I start marathon training in 3 weeks (yikes) and I’ve tried to keep a good base mileage so I can jump right in! There aren’t a lot of races during the summer, but when a friend told me about Double Trouble I was pretty excited to sign up.
The race has a 15 or 30k option and is put on by Pretzel City Sports and held in French Creek State Park, about 50 miles from Philadelphia. They are known for their more hardcore trail races, and with this race falling in the middle of the pain scale it did not disappoint! And even with the heat wave the weather was really nice for the race, and the majority of the trail is covered with trees.
This was only my second trail race but I am really enjoying running them. For the most part trail races are less expensive and have a more laid back approach. And trail racing is so much fun and the time flies by! It’s hard figuring out how to pace yourself, but sometimes the terrain paces you, especially this race with all of the hills and rocks.
We stayed with friends out in the suburbs so we didn’t have to wake up that early to make it to the race. Eric joined as the #1 spectator/race photographer.
There was a neutral start with someone yelling go and off we went in the woods. The 15 and 30k split for the start and met up about a quarter mile later, just before our first steep uphill.
The race was a good mix of hills, rocks, and single track. The rocks…there were so many rocks.
I came in a lot slower than I expected (damn you mile climb!) but felt really great and happy when I finished. Since there aren’t mile markers along the course you kind of get lost in your own head and coming up on the finish line is always a happy surprise. I got my finisher’s pint glass and a handful of Twizzlers.