I GOT IN!!! I just found out that I was one of approximately 40 female runners (out of approximately 125 applicants) to have been accepted to go to Lauren Fleshman’s Wilder Running and Writing Retreat at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine next Fall. The three day retreat will be held in late September where participants will write, run, yoga and run some more through the trails and scenic views of Maine.
Wilder Retreat is in its second year and originated in Portland, Oregon. I learned of last years retreat too late to apply but put my name on the list to be one of the first notified for this year’s dates and locations. Led by Lauren Fleshman the retreat is geared towards women of all ages who at their core love to run and write about running. I know, I know- it’s like they created a weekend retreat just for meeeeee! In addition to writing and running there will be a mindfulness/yoga component to the weekend.
In case you’re not familiar with Miss Fleshman’s iconic work, Lauren running has brought 2 USA championships in the 5000 meter event and 5 World Championships for Team USA and a spot in the Hall of Fame. She is the co-creator of Picky Bars, the co-author of the well-known BELIEVE training journal series and is closely affiliated with Oiselle. Oh and girl ran a 2:37 marathon at her first 26.2 attempt at NYC in 2011. Yup, she’s my basically my idol.
A lot has been swirling around in my head this past week. A change is coming, maybe several changes. Good changes? Well, I sure hope so. I want to write about my excitement, my nerves, my hopes, my fears – all of it, but somethings is stopping me. I’m holding a few things close to the chest. It’s necessary. As goofy and open as I am in this blog I put a lot of thought into what I am willing to share with the world. Yet, I wonder if that’s fair. I want to be able to write like nobody is reading but that takes some serious courage and strength. I’m not sure if I’m there yet. My hope is that this retreat will help me further develop my written voice and find the confidence in my writing that has been wavering over the past few months.
The only problem is that I have to wait till September!!! I wanna go nowwwwwwww :).
Time to get ready for Sunday long runday 🙂