Ladies – when was the last time you got away and did something just for yourself – an opportunity to leave traffic and the daily grind behind? Molte Wellness & Adventure offers the perfect antidote to do just that while connecting with nature and other women who share your passion for running, yoga, and adventure. Think of it as summer camp for adults.
In February, I featured Iolanda, a spirited woman from Elko, Nevada, who joined two of her friends for the Running Om retreat last June. Given my love for all things trails, adventure, and wellness, I jumped at the chance to continue talking “shop” with another retreat goer, so I reached out to Iolanda’s friend Kate for a different perspective. What I learned is that not only does the retreat provide masterful skill and technique in both trail running and yoga for any level, but it offers an abundance of sweat, laughter, and of course, delicious food.
Kate has always participated in sports, but distance running, particularly on trails was new for her. It’s clear from her responses, the Running Om retreat, nestled in the mountains of Montana at the Diamond J Ranch, provided her with inspiration and memories to last for years.
What inspired you to attend Running Om?
My girlfriends and I found out about Running Om in Runner’s World Magazine. I mentioned the retreat to my running group and a couple of the gals were interested in going. If I hadn’t had their support and interest, I’m not sure I would have done it alone.
As a new trail runner, what was your biggest challenge?
Running on a surface that wasn’t smooth. I really had to keep my mind engaged in what I was doing and look far enough ahead to stay on my feet. There were a couple close calls, but I didn’t hit the dirt!
What did you learn from Nikki Kimball?
Where do I even start? I learned so much from Nikki—not just about running, but also about nutrition, my body, running style, and life in general. I soaked up everything she had to say. What an incredible and inspiring woman. Two of the biggest things that have stuck with me are to have fun with running and that you don’t have to have the typical “runner’s body” to be a good runner.
How did a combined retreat of trail running and yoga benefit you?
The trail running made my body and mind work—and then coming back to the ranch for a yoga class helped stretch and relax the body.
What were your favorite parts of the retreat?
I’m laughing as I write this because my favorite part of the retreat was the least active part (other than eating). Getting to watch Nikki’s moving, Finding Traction film with Nikki herself. How cool to be sitting next to the person you are watching on the screen pushing her body to the extreme. To throw in an active part, but equally my favorite, getting to run with Nikki on trails was incredible.
What did you learn about yourself?
Trail running and yoga are a good escape from my life. I have run in the past, but primarily just road running. I would try to solve all the world’s problems when I was a road runner. Trail running and yoga have taught me to focus on the moment.
How have you incorporated your retreat experience since you’ve been back?
When we arrived at the ranch one of the first things we did was a yoga class. During the class Turi mentioned something about bringing out your inner child during the weekend and instantly all three of us started giggling. The retreat made me realize I need to keep things in my life I really enjoy.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I can’t say enough about the retreat—it was an incredible experience. Thank you so much to Turi, Nikki, Amy, and the Diamond J Ranch.
No matter your running/yoga goals or level, Running Om has something to offer everyone. The next retreat is September 8-11. I’m honored to partner with Molte Wellness & Adventure as part of Small Change. Participants who donate $25 or more to one of the selected beneficiaries will receive a signed copy of Finding Traction DVD from Nikki.