Almost a year ago, my Oiselle teammates and I were sent an email about attending a running camp. I was immediately excited! I had never attended summer camp as a kid and my only thoughts were, this is it, at 41, I finally have my chance to go to summer camp. One potential roadblock was going to be the cost to fly from Pensacola to Bend, Oregon. If you live on the East Coast and have flown to the West Coast, you know it can be crazy expensive. So I crossed my fingers that I would catch a great deal and waiting 28 days out from departure, I did! (Even though I had to fly out of Mobile and not Pensacola Airport which is 15 minutes from my house; not happy about that Pensacola Airport)
So Wednesday, 13th I was off from Mobile at 6a.m., stop in Houston, stop in Portland and finally arrive in Bend at 12:45pm. It was great to run into fellow Florida bird Atha in Houston.
Atha had a layover in Portland and I ran into more birds, Kristine and Paulette. We flew on the same small plane to Bend
After being picked up from the airport and arriving at the Seventh Mountain Resort, it was non stop activity for the next 4 days.
Wednesday: Settled into rooms and meet roomies. Dinner with orientation and introductions with Sally Bergesen, Sarah Lesko, Kristin Metcalf and Lauren Fleshman.
Thursday: 8am: Bright and early start with meditation by Jasyoga. 8:15am: Activation exercises with LF and Littlewing. Shakeout Run.
9:30am-11am: PT for runners with Jay Dicharry.(Anatomy for Runners) 11am-noon: Nutrition for runners with Steph Howe. Noon: Lunch. 1pm: Elite speakers and goal-setting activity with Lauren Fleshman and Kate Grace.
Steph Howe, Lauren Fleshman, Jay Dicharry and Sarah Lesko
2:30pm: Yoga, 3:30-5pm: Free time/get ready for race. 5:30pm: Board buses for Deschutes 5k. 7pm: Deschutes 5k
Back to the Resort around 10ish and crashed in bed.
Friday: Early meditation with Jasyoga then off to hike Smith Rock.
Repping Nuun: Me, Megan and Holly
Me and the adorable JJ
“Monkey Face” (looked like Planet of the Apes to me) Photo Credit: Anna
I was humbled by the beauty of Smith Rock and the 3000 ft of elevation. Seriously kicked my butt! Truly beautiful!
We eat lunch then head back to the Resort. We meet at 4pm for form drills. Below is Kate Grace showing us what to do. She is amazing to watch!!
Posted by Oiselle “And then she did strides…and we stared. Gawked, actually. Strong, fluid, weightless. Perfection in movement and mechanics. And without notice or prompting, we cheered. It sounds odd to retell it. Cheering for a stride? But if you’d been there, you’d know…it was the only reaction that made sense. @fastkate #birdcamp”
Photo Cred: Oiselle
5pm: Social Media/Marketing Presentation (good info)
7pm: Elite speakers: Kate Grace, Steph Howe, Lauren Fleshman and Kara Goucher (via Skype)
8pm: Fall 14 Touch and Feel with Sally
Early to bed to be ready for long run on Saturday.
8am: Long run groups, River Trail to Dillon Falls
After showering and recovering from that trail run, we got ready to head into downtown Bend for our final outing and dinner/party.
Needless to say, it was one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever experienced. Bend, Oregon is breathtaking and I feel so lucky to have been part of the very first Oiselle #BirdCamp! It was so awesome to meet my teammates, even though we’ve chatted via Twitter or Facebook for several years now. Everything about this trip exceeded all my expectations! Sally, Lesko, Kristin, Lauren and everyone else that helped to pull this together did an outstanding job. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I am even more honored to be part of this incredible group of women and look forward to many amazing things to come with them.