Sunday, May 23, 2010

Get off the Effin' Road ...

Yup, you heard that right. "Get off the effin' road." That's what was yelled at me and my cheetah-wearing girlfriends as we approached mile 6.5 in our half marathon yesterday. Apparently, a pick-up driving road hog did not like that we were running on the OPPOSITE side of the street. Shocking then, funny now.

Obscenities aside, our first ever cheetahlicious half marathon and 10K was fantastic. KT mapped out the course from her house. We were to run a 6.9 mile loop then return to KT's to pick up the rest of the group for the 10K portion of the race. Here's a picture of me and G before the start. Yes, I know you are in awe of how we "rock our socks" ...
Just after 7 a.m., we were off. I had decided ahead of time that I wasn't really going to "race." I wanted to run comfortably and hopefully finish right around a 2:10. Most of the first 6.9 miles was run as a group. We would spread out then come back together. With a 10K remaining, we were averaging 9:45 per mile.

Once we picked up the rest of the group, the course became an out and back. Here's our whole clan (minus myself) running down the killer hill we would revisit at mile 12.9.

Shortly after this picture, the group kind of broke up. I tried my best to hang with Em and Kate (our resident Kenyans), but their slow is still faster than my fast. By mile 9, I was running alone between two groups. Then at the turnaround (around mile 10), I decided to pick up the pace. I was feeling really good and knew it was only about three miles back. I could see Em and Kate off in the distance and just tried to keep them in my sights. With a mile (and the killer hill) left, I booked it for the finish, crossing the line in 2:04:34. A mere 58 seconds slower than the MAC Half that I ran with Katye two weeks ago. The time were nearly identical, but the races were like night and day. In that race with Katye, I thought I was going to die after mile 10, but yesterday, I could have gone one for hours. At the MAC Half, mile 13 was my worst. Yesterday, it was my best. I definitely picked up some lessons for future races. And just for comparison, here are my paces and heart races for the two races.

Rock Your Socks Half vs. MAC Half

mile 1: 9:37 - 143 vs. 9:13 - 147
mile 2: 9:33 - 151 vs. 9:03 - 161
mile 3: 9:40 - 158 vs. 9:00 - 167
mile 4: 9:53 - 160 vs. 8:52 - 171
mile 5: 9:42 - 160 vs. 8:52 - 175
mile 6: 9:56 - 159 vs. 8:56 - 177
mile 7: 9:55 - 160 vs. 8:48 - 180
mile 8: 9:43 - 160 vs. 9:04 - 182
mile 9: 9:18 - 164 vs. 9:12 - 183
mile 10: 9:17 - 166 vs. 9:26 - 183
mile 11: 9:15 - 168 vs. 9:45 - 183
mile 12: 9:08 - 172 vs. 10:36 - 181
mile 13: 8:41 - 175 vs. 11:48 - 176
mile 13.1: 0:51 - 177 vs. 1:00 - 180

FINISH: 2:04:34 vs. 2:03:36

Interesting ...
And don't forget to email me your race recap link, finish time and pictures by Monday at 5 p.m. to be including in the official results!

33 comments:

Kerrie T. said...

What a jerk! Must be related to they guy who yelled, "Keep running, fat a$$!" during my 16-miler. THere's a confidence booster.

Anyway. Wish I could've participated here. Nice times!

Julie said...

How fun! LOVE it minus jerk truck driver. wish I had found your blog earlier to have participated. Next time...i'll be looking for the perfect socks!

Katye said...

geez T you killed it at the end! Awesome! Ran my half this morning...got Erin through her first half! the 2 miles (one was 1.4 miles long and the second was 2.4 miles long) were rough but she did so awesome!

Rene' said...

i ran my 10 K this am, but your pick up friend sounds like our elderly lady in a station wagon who beeped at us for a good mile while we were running. people are c-r-a-z-y!!!! your stats were awesome. good for you!!

MCM Mama said...

Gotta love crazy drivers. Not.

Cute outfit and woohoo on the negative splits!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Some people are so pleasant.

