The 101 Challenges

  1. Run 1000 miles in 2014
  2. Lose 5 ½ stone in weight
  3. Run my first marathon
  4. Get a psychic reading
  5. Run a half marathon in under 2.5 hours
  6. Do 10 proper pull ups in a row
  7. Run 5K in under 30 mins
  8. Make ice cream from scratch
  9. Take Jack on a plane for the first time
  10. Save £1,000
  11. Do Dirty Weekend Rat Race – Booked onto Dirty Weekend 2015 (9th May)
  12. Complete every obstacle on an obstacle race
  13. Read a newspaper every day for a month
  14. Give up alcohol for 4 weeks
  15. Make Pannetone from scratch
  16. Get debt free
  17. Run an Ultra
  18. Go away for a weekend just me and rob (no children!) – went to Yorkshire 1/3/2014 for 3 nights
  19. Enter a short story writing competition – submitted ‘The Medium’ to Spine Tinglers 27/01/2014
  20. Get rid of the dry skin on my feet
  21. Ask 20 friends to suggest one book and read them all
    1. Call the Midwife (Jennifer Worth) – recommended by Janine
    2. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (David Mitchell) – recommended by Adrian
    3. Born to Run (Christopher McDougall) – recommended by Kate
    4. Dracula (Bram Stoker) – recommended by Sarah
    5. You Only Live Twice (Ian Fleming) – recommended by Howie
    6. The House at Riverton (Kate Morton) – recommended by Michelle
    7. The Testament of Gideon Mack (James Robertson) – recommended by Clare
    8. P.S. I Love You (Cecilia Ahern) – recommended by Rachel
    9. A Royal Duty (Paul Burrell) – recommended by Jane
    10. The Shack (W M Paul Young) – recommended by You fill me with joy
    11. The Cellist of Sarajevo (Steven Galloway) – recommended by Anna
    12. Bared to you (Sylvia Day) – recommended by Vicky
    13. Hinds Feet on High Places (Hannah Hurnard) – recommended by Running Book Reflections
    14. …….
  22. Teach Jack to ride a bike (with no stabilisers)
  23. Don’t eat McDonalds for 4 weeks
  24. Take a course in creative writing
  25. Pay all my bills on time for 4 months
  26. Have a girls night out once a month for 3 months
  27. Go a whole week with no arguments
  28. De-clutter the house and keep it pristine for a week
  29. Wash the carpets
  30. Buy a Karcher window cleaner and use it once a week for 8 weeks
  31. Have sex at least once a week for 4 weeks
  32. Take Jack swimming once a week for 8 weeks
  33. Get Jack to ride his bike to and from nursery every day for a week
  34. Walk everywhere for a week – don’t use the car at all
  35. Buy a bike and start cycling
  36. Take part in an adventure race (running, cycling and kayaking)
  37. Enter the lottery every week for 6 weeks
  38. Win a prize! – won Runners wall medal hanger
  39. Get toned arms
  40. Get a massage
  41. Get a micro-dermabrasion facial
  42. Don’t eat bread for a week
  43. Do art and crafts with Jack 3 times per week for 3 months
  44. Spend 10 mins every day with no distractions playing with Jack on the floor for 4 weeks
  45. Get my wrist tattoo touched up
  46. Buy myself a new wardrobe when I get to target weight
  47. Sponsor a child – 24/01/2014 sponsored Fatoumata from Senegal (via World Vision)
  48. Take a trip ‘down south’ to visit friends at least once a year
  49. Take Jack on a proper train
  50. Make a meal from scratch with Jack and sit down to eat it together
  51. Stick to a set budget for a month
  52. Don’t put the TV on for a whole day
  53. Get a dog – Choccie joined the family on 09/03/2014
  54. Don’t eat any processed food for 3 weeks
  55. Do 10,000 steps every day for 4 weeks
  56. Take Jack to Disneyland
  57. Buy a second car
  58. Run an obstacle run with Janine – completed Avalanche Run together on 15/02/2014
  59. Beat Janine in a race
  60. Do a detox diet
