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Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

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As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

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aliali63's Life List

  1. 1. Paint 10 paintings
    1 entry
    2 people
  2. 2. be kind to myself
    1 cheer
    87 people
  3. 3. Exercise 3x per week for 8 weeks
    2 entries
    1 person
  4. 4. go to bed earlier
    1 entry
    1,761 people
  5. 5. draw more
    2,339 people
  6. 6. run a 10 minute mile
    1 entry
    75 people
  7. 7. run a 10K
    1,181 people
  8. 8. Journal regularly
    266 people
  9. 9. get out of debt
    1 cheer
    12,271 people
  10. 10. Own a larger home
    2 people
  11. 11. write a will
    758 people
  12. 12. paint more...for me
    27 people
  13. 13. run a half-marathon
    301 people
  14. 14. Invest
    928 people
  15. 15. write a short story.
    1,176 people
  16. 16. write a song
    5,190 people
  17. 17. have three kids
    1 entry
    58 people
  18. 18. complete a triathlon
    769 people
  19. 19. complete a Disney World Marathon
    1 person
  20. 20. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
    21,500 people

How I did it
How to pay off my student loans
It took me
2 years
It made me
Amazed at myself

How to finish work before 9 p.m. on the night before it is due
It took me
1 month
It made me

How to be more romantic with my husband
It took me
1 month
It made me

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Recent entries
run a 10 minute mile
How? How??

So many running training plans I see, even the beginner ones, assume that you run a 10-minute mile! I’ve been trying to run for the past several years, have completed 5K’s, 10K’s, and a half marathon, but I have yet to regularly see anything close to a 10-minute mile on my Garmin GPS or treadmill readout.

That’s not to say I haven’t tried. I’ve done running clinics with hill work, tried fartleks, and have even just gone out and tried to do my regular 3 mile run at a 10:00 pace, but I end up winded and exhausted after a minute of running at that pace.

I have come back to running after having my baby last year. I started slow, as a beginner again, and have been doing 2 mi runs at around 12:40/mi. Even though I can tell I have more cardiovascular endurance, since I don’t need to take walk breaks, I still can’t seem to get to even 11:00/mi unless I’m going downhill.

Why does it seem so easy for “everyone” to do 10- or even 8-minute miles?? At this point I would trade in all my running gear to be able to do 3 miles in 30 minutes or less.

I’m not overweight, and I don’t think I am unfit. I just can’t do a 10:00/mi pace if my life depended on it. Sigh. I am hoping that patience is the key to achieving this goal.

A girl can dream.

Exercise 3x per week for 8 weeks (read all 2 entries…)
4 week mark

I slipped up one week when I was feeling sorry for myself, but otherwise I’ve been running twice a week and supplementing with yoga, weights, or another run. I joined for extra motivation, too. We’ll see what happens this next month.

have three kids
2 is v. likely, but I would love 3

We have a 1-year-old now. Financially, we hope to be stable enough to have another child within 4 years. We both work and can only afford a 1-bedroom condo. I don’t know if we will be able to have a 3rd child, but I really want to have three.

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