Nightly hours of sleep in January 2014January in Review

Categories: General Running
Comments: 5 Comments
Published on: January 31, 2014

One month has passed in 2014 and I guess this is a good time to check on those New Year’s Resolutions (spoiler alert: It’s not going well).


Goal: SET A NEW HALF-MARATHON PB (< 2:03:22)
Status: Doubtful in the short-term

The Chilly Half-Marathon is in less than 31 days. Time is ticking down and it’s starting to drive me a little bit nuts. I haven’t been able to get my speed anywhere near what I need.

When I made my motivation board, I printed my previous PB and the pace I would need to get below 2:00. That may have been a bad idea. It taunts me. It haunts me. And even though there’s a month left, I don’t think I’m going to make it.

Taunted, haunted by the goal...
Taunted, haunted by the goal…

I have a month to try to figure out what is a reasonable goal for this race. Maybe this isn’t my time to set a new PB… There will be other races. After Chilly is a whole new ballgame!


Status: Gained 5 pounds… Going the wrong way!

I’ll be honest, I’m not surprised I’m failing at this at the moment. The Dopey Challenge in the middle of this month really didn’t help. I had to eat like a marathoner, than lay off the workouts to recover. This is part of the reason why I won’t do another marathon for a while!

Date Weight (pounds) Body Fat % Body Fat (pounds)
December 31, 2013 205.8 26.6% 54.7
January 28, 2014 206.6 28.7% 59.3

Still a long way to getting down to 34 pounds of body fat. Hopefully I move in the right direction in February.


Status: Average 7.98 hours per night

I have been diligent about recording the number of hours I sleep each night. I feel like recording these things forces me to constantly think about it. It’s motivating to get my butt into bed.

Nightly hours of sleep in January 2014
Nightly hours of sleep in January 2014

I thought Disney would ruin this average since I had to wake up at 3am every day. But I slept a lot when I got back, so I think that pulled the average back to something reasonable.

For February, I’m going to try to be consistent, not too many days above or below 8 hours.


Status: Behind Schedule (11/16.666)

According to dailymile, I’ve did 11 distinct workouts (including races) in January 2014. Simple math states I should have done at least 16 to be on schedule.

I’d like to think I have good excuses:

  • I needed recover after Disney
  • The PMP Course and studying has unexpectedly interrupted my routine
  • I wussed out of a couple of runs because of the cold (okay, that’s a really bad excuse)


I’m need so somehow schedule February with lots of quality workouts in while still sleeping and studying. We’ll see how it goes.


Status: Scheduled

I was originally going to start this in January. Considering how busy I’ve been, I’m glad I delayed this a bit. There’s a program starting in April and I intend to register. I feel like it’s going to get done.


Status: Behind Schedule by two weeks

I was on schedule for the first two weeks of this month. This schedule is fairly fast with two or three chapters per night. Disney threw off my routine. I’m almost at the end of Genesis, but I’m supposed to be at the end of Exodus, about two weeks behind. God help me I’ll get back on track!


Status: In Progress

It’s nice to finally say that I’m on my way to getting something. I finished the A1.2 course a couple of weeks ago, and start A1.3 this weekend. At the end of this 8 week course I should be sufficiently prepared to “sit for” the DELF A1 exam. I’m in no way prepared to actually speak French yet, but it’s a start.


Status: In Progress

Another one that’s actually on its way. I wrote a rather detailed post about this. I’ve submitted my application, and if it gets approved without audit I’ll be able to schedule my exam. Part of me wants to schedule it a long time from now so that I have more time to study. But my current plan is to take it as soon as possible while the course is still fresh in my mind. It might hamper my training plans for February, but at least it will leave March and April open.


I hope February goes better!

5 Comments - Leave a comment
  1. Sam says:

    January is a tough month for most of us, add in your studying and Disney I wouldn’t worry too much about falling below the mark for your goals. You still have 11 months to catch up. I’m sure that God will forgive you for not getting as far into the bible as you had intended, I would say that he’s just happy to see you reading and thinking about it. Hope to see you at Chilly. I’m adjusting my goals for there as well. Life happens. <3

  2. macnic says:

    My Chilly goals are also so in the air as well. I should track my sleep too because I know I’m behind on it. I also hear you on the weight. BAH! Still, there is some good progress on a lot of your goals, so keep focus on that! Well done!

    Finally too cold is a good excuse not to run.

  3. Lisa says:

    I hear you about the weight loss. It’s always a struggle no matter how much you weigh! I’m seeing a nutritionist at the end of the month to get my body properly fueled and working for me for races :)

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