It’s My Birthday & I’ll Run If I Want To!

As I’m sure many of you have gathered from the title of my post…. It’s my birthday! Yay! I turned 24 today. I still feel 18 though. 🙂 So, of course my friends on Facebook sent me their positive day of birth mojo. Amongst the mojo, two posts really stood out to me. My friend Molly said that my positivity inspired her. That was nothing less than heartwarming. Then, another one of my friends (Justin) mentioned how I haven’t written for a while. I’m so glad I have a friend to keep me in check. Although, I am sure that was not his intention… That’s just the military side of my brain kicking in, lol 🙂 I haven’t been writing and for that I apologize. My life has been pretty busy.

The Road So Far
– By some miracle of Gd, I was given the opportunity to interview with a civil affairs battalion. This doesn’t happen everyday ladies and gentlemen. This is a popular military occupation, and so slots are limited. So, I walk in and interview with the CSM. He is seriously the real deal. He was physically fit, uniform neatly pressed, the whole 9 yards. I hand him my military bio (basically a military résumé). He was pretty impressed. Then he looks at my pt scores. Also impressed. Long story short…. I GOT THE POSITION!
At the end of the interview he gave me the,”You better not disappoint me” talk.I told him that I wouldn’t even think of it. I usually don’t disappoint myself, let alone my superiors. I am not married and I don’t have kids, so, my work=my baby. I was practically doing cart wheels as I was walking to my car.
But then I got news that I basically have to choose between an enlistment bonus that has not come to pass and joining this new unit. I have been thinking very very long and hard on this. Money or a challenging career…. Hmmm. Well, this hasn’t been the first time I’ve had to make a choice like that. I chose a less rewarding military occupation instead of doing what I was meant to do. That is, be a Civil Affairs Specialist. I’m not going to make that mistake twice. Civil Affairs… Here I come!
– A NCO that I used to work under reconnected with me. I love NCOs. Yeah, other people may think I look like a suck-up. But I assure you…. I’m Not. It’s just that I’ve learned that if you want to learn anything …. You do everything you can to learn from good NCOs. At any rate, he thought it would be cool if we both participated in the SERE Challenge. It is pretty tough. It’s 15 hours of hell from what I’ve read of it. But more importantly, I’ve also read about how rewarding the event is. So, I agreed to participate in the Philadelphia SERE Urban Challenge. It’s in February. That gives me less than a month to REALLY step up my game. 🙂
– I have an interview coming up for a really good job. I told myself that if I get the job, great. If not, I’m going back to school to complete my JD and MBA. Arg… So much pressure!
Today’s Run
Honestly, a part of me wanted to wuss out because it was pouring pretty hard today. That and it is my birthday, lol. But I didn’t. And I feel like a better person for it both physically and mentally. Physically, in the sense that my ankle actually feels much better after gritting through that first half mile. From what I’ve read, exercise promotes cell growth and the healing process. So, that was a nice surprise from today’s run (4 mi). Mentally, I honestly felt stronger. How?
Well, this morning I decided to eat Cheesecake Pancakes at I HOP. They are sooooo… incredibly unhealthy for you… but they are amazing. Needless to say, I ate every last bite. As I was driving home, I was thinking about how many thousands of empty calories I consumed and decided that I really needed to go running today. While I was running, I think I wanted to vomit at least three times. However, I know that the second I stop running, it’s game over for today’s training day. So, I swallowed the vomit and drove on. I felt like I could take on anything at the end of those 4 miles. 🙂

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