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Ending the running streak, and what I've been busy with

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.
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  • SUGIRL06
    Great job on the project!!

    And its funny, I'm doing the opposite of you: starting a streak. I want to try to log at least 1 mile every day in January (as part of my Chilly Challenge). But I agree, it can't be forever. Sometimes your body just needs rest. Right now, mine is screaming for movement!
    1752 days ago
    Great update!
    1759 days ago
    Home projects can really be fun and help burn calories, but they just can't replace them forever. My big projects ended and I didn't get back on my plan, so now I'm paying for it. The best thing is to just back off the plan a bit when into projects then kick them back in once the projects are done. At my age, one would think I would have learned this already. But then there is that memory thing. LOL
    1760 days ago
    Congrats on an amazing streak!
    And way to go on the bathroom remodel - it looks great!
    1760 days ago
    Glad you enjoyed your running streak challenge and that it was an overall good experience for you. I'm no expert and you have been running longer than me, but I think you're smart to give your body days to recoup.

    I love the bathroom! Looks awesome!

    Now, I have to return to my cleaning projects and putting our house in order. We're having the neighbors over for a little party tonight.

    Happy Holidays!
    1761 days ago
    Wow! Good job. Making a fake wall was a really creative way to cover that up! Looks awesome. Enjoy your time off! Happy holidays :)
    1761 days ago
    Very nice bathroom remodel! Maybe you can get geared up for a new streak for the New Year? Great job on running 48 days in a row. WOW!!!
    1761 days ago
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