2015 Blackwell Dairy 15km Race Report

My very favourite local Kamloops race is the Blackwell Dairy Run 15km that happens around May 24 every year. I did this race three years in a row but have not ran it since 2011 due to being out of town the last three years. Check out my 2009, 2010 and 2011 race reports of this great race!

Finally in 2015 I was able to run it again and I was very happy about that. So many of my local running friends were at this race! Definitely a far cry from 2009 when I was a brand new runner, had no local running friends, Eric didn’t run and I did the race all by myself.

This year Eric, my mom and I all went together as my mom walked the 3km option they have as well. We got there early to pick up our bibs and then spent some time hanging out before the race started visiting with friends.

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Before we knew it we were off! Eric immediately took off far ahead of us but my friend Carmine and I decided to run together and did so for 13km. We spent the majority of the race chatting back and forth and complaining about the hills!

The one great thing about this race – and what I always tell people about it – is that while it is super hilly, it’s more rolling hills. So almost every time you get to the top of a hill and feel ready to die you get a downhill to recover. The last 2.5km is pretty much all uphill though.

Mile 1 – 9:02, Mile 2 – 9:22, Mile 3 – 10:01 

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Carmine and I just kept trucking along through all the hills, walking a little here and there but mostly running, and chatting away. At one point Eric waited for us at an aid station and we all ran together for maybe a kilometre or two but then he was off and running ahead of us again.

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Mile 4 – 9:44, Mile 5 – 10:33, Mile 6 – 10:19

One thing I really noticed is how many more people are doing this race now! Three years ago I was almost all alone on one of the straight stretches and could only see people way up ahead of me. This year we were always surrounded by at least a few people.

It was fun seeing Eric at this out-and-back which came around Mile 5. He rocked this race!

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The clouds look ominous but it actually only rained a little and that felt quite nice since it was SO HOT all week!

Mile 7 – 9:30, Mile 8 – 9:52, Mile 9 – 10:11, Mile 9-9.3 – 8:02 

Around 13km / 8 miles Carmine and I split up for the last little bit and I plugged in my music and found all this extra energy inside of me! Top of the World by Imagine Dragons blasting in my ears didn’t hurt. I passed about 5 or 6 people in the last two km!

I finished the 2015 Blackwell Dairy in 1:31:13, which is a personal best for me at this race by about 1min15seconds!

Considering I hadn’t ran more than 11km since February and went into this rain feeling majorly undertrained that’s not bad at all! Just a testament to how far I have come with my running over the last three years and also how much of a difference regular strength training has made for me!

After the running was done the real reason I sign up for this race every year happened….

Pancakes and ice cream 🙂

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So so grateful to have this guy alongside me at races now 🙂

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Oh and my friend Sam ran the 3km with her family at 34 weeks pregnant! She’s amazing!

I then spent four hours playing back-to-back baseball games on Sunday evening. Let’s say I slept very well on Sunday night! I was a bit stiff and sore on Monday but felt back to normal by Tuesday. Seriously, I cannot go on enough about how much strength training has changed my body — it’s helped me run faster with less actual running training AND it’s helped me recover faster!

And I definitely need to recover faster as I’m tackling a trail half-marathon this coming Sunday. That will be interesting!

Do you have any favourite races you try to do every year? 

9 Responses

  1. Nicole says:

    Awesome job! I need to do a race in Kamloops sometime- it’s so pretty there! I might need to do some more hill training though! You rocked the race!

    Pancakes and ice cream? Sign me up!

    How awesome that Eric is running races too!

  2. Kara says:

    I can’t believe your friend ran 3kms at 34 weeks pregnant! I can barely make it up my stairs without becoming exhausted. Just goes to show what your body can do while you’re pregnant when it’s used to doing something already!

    I’ve never ran a race (obviously) but I’d love to do the Boogie one day. Maybe after I have this baby I’ll start “training” and Kyle and I will do it together next year. He’s been running since January and that might be a fun first for us to do together!

  3. Nora says:

    Pancakes AND ice cream? That’s awesome! Love that Eric runs with you now, too. Very special indeed. Big day you had on Sunday, i would have been wiped out, too 🙂

  4. Heather says:

    I love that Eric runs with you now! And please, I want to sign up for pancakes and ice cream!!!

  5. Dang that was a hilly course! Congrats on the personal best! I definitely feel like my strength training has made a huge difference in my speed/pace during races and I also bounce back faster these days, too. It will be interesting to see if I notice a difference with the marathon.

    I don’t really have any favorite races that I have done multiple times… I feel like races around here are so expensive so I don’t end up running very many and I feel like I should try something new if I am going to pay for a race.

  6. Leigh says:

    Congratulations on a great race for being under trained! And way to go Eric too! He is really getting into running hey? That’s awesome!

  7. Stephany says:

    Way to go on running such a strong race – especially being undertrained! All your other workouts are really helping out!

    I try to run (well, walk, really!) the Turkey Trot every Thanksgiving if I can. It’s one of my favorite traditions!

  8. Erin S. says:

    Nice race recap, Amber! I ran my first 15km race last month (it was super hilly – the first 4km were straight up hill!) and I really enjoyed the distance as a race. It was a great tune-up to the BMO half I raced (and PB’ed on! woo!) earlier this month. It’s nice to see that Eric is running and racing with you. It looked like he has a successful race, too. What was his time?

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