TNC Endurance Running Camp

June 6, 2016

In college, a week before school started, the cross country team would travel to a lake resort in northern Minnesota to train together as a team and get to know everyone. I felt like I was reliving those days at my coach’s running camp this past weekend.

Initially I was going to go to Minnesota about 5 days prior to running Grandma’s Marathon, but when I found out my coach, Nichole, was going to be hosting a camp for her TNC athletes (TNC = Team Nichole Coaching) and guests two weeks out from Grandma’s, so I changed my ticket and arrived in time to attend the camp.

We stayed at a cabin on a lake in northern Wisconsin and basically spent the weekend eating, sleeping, and running.

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My sister was also able to come, which was super fun. It was so good to be reunited with her. My favorite runs as those I do with her. I tried to convince her to run Grandma’s, but it was probably better as she’s been busying buying a house and working on wedding plans.

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Friday night we went for an easy run (5 miles), and then played some get-to-know-you games.

Saturday morning was our big workout in preparation for Grandma’s Marathon in two weeks. There were three of us running Grandma’s, so we had a marathon-paced half-marathon to run that morning. I ran the first half by myself, and then a couple of guys joined me for the second half. I averaged 6:47 for the 13.1 miles. Overall, it went really well. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t impossible either.

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Saturday afternoon we laid low, hung out, rested, and I tried stand-up-and-paddle for the first time.

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Cullen even got to come along! (My mom played nanny.) He got to spend a lot of time with Auntie Kristy. (Or ‘Kit’ as he now calls her.) My coach’s daughter, Greta, was also there. She is just 9 days older than Cullen, but her height is in the 1st percentile, and Cullen is in the 98th percentile for his height. . . . you can definitely see the height difference in this picture.

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Nichole, Greta, Cullen, and Kristy

My mom watched these two cuties while we ran. They had a lot of fun playing together.

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Saturday afternoon we went for another run (4 miles), and then did some strength training. (My abs are still sore three days later!) That evening my sister gave a nutrition talk (She’s a dietitian.), and Caitlin and Brian Gregg (professional skiiers) came and spoke to our group about life as professional athletes, which is always really intriguing to me.

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Sunday morning was another easy run (9 miles), and then we packed up and hit the road back home.

It was fun having a weekend devoted to training. I wish I could do this all the time!

1 Comment
    1. This sounds like fun! I’ve always wanted to go to running camp. I recognized the address sign. That’s the same area of Wisconsin I’ll be visiting next month for a family reunion.

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