Blackwell Dairy Run 15K Race Report

On Sunday I once again ran the Blackwell Dairy Run 15K, which takes place about 20 minutes outside of Kamloops. I ran this race last year (in the midst of half-marathon training) and decided it would be a good one for me this year even though I was ridiculously undertrained for it.

Eric came out to the race with me to a) take pictures and b) cheer me on. We got out there about 8:15 AM (race start at 9:00) and I did some stretching and went for a little warm-up jog. I was feeling really nervous because I knew I was not ready for this distance. I had only ran five times in the past five weeks, and I had done 10K the weekend before but then been laid out with strep throat all week. But, whatever, I figured I’d do my best and have fun!

Stretching and tweeting at the same time; impressive, I know 😉



Mile 1: 9:03

Mile 2: 9:57

Mile 3: 11:33 (oh, hello hills!)

The first mile was almost completely downhill so don’t let my splits fool you! Even though I wasn’t tired at all after having just ran downhill for 9 minutes, I knew that if I didn’t stick to my 9:1 I would burn out FAST.

Good thing I did because soon afterwards we started uphill, and continued to climb gradually uphill for the next two miles.

I remember that at one point in the race last year wishing I had a camera with me because the views were outstanding, well this year I did!



The next three miles were up and down, up and down, up and down! We ran past pastures of horses and cows

Mile 4: 11:41 (I slowed down a lot this mile to take these lovely photos, you’re welcome 😉 )

Mile 5: 10:44

Mile 6: 10:34

See, we really were on a dairy farm.


Happy, pasture-fed dairy cows:


GIANT Hill that came around the halfway mark! I powered up it and then turned around to take this photo:


Mile 7: 10:28

Mile 8: 10:39

Mile 9: 11:49

Mile 9-9.3: 10:04

By the final 5K, I. Was. Done. My legs hurt. I was exhausted and out-of-breath. I could feel the effects of the undertraining 100%, but of course I pushed on. I just walked a lot more 😉

They made us climb a HILL at the very end – the awfulness of them, hadn’t we just climbed enough hills – and I pushed past the lovely gentleman I’d been leap-frogging with the entire time to come in with a time of 1:39:48.


I was four minutes slower than last year, but that’s OK, I wasn’t out there to get a PR I was just out there to have fun! And it was a great time!


Afterwards, Eric and I enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast, probably my favourite part of this race and then headed home!


Final Garmin Stats

9.34 miles/1:39:48

10:42 min/mile average

Did I feel the results of undertraining? OH YEAH. I could feel it in my legs and just the overall way I felt while running – sluggish, exhausted, ready-to-be-done! It was a good lesson for me that even though I am in pretty good running shape/cardio shape, it’s important to be TRAINED for events like this.

But the day wasn’t over yet, I was determined to get a road bike, so after a shower and some food Eric and I hit the road to Merritt, B.C. (about an hour drive from Kamloops). I had had NO luck online, at local bike shops or in the local Canadian Tire, but it looked like the Merritt Canadian Tire had a better selection, so off we went.

$230 later I had a new road bike, a new helmet, a trunk rack and a tire pump. Score!


To be honest, I think this road bike might be a tad too big for me. BUT it was only $100. My plan is to ride it this summer and if I get into road biking and decide I DO want to try my hand at triathlons, I plan on saving up my money to get a nicer one next year! Until then, this one will do!

And finally, I have to tell you about the BLACK WIDOW I killed yesterday. So, we’re leaving the house in the morning and what’s lurking between the front door and the screen door? A GIANT BLACK SPIDER!


At the time we didn’t realize it was a BLACK WIDOW so I ran back to the kitchen to grab paper towel while Eric snapped this picture.

After I squished it we saw the telltale red marking on it’s stomach.


EW EW EW! I can still feel things crawling on me today. *Shudder* I told my landlord and he brought over some spider spray and basically told me that these things happen! Umm, OK!? Black Widows are DEADLY SPIDERS, fyi.

To say I’m freaked out now is an understatement, I swear I can STILL feel things crawling on me and I’m terrified for Webster who is back tomorrow night! A black widow bite would be fatal for a small pet!

