Normally it's so hot in Memphis by this time of year, you break a serious sweat just getting out of your car at this race. Luckily the weather was kinda nice....beautiful if you ended up not running the race.
We pull into Laura's beautiful neighborhood and spot Hubby Jack on the phone outside the front door. If I had thought faster, I would have rolled down the window and catcalled at him. By the time we gathered our things and got out of the car, the crew was gone but Laura's hubby Shane was nice enough to golf cart us to practically the starting line.
We didn't have much time before the race so we just said a really quick hello and good luck. Then we were off to a good corner on the race path to hold our signs and cheer.
I think we were set up somewhere after the 2 mile point. We knew where the finish line was and what direction the runners would take getting to that point, but we were a little iffy on the other street we were on. It ended up being perfect for spotting them and taking some snapshots!
My apologies to Jake though. I swear I was looking for him but by the time Jaime spotted him he was heading away from us. It was pretty funny though. We didn't get to officially say hello to him before the race so we are standing there and Jaime yells "oh hey, there's Jake". He hears her as he's running and turns. I know he thought "who are these crazy people"....or maybe he just read the signs and figured it out, whichever.
We were able to quickly walk one street over to the last turn before the finish line to cheer them on some more.
Super proud of this chick right here! This was her very first race and she finished it like a pro. There was a pic of her from the first street but I'm pretty sure you can see the curse words she's yelling at us in that one, hah! That just added to the fun of people watching though. It was the first time for me to go to a race and not run it. Half the time I felt bad for not running and the other half of the time I wondered why I didn't just bring a chair and come people watch at all the 5Ks.
After the race, we all found each other at the street party that was everywhere, headed back to Laura's to change and then over to her MIL's pool to relax and gain food babies. It was a really fun time and I'm so glad I got to meet some more of my internets friends. Holly absolutely was Southern in a past life. I met her with a big hug just like Meredith who is also one of the sweetest people I've met since I started blogging. HJ (It just feels weird to call him Chris) was fun but not as loud as I was expecting. Maybe he was just taking in our "hillbilly" accents. Sitting by the pool, eating, drinking and chatting made it feel like everyone had known each other forever. It was a fun time and I can't wait to see everyone again soon!