1:00 Check in
1:00-1:15 Find cabin, throw bags on or under bunk, say goodbye to parents.
1:15-1:30 Hug and chat with teammates as they arrive and then head outside to catch up with and/or meet runners from other schools.
1:30-4:00 Hang out, run around, play beach volleyball or Gaga (for those of you who are my age, this is a game similar to bombardment played in a pit with as many people that will fit inside. It's nuts.)
4:00 Afternoon run (people did anywhere from 4 to 9 miles)
5:00 Jump in the lake
6:00 Dinner aka the 'Mad Rush for fuel'. Honestly, I've never seen anything like this. The campers would race in and pile their plates with food as if it was their last meal. I quickly learned that you have to elbow your way in if you want first dibs on the good stuff. No joke.
8:00-10:00 Hang out, run around and play more games. Just....how???
10:00 Back to cabin
10:30 Lights out
I'm a 41 year old mom who is typically in bed by 9:30pm. Thus, you can imagine my reaction once I realized how the rest of the week was going to play out. Let's just say I checked in with the kitchen staff to make sure they had plenty of coffee available. The first morning, we rolled out of bed at 6:30am and got right down to business, busting out a 10 miler before breakfast (and, more importantly, before I'd had caffeine). Holy crap. I was going to have to dig deep to make it through the week in one piece. From that point forward I just buckled down and got in the game. The kids were amazing, the rest of the staff was fantastic and the scenery was breathtaking. I knew from the get go that it would be virtually impossible for me or anyone else, for that matter, to have a bad time. Somehow, on very little sleep and limited caffeine along with a ton of insanely tough miles on difficult terrain, including several double sessions, I made it through. Like Birdcamp, it was one of the best weeks of my life. Fun, crazy and incredibly rewarding both as a coach and a runner. I knew it had made a substantial impact on me when, come Saturday I was legitimately sad to leave. Though, I will say, taking a shower with water pressure and without spiders in the corners was pretty nice. Seriously though, Camp Foss is, for lack of a better term, a truly magical place. I left a different and, in many ways, better person and for that I will be forever grateful. Now, you know I'm not going to leave you without a Top 10 list. In fact, as I sat and thought this one through, one of my Lexington runners threw out a couple items of her own. We probably could have gone on all afternoon, but, alas, I'll leave you with these 15. Happy trails.
TOP 15 SIGNS YOU KNOW YOU'RE AT CAMP FOSS
2. You're hangry multiple times a day.
|w/ Alex after our 2nd run of the day|
3. You look forward to meals the way a 5 year old looks forward to Christmas.
|The coffee station. I spent a lot of time here.|
4. If you're wearing a shirt your overdressed....for the run, that is.
5.You go through your entire wardrobe in 3-4 days. Maybe less.
|The cabin steps (aka the drying rack)|
6. You love your bed more than your teammates. Just a little. But still.
7. That said, you can fall asleep on virtually any surface-floor, yoga mat, picnic table.
|Shep asleep napping on a picnic table|
8. You sleep, eat, swim and breathe in your running clothes and shoes. Yes, I slept in my shoes.
9. It is totally normal for a group to break out in song at any given point in the day and you always join in.
|at Foss Olympics with the LHS crew|
10. There are rocks, bugs, large quantities of sand and other various items in your shoes, your bed and all of your stuff. At first it annoys you. By the end of the week you no longer notice it.
|w/ counselors Megan, Hayley & Stella|
11. When you're not running, your Snapchatting about running.
|Post run selfie w/ Alex, Anna & Maya from LHS|
12. Your drink of choice is chocolate milk which you consume 2-3 per day.
13. Waking up is often harder than the run itself.
14. Showering (for some) is optional. What?? There's a lake.
|Post-triathlon with the gals from Sugarloaf|
15. You go to bed wondering how you can possibly run again the next day and then you wake up and do it regardless. Because, it's just what you do.
|w/ Anna, post-run #5 (of 10)|
Heartbeat - Tongues.