What should I do? Just keep spraying and hope for the best?

33 Responses

  1. Keri says:

    OMG so scary! And congrats on the race…I don’t know many people who run a 15k just for fun…good for you!!

  2. Becky says:

    Congrats on finishing the race!!! And ughhhhh ew ew ew about the spider! I don’t know if there will be more or not (aren’t spiders kind of solitary things?) but thank goodness it was at least outside and not in your house!

  3. Well done on the race! It’s good to have tough races like that as they teach you how to push through and finish! I think you did awesome! Thanks for taking pics – I am jealous of how pretty it is around Kamloops! I miss the mountains.

    And the black widow spider would have FREAKED me out, too. I do not do well with things like that. i am such a baby about creepy, crawly things – esp ones that are DEADLY. Yikes. Be careful!

  4. BostonRunner says:

    Congrats on the race! I feel you in the soreness department haha
    As for the Black Widow – oh. my. god. I can’t believe you actually killed it! I would have literally ran in the other direction for miles and miles. I hate spiders more than anything – but deadly spiders!? I don’t even know. Google how to keep them away

  5. I would be freaking out about the spiders. Seriously- call the exterminator immediately! I’m not a fan at all… ick

    Congrats on the race- a 15k is no joke and you got through the whole thing without hardly even training for it! Way to go!

  6. You impress me! I hope some day I can run a straight mile!! 😉

  7. mandy says:

    Congrats on rocking out another race! You are a machine. And what a great deal on that bike. I’m not a runner, but do enjoy riding my bike when I can (which isnt all that often, because I usually have to take the dog and she’s only good for a few miles).

  8. Emily Jane says:

    OMG why did there have to be PICTURES OF THE SPIDER!!! Ew ew ewwwww!!!

    CONGRATS though on the race – you did AMAZINGLY!!

  9. erin says:

    whoo 15k without really training for it. Go amber!

    the key to really enjoying a bike is having a bike that fits you that was my problem a lot of the times, I always felt like i was struggling on the bike because they were slightly too big for me. this time i got fitted, and i enjoy it that much more!

    i hope you enjoy it!

  10. I would totally freak out about the spider. Just be very careful…it could have just been a freak thing, the spider might have gotten lost or something.

  11. OMG – I would DIE if I saw that spider. I feel for you – I would be SO scared. Eeeeeeek!

    Congrats on the race girl – you rocked it!!!!

  12. Leigh says:

    Great job on the race even if you weren’t trained for it! I love the views from the Kamloops area…so gorgeous!

    And so gross about that spider…I would have been screaming my head off and not moving from one spot until someone killed it!

  13. Katrina says:

    I forgot you were running too on Sunday…that’s awesome, those hills don’t look fun LOL
    YAY for finding a bike, i recommend finding a seat that your comfortable on, it makes a huge difference. The spider thing is still creeping me out, I killed one just this morning, but it was no where near that big or deadly lol Kamloops doesn’t sound like a place for me…..rattle snakes and black widows @_@
    Good luck, I would have no idea what I would do if I came across one!!

  14. Tammy says:

    Hi Amber,

    Huge congrats on your race! I have been thinking about doing a 1/2 marathon, but have NO idea where to start, any suggestions?

    As for the spider… maybe a good insect treatment is needed around your doors and windows. I think you could pick this up at Canadian tire or stores like that. And if read that if you do come into contact with them, wear leather gloves to handle them, as they can’t bite through that. I have to say that I am very thankful that I don’t live in a damp(er) area!!! I too hate spiders! I would have screamed and RAN FAR FAR away!

    Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  15. Good job on finishing the race! Looks pretty. You’re going to love having a bike to use for cross training. I’m glad you found one that works for you. Also, you may feel stretched out at first (the nature of the road bike), but after several months of riding your body gets used to the position and you get stronger so you grow into the bike in some senses. It’s possible you may also be able to move the seat forward if you want to be closer to the handle bars. Have fun with your sweet new ride!

