The Discount Tire 5K
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.
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Former high school water girl (really) finally running.