#Runcation Reflection: Bend, Oregon (August 2014)

I was feeling a bit inspired by Oiselle to share some of my memories of last year’s runcation with two of my favorite women, Margot and Jess. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since we took this trip. While the past 10 months have been full of pretty much the entire emotional spectrum for me, I found these photos and it brought back a wave of awesome reflection. Our runcations are always just exactly what I need. With friends, a pair of running shoes, and time to relax, I can find my center and feel grounded again. We took a trip this spring to Las Vegas, again staying in an Air BnB, with a bigger contingent of MegaTough ladies (including Christy, Leiah, and Leslie). Truthfully, I need another one of these trips, like yesterday.

A bit of backstory:

Last summer, I was able to pigeon a superfun, megatough reunion with these two awesome ladies between a week-long conference in New Hampshire and the Oiselle Birdcamp in Bend, Oregon. Margot and Jess met me in Bend, and we stayed in a lovely Air BnB house in Bend near Old Mill for a few nights. Now that we are spread out across the country (Margot is in CA, Jess is in MI, and I’m in MO for now), It was a blast being able to hang out and spend quality girl time with these wonderful women, and because they bring me such joy, I thought I’d share that joy with you.

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Lovely day on the Deschutes

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Jess and I enjoying some mountain sun before heading to the airport to pick up Margot.

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Wine, beer, and cheese. And wonderful friends.

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Margot found a local trail marathon, so decided to jump in and race. I love her mantra.

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Margot ended up cruising to the win! This is her in the beginning.

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A local #STL runner friend of mine, Amy, was also there visiting her family, and I cheered her on.

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Jess and I cruised around the trails to cheer on Margot and get some single track therapy.

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I love trails, too.

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Winner! And she got her long run in! Double bonus.

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After the race, we enjoyed a beer at Crux. This is probably one of my favorite place #inbend

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These women. Best.

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We also took a walk up Lava Butte to watch the sunset.

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The last morning that Jess and Margot were in Bend, we went for one final mountain run up the Green Lakes Trail.

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The view at the top of the Green Lakes trail was quite literally awesome.

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The Deschutes is so crystal clear, cool, and refreshing for a post-run ice bath.

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