Another Mother Runner Retreat Report – Day 2

Up & ready to see Little Rock

Up & ready to see Little Rock

Friday, April 17th:  We were up at 6:30am to jump-start Day 2 with a 3 to 6 mile Group Run around Little Rock.  Gail slept like a baby.  I, however, was up all night riding the porcelain bus.  But there was no time for stomach issues…

Morning inspiration

Morning inspiration

We met our AMR’s for some morning inspiration and a quick group photo.  We then broke into groups, led by our fabulous RUNBassadors, according to the distance we wanted to run.  And then we were off to tour the city ….

We stopped for photos

We stopped for photos

We took off down Markham Street toward the Clinton Presidential Library.  Little Rock has many sculptures and we took our time to stop for photos.

422We ran around the Heifer International Village.   Heifer International’s mission “is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.”  You know it’s the Christmas catalog where you can purchase a goat or a cow – that’s Heifer.  Good stuff.

Clinton Presidential Park Bridge

Clinton Presidential Park Bridge

Then we crossed over the Arkansas River to run on the Arkansas River Trail.  The weather was perfect for a morning run.  We even forgot it was Friday and some people actually had to go to work.

The view of Little Rock from the bridge

The view of Little Rock from the bridge

We ran up Main Street passing Cregeen’s Irish Pub.  This pub was built in Dublin and shipped to Little Rock.  We passed Mugs Cafe – their coffee is delicious.  We ran pass Diamond Bear Brewery (we would circle back to here again on Saturday night).

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More sculptures, more photos

And then we ran back over the river to the hotel to drop off runners since we had already run over 4 miles.

541 (2)But some of us continued on because we were dead set on running 6-miles.  But again, some of us just wanted to see the Capital building.

My favorite photo from the AMR Retreat

My favorite photo from the AMR Retreat

In the end, our 3 to 6 mile Group Run turned into a fabulous 7.24 mile tour of Little Rock.  It was the best way to see the city up close and personal. Having our personal tour guide really made the difference.  Thank you RUNBassadors!

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After our run we freshened up with Action Wipes .  They leave you feeling really fresh when you only have time for a quick wipe down.  At 9:30am it was time for our Small Group Sessions.  We were broken up into 4 groups which would each rotate through the program.  Our first session was Trigger Point PRE-hab, Not Rehab with Master Trainer Britney.

512 (2)I have had the Trigger Point Grid for years, but frankly, I rarely used it because I was scared of pain.  I was looking forward to learning the correct way to use it to my advantage.  Master Trainer Britney took us through a series of releases:  soleus, quadriceps, piriformis, thoracic spine, latissimus dorsi, petorals.  Yes, there was whimpering, but my body felt amazing afterwards.

Hanging out in the Oval Office

Hanging out in the Oval Office

Midday it was time for Little Rock Exploration – shopping or a tour of the Bill Clinton Presidential Library.  We chose to have fun reliving the 90’s touring the Presidential Library.

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Speed with Sara by the River Front

Our afternoon session was “Speed with Sarah” outside by the river front.  Sarah took us through her favorite post-run flexibility and mobility drills.  We did the grapevine, high knees, quad stretch, power skips, pigeon/v stretch, extended lunges and hello sunshine.  We were getting in another workout and it was fantastic.

Our next session was with Coach Christine, “9 Ways to Train Smart for a Perfect Race.”  Coach discussed how to train – be it course or distance specific.  She explained the importance of mantras, visualization in training and techniques of how to “nail race day.”

559 (2)Soon it was time for dinner and we were in for a real treat.  We were going to experience a “Farm to Fork” dinner at Dunbar Garden.  “The Dunbar Garden project is a two-acre outdoor classroom. Their mission is to preserve the relationship between education and the natural world by providing hands-on, outdoor, education for school children, teenagers and adults. One key focus is teaching children the origin of the foods they eat. There are over 150 hands on gardening and environmental education classes for school children taught each year.”

564We got to mix and mingle with our fellow AMR’s exploring the grounds.  We enjoyed visiting with the goats and chickens.  The food was so delicious.  Dinner was chicken, greens, bread (with the best butter I have ever tasted) and strawberry shortcake for dessert with fresh whipped cream.  It was BEYOND good – BEYOND.

561The day was chock full of fitness, fun and newly formed friendships, but it was time to turn in because we needed to hit the hay for our Big Dam Bridge Group Run.  And no, I’m not joking.

Next up…AMR Retreat Report – Day 3

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