Years later, as I've become friends with other runners and we've chatted about what races we've run, it turns out that some of my friends were there - although I didn't know them at the time. I had fun going through some of my old race pictures recently (back then Jeff didn't run and took his job as official photographer seriously so I have a lot of shots), and I discovered these gems (you can click on the photos to make them bigger - I put circles on the important finds):
Start of the 2010 Buffalo Stampede 10 Miler. I'm in the blue top/black shorts, and my future friend Andi is right next to me! I love that we both were starting out in the back of the pack...shows you where our confidence level was for that race, LOL. Oh yeah, and there's that dang bicyclist who kept following me...
Start of the 2012 Teal Ribbon 5K. I'm in the green top/black bottoms, and my future friends CC and Loretta are just ahead of me. I'm still in the back of the starting pack...it's my comfort zone. Turns out this was Loretta's first ever 5K, and I have to razz her just a little for putting her bib on her back - classic newbie mistake...although, I really should be giving CC the hard time, as she knew better! We all did this race because our mutual friend Cary was the race director and held it as a benefit for the organization she worked for at the time.
Julia and I at the start of the Wolf Pen Creek 5K/10K race in 2012. Future friend Karen, who joined our running club in 2013, is standing nearby - I love the looks she's giving us, as I'm sure Julia and I were being our usual annoying selves with posing for pictures!
Previously future/now current friends Andi, Loretta, CC, and Karen, 2015.
What a small world, right? I'm interested to see if this trend continues and I will discover more future friends in past race pictures.