I’m going to try and keep this post as short and concise as possible, because there is a lot of information to update you on. But, because I enjoy writing, am long-winded, and digress excessively, that may not happen. Oh well. I do what I want, yo.
oh wow. I ran the TarHeel 10 Miler.
And I finished it. And I didn’t come in last place! This wasn’t just a big deal for me, in the immortal words of our beloved Vice President of the United States, “It was a big f*****g deal.”
I went from being a horrible runner who would pass out after trying to run a half a mile to finishing and SPRINTING THE FINISH LINE of a 10-mile race. My first race, no less. It was hard. Definitely. I ran with one of my best friends (and FEMMEBOIS comedy partner) Colette, and I don’t think I could have done it without her. We really motivated each other, and when mile 8 on the Laurel Hill challenge came, she kept yelling, “KEEP RUNNING, MOLLY! You can do it!” All while my leg muscles were burning hotter than Justin Timberlake’s dance moves.
The two best parts of the race? Seeing the amazing DSI Comedy people cheer us on at the 6.5 and 9 mile water stops and sprinting the finish line in Kenan Stadium. Sprinting that last 1/4 mile stretch around the track in Kenan was so exhilarating. When we finally crossed the finish line, my adrenaline was pumping so hard that I just started to cry. I couldn’t believe it.
Regardless, in 8 days, I will run my first half-marathon, and only my (now) second race ever. I’m working with a bit of a knee and foot injury, but I know I can do it. 8 days. 8 days. 8 days.
In Memory Day
Some of you saw that I tweeted about having the opportunity to speak at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Foundation event In Memory Day in Washington D.C. Well, I spoke. I was (surprisingly) able to get off work for the weekend and take Monday off. I drove up to Herndon, Va (the town where I was born and raised) and spent Saturday with my best friend, Bec, before she left Sunday for Colorado. Spent some much needed quality time with my Dad, my friend Katie, and even got to see a friend and sorority sister of mine, Caroline. And yes, we ate at the Tortilla Factory in case you weren’t wondering.
I’ve written about my mom a lot more lately. A lot more than I ever have or used to, so I won’t go into the details of her story, her life, etc. Basically, In Memory Day is a ceremony that takes place at the wall in honor of those who served in the Vietnam War and died because of their service but do not qualify to have their names inscribed on the wall.
My mom was honored in 2004 and 2009. My dad spoke in my place in 2004 because I was in college. This year, I was given the opportunity to speak. I did it because it was important for me to spend that time with my dad, be able to talk about my mom, and hopefully keep her story going – because it’s one that should no soon be forgotten.
Well, footage of my speech is available online. You can see the ceremony in it’s entirety here with my speech beginning at approximately 26:45.
I was honored to be able to be a part of such an important day.
And last but certainly not least, the girl with 4 jobs, as of Monday, April 26th, will now have ONE.
You read it right. As of Monday, April 26th, I will be a full time employee of 1360 WCHL. A lot has happened in the last few months, and I’ve worked really, really, REALLY hard. Also, I’m really, really, REALLY burnt out. I sort of had a breaking point a couple weeks ago and realized I couldn’t keep working at the pace I’m currently working. No days off. 13, 14, sometimes 16 hour work days. No free time.
It seemed like so many things kept happening and finally I broke. It happens to everyone. Conveniently, at the time I figured out I couldn’t work this many jobs anymore, my part-time job at the radio station offered me a full-time position. Over the last four months at the station, I took the part-time position I was given, and treated it like a full-time position – giving it exactly what it deserves, going above and beyond my job description, and showing the station why I am an asset to the team. And finally, it paid off. And I couldn’t be more excited.
I will continue in my role as Sales and Marketing Coordinator, but I will also be expanding my role into commercial writing, editing, and production along with station promotions and initiatives. I’m taking the things I love to do, write, edit, create, and market, and I’m applying them to my job. I’m pumped.
Money is still tight, really tight, and I’ll have some serious budget re-working to do, but I’m excited to get somewhat of a life back and love going to work every day.
I’ve learned a lot over the last few months and I know I have a lot more to learn. There’s some big stuff coming my way. I know it. I can feel it.
In the end, it’s all going to be okay.
I want to know, what have YOU learned so far this year?
ps: see? told you I couldn’t keep this ish short.