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So the Philadelphia area is in the midst of a heat wave, and last weekend’s LST and all my other runs in the past week have been nothing more than attempts, mostly unsuccessful,  to acclimate myself to hot weather.  Yesterday’s temperature was over 100, and I didn’t even bother to go out.  Not only have the heat and humidity been bad, but the air quality index has been in the “unhealthy” range.  So, I wasn’t expecting to do well at today’s Double Trouble 15K race at French Creek State Park.  In fact, I was sort of feeling like I’d be lucky to finish.  But the trail gods were smiling and it turned out OK.  Here’s my capsule review:

This race, put on by Pretzel City, is about 50 miles from Philly.  It’s called double trouble because you can run either 15K or 30K and you can decide after the 15 if you want to keep going (I didn’t).  The 15K was part of the USATF off-road series and that’s waht I ran.  It was supposed to start at 9, but we waited around for 5 or 10 minutes because there was thunder and the race director was waiting to see if there would be lightning (there wasn’t).  Eventually he started the race after some staged rivalry between the 15K and 30K runners, and the usual Ron Horn jokes of questionable taste.  The race had 3 water stops with Gatorade, and the course was super well-marked and not terribly challenging.  There was one hill maybe 2/3 of the way through that most people seemed to be walking.  It seemed to me that the temperature got better as the race progressed, but maybe that was my usual weirdness..I always feel better in the second half of a race.  At about mile 7 I was overconfident on the downhill and lost my footing.  I managed to remain upright by means of a wing-flapping bicycling sort of routine, which must have been very entertaining to the people behind me.  I took it a bit easier for the rest of the race.  ( I’m pretty sure it was my Performance-Enhancing Kokopelli temporary tattoo that saved me from an embarrassing encounter with the earth.)  Anyway, I came in first in my age group (thanks,  again, Kokopelli) and got a nice medal.  The after-race food was copious and carb-loaded, though I didn’t have the stomach for the grilled hotdogs, bagels with various spreads, PB&J, Tootsie Rolls, oreos and Twizzlers on offer.    There was music as well and and it was all in view of the beautiful Hopewell Lake..  The downside: not enough potties.  The verdict: nice course, well organized,  good food, worth the trip.

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