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December 30, 2010

Painting is Really Freaking Hard.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — marathonmaiden @ 14:09

Because that’s what I spent my day yesterday doing.  Between the shoveling on Monday and home-improvement around the clinic yesterday I have been getting my XT in for the week.  I know that one of my goals last year was to XT more but I don’t think this is what I had in mind.

Okay so I wasn't really doing home improvement stuff per se. But man, was JTT cute 😉

Don’t tell my mother but I did some serious handyman stuff yesterday including but not limited to: spending 2 hours in Home Depot trying to find the correct color of paint that was needed to match the hallways, spackling and then painting two offices and a kitchen as well as scrubbing down a bunch of walls.  And rearranging furniture and mounting bulletin and white boards. Really now? I don’t even do this in my own home. Oh what I will do for a good recommendation.

In terms of running, yesterday I got that run I had wanted to post work.  And it was SPECTACULAR. I was probably high off of the fumes from the paint and cleaning supplies but I ended up with 8 miles at an average pace of 8:23. It just felt effortless. I really didn’t feel like I was pushing the pace at all but I was working hard because I had to take my gloves off during the run AND my last mile was sub-8. Holler: I’m back.

I should make it a habit of running after work as those seem to be my least complainy runs.

I woke up this morning ready to tackle my run and set out for one of roughly 10 miles, 10.8 according to my map.  It was slow and hard and the route I picked wasn’t really cleared of snow.  So I probably got some long jump and high jump action in there.  Variety.  You know, mixing it up.

Thanks google images

But overall the run didn’t really suck and I do think that “I’m back” in terms of recovery because I knew that yesterday was awesome.  I did feel really sleepy and exhausted this morning so, barring any huge energy rushes, this will probably be my long run this week. I’m still trying to make it 4 full weeks of easy running before jumping into a “base building” phase for Boston.

I also did my PT exercises (which I hadn’t done since SUNDAY!), pushups ( 22, 22, 30, 30, 24, 24, 18, 18, 60 ) and situps (33, 33, 45, 45, 36, 36, 32, 32, 100  ).  This was W6D2 and I can’t believe that next week I’m expected to do 100 pushups in a row as the program is ending. Eeeep.

But I guess I can’t really complain too much.  I’m sure that the pushups (and I swear that after every set I grumble…can it be a grumble if it’s said in a big girl voice?…”I HATE pushups. Why am I doing this?!”) have helped me.  I’m not sore after shoveling and painting stuff. In fact, after doing both tasks I felt rather accomplished.

Jeez.  I just re-read that sentence. Am I maturing into an adult? I cook, bake (yes Jess I plan on making a pie from yesterday’s post from scratch this weekend), clean, shovel and fix things? Good thing that NYE is coming up soon and I can totally dash that allusion.


  1. too funny, i was just thinking about JTT yesterday!!! and how i used to have a hundred pictures of him that I’d get from some teeny bopper magazine. lol, thanks for the laugh. happy new year!

    Comment by Bethany — December 30, 2010 @ 14:18

  2. You are back!!! Wow! If it takes to chemicals and paint fumes to run like that, I’m heading to Home Depot now for a couple-o-buckets!

    Can’t wait to see what pie you create…from scratch none-the-less!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — December 30, 2010 @ 14:23

  3. I had a crush on JTT in the worst way. Seriously… obsessed!

    Then I found out he was gay. It was a whole week of mourning to get over that one…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — December 30, 2010 @ 14:48

    • Wait…whaaaaaaaaaaaat? Seriously? You just ruined my childhood right there. I think I’m starting my week of mourning right now

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 2, 2011 @ 16:57

  4. You’re Back! Sometimes running after work just to mix things up is great! Especially in the winter months when its not stifling hot like the summer!

