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  1. 1. Paint 10 paintings
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  2. 2. be kind to myself
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  3. 3. Exercise 3x per week for 8 weeks
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  4. 4. go to bed earlier
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  5. 5. draw more
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  6. 6. run a 10 minute mile
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  7. 7. run a 10K
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  8. 8. Journal regularly
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  9. 9. get out of debt
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  10. 10. Own a larger home
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  11. 11. write a will
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  12. 12. paint more...for me
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  13. 13. run a half-marathon
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  14. 14. Invest
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  15. 15. write a short story.
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  16. 16. write a song
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  17. 17. have three kids
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  18. 18. complete a triathlon
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  19. 19. complete a Disney World Marathon
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  20. 20. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
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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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