Off track, on track: week & January in review

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?

Linking up with Meghan for week in review and Holly and Wendy for Weekly Wrap


14 Comment

  1. Wendy says: Reply

    Not being able to sleep is the worst! Have you seen a doctor for this? There has to be something you can do. I had pretty bad insomnia a few years ago, but it seems to have subsided. I just try to exhaust myself as much as possible during the day so I have no choice but to sleep! Feel better!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I have a hard time sleeping during the summer just because our days are so long, so my doctor prescribed a tiny dose of amitriptyline. I tried it last week (after not taking any for months) and it did nothing for the insomnia.

  2. I don’t know if I have “classic insomnia” (or if there is even such a thing), but I know I should be getting more sleep. My body just doesn’t seem to be tired before 11-11:30, and I am able to wake up most mornings around 5:30 before my alarm goes off. I typically don’t feel tired during the day, either. Wow…90 books in a year? When you break it down to a couple books/week, it sounds reasonable….but 90 still is a lot LOL Unfortunately, that’s probably 89 more than I’ll read (I spend so much of my “reading” time reading blogs).
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      There seems to be a pretty big range of what is “normal” as far as sleeping time. Sounds like you may be one of those people who just need less sleep than average!
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  3. I fall asleep very easily. But, I don’t stay asleep. It’s been that way It is worse if I’m too tired; the night after a marathon, half marathon or just a very long run for example. I was once a voracious reader and then I got old and tired. 😉 I do still read when I travel. I’m sure you’ll reach your goal of 90 books. Thanks for linking!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Oh yes, there’s definitely such a thing as being TOO tired to sleep. Honestly, I usually conquer that with the power of Benadryl.

  4. Oh no, not being able to sleep sucks. Last week I was really struggling with sleep but I seem to have gotten over it lately. A friend of mine was trying to convince me it was the moon but I’m not so sure haha. I hope you’re able to get back to a normal sleep routine soon!!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I’m definitely not convinced of “the moon makes you crazy” type of thinking, but it WAS really bright last week!

  5. Baking is definitely tasty stress relief to be sure. If you need someone to help you eat it all, I’m your girl.

    I want in on your 90 book challenge.

    Good luck with the insomnia. Here’s to lots of good, restful sleep.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Do it. Read all the books. (Maybe with some cookies alongside.)

  6. Cora says: Reply

    Robotics competition!? What the heck is robotics!?

    So sorry about the insomnia. That is definitely something I’ve never suffered from. I couldn’t even really imagine what its like :(. I hope you get back to a regular sleep cycle and feel a bit more yourself this week.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Well, in this instance – kids get a kit of legos and electronics to build their own robot to play a game. Though I wasn’t judging the robots (definitely not an electrical engineer), but another part of the competition that’s more like a research project.

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