Vail running: An experienced runner gors to a running camp |

Vail running: An experienced runner gors to a running camp

Greg Decent
Vail, CO Colorado
Greg Decent

Last week, I attended the Vail Trail Running Camp headed by Ellen Miller and Bart Yasso.

Yasso is the chief running officer of the magazine Runner’s World and is a wealth of information. The camp also included personalized coaching and training from local athlete Josiah Middaugh and nutritionist Mary Horn. These two have dedicated their lives to promoting the wellness and education of everyone.

I want to share my knowledge with my readers about the benefits of a running camp. Rest is important, strength and balance training is essential, and mindful eating rounds out a good training program.

Ellen Miller of the Vail Athletic Club and Josiah Middaugh of Dogma Athletica stress the importance of rest and running with a purpose. It might seem counterintuitive, but rest is a key component to athletic performance.

I have always known the benefits of rest and recovery, but like many athletes, I felt that if I took a day off from training that I would loose fitness. Ellen and Josiah enlightened me with their scientific knowledge about recovery. I can enhance my fitness and train harder and meet my workout goals, if I allow my muscles and body to recover.

Knowing how to use a heart-rate monitor can assist in meaningful training and recovery. The ability to train based on computerized information rather than perceived exertion is as essential to preventing overtraining as is rest.

Running specific exercises for strength and balance can enable you to power up hills and run strongly downhill without feeling the effects of “sore knees” or “shin splints.”

Mary Horn, speaks about the importance of mindful eating. She provided us with mindful eating advice that we can utilize beyond your training schedule. An important tool that Mary teaches requires putting your fork and knife down after every bite, then picking them back up for a new bite and repeating.

I discovered that I ate less food and thought more about the food itself. My hunger needs were satisfied and I did not feel guilty for overeating. After listening to Horn’s message of mindful eating, one runner went home and threw away all of the candy and artificial sugars in her kitchen.

A running camp can improve your running economy and also fill your mind with valuable personalized information about your body composition, and which foods will satisfy you. The benefits of having a running camp in this valley is that all of these coaches embodied the spirit of the Vail Valley and put aside their egos for the benefit of everyone in the camp.

I encourage everyone to attend a running camp or to get personalized coaching from one of these professionals. Regardless of your running background or ability, these coaches as well as myself are passionate about the success of our neighbor, friend, or guest. When we put aside our egos and work together as a community and society, then everyone benefits. This ability to form relationships is what resonates in the minds and hearts of all who we touch.

The message that these coaches relate to their clients is so powerful that they are enhancing the performance of athletes and assisting runners and non-runners with a higher quality of wellness.

Greg Decent writes a weekly column on running for the Vail Daily.

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