Hey Friends! This week's blog post is near and dear to my heart. My good friend, Lauren, came to me about two years ago with the idea of starting a yearly running retreat for women only. The purpose of gathering a group of women together for one weekend a year was to provide empowerment, education, and self-care through daily yoga, nutritional meals, guided trail running, and keynote speakers. Of course, my response to this idea was, "Sure! Sign me up! I'll help ya. Sounds fun!"And as they say...the rest is history!
Fast Forward two years, and we added another team member/host, Nikeole Macy, and we have had TWO successful Run Your Heart Out (RYHO) Retreats in the mountains of Eastern NC! Plus, during this year of Covid, Lauren decided there was a need for continued support throughout the year and she created the "Running Wild Collective" which provides local guided runs, day retreats throughout the year, plus provides online community support with fellow members. The Collective is in many cities now and provides weekly socially distanced guided runs for its members. 💪 ❤️ 🏃♀️
Learn more about the yearly RYHO Retreat + the Running Wild Collective
Lazy Creek Photography is the official photographer for the RYHO Retreat and we were so excited to capture this wonderful weekend for all the participants, but about a week before the retreat I went into preterm labor and unfortunately had to cancel my plans to attend the retreat this year. (Middle of the mountains + preterm labor spells a great plot for a movie! 😂).
However, I received my swag bag and just LOVED it so much, so I decided to do a little swag bag shoot to share all the goodies with you guys!
Not pictured: the RYHO sweatshirt/t-shirt that each participant received and a recipe book featuring ALL the recipes that was made fresh on-site throughout the weekend. The produce was provided by us here at Lazy Creek Farm and many of the recipes featured are gluten-free and vegan!