As National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week approaches (September 26-October 1), we thought it would be a great idea to go in depth with someone who is involved from many angles.
Hannah Moloney is a TeamQuest participant, young adult with dyslexia, and the daughter of our newest DC Branch President.
Join us as we take a look into her time spent leading up to her first race, what TeamQuest means to her, and advice she has for people with dyslexia.
Megan: What does being part of TeamQuest mean to you?
Being a part of TeamQuest meant spending time with and supporting my mom as she moved into a new role as president of the DC Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. For me, it was also a personal challenge to run the longest distance of my life, raise as much money as possible, and meet new people who are dedicated to a great cause.
M: How did you prepare for your first TeamQuest race?
I trained for about two months running three or four days a week. I made some great playlists and saw parts of my neighborhood and my city I'd never seen before.
M: Are you doing anything different to prepare for your next TeamQuest race?
I haven't signed up for my next race yet but I'd really like to. I think I would train similarly, maybe with more cross training so I can get an even faster time! It would be awesome to train as a team, motivate each other, and maybe find someone with a similar pace for race day.
M: Who has been your biggest cheerleader?
My biggest cheerleader was either my mom or my good friend in San Francisco. I have a great app that tracks my pace and mileage and I would send screenshots to them after my runs so they would keep me motivated.
H: They knew that it made me very happy to be challenging myself and reaching my goals week by week.
M: What would you like to see the funds you raised support?
H: Increased development of a cohesive IDA national brand, spreading awareness of the organization, teacher training at the university level on a much larger scale
M: Do you have any words of encouragement for people with dyslexia?
Read and write forever, even though it might be hard. Find something that interests you to read or write about and keep at it.
M: When you hear "dyslexia" what is the first word that pops into your head? (One word)