I thought it would be fun to share some pictures of our house now that it’s freshly painted and most of the moulding and other upgrades are finished. Technically our home is considered a rebuild, however, it’s really a new home. The previous owners left only one wall standing and rebuilt the entire house (and didn’t live in it after they built it). While many things were finished and in perfect condition, there were many things left for us to finish when we bought the home – there were no light fixtures, window dressings, fixtures (knobs, bathroom lights, mirrors, etc) , or backsplash, the fireplace was unfinished, and the whole house was painted one color. Don’t get me wrong – we LOVE the house and everything about it – but it ended up taking us much longer (and much more $) than we had planned so we had to hold off on doing some things (like paint) until we had the money.
I’ll give you the first floor update in a future post.
Entry – stairs were just refinished and hallway/entry painted:
2nd Floor Hallway…one of best parts about house is having a washer/dryer on the upstairs level (they are behind those double doors):
MBR: I wanted it to be relaxing, warm, and tranquil. The colors totally remind me of the beach which I think is why I was drawn to these colors =)
The walk-in closet had just one long rack when we moved in…my husband and dad built me a super awesome closet.
Oldest son’s room (we finished this room over the summer)…he got his big boy bed/furniture in December:
Youngest son’s room. The accents will be will be shades of grey with white (now that his room is painted, I can find curtains to go with the room!):
Guest Bedroom – this is our old bedroom furniture + bedding (only room not yet painted):
As I alluded to in yesterday’s post, I tried something new (for me) on my run on Sunday. I’ve never done a planned steady state run. Ever. Sometimes it ends up being one, I guess. But I never go out with the intention of hitting those paces. I read a blog post last week about a workout called the Monster – it’s basically 11 miles of both steady state running + a bit of a speed workout with NO breaks / stopping / slowing down. It sounded intense, hard, and awesome all at the same time. I was really tempted to try that workout, but want to build my mileage up to it. Going from 5 miles of tempo to 11 is NOT a recipe for success.
My workout Sunday was a mile warmup, 2 miles at SS, 1 mile repeat, 2 miles at SS, 1 mile repeat, 2 miles SS, mile cooldown. So 8 total miles of SS and speed. Based on McMillan’s calculator, my SS pace should be between 6:57 – 7:15 and mile repeats between 6:23-6:34.
Splits from the run:
- Warmup: 8:45
- 2 miles SS: 7:37, 7:12
- Mile Repeat: 6:30
- 2 miles SS: 707, 7:05
- Mile Repeat: 6:29
- 2 miles SS: 7:01, 6:57
- Cooldown: 7:35
- 10 total miles: 72:05 (7:12 pace)
The first mile of the steady state was a bit slow. I had done a mile warm-up and probably should have picked up the pace a bit more during that warm-up. During the 2nd mile of the first set (7:12 pace), I questioned what the heck I was doing. I had never tried this before and really had no idea how I would feel going from a 6:30 mile into a ~7:00 pace. Usually after my mile repeats (which are a bit faster than 6:30), I do a very slow jog and then a quick rest to drink water.
It felt surprisingly good to pick up the pace for that mile. There was something comforting in knowing that I only had to run one mile at that pace and then I’d get “a break”.
The crazy thing was that when I finished the mile and slowed it down to 7:15 pace, 7:15 all of a sudden felt EASY. It felt slow. It felt comfortable. I was able to get my heart rate back under control within a couple of minutes at this pace.
I finished the 8 miles in just under 56 min (55:55) which comes out to a 6:59 pace. This is faster than I ran the 10k last weekend. And, the awesome thing is that this is the pace I hope to keep during the NYC Half Marathon in 6 weeks.
Hands down, this was one of my all-time favorite workouts I have ever done. I plan on playing around with runs like this for the next few weeks and will take a shot at the Monster in about 2 weeks =)
Have you ever tried a run like this before?
What color is your bedroom?