Hola Everyone! It’s Wednesday unless you had not already figured that out (or are reading this at a later time). It took me until right about now for that to register. The past two or three weeks have been flying by.
Aside from being busy at work, the other factor that is seems to be making the day (and nights I suppose) fly by, is this alluring baby,
Claire, from Fitting It All In did a, “Sleep Diva” post a few weeks ago, detailing her troubles falling, and staying asleep, and what she has done to make that process smoother. While I don’t like to think of myself as a diva, as I read through her post, I realized that I have a few, “Sleep Diva” tendencies.
- I need ABSOLUTE darkness. Even a light outside of my bedroom will keep me awake.
- It needs to be quiet.
- It MUST be night time. I literally remember the last nap I took when I was seven.
- Sophomore year of college I thought I was becoming an normal college kid and acquiring the highly covetable skill of taking naps in the middle of the day. It wasn’t long before I found out I actually had mono….
- Plane, boat, car, train… I wish. I have to be in bed to fall asleep. No snoozing on long car trips for me!
I picked up a sleep mask in the impulse purchase section (aka the check out line) at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago after hearing Claire say how much hers helps her to fall asleep. I’m not sure if it is the Placebo Effect or what, but instead of taking an hour to fall asleep each night, I swanee I am out in a matter of minutes recently!
The Week In Fitness
Unfortunately, my workouts have been a bit all over the place this week.
Thursday: Six mile run, body weight exercises
Friday: Six mile run, 10 minutes, elliptical
Saturday: I planned to maintain a painfully boring 9:30 pace for all six miles, but after three, was loosing interest quickly. I ran the next two at 9:00, and the final mile at 8:34. Lesson: I am SO ready to be at a place where my injuries are allow me to pick up the pace!
Sunday: An amazing seven miles on one of my favorite routes. What I love about this route is how hilly it is, I’m weird, I know. As much as I hate to admit it, I think it was a bit too soon to tackle those hills after the tendinosis flare up in my knee. It reinforced my gut feeling that the injury originated when I attempted to simulate hills on the treadmill.
Monday: Five miles on the treadmill with only minimal discomfort followed by 20 minutes on the stair climber.
Tuesday: I was hoping for a solid six miles on the slightly more cushioned surface of the treadmill, however one mile in I realized that might not be the best idea. The discomfort from Sunday was still lurking so I settled for 50 minutes on the elliptical and arms.
Wednesday: Today was a much needed off day!
I love my off days, really I do, but lately I find the immobility that comes with an office job to really be getting to me. Whether I workout in the mornings or not, sitting all day is starting to take it’s toll mentally. I’ve been able to ward off the, “Desk Brain” woes by climbing the stairs in my building throughout the day (I work on the 8th floor), but a busy schedule and knee pain has reduced that to once a day.
Things I Sucked At This Week: Strength. I literally feel soft. I don’t like it. This needs to change. Thank you stress fracture for making me pay more attention to this part of my fitness!
How do you avoid, “ Desk Brain?”
Do you have any Sleep Diva tendencies?