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