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101 in 1001 – The Official Recap

Back on June 27, 2009, I started the 101 in 1001 project and came up with a list of 101 things I hoped to accomplish in 1001 days. Well, 1001 days have come and gone and I didn’t quite cross everything off, but I actually did better than I expected.

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Here are some basic stats…

Items completed:69
Items not completed: 32
Items partially completed: 3
Most successful categories: health and wellness (6/7), blogging (6/7), food (12/12), helping others (5/5), culture (5/5), saving (4/5)
Least successful categories: sports and exercise (4/8), crafts and creativity (2/9), self-indulgence (0/3), D.C. area (1/3)
Things I probably wouldn’t have done without the challenge: run a half marathon (now I’ve run 3!), try a bikram yoga class, make bagels from scratch
Things I really should have done, but didn’t: get a physical, write three more letters, go unplugged for a weekend, do anything under the self-indulgence category, gone one more month without buying clothes

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Here’s the list of items I didn’t cross off within 101 days.  I want to make a separate list here, because I’m going to keep up my original list and continue to cross items off, even though I’m beyond the deadline.

5. Make it to the top of the tall rockclimbing wall.
6. Learn to play golf. (by this, I never meant to actually be good at it – just to actually go real golfing, not just to the driving range)
7. Go snowboarding. (will obviously need to wait until next winter)
8. Do a pull-up, unassisted.
15. Get a physical. (I really need to find a PCP.)
16. Write 10 letters to friends. (7/10)
20. Send 5 random care packages to friends. (3/5)
27. Have someone do a guest post on my blog. (Any volunteers?)
32. Organize digital photos on computer.
33. Make back-up digital copies of photos.
36. Learn how to make handmade cards.
37. Make and send 5 handmade cards.
38. Draw in my sketchbook every day for a week.
39. Do a charcoal rendering of a photograph.
41. Make a TasteBook.
43. Learn to make a mosaic.
44. Take an art class.
57. Go unplugged for a weekend — no internet, phone, television.
58. Read a Shakespeare play I haven’t read before.
63. Go to the movies alone. (It’s hard enough to get me to go to the movies with someone.)
64. Buy myself a nice piece of jewelry.
65. Have an at-home spa day.
77. Enjoy the views from the top of the Old Post Office building.
78. Tour the National Cathedral.
80. Travel outside the U.S.
84. Ride a rollercoaster.
87. Take a spontaneous weekend trip (decide that week).
91. Go sledding or snowtubing. (Again, need to wait until next winter.)
92. See Cirque du Soleil.
94. Hike a section of the Appalachian Trail. (Hopefully this spring/summer!)
96. See a Supreme Court argument. (Probably next term.)
97. Go an entire month without buying any clothes, 3X. (2/3)

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All in all, I’m pretty proud of myself for accomplishing as many of the items as I did. Have any of you done the 101 in 1001 project or similar challenge?


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101 in 1001: Monthly Update

One of my resolutions this year was to check off five of my 101 in 1001 goals each month. I’ve decided the best way to tackle this is to set a few goals for each month in advance. Here’s how May shaped up:

Yoga 3X/week: While I only practiced twice one of the weeks, I averaged 3X/week overall, so I am going to count it. :-)

Send a care package: Check!

Complete a 500+ piece puzzle: Nope… still just sitting in the box.

Try a Bikram yoga class: Nope. This is going to have to wait for when I’m actually in town on a weekend. I don’t think I can make it in time to go after work.

Send a letter to a friend: Check!

Three for five… not too terrible. But, I also checked off another goal when we went to the Sports Legends museum in Baltimore.

I’m going on vacation during June, so it’ll probably be harder to actually check off five goals, but I’ll try:

Send three letters to friends (each letter is a separate task): Postcards totally count! I should be able to cross this one (writing ten letter total) off for good this month.

Go out to a fancy dinner with Adam for no reason at all: We’re not celebrating anything in particular on this trip, but are planning to go to at least one fancy dinner anyway!

Go to a museum: We should be able to make it to at least one museum on our trip. Anyone have a favorite museum in Seattle?

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101 in 1001: Monthly Update

One of my resolutions this year was to check off five of my 101 in 1001 goals each month. I pretty much failed at this for the first three months of the year, so for April I set out five specific goals I wanted to tackle. And then… I did terribly at those, too! Oops!

Yoga 3X/week: I tried this one, I really did. But I had runners’ knee (at least, I think a mild case of it, according to Dr. Google) following the half marathon at the end of March and doing yoga aggravated this terribly! Seriously, my knee would get stiff and a little sore after running, but after yoga I was in pain. That is SO not the point of yoga, so I scrapped this after my third yoga session left me crying.

Send a care package: I thought about this one. I even knew what I wanted to send and to whom! I just… didn’t actually follow through. This is not what is meant by the saying, “it’s the thought that counts.”

Complete a 500+ piece puzzle: No excuses. I have the puzzle sitting in a box, unopened.

