UPrise Performance – Hawaiian Trail Running Retreat

It's hard to keep running with views like this.

It’s hard to keep running with views like this.

“I am so honoured to be part of your journey.”

These are the words I heard from lead coach Paul Romero as we traversed our way through the Waipio Valley trails on my third day in Hawaii. Up and down along a narrow trail that weaved it’s way through the tropical jungle forest. The clouds were closing in and you could feel a mist that was threatening a downpour. Even though our group of nine women, oppressed by the humid heat, wished for the rain to come to refresh us, we pushed on passing small waterfalls and made our way to the next viewpoint of curving coastline and crashing waves. Just being on such beautiful trails, with such passionate and supportive people was an experience I won’t soon forget.

Curving coastline of the Waipio Valley

Curving coastline of the Waipio Valley

This was just one of the moments I remember from my time at the UPrise Ladies Hawaiian Trail Running Retreat. The weekend was filled to the brim with notable memories and take-away’s that I know are going to make me a better, healthier and stronger athlete over the coming months.

The accommodation  - a beautiful estate house.

The accommodation – a beautiful estate house.

You do not arrive at this camp to be given an agenda of running to do or to be given a training plan. Instead they provide you with a completely holistic, whole body, approach. They want to improve how you are as an athlete from the inside out. What you put into your body is just as important as what you are trying to get your body to do. Their goal is be able to simplify your approach by providing you with the necessary tools you need. As Paul said during one of our Nutrtion 101 sessions “I have spent countless hours doing the research to give you the information you need. That’s what I am here for, to make it easy for you.”

Mobility class with Physiotherapist Annemarie Alf.

Mobility class with Physiotherapist Annemarie Alf.

Nutrition, mobility, strength – these are the building blocks. The most notable aspect of the camp was how all encompassing it was. They have the tools knowledge and skills to provide you with more than a training plan. They provide you with all the information you need to adapt and improve your lifestyle to become an overall better athlete.; to get the most out of your body,your skills and mental strength.

Running on the lush White Road trail near Waimea.

Running on the lush White Road trail near Waimea.

Being part of a group of women who are all striving to become better and increase their abilities as athletes is an extremely motivating and inspiring atmosphere. Not only do you feed off the energy from the group but you are led by a world class Coach, Paul Romero, and Physiotherapist, Annemarie Alf of Olympus Movement and Mobility, that that are also incredible athletes themselves. They provide tried, tested and true methods and give you the opportunity to discuss and share your opinions with them. It is an open, welcoming environment that allows for you to feel comfortable and supported.

All of the lovely ladies.

All of the lovely ladies.

Having the camp located in Hawaii was just the cherry on top of what was one of the best training experiences I have ever had. Whether you’re new to trail running, a more advanced runner or if you are looking for an experience where you can spend time with like-minded women in a motivating and inspiring atmosphere, this is a camp that can take anyone to the next level of where they want to be. You will leave with a better knowledge and understanding of how to meet your goals, leave with new friends and a new way of thinking. If you go in with a coach-able heart and an open mind to the possibilities than the sky is the limit to where they can take you.

The views just got better every time we stepped out on the trail.

The views just got better every time we stepped out on the trail.

My Takeaway:

My running form has improved dramatically. I am running more efficiently and more conscious of how I am fueling my body daily. I am feeling more confident on the trails and in my overall ability. The tools they have provided me, knowledge regarding nutrition, form and strength, have opened up endless possibilities for me and I am truly excited about what I can achieve in the future.

Focusing on form, taking in the views and trying to get the shot.

Focusing on form, taking in the views and trying to get the shot.

Highlights:

  • Staying together in large house, gives the opportunity to forge new friendships and be able to feed off of each other’s energy.
  • Healthy clean eating provided – 3 meals a day
  • Trail running each day, starting with a short 5 km (3.1 mile) that leads up to a longer 30 km (18.5 miles) run
  • Daily nutrition talks
  • Daily mobility sessions
  • Strength training sessions
  • Open discussions
  • Incredible gift bags
  • Supportive and encouraging atmosphere

The next Uprise Hawaiian Ladies Trail Running Retreat is coming up in April – will you join?

If you are interested in joining the upcoming camp or have any questions about future camps please ask me!

Hailey aka Run Like A Girl taking it all in.

Hailey aka Run Like A Girl taking it all in.

 

Author: Spring McClurg

I moved to B.C. with my husband in 2010 after spending 6 years living abroad in Ireland. Originally from a small town in Alberta that was minutes away from the Rockies, I always knew I would return to the mountains one day. I love spending as much time as I can in the mountains, whether it be mountaineering, rock climbing or simply running on the backcountry trails. I love to challenge myself and seek out new experiences.

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  1. Absolutely killer blog Spring….incredible images. JUST long enough, and not too short. that is sooo pro!

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