    Comment by J — December 30, 2010 @ 16:32

  5. Yay on being back! Ugh on painting, such a pain in the ass chore.

    Comment by Flo — December 30, 2010 @ 17:09

  6. Or perhaps the painting was more interesting than your regular duties? 🙂

    Comment by danny — December 30, 2010 @ 19:00

  7. That clinic must be sparkly-shiny after all of that work you put in! Painting is crazy hard work…and it smells bad, too. Props to you! And at least you got in a fantastic run, too. 🙂

    Comment by emily — December 30, 2010 @ 20:19

  8. Oh, yeah, painting sucks. HGTV is soooo full of crap, with their smiling people painting on their home improvement shows. I want to kick them. Great run – aren’t you da bomb????!!!

    Comment by Terri — December 30, 2010 @ 21:06

  9. haha yeah painting is hard!! I thought it would be fun.. but after like half a wall I realized I was sadly mistaken. Have a great NYE!

    Comment by Caroline — December 30, 2010 @ 21:16

    • That was my thought process too: hey a day of no real work? Awesome. Little did I know how old painting et al would get.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 2, 2011 @ 17:00

  10. Painting totally sucks! Dialing the phone and getting a painter is so much better. Happy New Year!

    Comment by Marcia — December 30, 2010 @ 21:32

    • One of the women I work with told our grant writer (who organized the thing but then played the supervisor role) “Hey cant you write a grant to hire someone?” I thoroughly agreed with that assessment too hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 2, 2011 @ 17:01

  11. Bahaha, did you get BOP magazine? JTT was on the cover like…every issue. Because there were only so many G-rated sex symbols, I guess.

    I don’t paint in my parents’ house. My dad is way, way too anal about the way it goes on, and I am like, “Whatever! It’s getting painted!” So he usually does it himself.

    Comment by sarah — December 31, 2010 @ 07:43

    • That’s exactly why I always bow out of painting at my mom’s. And YES I got every BOP magazine and cut out all the pictures to put on my walls. I’m only slightly embarrassed by this though.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 2, 2011 @ 17:02

  12. JTT was the love of my life from 6-8th grade!! And I don’t mind painting…what I don’t like is taping the edges! So tedious!

    Comment by Lindsay — December 31, 2010 @ 10:49

    • I actually don’t mind taping the edges because it’s “prep work” for the actual paining. It’s the main course that I have trouble motivating myself to do and complete. Maybe if I had been assigned taping I’d feel differently…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 2, 2011 @ 17:03

  13. I used to push ups and need to get back into it. UGH!! Great job shoveling yesterday though … and on your 8 miler!! Happy New Year!

    Comment by Jaime — December 31, 2010 @ 11:31

  14. I had an embarrassing JTT crush. I used to be an after work runner like 5 years ago and it was good, but I just hate the idea of it now.

    Comment by Jess — December 31, 2010 @ 14:31

  15. ahh the exciting things of a grown-up life… i’ve spent a few weekends doing yardwork, tiling, putting down hardwoods, painting… you are jealous, i know!

    ahh jtt. lemme go dig up a tiger beat poster now.

    Comment by lindsay — December 31, 2010 @ 15:34

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    Comment by — December 31, 2010 @ 19:14

  17. Ahhhh, painting. I never do it, but I’m sure it’s HARD!!

    Comment by Jess — December 31, 2010 @ 20:48

  18. Ooh…painting! That is really HARDCORE! Haha!
    Sounds like you definitely are BACK! Congrats 🙂

    Comment by runninglam — December 31, 2010 @ 22:02

  19. I need to start my pushups again…not sure what happened there…Good work on them 🙂

    Comment by Laura — January 1, 2011 @ 11:33

  20. 2 hours to find the paint? Wow! congrats on getting a lot done, and happy New Year!

    Comment by Kim — January 1, 2011 @ 19:25

  21. Good work on painting and shoveling! I, on the other hand, have been a blob. Mostly lying in bed whilst eating cheesecake and watching Arrested Development. Hehe. Do some push-ups for me?

    Happy 2011!!

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — January 2, 2011 @ 09:15

    • Well the painting and shoveling were “have tos” and the painting was for work. Bah. I like the way your spending your time. Care to invite me over and we can eat cheesecake and watch arrested development together? 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 2, 2011 @ 17:07

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