Glad it didn't ruin your race. It looks like you girls totally rocked it! and you and G rocks some great socks!

Congrats.

LauraElaine said...

Nice job! Love the outfits. Glad you can laugh about that guy now!

OrangeBlossom said...

Awesome times! I'm training for my first half marathon. Time wise, I just want to finish, but I am secretly aiming for 2:30. I'm still new to all this running stuff.

Where do you get those awesome socks???

Erica said...

Great Job! You guys look very cute in your outfits! I would have totally yell back!

H Love said...

great job! you look so cute...as always. Unfortunately I am still on the injured list. I tried to run this morning after 8 days of REST and couldn't do it. Praying this will be over soon. So sorry I wasn't abel to run my 10K like I hoped.

S Club Mama said...

you look adorable! I love your large group of girls :D And how rude! I got a couple of honks this morning but that's all - and I think they were more "hey I'm behind you, don't switch sides of the road" than "hey hottie" LOL but that's alright by me.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Good work! I ended up running a half today...but alas no socks so I cant join in at the last hour.

ajh said...
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ajh said...

What did you feel you learned? I felt like I learned on my run today that yeah I should go out slower. I also felt like I had a lot left although I only did 8. But that is not always the case with 8. Thanks for having this.

ajh said...

I don't have your email so here is my link to my race report.

http://wwwagegroupsrock.blogspot.com/2010/05/rock-your-socks-virtual-10k.html

If you want me to send the pics in an email just let me know.

Barefoot AngieB said...

Nice job!! Thanks for hosting the race!

Stacie said...

Awesome socks & run. I just finished my 1/2. I'm trying to get everything updated on my blog.

Marlene said...

Ugh, I hate rude and arrogant drivers. *flips bird*

Great job on your run. Sounds like fun company!

kilax said...

Did he say 'effin or the whole word... ugh. What a jerk!

I love that you ran this with all your girlfriends!

I did a 10K today, but decided not to enter because my friend and I walked ;)

Jenn said...

LOL on both the effin' road and the running cheetahs!! Nice work on the run! Great finish!

Cynthia O'H said...

It drives me crazy that drivers don't have the patience. They're only jealous that you are fast enough that you can run on the road.

Race report coming. Thanks for hosting it.

Sarah said...

That is funny...and just plain wrong. What a jerk! Love the outfits!

Anabela (Bela) Neves said...

You all look fabulous!
I didn't get to my run today....was away in the USA until 1am this morning and let me tell you I had no energy to run today...sorry next time! But my trip was great ;)

runningwithsass.com said...

love seeing all those skirts running down the road! love the cheetah!

Julie said...

Woo hoo! Go cheetah girls!! You are all styling and looking good! Nice job on your virtual race!

Hannah said...

I adore your outfits! Sexy!

Sorry about the lame dude. I swear, people are so odd sometimes. What is the point of being mean? Especially when you didn't even do anything. Ugh.

Sounds like you learned a lot this race! That is awesome. Way to go!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

wait a second that's not a virtual race that's an awesome group run! You cheated ;)

Katie A. said...

I love your outfits!
I have been told to put a shirt on before when I was running in sports bra - top that! I guess I look as bad as I think I do! LOL!
Nice job on the half, your consistancy is something to be proud of :)

Kim said...

I love the pink and black and the cheetah!

Congrats on the race!! :)

April said...

Great run! Great time! And Great outfits! My 10k was not near that exciting! Will post the recap today!

Jamie said...

Congrats on a great run! Love the outfits!

Catey said...

You look great! And nice finish time!
I totally couldn't rock my socks-my swollen feet opted for the Balegas instead. Which is ok since you wouldn't have been able see my killer socks under the pants I ended up wearing thanks to the rain and snow. Darn weather.
Thanks for hosting!

Michelle said...

Ugh! I so dislike rude drivers. It annoys me even when they honk. Funny - the word verification is butswids (that's a name I'd like to use for rude drivers!).

Adorable outfits! Love it!