ASPEN GROVES | MINDFUL RUNNING | GOURMET MEALS | LUXURY SPA RESORT | AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE
Make every moment in the mountains count during this women-only four-day women's trail running and wellness retreat. Our locally based team--including certified female running guides-- knows this destination inside and out and are with you every step of the way to have an unforgettable immersion in Telluride's unparalleled mountain beauty. Trail running at at such high elevation can be tough, which is why we've selected trails that strike an ideal balance between runnability and scenic reward. What does that mean exactly?
You'll enjoy a mix of running and hiking on well-established trails on rolling terrain that will involve some uphills and downhills, but avoids major climbs, exposed terrain or high peaks. Since running at 9,000 feet in elevation is challenging, we'll keep the pace relaxed and take frequent breaks to snack, hydrate and enjoy the views.
We'll spend about half the day on the trail, practicing the mindful running techniques offered by your retreat leader and savoring each day's run, always ending with a picnic lunch followed by free time to explore the town, enjoy the spa at The Peaks Resort, including an aromatherapy massage included in your retreat package.****
The total run distance for this retreat will be between approximately 22 and 28 miles. Each day's run in this itinerary is represented by time spent on the trail rather than miles run because the mileage covered will depend largely on your run pace. Faster runners will cover more mileage than slower runners in some cases. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route and trails run may change due to changes to trail routes, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.
Note that since all the runs take place at high elevation, our pace will be relatively slow and involve lots of hiking sections. Hydration packs, a hat, shell jacket and trail-running shoes are required.
This Retreat is Level II
This retreat is rated Level II. This means it's suitable for you if:
- You’re comfortable running/hiking four days in a row. Our shortest run is 90 minutes, but most are around 3+ hours (including hiking sections, water breaks and photo ops).
- You have some trail running experience and the fitness to run at least 8 miles on road.
- You’re OK with running/hiking on trails with loose dirt, rocks and some muddy sections.
- You don't have any health issues that may be worsened by intense exercise at high elevations (we'll be running slowly between 9,000 and 11,000 feet).
- You are able to handle long uphill and downhill terrain without pain or exacerbating an existing injury.
- You have (or are willing to acquire before the retreat) trail running shoes and a hydration pack.
IMPORTANT: Running at high elevation (even slow running with lots of breaks, as we do) is strenuous. As much as possible, we offer you options to modify runs (shorten or hike instead of run) as needed to help you feel good throughout the retreat. Our retreat leaders and guides will support and advise you as much as possible, however, it is ultimately your responsibility to make sure you stay hydrated, well fueled and pace yourself in a way that is suitable for your fitness and well being.
Spa Massage Treatment at The Peaks Spa
Included in your retreat package is a 60-minute aromatherapy massage at The Spa (including the gratuity for the therapist). Choose from a number of massage options that feature aromatherapy and therapeutic massage (relaxing or stimulating) to support your post-run recovery.
The Spa at The Peaks Resort defines a true spa experience, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and well-being for each and every guest. Here, you will find a tempting array of experiences, including traditional and innovative spa services and fitness and outdoor recreation surrounded by the pristine beauty of 14,000-foot Rocky Mountain peaks. Find restoration, transformation and renewed energy while experiencing the luxuries of this 42,000-square foot sanctuary.
Three Nights at The Peaks Resort, Mountain Village
The resort fee includes access to the spa, which has indoor and outdoor heated pools, a gym and hot tubs. Valet parking is available for $24 per night. A variety of dining choices are available at this Telluride resort including Altezza Restaurant, serving cuisine made with local and organic ingredients. The Great Room & Deck offers a lounge atmosphere with live music and Bean Cafe is an on-site espresso coffee and pastry shop. Guests can enjoy a drink or an appetizer poolside at the Deep End Pool Bar during the summer months.
Trail Running in the Colorado Rockies
THE ENVIRONMENT / ALTITUDE
Since the trails we'll run are between 8,300 and 10,000 feet in elevation, the relatively thin air will encourage all of us (even those who live at altitude!) to run somewhat slower than normal. Even if you're coming from sea level, you'll be able to adapt your pace to adjust to running at these elevations. The air at this elevation is extremely dry, therefore, a hydration pack or waist belt to carry water bottles is required, as are trail-running shoes.
We'll run on a mix of dirt roads and singletrack trails used mainly for hiking and mountain biking. Your retreat leader provides you with specific tips for navigating trail's rocks, roots, uphills and downhills, to ensure your comfort and safety. You'll take frequent breaks to take photos, enjoy the views and stay hydrated. You'll alternate hiking and running as needed to keep the pace within your comfort zone.
Mindful Running Clinics
💮Power Posture: proper alignment to make gravity do more of the work. This reduces the muscular force involved with running so it feels easier and less strenuous on muscles and joints
💮 Focus on Efficiency: Use natural running techniques to drastically improve efficiency. You'll practice changing stride length, cadence and tempo on various types of terrain.
💮 Find the Flow: Put the pieces together to achieve the ultimate trail running experience. Learn to cultivate the circumstances for flow to occur by being relaxed and mindful.
Transformational Travel Journal
Begin your mindful travel experience before leaving home with the Transformational Travel Journal
This unique journal was thoughtfully written, based on the rigorous multi-disciplinary study by our friends at the Transformational Travel Council. Based on ancient wisdom, mythology, and contemporary science, it is more than a journal, it is an insightful guide to exploring the world, and your own backyard, more mindfully.
We invite you to begin dreaming and designing for your next journey today, from the inside out, learn to Travel with H.E.A.R.T., and Follow the P.A.T.H. Whether it is for you or an intrepid friend, this wise investment in travel will not only be life-affirming for the traveler but life-enhancing for others, and our civilization.
This journal guides into a deeper connection with yourself, with others, and the world around you. It also encourages time and space to reflect and make meaning of the experiences you have, and thereby, fostering a more intentional, virtuous, and heart-centric life while contributing to a more ethical, empathetic, equitable, and ecological world.
Transformational Travel is inherently about leaving our comfort zone and returning with new perspectives. It is a catalyst for growth, change, and positive impact. Price includes shipping. (A surcharge may apply to international orders.). We ship your journal to you once it is paid for. See "My Booking" for the journal only payment installment.
Klean Kanteen Water Bottle
Pre-Retreat Night at The Peaks Resort + Spa (Sept. 8)
Telluride, CO, USA