Earlier this year, I was headed to a run in McAllen, when it sounded like my tire was about to fall off. I was still at least half an hour from the location. I said a prayer and remembered there was a Discount Tire at the next exit.
My car wobbled into a parking spot in the empty lot. It was almost an hour until the business opened. I was already dressed for the run and even had my bib pinned on. I figured why let a thing like the wrong location stop me from running.
I checked Google Maps, made an impromptu route and headed off. I circled the business a few times. I saw the employees arrive, get ready for the day, and most likely wonder why I was running circles around them.
I had this beautifully timed moment when I ran up to the door, just as they opened it. They got my information and I headed back to the road to finish my run.
When I returned, I remembered they have a fridge with water, which I helped myself to. Cold water, air condition, clean restrooms with no lines, plenty of parking. Instead of a medal, I got two new tires. (Considering race fees and travel and hotel costs, the price was comparable.) It was one of the most organized races I’ve participated in.
Former high school water girl (really) finally running.