Rocky Mountain Running Retreat? Yes Please!
Peak Run Performance presents the Rocky Mountain Running Retreat, September 14-17, 2017 in Canmore, Alberta. A long weekend of running and learning from Amy and Jacob Puzey.
“A running retreat! I could get into that. And in Canmore. There’s hills in Canmore. I love hills, both up and down. I bet I could learn something. Maybe learn how to run faster. And it would be a get-away for me. Interested.”
Registration includes clinics and discussions, T-shirt, swag, entry into 5 Peaks Canmore Race #4 and its swag, essential elements of endurance training, strength training and running form analysis, daily and performance nutrition, beverages and munchies, how to plan training around life, and more!
“Oh wow! T-shirt and swag, love it. Always love swag (and T-shirts). Never too many running shirts. Yes my closet is full of them, I don’t see a problem with that. At least I wear them.
Hey!! I get to run Camore’s 5 Peaks race. That will be fun. See what the back of their pack is like.
Running form analysis, I like that! Wonder what my form is really like. Room for improvement? May be possible.
Strength training, yes!! Okay fine, I have tree trunk legs and I’m built for strength, but I can always be stronger, always. Maybe I’ll run faster if I’m stronger.
Essential elements of endurance training. I like that. Focused on endurance. Yes!!!
Performance nutrition will be covered! Excited about this, I always get into a knot figuring out how the hell I’m going to fuel myself come race day.
Plan training around life. Wow, acknowledgement that people do have lives, that’s a switch.”
Jacob started cross country running in middle school then went on to run both cross country and track in both high school and university. He is a National and Ultramarathon champion a few times over, 50 Mile World Record holder, won the TransRockies 100 Mile staged race with his brother Tommy, and is an International running coach. Jacob began coaching while still in University and upon graduating, both coaching and clinic directing became full time.
“I think Jacob is being modest here. Isn’t he the 50K record holder for the Calgary Marathon?
Having seen Tommy last year at TransRockies and how phenomenal he was (won it!!), Jacob is right up there in the amazing part. And he runs BOTH road and trail. No discrimination there. Whew!
I’ve met Jacob and talked to him, really nice guy. Wished I could have chatted with him more.
Jacob has been coaching for a while! And is an International running coach, I wonder what his philosophy is on the high miles that I both cringe and balk at.
I would love to both learn from and to be coached by him. I wonder what his approach would be. I hope it’s not to melt down into race weight and then….
Amy, having grown up in Canmore, has always been an athlete ranging from dancer to swimmer to runner to trialthlete. She ran cross country and track in high school and university and she has represented Canada on the international stage on the Canadian Mountain Running Team. Amy has won the Canadian Mountain Running Championships, the Grizzly Ultra, TransRockies Run3, and many other races of various distances on both road and trail. In University, Amy studied both nursing and holistic nutrition and has worked for several years as a nutritionist in the Bow Valley. Amy is now the national race director of the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series.
” Wow!! Amy is no slouch when it comes to running! I love her form, would love to look like that some day. I didn’t realize how accomplished Amy is. Hey, both Amy and Jacob ran TransRockies and won. Wonder if they met there. I bet they did! TransRockies has that effect.
Like Jacob, she is also non-discrimating when it comes to running surface. Have surface, will run. I like that.
Holistic nutrition, now that has my attention. I wonder what her views are on high carb for runners are. It seems that just about every resource out there touts carb-loading, high carbs, blah, blah, for runners. But what if high carb does not work for you? Now what?? And how do I fuel for race day? Man, I hope she has some answers!!”
September in the mountains with the leaves turning color, how spectacularly gorgeous!! A running retreat, an experiential learning wonderland surrounded by nature’s splendor!!! I want!!!
And here’s where it came to a screeching halt. All of the self-conscious voices in my head came rushing in.
” I’m back of the pack, tail light section, aka slower runner. Therefore, I’d be holding everyone up.
The other runners will be better, faster, more whatever than me.
Clydesdale among gazelles, yep that’s me.
How can I put this? 30 was more than a few years ago.
I’m a late starter as a runner. Everyone probably has been running since a kid.
I’ll be a pain in the ass because I’ll be holding everyone up during runs.
You know, if you lost some weight…. “
Yep, the voices were there, but despite them, I still felt the urge that I want to be at this retreat. I wonder if training for heavier and/or slower runners will be covered. What about nutrition for those of us who don’t do well on a high carb diet? I decided to sum up the courage and send an email to ask the questions that were addressing my concerns. The worst that would happen is that I’ll be exactly where I am, right here, right now. There!!! Send pressed! Shut email program down. Get out of the house.
Not long after there was an email from Jacob addressing all of my concerns. Both he and Amy will be tailoring the retreat based on who is there. Not only that, they have an experience resource pool from the numbers of clinics, retreats, and clients they’ve had. But it was more than what Jacob said, it was HOW he said what he did.
“Wow, I feel welcome.
I feel like I’m okay right where I am and that I belong in the retreat just as much as anyone else regardless of speed, age, ability, or size.
I feel like I will come out of the retreat with a boatload of learning and training that applies to me.
I feel like I really need to join in on the fun that will be had.”
Because of Jacob’s email response, the self-conscious voices have subsided and feelings of excitement have started to take over. He helped me feel that I am a runner who has a desire to learn more so that I can be better than where I am today. It doesn’t matter the size, shape, or ability, what matters is that I love to run. Hills, especially hills. I hear there are hills in Canmore. Maybe I’ll learn to run faster too. Now I’m very much looking forward to the retreat!! Can’t wait!!