It was my first race back after a 6mo break (too long!!) and "it" was awesome. Last weekend I ran the first in the Cougar Mt. trail series doing a 5mi trail race (I downgraded from the 10mi - not typical, but again, first back). The race was Saturday morning after a perfect rainy night making the trails completely muddy - my favorite. The Cougar 5mi had about double the amount of people I remember from the first time I did the race in 2011 and I'm so happy to see trail running continue to pick up. There were even surprisingly a couple kids on the trail. We started with a quick lap around a big field (Matt later told me I was in front throwing elbows ... I swear I'm polite!) After the loop we made our way into the woods for a LOT of hills.
Here's the race write-up from the site:
"The single 5.14-mile loop starts and finishes at Sky Country Trailhead.
course begins heading up Clay Pit Road and shortly connects with a mix
of wider and moderately hilly single-track trails. Although not highly
technical, the course does involve negotiating logs and potentially
unsteady footing over rocks and roots. The course is slightly muddy in
areas, but the majority of the trails are in great shape and very