Most random title ever? Perhaps, but it sums up these past few days perfectly. Warning – the contents of this post are filled with petty complaints and some whining mixed in.
I lost my umbrella a few weeks ago (I know right) during a night out that went from zero to crazy within a few hours, in the most fun way possible of course. I take full blame for stupidly bringing along an umbrella to a nightclub, but there was no way I was going to allow the rain to mess up my hair that I spent an entire 10 minutes perfecting! I complained about not finding an umbrella at T.J. Maxx this past weekend and thought I could survive without one until I returned to Chicago where my mom has a secret stash, but Monday’s weather left me with no choice.
$12 later I had a flimsy black umbrella from Duane Reade. Any bets as to how long it will survive? //end pointless umbrella story
Moving on to a more serious topic – my shin pain! I took the hop test a few days ago and discovered that I failed…kind of. For those who don’t know, the hop test is as follows:
A “one-leg hop test” is a functional test often used to distinguish between MTSS and a stress fracture. A patient with MTSS can hop at least 10 times on the affected leg; however, a patient with a stress fracture cannot hop without severe pain. (source – note that MTSS = medial tibial stress syndrome = shin splints)
There is indeed a localized pain in my left shin – I can hop on it but there is a dull ache that appears to be behind the shin bone. It’s all confusing and frustrating. I’m doing my best to not jump to any conclusions (no pun intended) but I’m clearly not thrilled about this discovery. My instinct is telling me that I need at least a few more weeks of rest but I’m having a hard time listening! This pain seems to be more than just a bad case of the shin splints, but at this point I’m refusing to utter those two dreaded words (hint: s__ f__ ) and simply hoping for the best. Ahhh I really really miss running!
Taking time off from running certainly has its perks though! One would think that I would be a well-rested goddess now that I don’t wake up early to sneak in a pre-work run. But nope, the sleeping struggle is real. I know I keep complaining about this but I’ve been hit with a minor case of insomnia that’s been ongoing for almost two months! It’s odd because I never before had any problem falling asleep the moment my head hit the pillow. Sleep and I have a wonderful relationship that transcends all others. But lately I haven’t been able to quiet the thoughts running through my mind. I lay awake thinking about the few main happenings in my life until I eventually drift off or am forced to pop a Valerian root pill (totally safe, natural, and not-medicated!). However, even falling asleep doesn’t mean I’m off the hook yet. I’ve also been waking up at odd hours of the night (morning?) – 3AM & 4AM especially – and struggling to fall back asleep. This is actually a bigger problem than falling asleep in the first place!
I have a few theories on the origin of
species my insomnia:
1.) Excitement about life - I’m about to embark on a crazy adventure in life and am so excited/terrified/nervous/happy! 90% of my nighttime thoughts are related to this.
2.) NYC noise – Even though I live on a fairly quiet street in the mellow Upper East Side, this is still the bustling city of Manhattan and there’s no shortage of honking + other street noise outside my window. My heater also recently started working for the winter and it makes a clinking/banging noise every time it turns on. Truth be told, I’ve grown so accustomed to these urban sounds that I don’t notice them anymore. But even though I don’t remember it, I suspect that I wake up very often during the night, thus disrupting those precious REM cycles. It’s a good thing that I’m heading home for a week because I always sleep so well there! (famous last words? let’s hope not…)
3.) Caffeine – I’ve been a one-cup-of-coffee-per-day girl for as long as I can remember, but my caffeine cravings are out of control these days. Even the sight of a coffee shop or the mention of java sends me straight into the arms of my coffee maker. Much like the chicken and the egg, I’m not sure what came first, caffeine cravings due to insomnia or insomnia due to caffeine intake.
Dear reader – let’s ignore the fact that I’ve given this insomnia struggle way too much thought and instead offer a few wise words of wisdom from those who successfully beat the sleep monster. Meanwhile, I’m going to continue over-analyzing my shins and my sleep cycle as I sip on this completely unnecessary second cup of coffee from the ‘Bucks.
Runners – in your experience, how accurate is the hop test?
How many cups of coffee do you normally drink per day?
Who else struggles or has previously struggled with insomnia? Any advice on how to beat it?