Last week was kind of a blur thanks to insomnia. It lasted the entire week. Usually when I get insomnia it lasts 2 nights at most, because by the third night I am exhausted enough to fall asleep standing. Which I was last week…except somehow I still couldn’t sleep. Saturday morning I was up early because I had volunteered to judge a FIRST middle school robotics competition; when I got home my husband looked at me and said “I think you should take a nap”. 3 hours of nap and a full nights’ sleep later, I felt mostly human again. So maybe middle schoolers are the cure for insomnia
Since I don’t have much else to say about last week, it’s fortunate that January just ended so I can review that instead. I’m going to leave aside school/work-related happenings and focus on the main things I do outside of that – running, reading, and eating. Which, not coincidentally, is probably what this blog would be reborn as if I had to rename it for some reason.
I managed four runs (and 4 workouts) last week, but they were all short thanks to the insomnia – the longest was 2.5 miles. Overall, though, January was trending closer to where I want to be running-wise. I ran 11 times, which if you exclude the first 9 days of the month when I didn’t run at all works out to a run every other day. Four runs a week is just a smidge higher frequency than that, so I’m almost there.
My longest run of the month was 4 miles, and the shortest was 1 mile (twice). I want to increase those distances in February, though just a bit – I’d like to work my longest run up to 10K-ish, and weekly mileage maybe 15 or so. I’m happy with the length my gym workouts are at now (10-20 minutes), especially since I should be adding time to them in the form of dynamic warm-up/mobility exercises. Yep, that’s my confession for the month: I haven’t been warming up before workouts. Like, at all.
I decided to set a goal in Goodreads’ “reading challenge” of 90 books for the year. My reasoning went like this: if I read 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction book per week that’s 104 for the year. But obviously I won’t manage that every week, so….90. Unsurprisingly, I’m already behind – largely because I keep choosing long, heavy non-fiction. I’m trying to take a break from that for a bit – more to give my brain a rest than to catch up on the challenge, because I don’t read books just to check them off.
If you want some fiction recommendations though – Provenance, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, The Curse of Chalion, and Paladin of Souls. And now I need to get to the library ASAP for more fiction.
I got some new cookbooks for Christmas, so I’ve been trying new recipes all month. I’ve also managed to bake at least weekly – because, as I’ve mentioned, baking is stress relief. Tasty stress relief.
How do you deal with insomnia?