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.



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.

Picked up my armband and race tank! (Y’all, I love the tank!)

And, we got settled into our cabin.

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

We all met up for a group picture, and the first group was off to run 13 miles.

Corrie had an awesome run and we all reconvened back at the mess hall for a pasta dinner to celebrate!

I am SO GRATEFUL that the race meals were vegetarian friendly!!!!!

Saturday: 20 Miles

I woke up early and had a cafe au lait and banana bread for breakfast!

We were given the daily course updates back at the mess hall.

And, posed for a few pre-race pics.

At 8am…we were off!

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!


  • 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


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!!

After the race, they were serving burgers at the mess hall.  They even had veggie burgers!!!!

I went back to the cabin, showered, and was so grateful that I packed my R8 Roller!

My girlfriends and I had celebratory donuts and coffee from Vegan Vee’s!!!

I had the Rosewater Pistachio Doughnut and it was AH-Mazing!

The whole group met up for another dinner at the mess hall.  After a hot day of running, a giant salad hit the spot!

And I kept it classy with some wine in a paper cup!

Post-dinner beer pong!

And dancing!

Sunday: 17 miles (ended up being 19)

Pre-run pic before Christi Beth set out for her leg of the race!  Team Naughty by Nature is so thug.

And, we took a last day group pic.

While she raced, I went out for a shakeout run to loosen up my tired legs.

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!

More runners finished and John built a make-shift pool for them to cool off. (And he showed the camera some Blue Steel!)

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!

After everyone finished, we packed up and headed home.

My only battle wounds from this race…not too shabby!

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!


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!

    • 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 ! ;]

    • JenChoosesJoy

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

  • Kimberly

    Sounds like a very cool weekend!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      It was!!!

  • 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!

    • JenChoosesJoy

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

  • Coco

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

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I’m so glad I packed it!!!

  • Jamie Whittendale

    What a fun weekend! Sounds like a runners dream :)

    • JenChoosesJoy

      We had a blast!


    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!!!!

    • 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!

  • 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!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      I’m so glad I packed it!!!

  • 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!

    • 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.

    • JenChoosesJoy

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

  • 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

    • JenChoosesJoy

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


    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!

    • JenChoosesJoy

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

  • Laura Olinger

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

    • JenChoosesJoy

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

  • 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. :)

    • JenChoosesJoy

      Congrats on an awesome run!!!!

  • 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 😉

    • JenChoosesJoy

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

  • Michael H Smith

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

    • JenChoosesJoy

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

  • 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!

    • JenChoosesJoy

      We had a blast!!!

  • 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… :(

    • 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).

    • JenChoosesJoy

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