  16. Jess says:

    Glad you still managed to have lots of fun even though you were under trained. I love races, even if I’m not in perfect race shape!

  17. I ran the Marine Corps Marathon (in Washington DC) years ago. There was a huge, long, nasty hill around mile 22 and then another, really steep, but shorter hill at mile 26. I was swearing up a storm at the race organizers for being so cruel to us runners! But, I’ll never forget one guy on that hill at mile 22 … he was yelling, “Don’t let the hill beat you. BEAT THE HILL.” Every time I encounter a hill, I think of him and find a way to power through!

  18. J says:

    Nice job on the race! Looks like a beautiful run!!

    And eww to the spider! Just be on the lookout and see if you see any more!

  19. Great deal on the bike, what a price!!! And good job on the race. The pictures WERE lovely so thanks 😉
    My in-laws have a house that is plagued with brown widow spiders (close relative; also deadly) and had the house inspected by a pest-control company. They said spraying does no good for spiders and you can’t treat your house because spiders are transient. They recommended knowing where the closest ER was (!) and sweeping for webs meticulously and often. If you are bitten go to the ER (I would call first and make sure they have antivenom in stock and tell them why you are coming); wash the bite in soap and water and ice it while on your way. Haha. This comment sounds really horrible but you know, better safe than sorry!!!

  20. That spider would still have me packing my bags!!!!!

    And on another note – great job on the race!!! 🙂 Not bad at all for basically no training. And Kamloops is looking rather lovely too! I’ve only passed that way once. I’m pretty sure being in the middle of swine flu didn’t do wonders for my impression of Kamloops! lol Must give it another shot!

  21. Leigh says:

    Ps- how did you find such a great deal on that bike?! I was just checking out their website but didn’t see any for that price…was it just an in store price?

    • MissAmber says:

      I think I just lucked out! I originally went out to Merritt to buy one that was listed as $349 on the website and then this one was there and basically the exact same only a couple of years old! It was originally $300 but on major sale because it was OLD stock!

      Maybe just check a few Canadian Tires and ask them if they have any older stock on sale? Good luck!

  22. Ali says:

    That an awesome time for not training. Well done you!

  23. shoshanah says:

    I still can’t believe you found a black widow in your apartment. Hopefully it’s gone for good!

    And congrats on the race. That one hill looks awfully deadly, but I will say you did take some really pretty pictures

  24. Kyla Roma says:

    It sounds like you rocked it, even if you were undertrained your cardio is just miles away from where mine is. I’m super impressed! Congratulations on the accomplishment =)

    PS – Still. Freaked. Out. By. The. Spider!!!!!! I have no advice for you on what to do, but you’re so brave!

  25. Nicole says:

    Great race hun! 🙂 love all the pics!

    i would get someone to come in thats professional and spray for more little baby spiders! i have the heebie jeebies just thinking about it i cant even imagine what your going through! ewwwwwwww!!

  26. Jessica says:

    WAY To go on the race. Oh my gosh those are too many hills for me, I would be crawling near the end. That spider is wicked scary too. I would have screamed.

  27. Becks says:

    Nice work on the run!

    We really need to get together and do some running…though I’m definitely not in as good of shape as you are. I’d love some training pointers though! …funny thing, I got strep right when I got back from my trip too.

    And sick, I hate black widows. We had a family that showed up at our front door every summerish until we sprayed. *shivers.

  28. Holly says:

    I didn’t know we HAD black widows here! Ick. I’ve got the shivers just thinking about it!!! Nice job on the race! I’m thinking about doing a 5K race at the end of the summer but I guess it depends on how hard it is for me to get back into shape after not exercising for the past 10 months!

  29. Sid says:

    Ha. I’ll be running my first 15 K soon – 26 June. Kinda nervous. And a month later I’ll be doing my first half marathon. Also … this gives me an excellent blog idea. I might take photos of the racing route as well =)

  30. Sarah says:

    Wow! I am really impressed with how you ran that 15K with practically no training! I’d have died very early on. Or stopped for that yummy breakfast up on the hill with those gorgeous views. ;D

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