Aug
30

Cumberland Plateau Stage Race Recap!

This past weekend, I partnered up with my girlfriends to run the Cumberland Plateau Stage Race as Team Naughty By Nature.  It’s a 3-day trail race that covers 50 miles in Jamestown, Tennessee.

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You have 3 options:

  1. Run as a 3-person team with each member running one day (This was our selection!)
  2. Run all 3 days on your own
  3. Run 1 day

Friday:  13 Miles

I arrived and checked in.
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Picked up my armband and race tank! (Y’all, I love the tank!)
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And, we got settled into our cabin.
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Of course, I brought my coffee maker and frother.  We may have been roughing it for the weekend, but at least I had good coffee! #priorities
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We all met up for a group picture, and the first group was off to run 13 miles.
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Corrie had an awesome run and we all reconvened back at the mess hall for a pasta dinner to celebrate!
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I am SO GRATEFUL that the race meals were vegetarian friendly!!!!!
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Saturday: 20 Miles
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I woke up early and had a cafe au lait and banana bread for breakfast!
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We were given the daily course updates back at the mess hall.
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And, posed for a few pre-race pics.
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At 8am…we were off!
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This is a pretty tough course…especially in August…in Tennessee.  I found feathers along the way and thought they might bring me some good mojo!
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Logistics:

  • 20 miles.
  • 4 hours
  • I used this as a training run.  I didn’t taper for the race and did my best to stay conversational.
  • 4 huma gels (1 prior and 3 during the run)
  • 2 handhelds with Cocogo (discount code: JENCHOOSESJOY all caps)
  • 4 aid stations where I ate some potatoes and refilled my handhelds

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It was a gorgeous course.  It kicked my butt.  (I can definitely tell that I’ve been training on roads for NYC!)

Best part was the Slip ‘N Slide finish line!!
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After the race, they were serving burgers at the mess hall.  They even had veggie burgers!!!!
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I went back to the cabin, showered, and was so grateful that I packed my R8 Roller!
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My girlfriends and I had celebratory donuts and coffee from Vegan Vee’s!!!
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I had the Rosewater Pistachio Doughnut and it was AH-Mazing!
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The whole group met up for another dinner at the mess hall.  After a hot day of running, a giant salad hit the spot!
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And I kept it classy with some wine in a paper cup!
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Post-dinner beer pong!
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And dancing!

Sunday: 17 miles (ended up being 19)
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Pre-run pic before Christi Beth set out for her leg of the race!  Team Naughty by Nature is so thug.
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And, we took a last day group pic.
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While she raced, I went out for a shakeout run to loosen up my tired legs.
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I made it back in time to see Hunter win the day!  The downside to being first in a trail race is you have to clear all of the cobwebs.  He was covered!
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More runners finished and John built a make-shift pool for them to cool off. (And he showed the camera some Blue Steel!)
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Even with a well-marked course, it’s so easy to get lost during a trail race.  A bunch of runners got turned around and ended up running an additional 2 miles.  The pool was much appreciated!
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After everyone finished, we packed up and headed home.

My only battle wounds from this race…not too shabby!
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HardWin Adventures does an excellent job with all of their races, but I especially love the CPSR.  It feels like summer camp for runners…cabins, mess hall, running, dancing, and a ton of laughing!  I most definitely recommend that you try to attend next year!!!!!

Last, but not least….everyday, the runners raise their right hand and say an oath.  It’s THE BEST way to start a race!

Peak and Pit from your weekend?  Peak:  I had such a blast with my friends this weekend!  Pit: I am exhausted!!!

Did you race or long run?  Share!

#choosejoy

Join the Conversation

  • AmandaM

    love the oath! fun recap. on Sunday i ran my longest run since april and it was the most amazing, runner’s high-filled 8 miles. i don’t know if it was the weather or what but it reminded me again that i am at my happiest best while running.
    quick recovery to you, Jennifer!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Those runs are THE BEST!!!

  • Rachel… rcaroline26

    Thanks for a great Monday morning read Jen! The shirt they gave you is pretty awesome! Hope you’re recovering well :) coffee, lots of coffee ! ;]

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Thanks so much! I had a nice and ray shakeout run this morning. ????

  • Kimberly

    Sounds like a very cool weekend!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      It was!!!

