To remind you, the GGC '09 was something the Running Lawyer, Running Worm and I devised back in September or so. It involved three girls, two cities and a 10 miler and 1/2 marathon. The best laid plans. In the end the Running Lawyer was the only one who could hack the full challenge, clearly she wins. The worm did a mini-challenge (which she PRd in both races, a 2-miler and a 5k) and yours truly, well... I was an athletic supporter. And a darn good one at that.
The Turkey Trot in the big Dub was the first race of the GGC '09. So the Worm drove down from KC and she, the Lawyer and I had dinner at my place... it was a darn good night full of too much food and wine. The next morning was the race so I bundled up, grabbed a searing hot mocha and my ever faithful spectating buddy Milo and headed to the race. Kristen did fabulously in her 10 miler and Ashley was so fast I didn't have time to snap her picture at the finish line, she got a hefty PR.
*it was like magic, us united all in one spot*
After the race we went our separate ways to get cleaned up, met for brunch and then all headed to KC for another night of fun, oh and of course for the Gobbler Grind which was the next day. We met up with our friends Indi and Trevor, saw New Moon (yes total guilty pleasure, don't judge) then went to dinner and gelato after.
*indi, myself, kristen and ashley at california pizza kitchen after watching new moon, poor trevor was "dragged" along--shhh i don't think he minded--it was a good night*
We all met the next morning bright and early, the Lawyer was running the 1/2 marathon and the Worm did the 5K. We had two additions to the group at the GG though, Indi ran the 5K and RunnurMark (i.e. running chicken, or any other related name you can think of....coughahem) was running the 1/2. So we all met up and I was again the athletic supporter (but this time i had good company in indi's husband trevor) holding stuff, taking pictures, and again drinking searing hot coffee.
*being the model spectator/supporter scouting viewing locations on the phone with the lawyers mom who was there as well, that bag on my back is full of everyones stuff, my hair was clearly enjoying the day as well*
Being the fabulous athletic supporters that we are, after Indi and Ashley finished the 5k we hopped in the car to drive the course and find the Lawyer, and find her we did. We were even sweet enough to drive alongside her while she chugged up a big hill all the while screaming and cheering at her, similar to a drunk at Mardi Gras. SHE LOVED IT. Maybe she didn't show it at the time, but we all know she did.
*point of fact, we were indeed yelling out the window, can you tell kristen is pretending she doesn't know us? well...she is*
Unfortunately, since we had only met RunnurMark for all of two minutes before the race, we didn't know him well enough to freak him out by yelling out of the car window at him....too bad for Mark. In addition to yelling for Kristen, since everyone around her was looking at us like we were lunatics, we started yelling random names. The best part? At one point we drove by some girl and I was all, GO LINDSAY (i had no idea who she was or what her name was) and she looked over and smiled at us, then kept giving us the thumbs up and waving. Who knew?! So congrats to random running Lindsay!
It looked like it was a fun race, it was a lot of fun spectating. Mark hit an amazing time, you can read about HERE, we missed his finish by just a few minutes, bummer. Kristen had a great 1/2 and Ashley (you can read her report HERE) and Indi PRd in the 5K.
*post race group shot, doesn't mark look petrified? we are terrifying. a bunch of kansas blahggy running nerds all in one spot isn't something to be taken lightly after all*
*post race jazz hands. no race is complete without them. too bad mark bailed on us early and missed this pricelessness*
After the race it was time for more food, so the fabulous GGC '09 weekend finished up with Chipotle and hugs. We are doing this again next year, the weekend was a huge success, we had so much fun. Hopefully next year I will actually be running that thing! If not, I'm so just getting a bull horn and chasing everyone around the course being ridiculously obnoxious. And maybe I'll dress as a chicken. Or a squirrel.