  61. Have a running gait analysis and buy a proper pair of running shoes – done 24/01/2014
  62. Take a fitness course
  63. Plan and book all my races for 2014
    1. 15/02/2014 – Avalanche Run – BOOKED (completed)
    2. 02/03/2014 – Reading Half Marathon – BOOKED (pulled out due to injury)
    3. 15/06/2014 – Summer Wolf – BOOKED
    4. 21/06/2014 – XRunner Water Wipeout Nottingham – BOOKED
    5. 28/6/2014 – Trailblazer Clumber Park – BOOKED
    6. 19/07/2014 – Womens Running 10K Nottingham
    7. 16/08/2014 – Dirty Dozen East London – BOOKED
    8. 07/09/2014 – BUPA Great North Run – BOOKED
    9. 05/10/2014 – Tissington Half Marathon (Peak District) – BOOKED
    10. 01 & 02/11/2014 – Winter Wolf
    11. TBC – Stamford Santa Fun Run
  64. Plan and book all my races for 2015
    1. 09/05/2015 – Dirty Weekend – BOOKED
  65. Plan and book all my races for 2016
  66. Clean the oven once a month for 4 months
  67. Learn to touch type
  68. Set up a blog to document my 101 challenges – published blog 05/01/2013 (
  69. Update my blog at least once a week
  70. Use the Zombies Run app twice a week for 8 weeks as part of my running training
  71. Run at a pace of 6.5 min/km
  72. Do an aerobics class once a week for 3 months
  73. Go to a cooking class
  74. Join a running club
  75. Climb an indoor rock wall
  76. Do 100 sit ups a day for 4 weeks
  77. Take Jack to the Zoo
  78. Take Jack to Bewilderwood in Norfolk
  79. Go ice-skating with Jack
  80. Write another guest review for Mudstacle – The Fat Knackers Guide to OCR written and published 12/3/2014
  81. Do at least 10 obstacle course races
    1. Avalanche Run – 15/02/2014
  82. Try skiing for the first time
  83. Be on time everywhere for 2 weeks
  84. See a cirque du soleil show
  85. Give up caffeine for 3 weeks
  86. Give up fizzy drinks for a month
  87. Donate blood
  88. Take Jack mini-golfing
  89. Have a cinema trip once a month for 4 months
  90. Make some new friends
  91. Go for a run with a friend
  92. When Jack starts school, join the PTA
  93. Try out barefoot running trainers
  94. Visit 3 UK cities that I have never been to before
  95. Go to a street dance class
  96. Try kick boxing
  97. Perform 5 random acts of kindness
    1. 14/01/2014 – Made a donation to Rachel Knowles to help with cost of an operation on her legs (
  98. Learn a new word a day for a month
  99. Get my handwriting analysed
  100. Donate £2 for every uncompleted challenge to charity
  101. Celebrate with a glass of wine

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9 thoughts on “The 101 Challenges”

  1. Wow, that’s quite a list!! Strangely enough danny and I were discussing the cirque du soleil recently, and I’d love to go skiing…take me with you and I’ll let you beat me in a race 😉 It is very inspirational, I have no doubt you will complete a good percentage of them – perhaps with the exceptions of 14 and 23! Gagging rob would make 27 more attainable! There are lots of fun things on here too – it’s great to set yourself targets and have something to work towards, even if you don’t achieve all your goals you will still get huge satisfaction from what you do accomplish. Have fun and good luck on your journey…will be watching the blog 🙂 x x

    1. Here, here to gagging rob! I’ll get the duct tape out! 🙂 cirque du soleil is amazing, i used to go nearly every year and gutted i’vr missed the last couple of shows … perhaps we could make it a girls expedition and leave the kids at home! 😉 thanks for the support. X

  2. wow these are some hard-core challenges. Good luck with them! I am a little disappointed that no one has given you an extremely long and boring book for your list though… your friends are a lot nicer than mine would have been ha ha

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