  • http://www.sarahruns26.com Sarah @ SarahRuns26

    This looks so fun! I have a fear of doing trail runs on my own because I would get lost. I can get lost anywhere. Peak of my weekend – finally getting my car detailed! Pit – not enough sleep! Have a great day Jen!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      My car is filthy from the gravel roads around the race!!!

  • http://got2run4me.com Coco

    That looks tough but fun! LOL on bringing your own coffee maker!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m so glad I packed it!!!

  • Jamie Whittendale

    What a fun weekend! Sounds like a runners dream :)
    http://www.idonteatthat.wordpress.com

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      We had a blast!

  • Jen@milesandblessings.com

    That is a lot of running!!! :) Great job! I love my R8 Recovery!!!!!

    Do you have a go to banana bread recipe? It looks good!!!!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      The R8 is the best in a super painful kind of way!
      I bought that loaf, but I have a couple of recipes on my website!

  • https://bubblyrunner.wordpress.com bubblyrunner

    Oh my gosh that looks like so much fun!!!! I bet it would be a blast to do it with a group of friends. I also love that you brought your nespresso machine with you….too funny!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m so glad I packed it!!!

  • http://www.dixieruns.com Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    Okay a slip n slide finish is the most genius thing I’ve ever seen… why don’t ALL races have that!? Great job and it looks like you had such a fun weekend!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      It was so much fun and the cool water felt so good!!!

  • Angie @ Pace with Grace Blog

    Looks like a super fun race! Glad you had such a great time! Peak of my weekend was date night and my mom surprising me with flowers. Pit had to be the rain on Saturday.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      My husband and I are long overdue for a date night!

  • http://ultrafootpath.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    Looks like a total blast!! So much fun to read. Congrats on a great run!!:)
    -Peak: weekend away with my little family at a cabin by the beach.
    -Pit: Michigan didn’t get the memo it’s the end of August and the temperature never got over 65*. But luckily I have a kiddo who will play on the beach no matter the forecast!
    Run- 5 miles on our mini vacation, always fun to run in a new place with brand new rail trails! LOL

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m jealous of your beach time…even with the cooler temps!!!

  • http://www.momontherunsanity.com Paria@momontherunsanity.com

    Love the feathers in your hair….. Looks like so much fun….I had a group training run on Saturday and my first virtual race yesterday…..and today I will stick to just yoga!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I need to do a virtual race! I’ve never tried one.

  • http://laurainlou.wordpress.com Laura Olinger

    This looks like so much fun! I wish my long raining run had been that fun!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      It was refreshing to do something different. I needed to mix up my training!

  • https://racetograce.wordpress.com/ Emily Walters

    What a fun race! You’re amazing! Good weekend here too! Peak: first “long” run in weeks and weeks. Great four miles in perfect weather. Pit: That it was only two days! Already excited for the long weekend…on Monday. :)

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Congrats on an awesome run!!!!

  • http://www.thesimplepeach.com/ Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    What fun!? I love hearing about all your trail running adventures. Its so different from all these road races! Peak: I celebrated my birthday with family this weekend and skipped my long run. Pit: skipping my long run 😉

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I hope you had a very happy birthday celebration!!!!

  • http://www.michaelhsmith.com Michael H Smith

    Okay…I want to be a part of the fun next year.

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      Yes!!!!! This makes me so happy!!! ????

  • http://www.suzyhastheruns.com Suzy Hutchins

    The slip and slide has got to be the greatest part. SO much fun. I can’t wait until my kids are grown and I can do this stuff again!

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      We had a blast!!!

  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com Amanda B @ Cupcakes and Miles

    Oh my! That looks like a fun weekend!

    I had 11 miles on the schedule for this weekend…and then I crashed and burned big time… :(

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I’m so sorry!! Hopefully that one bad run will be followed by many awesome runs!!!

  • Abby

    Such an amazing weekend. And oh my gosh those donuts look amazing post run. I did a trail race as a training run too, but it was not quite the awesome weekend yours was. Oh oh dear heavens could you team BE any more beautiful (in my Chandler bing voice).

    • http://www.jenchoosesjoy.com JenChoosesJoy

      I totally heard Chandler, lol! My girlfriends are the best…thank you!!!