Dirty German 25k

This was my second time running the Dirty German and I think it is still my favorite race. It’s a trail race, with a bit of pavement, in Pennypack Park in Northeast Philly. They offer a 25k, 50k, and 50 mile option. It’s pretty low-key and everyone is incredibly friendly.

Originally a large group of friends were supposed to run, but because of injury and sickness it ended up only being 2 of us, my friend Olivia and me. We drove to the start together, picked up our bibs, and then hung around together.

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The start is pretty informal, with someone just shouting go, and everyone running through the grass until it bottlenecks at the start of the trail. I had no plans for this race and wanted to start off slow. I fell into a nice pace and after a crazy week at work it was nice knowing I was just going to be running on trails for a few hours.

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Eric came out to support and rode his bike around to various spots and cheered me on. It was nice getting to see him a few times throughout the race.

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I drank water and Gatorade at the stops, but didn’t eat anything. I started to feel a bit woozy around mile 10, which sucked because my legs felt great. I was spending a lot of mental energy trying to stay focused. I ended up tripping on a root and going down pretty hard in the mud. It shook me up a bit, but I only had a few miles left.

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I ended up finishing the 15.5 mile course in around 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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I’m really looking forward to taking a break from running for a bit. I am planning on doing a trail race in a few weeks and then a relay in July but besides that no other races are planned!

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