It took a while, but, with my husband's help I got it narrowed down to two possible winners:
And the ultimate winner was:
Here are a couple more goofy pictures showing off the socks. (thanks to my awesome photographer!)
And how does one preparing to race her first ever 10K fuel? By devouring See's Candy of course!
Anyway, I suppose I should actually give you some running report, not just the fashion. I took off this morning a little after 5:30 and did a 1 mile warm up to the starting line, where I reset my Nike+ sensor, waited for the cross walk to give me the go-ahead. Then I was off. It was a typically, beautiful spring day here in Eugene (i.e. rain & gray skies) but kind of cool... good thing I was wearing those socks to keep my legs warm!
I didn't have any real expectations. Since I have only ever raced 5Ks, my race strategy was to run twice as far twice as fast... ha ha just kidding! My plan, however, was to get a pace that was slightly uncomfortable and try to stick with it. Ultimately, I was hoping to have that uncomfortable pace somewhere in the vicinity of low 8s so that I could then finish under 50 minutes. During my last virtual race, I got hung up on checking my watch for time/pace/distance every couple of strides, so I promised myself this time I wouldn't check until halfway through. This made for a much more pleasant run. At the 5K mark, my time was 25:33... pretty much right where I was hoping to be. As I crossed the bridge (just over half way) I thought it would be good if I could negative split the race and finish in at least 49 minutes. I felt pretty good. The socks felt great! My only concern was that all the water on the path was splashing up on them and I feared, leaving terrible muddy spots :( (how superficial am I?).
There weren't many people out this morning... surprisingly enough I think most like to sleep in a bit later than 6am on Saturday! There were a whole bunch of goslings in the park and I thought about fishing my phone out of my sports bra (yep, that's where I keep it when I'm sans stroller) and taking a picture but instead I sped along towards the finish line. I could sense it getting closer! I checked my time again with just over a mile to go and realized that I'd have to really book it (i.e. under 7min pace) for the last mile to break 50 minutes. Needles to say, it didn't happen. I did come close though, and finished with a time of 50:28. Yay, PR! PR by default, but a PR nonetheless! Here's a screen shot of my results from Nike:
All in all, it was a great day for a race and a super fun race at that. Thanks TMB!! I finished it off with another mile cool down and headed home to start the weekend with my family.
It turns out my fear of spotty socks wasn't unfounded...
Well, at least I rocked them!