Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is included in the price for the weekend?
A. I understand that your participation in this weekend will be quite an investment. The price of registration is for the entire weekend, and includes all lodging, meals, snacks, drinks and guided trail runs with nutrition and hydration. We will also provide Ultrarunning clinics covering topics on nutrition, running skills, cross training for runners, how to design a training plan, staying injury free, how to prepare for a race, how to set goals, achieve longevity in the sport, and the role that meditation can play for you as a runner. You will receive copies of all of the material covered in a handbook that you’ll be taking home. In addition to the handbook, you will also receive a custom camp shirt, trucker hat and souvenir medallion, as well as other swag donations from my personal sponsors. There will also be a raffle for some additional giveaways. Another exciting part of the camp will be the “RD Mixer” wherein you will have the opportunity to meet all of the local Race Directors who put on events in our mountains. You’ll be able to gain insights on their courses and answers to any questions you may have. The goal of the weekend is to offer a lot of knowledge and practice in trailrunning while enjoying a relaxing weekend of fun times, great food, and good friends.
Q. Will I have a private room?
A. You are going to have the unique opportunity to have another ultrarunner as your roommate for the weekend. The lodge is set up like a big family home with a community kitchen and gathering area. One of the goals for the weekend is to connect with others and build relationships with people who share a similar passion for the sport, and it starts with sharing a room with someone who shares the same passions as you. Men will be placed with men and women with women. If you have someone you want to room with, we can arrange for that as well.
Q. Do I need to be an Ultrarunner?
A. No you do not. However, you should be comfortable with running on trails for 2-4 hours at a time for three to four consecutive days at a minimum of a 15 minute per mile pace.
Q. Is this a camp for beginners, intermediate, or experienced runners?
A. All of the above. If you are new to trail running, you’ll develop a strong foundation for your future training and racing. If you are an intermediate runner, you will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge in the sport and learn to apply it in a personal way. If you are an experienced Ultrarunner, get ready to fine tune your skills and step up your race game.
Q. Why would I come to the camp when I can run with you at a SURF event?
A. I’m glad you asked. I love to meet and run with new and old friends at SURF events but the social setting really doesn’t allow for one on one interactions that address your personal running issues and answer questions about your running. The camp will! In addition, you’ll have the added benefit of interacting not just with me but other veterans in the sport who have their own perspectives and can offer expert advice to all of your questions over the course of the weekend. Through this personal attention and the interaction with multiple veterans of the trail running community, you will have a unique opportunity for growth that we can’t foster by chatting informally for a few minutes on a run.
Q. Why should I pay to run on trails that I can run on for free?
A. Great question. Do you pay to race on those trails? If so, why wouldn’t you give yourself the opportunity to see them in a whole new way? With the knowledge and practice you take away from the weekend, you’ll be able to link the trails together, visualize a course in its entirety and understand how to move through the changing terrain. When to pick up your pace and why, when to slow down, how to be the most efficient in covering the distance, and how to properly fuel yourself based on distance, pace, and weather. If you don’t race on our local trails, you can be assured that they have everything needed to prepare you to race or run elsewhere.
Q. What can you tell me about the meals?
A. How we nourish ourselves daily as well as during exercise affects our bodies greatly. Therefore, nutrition will be a big focus during the weekend, not only in understanding what our body needs, but why. The menu being prepared will include several options to meet a variety of dietary preferences such as: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, and Paleo. Our camp chef is a current medical student that takes a holistic approach to nutrition and will be providing education on how to discover and meet your individual dietary needs. You will also be provided with recipes in your take home materials as well as other basics of how to build a heathy running diet tailored to your own personal needs as well as race day nutrition tips.
Q. How is your camp different from the others out there?
A. I believe there are a few distinct differences between this camp and other choices that are available. The first difference being that this camp is “all inclusive” and it means exactly that! From the moment you arrive on Thursday evening until your departure on Sunday morning, all of your needs will be met. We will take care of all of your meals, snacks, drinks, running nutrition, lodging, and transportation to and from runs when applicable. Unlike some other camps, there are no hidden fees or costs.
In addition, while some other camps merely give you a chance to get some time on the trail with a big name runner, I want to make sure you leave the camp with a toolbox to improve your running. We will have interactive clinics regarding nutrition, cross-training, meditation, gear, and race-day strategy and planning. And then you and I will go out on guided trail runs to have the opportunity to experience and practice what you just learned. When you are through with the weekend, rather than hand you a generic training program, my camp staff and I will have provided you with the information to develop your own complete training plan from your first meal in the morning until you toe the line at your next big race. And after the camp, I will be available for feedback as you put your plan into practice.
Finally, many other camps out there are being offered by runners who have been told what to do by coaches since the day they first put on running shoes. They have only learned one way – the way they were coached, and they may not understand the “how” and “why” of what works or why what works for them is not working for you. I was never an elite or coached athlete and had to develop my training plans through trial and error and through that, more than others, I’ve learned how every individual needs a different plan, and that what works for some, might not work for others. Given that, I will not be telling you what to do, but I will be telling you what works for me AND what works for others, and together we will explore what works for YOU.
Q. What should I pack for the weekend?
A. Once you have registered for the camp, you will receive a personal email with all the information you’ll need for the weekend, including the packing list.