These three words-Uplift, Motivate and Inspire. That is how I can best sum up the four days spent at Rise.Run.Retreat A surreal four days spent with an amazing group of women-each of them possessing great strengths, talents and the warmest of hearts. It amazes me how running has led to such experiences and opportunities to connect and create friendships.
Running is at the core of my heart. From the moment I began running track and cross country in high school (26 years ago) and now, in my forties, running has been a huge piece of my life. Running has been the constant thread that stitched the pieces of my life together. It has been through running, that I have forged some of my greatest and lasting friendships. I’ve become part of a community of runners that uplift, motivate and inspire.
It is not easy, to put into words what an incredible four days it was, spent in the mountain valley of Vermont at RISE.RUN.RETREAT. The air was cool and crisp, fall was showing all its vibrant colors among the trees that crested the hills and mountains. Running led to social media and blogging, which led me to an amazing group of women at this retreat. Sarah from RunFarGirl and Jess from RunLadyLike are two extraordinary women who had the enthusiasm and passion to create and organize this event, which is now in its second year! They took a dream and made it a reality!
As my plane landed in Waterbury, Vermont last Thursday, I was excited and nervous at the same time. I was meeting up with nine other women-who for the most part, I only knew through their blogs and other social media outlets. It was a bit surreal to actually be meeting so many of these women, for the “first time” even though I felt like I already knew them through their blogs and social media sites.
Priceless moments shared and life long friendships created
There is so much to share about this wonderful retreat. Some of it will have to be broken down, bit -by -bit into other posts. The most important part of this retreat was the time spent with everyone! SO much nonstop chatting and sharing stories about life and running, marriage and motherhood. The ease in which we all gathered and mingled throughout the weekend was magical. There was such a strong flow of warmth and positive energy from each and every person.
It was truly incredible and wonderful how easy it was to just chat and share so much about running and life. The love of running had brought us together, but we also had so much more to share as moms, friends, and just being women.
Incredibly grateful to be in the company of these incredible women. Their strength, motivation and perspective on life is empowering. Surrounded by these women who inspire me, yet reminded me of my own strengths, as I witnessed their strengths and grit! The deep, honest conversations we shared about life-blogging and running, left me feeling very reflective on my own goals as a blogger and runner! Each of these women, so talented, strong and creative.
Rise.Run.Retreat was the perfect four day-weekend for ten women to come together and share their love of running, blogging and life! We ran, stayed up late chatting, had amazing food, laughed and simply enjoyed the moments as they unfolded. Sarah and Jess did a fabulous job of organizing guest speakers, catered breakfast, lunch and dinners. It all came together seamlessly!
Oh, the ways that running has been the thread that weaves these moments and meaningful experience through my life!
This retreat reminded me again, how running has led to these connections that lift you up and give you the energy to keep going!
Stay tuned for more highlights from this incredible retreat!
So much more to share in regards to the guest speakers, the fitness and yoga sessions and of course the Vermont Leaf Peeper Half Marathon with stunning views of mountains and killer hills!! On Sunday, as a final event for everyone, we ran the half!!
Check out these incredible runners/bloggers on the social media site!!
Angela – Happy Fit Mama
Christine- Love Life Surf
Sandra- Organic Runner Mom
Laura-This Runner’s Recipes
Natalie- Nat Runs Far
Co Creators/Organizers of RISE.RUN.RETREAT- (The Creative Duo Extraordinaire)
Uplift-Motivate and Inspire- Have you attended a running retreat? What memorable life experiences have you gained from running and blogging?