Not that Marit’s “Pony” song isn’t a great one to run to (it turns out it is!), but the chorus from Fort Minor’s “Remember The Name” is the one my brain seems to have keyed into this week and will be repeating in my head as I get my race head on this weekend.
This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name!
For whatever reason it resonates quite well with me when I think about racing.
In other news, I’m 32 today. I’m still not having any age-related freakouts (everyone I knew had one at 30 but I ran a marathon that day to celebrate instead). Maybe it’s because I feel like my life is only getting better each year? It is true though; especially since my mid-twenties, every year is a step closer to being the me I want to be, to the me that feels comfortable in her skin, and to the me that is happy just being me.
Try saying that 5 times fast.
In any event for your viewing pleasure, a retrospective look at the last 32 years!
Birth. This is what 27 hours of labor will do to you.
5 days old and already rolling my eyes at his jokes
The shaggy dog love came early
Will those 70s stripes be back in fashion one of these days?
Oy, the curly hair started early
So did the SciFi fan-dom
Look closely, Cat! Once upon a time, it wasn’t just about dogs!
Passing the black belt test while looking like the most intimidating midget out there
Too cool to acknowledge the awkwardness of adolescence.
Cleaning up at the graduation awards ceremony
The college years…crew team (yes, that is the same sweatshirt I am still seen wearing everywhere 15 years later)
Summer at home with the Cutest. Baby. Sister. Ever.
2nd half of college was also the sorority years. Don’t even ask me to try to remember what we were doing here.
College graduate – uh oh, what do you mean, “real world?”
About 4 years later started the dog years
Which inevitably led to the Jeff years
And the running years (crossing the finish line of my 1st 1/2 marathon)
And naturally progressed into the triathlon years (finished with my 1st tri)
I guess that means what comes next is the Ironyear!
Wishing you the happiest birthday ever!
I loved the photo retrospective! Absolutely terrific! You are spitting image of your mom! :o)
Have a TERRIFIC day!!!
Happy Birthday, Molly! It's nice that you and I share a lot in common (except for the sorority years ;-) and incidentally, the years just keep getting better and better. I'll let you know if that changes!!
Molly (that is my sister's name-love it)-
Great pics of your life!
Happy Birthday-may #32 be your best ever!!
Happy Birthday Molly! I hope you have a great day!
The photos are so fun to look at. OMGosh you look so much like your mom (refering to the first photo), wow.
Year 32 is going to rock!
Happy happy birthday! You know what? I like your lyrics better... :) VERY appropriate for triathlon. GREAT pictures - thanks for sharing! Yeah - I can see the progression. Love the 'rolling the eyes' one - hee hee hee. And woa! SAND at the finish line of your first half marathon? That is just cruel. Way to rock it!
Happy Birthday Molly,
Great pictures. You look A lot like your mom! And i agree you just get better every year!
You've ruined my dream of believing that all rowers are smokin hot (the cox doesn't count!). YIKES!
Happy Birthday, old lady. Your new walker is in the mail.
Happy Birthday! LOVED the pictures!
Molly! what a fun post. You will love your 30's, it truly does get better and better and actually hitting 43 tommorrow I can say my 40's have been EVEN better than my 30's. Heck I hope there isnt a dark cloud coming after i said that. Happy Day. I would send you a cupcake if i could but I may have to eat them all.
So fun to see all these photos. Makes me wish I'd have been more affable towards cameras while growing up. I think there are probably less than 10 pictures of me from age 18-40!
I think turning 30 was a GOOD thing... I'm having a fabulous year :-)
Happy birthday, and GREAT post!
Awesome photo line up Molly! Hope your day is fantastic!!
Yay for the Iornyear. Have a great year and happy birthday.
happy birthday Molly! Love all of the pictures!
I agree with you, things just keep getting better and better as the years roll on!!
i LOVE this post and not JUST because of the smooshie faced kitty!!
Very cool! That "awkwardness of adolescence" pic is a great shot! Before triathlon, I also had "dog years"... I showed Akitas in confirmation and obedience. Now THAT was an adventure. LOL.
Have a great Birthday! Have some cake and make your hubby spoil you.
The photos are wonderful, Molly!
Happy Birthday! :)
Happy happy birthday! I'm sorry I can't celebrate with you (and Julia)--with cupcakes!!! Love the photo montage--especially the martial arts one.
Great photo series. Glad you had a great birthday. You just keep stretching your limits and getting better!
Rock the weekend no matter what the weather does.
Best. Blog post. Ever! I love it! Thank you for sharing your retrospective. It was really fun to read :)
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