Go to a museum: Did this! We went to the Crime and Punishment museum. I thought it was really interesting, but I’m glad that we had a Groupon (or some other such coupon) for it. Living in DC, I hate having to pay for museums!

Go the entire month without buying clothes: Did this one, too!

Even though I didn’t cross everything off the list, I think it definitely helps to have a plan of attack for each month. Here are my five May goals:

Yoga 3X/week: Hopefully I don’t have any knee problems this time around.

Send a care package: For real this time!!

Complete a 500+ piece puzzle: Ditto.

Try a Bikram yoga class: I’m kind of nervous about this, because I overheat/dehydrate easily. I’ve heard such good things about it from several friends though, it seems like my time off from training for a race would be a good time to tackle this. Any advice from those who’ve gone before?

Send a letter to a friend: I count the letters I sent to my grandmother (she’s a friend!) last year as one of my resolutions and sort of lost track along the way of how many times I’ve completed this task, so I may be closer to my goal than I think. But sending extra letters certainly doesn’t hurt anyone.


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My First Half Marathon!!

As of yesterday, I can now check off my 101 in 1001 goal* of running a half marathon! Woohoo!

Aside from some strong wind gusts (including pretty much the entire last mile, where I think I may have been moving backwards at some point), the weather for the race was perfect. 50 degrees, slightly cloudy, no humidity. I didn’t even finish my entire water bottle and I felt fine! I brought two packets of sports beans with me and probably only ate one of them (I combined them, so I don’t know exactly), but I never hit that “wall.”

The first half of the race went great. I ran with my friend Carolyn and our half split was 1:09:25, which was 10:36 pace. Right around that time, my knees started to feel really tight, and at about mile 7.5, I had to stop and walk. Carolyn went on ahead and finished the whole race without walking! (Yay Carolyn! You rock!) I knew I was going to need some walking breaks in order to finish (they usually help my legs recharge and I go faster during my running intervals than I would if I ran straight through), so my goal was just to finish in 2.5 hours.

I kept alternating running with a few short walk breaks until I got to mile 10. By that time, my left knee felt really tight. It felt okay while I was walking, but when I tried to run (or, more accurately at that point, to shuffle), it did not feel good. I finished the 10 miles just two minutes slower than I ran the GW Parkway Classic two weeks before, so I was pretty sure my goal of 2.5 hours was within reach… I just needed to cover the last three miles in about 13 minute pace.

By this time, I was definitely walking more than running, but I tried pumping my arms during my running stretches as much as I could to go faster. I wasn’t feeling completely exhausted, which surprised me… it really was my knee that was holding me back. I’d try to jog a little bit for a few minutes at a time and then basically power-walk in between. But when 17 minutes had passed and I hadn’t seen the mile 11 marker yet, I figured I didn’t have a shot at making my goal. There was no way I’d be able to run the last two miles at a fast enough pace to make it. I started extending my walking intervals.

And then…

I happened upon the mile 12 marker. (Note: neither Carolyn nor Adam had seen the 11 marker either. I’m guessing the wind had knocked it down.) But by then, I’d slowed down enough I knew I really couldn’t do it. I think if I’d seen the mile 11 marker, I may have been able to push myself fast enough to make it in under 2.5 hours, but I ended up crossing the finish line at 2:32:35. I may not have met my time goal, but I did finish a half marathon and did it in under 12 minute pace. (Actually, prior to running the GW Parkway Classic, my goal was just to go under 12 minute mile pace… I didn’t move up my time goal to 2.5 hours until after I did that race at sub-11 minute pace.)

I don’t think my knees are seriously injured (my right one was tight and sore by the end too), but just a little overworked. I think it’s a stabilizing muscle issue, not tendons or ligaments or anything serious. I’m going to give my legs some time off, and I’m going to train a little differently for my next half marathon. (Yes, I definitely plan on running another one.) In the training program I used, the longest training run was 10 miles. The theory is that the excitement and adrenaline will take you the rest of the way, and yes… I finished, which was the point, but I wanted to finish stronger than that. The training program was for beginners and really is intended only to get you to the finish line, and encourages walking. Next time, I am going to try a more advanced training program that has longer training distances and some speedwork. (Uhhh, I also didn’t do any of my training runs between the 10 mile race and the half marathon, except for one 5K race… I’m sure giving my legs that much time off didn’t help matters either.)

Distance: 13.1 miles
Time: 2:32:35
Pace: 11:39/mile (sub-12!!!)

* I also checked off another 101 in 1001 goal this weekend… I made a perfectly poached egg! On my first try! Here’s how:

1.) Fill a large pan with sides full enough to cover the eggs and add vinegar to the poaching water.
2.) Bring the water to a boil and then down to a simmer before putting the eggs in.
3.) Crack the eggs in a dish and then pour into the water, don’t crack them directly into the water.
4.) Leave the eggs for 3-4 minutes and then remove with a slotted spoon.
Perfectly poached eggs! And so simple!


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