Day 2: Monday, July 25
Our first run during the Run SMART retreat was in Buffalo Park. The 7,000 feet elevation in Flagstaff, Arizona was tough on this Louisiana girl. I had heard so many horrid stories about running for the first time at a high altitude that I was timorous on this run. Even though I shuffled along the crushed rock trail at a turtle pace (according to Garmin, my average pace was 9:58), I could feel my heart pounding during the first mile. We had the option of running 2, 4, or 6 miles. After 4 miles my throat was so dry and I was so thirsty that the decision became evident. This would be a 4-mile run for me.
Relaying with GU infused water after the run. (Terri, Marcia, Me)
After the run, we went back to the hotel for breakfast and our morning session on “Running Success” with Dr. Jack Daniels. Dr. Jack Daniels is a legendary running coach who was named “The World’s Best Coach” by Runner’s World and a brilliant man.
We went to Northern Arizona University Dining Hall for lunch and then to the Coconino Track for Strong Core, Strong Runner. At the track we met Olympic runner, Martin Fagan and Three-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman.
After working out on the track, we went back to the hotel to shower and get ready for dinner at the Taverna Greek Grill where I had wonderful grilled sea bass. It was a great end to a great day!