to hang out with your runhero who is really as amazing as she is fast. Kara has a heart of gold and was so encouraging, vulnerable, and real. My favorite moment of the weekend was the end where we said aloud one big goal to the group that we were going to make happen. Kara's big goal? Rio 2016. Can't wait to see her there (literally. I'm going to Rio). My big goal? Huge time goal on the marathon that I will one day reveal on da blog. ;-)
So who is coming with me to Kara's next retreat? And Kara- WHEN IS YOUR NEXT RETREAT??? Ready to book my ticket now... ;-)
PS Go check out her blog post on her comeback from injury- she has great perspective and I'm excited for her journey!