The Green Girl's 100 Things for 2013

The Green Girl was inspired by the Day Zero Project's '101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge' to start her own challenge of attempting to complete 100 things in a given calendar year.

The Green Girl's 100 Things for 2013 - [048/100]
  1. Accrue 60 professional development units (PDUs) for my PMP certification 01.16.2013
  2. Create my elevator pitch 02.16.2013
  3. Update my resume 05.06.2013
  4. Get a promotion or new job 03.01.2013
  5. Get Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  6. Learn a new technical skill 01.19.2013
  7. Find a mentor
  8. Go completely paperless/automated for all bills 01.14.2013
  9. Get at least 5 sponsors for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation annual walk
  10. Re-assess the Tumaini for the Future project 10.31.2013
  11. Answer the '50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind'
  12. Simplify my life in 10 tangible ways [10/10]
  13. Volunteer at an assisted-living or retirement home
  14. Start journaling again 01.07.2013
  15. Write a short story
  16. Get a library card 01.07.2013
  17. Read Sophie's World
  18. Read Chi Marathon book
  19. Mark all the places I've visited in my 1000 Places To See Before You Die book
  20. Do something outside of my comfort zone 01.19.2013
  21. Do something spontaneous
  22. Get a new luggage 03.15.2013
  23. Buy a necklace 02.10.2013
  24. Buy a dress 08.29.2013
  25. Buy a pair of black heels 05.25.2013
  26. Mend clothing that need repairs
  27. Go on a road trip
  28. Go camping 09.06.2013
  29. Go dancing
  30. Ride a bus with Jade 12.25.2013
  31. Ride a train with Jade 02.17.2013
  32. Build a snowman 02.10.2013
  33. Go on a picnic 08.03.2013
  34. Go zip lining
  35. Play Pixar Monopoly
  36. Get mole check
  37. Get my wisdom teeth removed
  38. Get new prescription sunglasses 01.15.2013
  39. Give contact lenses another go 09.19.2013
  40. Meeting a blogging friend in real life
  41. Update The Running Green Girl's header
  42. Update The Running Green Girl's About
  43. Improve The Running Green Girl SEO
  44. Update my running playlist 10.26.2013
  45. Consolidate/prune my address books/contacts 08.29.2013
  46. Organize or digitize photographs
  47. Organize family photographs online 03.27.2013
  48. Put pictures in frames
  49. Do Pilates on a reformer 01.31.2013
  50. Explore a new place with Lexa
  51. Do a century with Lexa, Angelina, Chris, Kapil, and Nevil
  52. Learn to ride Lexa clipped in
  53. Take Lexa for a ride on the Metro 06.23.2013
  54. Complete Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred
  55. Run a race in a costume 07.07.2013
  56. Get a facial
  57. Spend a day at a spa
  58. Go to Disneyland 09.01.2013
  59. Go to California Adventure 09.01.2013
  60. Get another tattoo
  61. Meditate 05.02.2013
  62. Attend a self-defense class
  63. Attend a gun/firearms training class
  64. Renew CPR/First Aid certification 01.12.2013
  65. Organize bathroom cabinet
  66. Coat shower liner with baby oil and see if it prevents soap scum
  67. Organize the kitchen pantry
  68. Update my recipe book 01.14.2013
  69. Get a green mixer
  70. Take a cooking class
  71. Roast a whole chicken
  72. Make vegetarian sushi
  73. Make homemade mac & cheese 04.10.2013
  74. Try a new cuisine 05.04.2013
  75. Go fruit picking
  76. Eat a new fruit 03.18.2013
  77. Repair camera or get a replacement 02.05.2013
  78. Learn how to use manual features/settings on camera
  79. Take pictures of the sun rise and set in the same day 09.07.2013
  80. Take a picture for each letter of the alphabet
  81. Take a picture for the numbers from 0 to 9
  82. Take a picture of the same place every month
  83. Document a day in the life of a Green Girl in pictures
  84. Take a picture of a Dead Drop
  85. Send a care package to the little boy I'm sponsoring through Vision Africa
  86. Perform a random act of kindness 08.14.2013
  87. Make a scrapbook
  88. Help microfinance a small business through a Zidisha loan
  89. Get a new Road ID 01.29.2013
  90. Obtain Amateur Ham Radio License 01.20.2013
  91. Get a ham radio 01.28.2013
  92. Inventory bug-out bags 01.15.2013
  93. Get 10 more bug-out bag items [10/10]
  94. Inventory emergency food/water supplies 12.10.2013
  95. Inventory first aid kit 01.15.2013
  96. Purchase second first aid kit for home 02.13.2013
  97. Give all family members paracord bracelets/keychains 01.29.2013
  98. Print out map with routes to ride to San Jose with Lexa
  99. Take bug-out bag for test ride with Lexa
  100. Private


Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k Race Report

The Green Girl and her friend, Janey, ran their very first race on the sand at the Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k Saturday evening.

The Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k is the sister race to the annual summer Manhattan Beach 5k.

The Manhattan Beach 5k takes place each June and coincides with the Summer Solstice, the longest day of sunlight for the year. The Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k was scheduled for the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of sunlight for the year.

Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k at the Manhattan Beach Pier
A solstice occurs when the part of the Earth’s equator that faces the Sun is tilted at its highest or lowest point. The day of the Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and the Winter Solstice is the shortest day.

The solstice provides an extremely low tide, creating ideal running conditions for on the hard-packed sand.

Sunset at the Manhattan Beach Pier
The Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k consisted of a 5k run/walk on the sand and a Little Elves Dash.

Each participant received a cotton t-shirt and a glow necklace. The timing chips were conveniently attached to our bibs.

Christmas Tree at the Manhattan Beach Pier
The evening was unusually cold and on occasion, a raindrop would fall. The sunset faded into the horizon as the runners shivered and waited for the race to start.

The Manhattan Beach Pier glowed with holiday lights which reflected on the dark waves and the wet sand.

Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k Starting Line at the Manhattan Beach Pier
Spectators lined the pier from above and cheered us on as we started the race.

In the darkness, you could see the fluorescent glow of the necklaces moving along the beach.

The course was an out and back loop along the water. The well-packed sand was the perfect surface for running since it was just like running on a dirt trail.

Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k Mile 1
Volunteers shined bright lights on the mile markers so they could be easily seen.

I had so much fun running on the beach. The Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5k was the perfect race to get me into the holiday spirit.
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