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run a marathon (read all 20 entries…)
back on the horse again??? maybe???

I ran my half marathon about a month ago, got insanely busy at work, and then I was sick for 2 weeks. It feels like all that training went out the window and now I have to start from scrath again. My legs scream at me to run, my lungs crave for the brisk air, and my heart desires for that quiet time to just be… BUT I am struggling getting back on that horse… The next race is in March. I wanted to try for a full marathon, atleast half. I’m not sure I can get myself back in shape by then… hmm maybe tomorrow I will lace my shoes up…



Be fluent in Chinese (read all 3 entries…)
soo

I was asked by my school to translate a book they are using! And I have officially gotten to a place in my school where they really don’t have any textbooks for me to study! This is a frustrating and nice problem at the same time. I know my reading is good, and so is listening, I just need to practice the spoken part, but other than that, I think I’m doing pretty good with this chinese thing.



run a marathon (read all 20 entries…)
I did it!

I ran the Taipei ING 21km in about 2 hours and 15 minutes. (I ran slow because I was afraid I couldn’t finish it… but afterwards I still had a lot of energy… live and learn, huh?) It was kinda crazy how was everything was set up, I’m not really sure on my time because they didn’t have a timer near the finish line… so I will find out in a couple weeks. BUT I loved it!! I am addicted.. I loved running before, but this just adds something else to the picture.
I’m sore in places I didn’t know could be sore, but my mind, heart and spirit are refreshed and excited for the next thing. SO now that I did 21km, I am thinking maybe I’ll do another one to work on my speed. The next opportunity is the Nike Race in March. We’ll see. But thanks for all your support guys!



run a half marathon (read all 5 entries…)
I'm addicted!

Haha, who would think after all the crazy emotions I had last week that I would be sitting here saying I am officially addicted to this? Yeah, this race had lots of problems in the way it was set up and I forgot to put on body glide so I have some very pretty red chaffed places, BUT it was incredible to run with so many people, it was incredible to defeat what so many people say as impossible, it was incredible to push myself (even though I should have pushed a lot harder, but my fears got in the way and said that I needed to save energy or else I wouldn’t finish, so actually I might have been able to run the whole marathon at my speed) This day meant so much more than just accomplishing this goal, it was spiritual, it brought me to a place where I needed to rely on God, it brought me back to basics, it brought me to the place where no one could help me but God, and the two of us was enough… Anyways. I loved it! And I’m thinking about doing another one in March!! I want to work on my speed before trying for the marathon.



run a marathon (read all 20 entries…)
One step closer!

Tomorrow is my half marathon in Taiwan. Yikes! The weather has finally gotten stinkin cold here, and it has rained non stop for the last 3 days, soo. I am hopeing that the rain will slow down. Anyways. I have been freaking out about this, I trained myself physically for this, but didn’t prepare myself for the emotions that would come at me. I will finish this, but I am so nervous!
OK so I am off to Taipei tonight, and tomorrow morning I am on my way to accomplishing one more goal. I’ll let ya know how it goes!



run a half marathon (read all 5 entries…)
I am packed

and a little anxious to get out there and run. Tomorrow is the big day! I have physically trained for this, and this last week has been a test of my emotions and my spirit, BUT I am ready for this. So tomorrow at 7am in Taiwan, I will be taking my first step of many to run 13 miles. Wish me luck! And I’ll let you know how it goes when I get back home!!



run a half marathon (read all 5 entries…)
OH my

Was anyone else not confident in being able to run the whole thing in under 3 hours at all? Is it a little bit like getting “cold feet”? I am so nervous guys. I don’t even want to go this Sunday… I am going to cry this is stressing me out so much! I did go on my last long run last weekend, I’m not sure how long it was because I got lost, which made it so much more interesting and actually fun! But I am dreading Sunday. Help guys!!!!



run a half marathon (read all 5 entries…)
a week off

I got hurt about a week ago, I don’t even know how!! I couldn’t put a shoe on one of my feet and had to soak it several times a day. 3 weeks before the ING Marathon! Ahh! Today was my first run after a week of doing nothing because I literally couldn’t do anything. It was slow going, but atleast I’m back out there. I am freaking out about the half marathon. Anyways. I’m gonna try and fight my way through this week and get in a couple more long runs before tappering next week. Good luck guys!



run a half marathon (read all 5 entries…)
December 17th!

I am running the ING Half Marathon in Taipei City, Taiwan in a little over a month! Ahh! I don’t feel like I trained right at all for it, but I know that I can run that far, so I’m gonna do it! It is one step closer to running a marathon which I will be a lot more responsible for training for.



run a marathon (read all 20 entries…)
"oops I did it again"

It happens every couple months, I wonder if I wrote it down on the calendar if it would be the same date… I fell yesterday running my 21k. It was such a wimpy run, wimpy in that it was slow, but it was a beautiful day and I was enjoying the weather, the breeze, the laughter of kids playing, and then it happened. I was on the ground before I knew what had happened! I fell on my right side. My right knee is bruised and a bit swollen and my arm is sore. I am glad that the half marathon isn’t this week… So. A day off, along with some ice and ibprofen should be just what the doctor ordered, before hitting the road again tomorrow.



smile more (read all 2 entries…)
6 months of trying

And it really makes such a difference. I feel lighter when I am walking, I am able to hold my head up and look people in the eyes now, and I love seeing someone smile because they were smiled at! It is still something I have to think about especially if I am being contemplative, but I am glad this is something I finally made improvement in.



run a marathon (read all 20 entries…)
Ok It is official!!!

