I just concluded my last Run Camp of the year and thought I would post a few pictures. You never know what Mother Nature will throw at you in the mountains, especially in October. Eliza and Kate flew in from The Bay area for a 2 day custom run camp and we had a great time. The weather was rainy, snowy, sunny, and cold - but Kate and Eliza had a great adventurous spirit and we made the best of the weather.
Our plan was to have breakfast and then hit the strength training facility to do some biomechanic analysis, strength training instruction, and some muscle activation for our long run. Kate and Eliza learned a great deal about how their body "operates" while running and found that their aches and nagging pains made sense once we analyzed what their body's were doing while they ran. Once we were able to activate some dormant muscles, they could feel a big difference in just the little we did and this also acted as a great dynamic warm-up for our run. After our two hour strength session, we hit the trails.
The plan for the first day was to get in about 3 hours of mountain running. Since Eliza and Kate live in The Bay area, they were used to running hills, trails, and mountains - but the altitude got them a bit during the first 30 minues as we started a gradual climb, which included many short, steep rolling hills. This allowed for great conversation about their training, racing, and a lot of Born To Run questions.
Eliza and Kate at the turn around point - 8,500 feet
We were also able to work on good form and run technique, allowing some of the strength issues we discovered earlier to be addressed on the trail.
Eliza working on her downhill running technique
Kate working on her downhill running technique
There they go!
Day One Stats:
6,297 total ascent
Day two brought blue skies and cold temps. We had to get an early start and was able to get in a great 2 hour run before Eliza and Kate had to depart to the airport. It had snowed over night, so we hit snow soon into the run, which made it fun and we were finally able to get a glimps of the mountain peaks and great views from above.
Kate and Eliza were very strong, as we did some major climbing today and found it very hard to make that decision to stop and turnaround.
"Do we have to turn around?"
View of the "Hole" from above
With the snow fall and wintery weather, wildlife was hard to come by so it was a great treat to spot this bull moose on our way back to camp headquarters.
Thank you Eliza and Kate for a great two days of running and I will see you in San Francisco in the Spring for my Running With Eric California Run camp.