Friday, December 21, 2012
So I made a conscious decision on Wednesday to end my running streak. I managed to, at a minimum, walk one mile per day, and most days I walked or ran 2 or more miles for 48 consecutive days. I enjoyed this challenge, and I'm now more likely to head out the door in the dark after dinner to log a couple miles, which makes my dog very happy! However, it was time to quit. Even the 1-2 mile walks on what would have otherwise been my rest days were keeping my body from recovering fully, especially after putting in a tough speed interval or CrossFit workout. Sometime last week I started feeling like I was coming down with a cold, so I'd take it easier for a day, then go back to burning the candle at both ends, only to feel sore and like I was getting sick again. So for the past two days, I've done no formal exercise whatsoever, and I probably won't do any today either. I enjoyed my running streak and I won't be afraid to run 4-5 days a week now, whereas I was only running 3x a week, even when half marathon training last summer. I think overall the running streak was a positive experiment that toughened me up so that I'll be able to train well for Robie Creek, but it had to come to an end at some point.
Other than that, I've been staying really busy with a home project that is almost complete now. I'm super pleased with the results, but so glad that all of the dirty work is done, and now I can just dabble with adding some cute accessories. Our main floor bathroom was "the cat's bathroom" and we never used it, but my cat passed away last month, and I decided to get the bathroom fixed up before our New Years' guests arrive on the 31st. This ended up involving removing the toilet and replacing the toilet flange and damaged subflooring, putting in new flooring (which we'll extend out into the hallway and great room when tax returns happen), doing a faux painting tissue paper treatment on the walls, installing a new vanity, sink and mirror, new trim, and making a fabric false wall to screen off the ugly old tub that just gets used now and then when the dogs need a bath. Like I said, it's been keeping me really busy, and it's a relief to have it done, but I'm so happy to have a nice powder room for our guests now! Here are some before and after photos:
Yucky yuck yuck:
Ahhhh... that's better!
I rescued this little antique nightstand from Salvation Army and refinished it when I was in college. It's a perfect fit here and provides some extra storage. It was relegated to the basement and seeing it daily now makes me smile.