I signed up today for the ING Half Marathon in Taipei City, Taiwan on December 17th at 7am!!! Yikes. I have run that distance I can do it, but knowing that there are going to be professional runners out there is a bit intimidating. But gosh darn it, I am so excited and I know I can do this. December 17th is one step closer to finishing a marathon!!! And hopefully, if all goes right, a lifetime of marathons. yeah!!!



run a marathon (read all 20 entries…)
update

So I ran 20km for the first time ever last Sunday!! It took me about 3 hours (I know I need to invest in a watch, or something). It was great! Maybe a bit slow, but hey, I finshed running it=) A bit lonely since I did it by myself, but I listened to my nano and enjoyed the fresh fall air! Afterwards I totally forgot to stretch, and my hip killed me for 3 days straight after that.
I have decided that I am going to first run a half marathon in December. So. I will keep running 20km on the weekends, doing my mountain runs a couple times a week and run my normal routine the other days.



run a marathon (read all 20 entries…)
ok

OK guys. I would really like some input. I really really really want to run a marathon. I have been trying to train for the last 3 months and I feel great. BUT with all the typhoons in Taiwan my training schedule has been thrown out the window! It hasn’t rained at all this week, yet, so I am running my legs off trying to make up for a week of not getting to run. So no rest days, because I don’t know what tomorrow will bring.
I know I could run a half marathon, no problem… but that isn’t my goal… I guess I should just be ok with running a half marathon and be safe… Either way I will be running something December 17 in the ING Races in Taipei, Taiwan.



run a marathon (read all 20 entries…)
argh!!!

I want to run! After doing the master cleanse my body felt so good, I was running faster, my body felt better, had more endurance and then a typhoon had to come. Seriously, if it was just a sprinkle of rain I would be out there running, but it is a downpour! What am I going to do? How can I train for my first marathon when I can only run every other week because of the weather? I really want to do this, but I don’t know if I can if the weathers continues to be like this… other than that, I just like running and I am stuck inside… grr… so someone run a couple miles for me ok?? =)



master cleanse (read all 19 entries…)
oops

Well I was feeling great coming off the MC. Lots of energy, I loved the veggie soup and orange juice. Then today I binged, I don’t even know why! I feel so sick! I am glad I feel sick, means the MC worked, but it also means I am not so smart!! Grr!!! So I am drinking the nasty tea and might even do a swf tomorrow, I feel that gross. I learned my lesson.



master cleanse (read all 19 entries…)
Juice tomorrow!!

I made it to 9 days of pure torture. I know that this was good for me, but honestly I didn’t experience any of the euphoria that others talked about. I have been so tired and moody these last 9 days, my skin has weird random spots on it, and well honestly I want to run! I haven’t been able to run since last Friday because I have been so weak.
So tomorrow I will buy some orange juice, and on Friday I will have some long awaited vegetable soup, before digging into some sauted veggies with garlic. I am glad I had the chance to clean my body out, and this has been a time to remind me how important it is to watch what I eat, not only exercise. I wish you guys all the best!! last cup of lemonade is lifted to all you crazy peeps that have joined in for this ride to a healthier life!!



master cleanse (read all 19 entries…)
so tired.

I am on day 8 and honestly guys I don’t know how much longer I can go. I am so weak! I haven’t gotten that wonderful surge of energy that everyone talks about. What am I doing wrong? Just walking to class this morning, 20 minutes downhill, I was exhausted! My lungs were screaming for air and I thought I was going to pass out! I was in pretty good shape to begin with, so to struggle to walk such a short distance when I can run 16km no problem is a bit worrisome for me. I don’t know what to do. I want to finish until day 10, but I can’t teach like this, and I have to walk everywhere I go. Any ideas? Anything? If it doesn’t get better I am going to stop after day 9…



master cleanse (read all 19 entries…)
don't mess with me!

that is how I feel today… not the best attitude to have. But today there was a girl that just kept telling me I should do something after I already said no twice! So then I told her, “I am hungry, I am grouchy, I am tired, and I am on my period, NO I don’t want to do it.” She didn’t talk to me the rest of the time I saw her=(
I didn’t do the swf this morning. I had an early meeting, but I’ll do it in a little bit. I think that is all for Day 7.



master cleanse (read all 19 entries…)
Day 6

I am feeling ok, nothing speical really. I do smell though! I hate this! I took a shower and scrubbed myself to come out still smelling. I hope that means tomorrow or soon there will be a nice elimination. I started my period today too. So many people talked about how doing the mc at the same time was very difficult, but I have found it to be less painful than normal. And it has encouraged/challenged me that I have control over my body. I don’t need the comfort foods, the chocolate to feel better during this time. Maybe I’ll just fast every month if this is how I will feel during this time=)
Well I am off to a cook-out=( I love bbq chicken and I am so bummed I don’t get to eat any. bbq in taiwan is a special treat. maybe I’ll put some in the fridge and eat it when I’m done… but then it will be sitting there as a temptation to me.



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