I ran the Sloppy Cuckoo trail race a couple of weeks ago and haven’t posted about it! It was on September 22 and was a 6.55 mille trail race in Pennypack Park. It was a perfect day, couldn’t have asked for better weather. Jess and I ran it along with my running partner, Matt, and “The Captain” from Ranger Training. There was a half marathon at the same time (2 loops of the course I ran), as well as a 12 hour race going on (intense- as many loops as possibly in 12 hours).
The first couple of miles were quick and painless, and then it got REALLY MUDDY. It ended up going straight through the puddles, because it was too tricky to try to go around them.
Also, it’s just A LOT harder running on a trail! It was absolutely gorgeous though! Right about mile 4, I slowed down a lot. It was a tough mile. I walked down a super steep incline and walked through the water station. After that, it was flatter, but with this crazy switch back path that lasted well over a quarter mile, I think. Maybe a half mile. It just went on forever.
Around mile 5, I sped up, but then I fell on rocks, which hurt, but I was okay. I had some pretty impressive bruises on my shins for a week or two. The last mile and a half, I chatted with a 12 hour runner behind me, and she really kept me going. I felt WAY better finishing the race than I did at mile 4.
My time wasn’t amazing, but good enough for a trail race, and GET THIS! I won 4th place in my age division (of 11, but still!). And I won a little German weather house! Read Matt’s Recap here.
After the race, we got to eat brats, sauerkraut, and german potato salad. YUM! Then, we did a pumpkin beer tasting (of 17 beers!) at Matt’s House which was amazing.
I’m running the Oktoberfest Half with these people in a couple of weeks. I did it least year, and it was great! Looking forward to it! This race was definitely a good training race.