ASPEN GROVES | MINDFUL RUNNING | GOURMET MEALS | LUXURY SPA RESORT | AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE
Make every moment in the mountains count during this women-only four-day women's trail running and wellness retreat. Our locally based team--including certified female running guides-- knows this destination inside and out and are with you every step of the way to have an unforgettable immersion in Telluride's unparalleled mountain beauty. Trail running at at such high elevation can be tough, which is why we've selected trails that strike an ideal balance between runnability and scenic reward. What does that mean exactly?
You'll enjoy a mix of running and hiking on well-established trails on rolling terrain that will involve some uphills and downhills, but avoids major climbs, exposed terrain or high peaks. Since running at 9,000 feet in elevation is challenging, we'll keep the pace relaxed and take frequent breaks to snack, hydrate and enjoy the views.
We'll spend about half the day on the trail, practicing the mindful running techniques offered by your retreat leader and savoring each day's run, always ending with a picnic lunch followed by free time to explore the town, enjoy the spa at The Peaks Resort, including an aromatherapy massage included in your retreat package.****
The total run distance for this retreat will be between approximately 22 and 28 miles. Each day's run in this itinerary is represented by time spent on the trail rather than miles run because the mileage covered will depend largely on your run pace. Faster runners will cover more mileage than slower runners in some cases. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route and trails run may change due to changes to trail routes, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.
Note that since all the runs take place at high elevation, our pace will be relatively slow and involve lots of hiking sections. Hydration packs, a hat, shell jacket and trail-running shoes are required.
This Retreat is Level II
This retreat is rated Level II. This means it's suitable for you if:
- You’re comfortable running/hiking four days in a row. Our shortest run is 90 minutes, but most are around 3+ hours (including hiking sections, water breaks and photo ops).
- You have some trail running experience and the fitness to run at least 8 miles on road.
- You’re OK with running/hiking on trails with loose dirt, rocks and some muddy sections.
- You don't have any health issues that may be worsened by intense exercise at high elevations (we'll be running slowly between 9,000 and 11,000 feet).
- You are able to handle long uphill and downhill terrain without pain or exacerbating an existing injury.
- You have (or are willing to acquire before the retreat) trail running shoes and a hydration pack.
IMPORTANT: Running at high elevation (even slow running with lots of breaks, as we do) is strenuous. As much as possible, we offer you options to modify runs (shorten or hike instead of run) as needed to help you feel good throughout the retreat. Our retreat leaders and guides will support and advise you as much as possible, however, it is ultimately your responsibility to make sure you stay hydrated, well fueled and pace yourself in a way that is suitable for your fitness and well being.
Spa Massage Treatment at The Peaks Spa
Included in your retreat package is a 60-minute aromatherapy massage at The Spa (including the gratuity for the therapist). Choose from a number of massage options that feature aromatherapy and therapeutic massage (relaxing or stimulating) to support your post-run recovery.
The Spa at The Peaks Resort defines a true spa experience, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and well-being for each and every guest. Here, you will find a tempting array of experiences, including traditional and innovative spa services and fitness and outdoor recreation surrounded by the pristine beauty of 14,000-foot Rocky Mountain peaks. Find restoration, transformation and renewed energy while experiencing the luxuries of this 42,000-square foot sanctuary.
Trail Running in the Colorado Rockies
THE ENVIRONMENT / ALTITUDE
Since the trails we'll run are between 8,300 and 10,000 feet in elevation, the relatively thin air will encourage all of us (even those who live at altitude!) to run somewhat slower than normal. Even if you're coming from sea level, you'll be able to adapt your pace to adjust to running at these elevations. The air at this elevation is extremely dry, therefore, a hydration pack or waist belt to carry water bottles is required, as are trail-running shoes.
We'll run on a mix of dirt roads and singletrack trails used mainly for hiking and mountain biking. Your retreat leader provides you with specific tips for navigating trail's rocks, roots, uphills and downhills, to ensure your comfort and safety. You'll take frequent breaks to take photos, enjoy the views and stay hydrated. You'll alternate hiking and running as needed to keep the pace within your comfort zone.
✨ Stress + Runners: Where does your energy go? Do you ever feel too tired to run? Do you ever feel so overwhelmed at the prospect of starting a training plan that you give up before you’ve begun? Do your long runs or hard workouts so wiped out that you’re pretty much useless the rest of the day? Discover what feeds your energy and what depletes your energy and how to stop the energy leaks.
✨ Mindful Balance: How do you know if you're doing enough to build your fitness and reach your goals, but not so much that you're becoming depleted? Design a mindful running practice that will allow you to fulfill your goals and run with confidence. Discover how mindful breathing improves your running efficiency and dial down the stress response in any situation.
✨ Crafting Intentions: Running is an important part of your personal self-care routine, and yet, it can be so hard to prioritize sometimes. Fulfilling your potential is about living in alignment with your values. These mindful intention-setting exercises allows you to align your approach to running with you values around wellness, self care and fitness. Come away with a clear approach to balancing health with life's demands.
Mindful Running Clinics
💮Power Posture: proper alignment to make gravity do more of the work. This reduces the muscular force involved with running so it feels easier and less strenuous on muscles and joints
💮 Focus on Efficiency: Use natural running techniques to drastically improve efficiency. You'll practice changing stride length, cadence and tempo on various types of terrain.
💮 Find the Flow: Put the pieces together to achieve the ultimate trail running experience. Learn to cultivate the circumstances for flow to occur by being relaxed and mindful.
Telluride, CO, USA