What: The Muddy Sneaker 20k Trail Run – Over 4,000 feet of elevation change in just 12 miles or so… Well -why don’t we let them tell you about it.
From The website: The Muddy Sneaker is a trail run in the high tor wilderness area in the finger lakes region of New York State. It has some of the most rapid elevation loss and gain of any trail run in the region.
During the MuddySneaker it is possible that you can encounter any or all of the following hazards: Rocks, Roots, Snow, Ice, Crawling under logs, Crawling over logs, Stream Crossings, Oversize chickens and other wild creatures.
If you are wishing to do a 20K run and want to compete against the clock and are hoping to set your PR you may want to look
elsewhere. If however you want to test yourself against nature and your own will to finish, this is the race for you.
Overall time: 2:17:01 – I was hoping for 2:05… woops.
Overall; 82 out of 162 –
High Points: – Finishing – splashing in the creeks- running great on the single track – having a lot of fun.
Swag Bag – a New Balance Lighting dry shirt – A pair of SmartWool PhD Run Socks – A 32oz Nalgene Bottle. Being surrounded by some awesome trail runners!
Low Points: Sucking at climbing -sucking at climbing – sucking at climbing – That’s all. The climbs are intense on this course
The guys I run and train with – They all killed me today – I should have been about 15 minutes faster than I was – That is a strange feeling no matter how much fun you are having out there.
Thoughts moving forward: I love single track. I am fast – efficient – confident – and run strong – I climb ok on steep short climbs – The Muddy Sneaker was long slow climbs though – lasting more than a mile, sometimes 2 miles at a time. It was hard fast descents – and a bit of fun single track – I need to improve my climbing and the only way to do that is to cut some pounds. So – Thats the goal – Plus ya know, it’s almost bikini season ;)
This was the first race of the TrailsRoc Trail Runner of The Year series – Can’t wait to experience the others!!
All in all I had a blast – I will run this course next spring. I should drop some serious time – I will have just as much fun. Thanks to Goose Adventure Racing for putting on this amazing event!