all Creek Run Around, a 20mile, 15K or 5K run around Fall Creek Reservoir near Lowell, OR. I thought signing up for the 20 mile run would be a great way to get in a long run for my marathon training. As race day grew near, and the weather grew colder and snowier, I started thinking that maybe it wasn't the best idea anymore, but with entry fee paid I couldn't back out. As I was driving to the start, which seemed like forever away, I realized it wasn't quite 22 miles from my house and I would soon be running almost that far. Dan and the kids stayed at home, so I played race photographer.
Here I am just getting to the start... nice and toasty in the car.
With only a few minutes until race time, I thought it would be a good opportunity to hit up the port a potty line, which is where I got to also meet up with the lovely Laura of Run Momma Run. Yes, it really was that cold... check out all the big puffy coats in the background.
Vibrams, so his footprints looked like Bigfoot was out there running in the snow.
I never did see the 19 mile marker, so I was super excited to see the turn into the park for the finish line. I was so happy to be done. I ended up finishing 24th overall, 5th place for the women and 2nd in my age group. Due to the cold and snowy conditions it was a pretty small turnout with only 48 runners in the 20miler. The event people were super nice and friendly. There was warm soup and other goodies at the finish (that I'm sure tasted great, but the thought of any food made me want to puke, so I can't tell you for sure) as well as quite a few people still hanging around to cheer on the finishers.
first 10 - 1:30:24
second 10 - 1:33:15
average pace 9:11 - I was hoping to be more around 8:30 to 8:45ish pace, but that's okay I guess.
(I'm not really sure how they got the split as there was no one around at the 10 mile marker and we weren't wearing chips, but I'll take their word for it.)