Tag: 40th birthday

Going for 1000

Last week I hit the 900 mile mark of my goal to complete 1000 miles before my 40th birthday.  Writing that number down in my journal was surreal.  It feels like yesterday that I was writing the number one hundred.  I was proud of that accomplishment but in the back of my mind I questioned how realistic my goal was.  It took me about seven weeks to get to that first one hundred.  If I maintained that rate, I knew I wouldn’t make it.  But, I’ve never been one to give up on the goals I set for myself.  On December 21, 2013, I reached the 500 mile mark and the goal became more than realistic.  In my mind, the goal was more obtainable.  I had actually even logged one hundred miles in September.  So, I knew I was capable of more.

The day I hit 900, I knew for certain that 1000 by June 12th was going to happen.  But, I got to thinking that I wanted my 1000th mile to be memorable all the way around.  My outfit, the setting, the people would have to be perfect.  I got the idea that finishing 1000 while crossing a finish line would be perfect.  I looked for a race the weekend before my birthday.  Somewhere during my troll on line, I got the idea that it would be cool to complete my goal in the city where I first fell in love with running almost thirty years ago.  I was already signed up for Run Like a Girl in Richmond, VA ten days before my birthday.  When I did the calculations, I discovered that I would need to run thirty miles a week to reach my goal.  This would be tough, but in my mind I thought I would give it a try.

So, today, I am seventy four miles and eighteen days away from 1,000.  Wish me luck!

39 things to do before I turn 40

I’ve been working on my list and things are going a bit slow.  So far, I’ve been able to knock two things off.  I tried yoga.  I discovered a few things about myself by doing yoga.  I discovered that I’m not as balanced as I thought I was.  There were a few times that I thought I’d end up on the floor when I wasn’t supposed to be.  The sun salutations, down dog and other positions proved to be quite interesting.  I liked it enough that I’ve decided to do it once a week.  The other thing I was able to check off of my list was try a new short haircut.  All my life I’ve felt that I was supposed to have long hair.  My grandmother used to always reference the girl down the street who “couldn’t grow hair”.  She was afraid that if I cut my hair it wouldn’t grow back.  Even when I cut the top a little shorter, I always kept a bit of length in the back.  Since I stopped putting chemicals in my hair, I’ve been able to try quite a few new things with my hair, but I still kept hearing my grandmother’s voice so I wouldn’t cut it too short.

Well, I cut it.  I like it!  And I think grandma would too.

The List

After watching the movie “The Bucket List”, I felt inspired to create my own list of all the things I wanted to do before I was no longer around to do them.  My list had just over one hundred things that I was sure I’d enjoy drawing a line through once i completed the task.  This was fun for a while.  That is, until I kept looking at the word “bucket” at the top of the list.  It just seemed so final to me.  I wanted to think I had a lot more years to live and what happened if I completed everything on the list by fifty?  Would I be ready to toss in the towel of life or would I make a new list?  So, I tossed the bucket list in the bucket.

When I turned 39, I thought about “the list” again as the big fortieth birthday milestone was quickly approaching.  My feelings about the bucket list hadn’t changed so I decided to rename my list.

39 things to do before I turn 40

1.  try a new short haircut

2.  complete a half marathon

3.  ride a horse

4.  visit a new city

5.  complete 1000 mile challenge

6.  try a new fruit

7.  try a new vegetable

8.  hire a personal chef for one night

9.  go hiking

10. start a new “hustle”

11. color my hair

12. test drive a sportscar

13. plan a party

14. donate/give away 40 items

15. think about where to live next

16. try yoga

17. get a hot stone massage

18. go on a boat ride

19. plan a sisters getaway

20. register for Disney Princess

21. invite a child to visit and give a mom a break

22. invite a child to visit and give a mom a break

23. lose 10 more pounds

24. take a swimming lesson

25. sleep under the stars

26. handwrite a letter

27. spend 39 consecutive hours away from a computer

28. volunteer

29. help a woman market/sell a product

30. go to a vineyard

31. spend a night in the mountains

32. find an old friend

33. pay it forward

34. do something I haven’t done because I thought it cost too much

35. get a full physical

36. disappear for 39 hours

37. meet 2 new little people

38. have a dinner party at the cave

39. each day….give praise, thanks and live with gratitude


I have less than 100 days to complete the list and I’ve not gotten very far.  I’ll keep you posted.