Long term relationships are full of ups and downs, stops and starts, and falling in and out of love again. During these uncertain times, women are looking to adopt healthy habits, improve our mood and find a sense of accomplishment. One way to check the box on all three is to make running a regular part of our lives.
Speaking of regularly running, have you noticed an uptick in the number of runners outside? It’s not your imagination, according to the Outdoor Industry Association, running, bicycling, and hiking have experienced a participation boon since these activities can be done with minimal risk of contracting COVID-19.
In their Year In Sport Data Report for 2020, Strava, the #1 social platform for athletes to track their activities, more people than ever are logging miles and looking for connections. Strava reported that 172,000 new clubs were created on their platform in 2020 and that the average person followed almost twice as many others in April 2020 than in April 2019.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has done little to dampen our need to join and learn from others who share our values of living a healthy life with plenty of athletic activity.
Speaking of athletic activity, female Strava users in the U.S. increased the number of activities they logged between April 2020 and September 2020 by 35.6%! COVID-19 has unevely impacted women who are caretaking, homeschooling and in many cases still working from home. Perhaps this upward trend of activity is a reflection of women coping with the stress, having an escape wanting to themselves healthy through exercise.
With most in person races cancelled in 2020 and many 2021 races being postponed, there are limited options for female runners to find camaraderie. A beginner women’s running camp like those offered at Active at Altitude fills this void – propelling you to improve your form, train smarter, avoid injury, develop new friendships and boost your confidence.
Whether you’ve taken time away from running or are still getting to know the sport, signing up for a beginner women’s running camp could be the grand gesture that ends with a long term love of running.
Tips and tricks from experienced coaches to improve their running form
Ways to overcome obstacles to running — and anything else holding them back!
Sustainable training methods to avoid burnout and injury
A welcoming, supportive group with similar goals and experiences
Before coming to our camps, we hear from women who doubt themselves. They say things like, “Well, I used to be a runner, but….or “I don’t look like those other runners out there” or “I am not a fast runner”….
We’re fans of John Bingham, author of Marathon Madness, take on this:
“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” John Bingham
Becoming a runner is not about your speed, what you look like, or what curveballs life has thrown at you. Becoming a runner is about an attitude that says, I commit to doing something consistently that benefits me.
Signing up for a running camp is an affirmative exclamation to something that is outside the norm and the confines of your treadmill or neighborhood. Our beginner women’s running camps will test you mentally and physically all while you enjoy a beautiful mountain setting with access to some of the country’s best trail running. Our participants come from all over the country to Colorado to tackle our trails and breathe in that Rocky Mountain air.
Who Will Be Joining You at Beginner Women’s Running Camp?
The average age of a woman enrolled in our beginner camps is 47. Running not only improves heart health, reduces inflammation, and keeps your mind sharp – it is one of the absolute best ways to strengthen your bones and avoid fractures later in life. Learning the running form that works for you and how to train smarter means that you’ll continue to walk, jog or run for decades to come.
What happens at Active at Altitude Beginner Women’s Running camp?
Active at Altitude is nestled in the Ponderosa Pines of Estes Park, Colorado. Each day we’ll nourish our bodies with delicious, healthy food, explore the nearby trails, use our motivation to set new goals, hike, learn more about fueling our bodies, fit in some R and R alongside a supportive group of women. Both of your coaches, Terry and Jacqueline Chiplin, are certified by Lydiard Running, an approach that stresses sustainable training to help you stay consistent.
What About COVID-19 safety measures?
We’re glad you asked! The safety and health of our participants is paramount and by following CDC guidelines and enacting a strict protocol of sanitation, we hosted our 2020 Summer running camps without any issues or positive test results. Additional info on our COVID-19 procedures is available here.
If you have questions about our beginner women’s running camps, email firstname.lastname@example.org or if you’re ready to sign up, do so ASAP as our June 8-12th beginner women’s running camp only has a few spots left.
- Between April and September 2020, women aged 18-29 uploaded 45.2% more activities than during the same period last year, compared to a 27.3% increase by their male counterparts.