After dropping off my daughter, I stopped by my friend, Erika's house to switch cars and start our long journey south. The drive was uneventful until we stopped at a gas station to pick up snacks and use the bathroom. When she went to start the car, nothing happened. It was like the battery was dead. Now, if this were my car and this happened to me, I think I'd be in a panic frantically trying to find male assistance to fix the problem. Not Erika. She pops the hood and after careful consideration diagnoses the vehicle as having loose battery connections. So, she cleans the connecter area off with a coke, pulls out her toolset, and reattaches the wires--all in a dress and heels. Like magic, the car starts, no problem. I do have to say, sexiest thing I've seen! One day I hope to be so independent and have useful skills like that.
|I've learned my lesson, always look at the route map!|
First thing we do once we get to Dallas is hit up the Women Rock Texas expo (or Expotique as they called it, super cute). Erika needed to pick up her packet and I needed to check out the swag. This race series has the best shirts I've seen in a while! They are a sweat-wicking cotton-feel feminine cut shirt that includes breathable holes in the armpits and a zipper pouch in the back (for keys, phone, ID, etc). And, they look flattering. I love the gear options they had at the expo: cups, socks, compression socks, jackets, all sorts of shirts, backpacks, bags, medal holders, etc. Our only complaint was that they didn't have any stickers (Erika collects them), but that's an easy fix.
|Cute merchandise at the Expotique|
|Dallas Texas Temple|
As starting time approached, I found the rest of my running-party: Kathryn, Kaylee, Amie, and Alicia. I'm so grateful they all were there to enjoy this race with me! Those running the 5K were up first (Erika and Kaylee), and soon enough it was time for the 10K runners to take their places. Amie and Alicia are pretty fast and were well ahead of us once we passed the starting gate.
|Ready to start!|
|This has to be my best race picture ever.|
Not only did I get a finisher's medal, but I also got a beautiful pendant necklace! Yes, I do run for the medals. After the race we all met up again to enjoy the post-race drinks: champagne and Sierra Mist. That was the most delicious Sierra Mist I've ever consumed. I'm not sure if it was because of the beautiful souvenir race glass or because of my awesome achievement. Either way, it was my victory drink.
|Kathryn and I sporting our medals|
|Kathryn, me, and Erika! This pic made it on the Women Rock Texas Facebook page.|
|I had to get the model pic. I look at it like getting your picture taken with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland.|
The rest of the trip was a blur after the race. Erika and I did some shopping at a quaint and classy outdoor mall. Mostly window shopping, which was nice on our wallets. Erika and I attended the LDS Women's Conference at the church out there. And that in and of itself was such an enlightening and incredible experience. This was the most spiritual Women's Conference I've seen with so many of the messages seeming to be spoken straight to me. Those words were exactly what I needed to hear and have given me the inspiration and drive I need to make my life even better. If you would like to hear these messages, from the women leading the church today and the living prophets, they are already posted (LDS General Women's Meeting 2014).
I was so sad to leave Dallas. I love spending time with my family, I love going to the temple, I love reconnecting with friends, I love good food, and I love running races! I just got home and already I'm looking up future races. Here's to another PR (Personal Record/Personal Best) and to another amazing racecation. Hopefully, it won't be too far down the road.
|Erika, me (Rachel), Amie, Alicia all toasting the Women Rock Texas race|