I think I have emerged from the flu fog.

I think I have emerged from the flu fog. It has been really interesting to watch my resting heart rate fluctuate as I continue to recover. My resting heart rate during the height of my flu illness was around 90. Wow! My normal resting heart rate is mid to upper 40s. In the middle of a training plan when I’m hitting my peak workouts, it can trend down to the lower 40s. For the last two weeks, it’s ranged from low 60s to upper 50s. In the last two days, it’s back down into a normal range. I like seeing that!


I did my first tempo run of this training plan. It was awesome! I’ve said it before, but I love tempo runs. They are comfortably hard and really show me any progress I’ve made.

This morning I did 2 miles @ 8:57 and 2 miles @ 8:49. Boom! Now to just do 13.1 miles of that in a row. Thank goodness I have 4 more months before I attempt that.

In other non-running related news, today is the first day of spring semester. I have my first face-to-face class weekend next weekend. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve just got to get my brain back into school mode. I am currently trying to remember how I made my to do list and assignment calendar.

And with that…back to productivity! Stay neon!



I’m back!

In the first week of the new year, I ran 3 dismal miles. Stupid flu.

In the second week of the new year, I ran 18 miles! They didn’t all feel wonderful, but it felt good to be back on the plan.

Monday, January 8 – 3.0 miles / 29:00 / 9:40 pace
Treadmill before work. My breathing still felt off. I ran in new shoes!

Tuesday, January 9 – Rest.
Stretching and PT exercises.

Wednesday, January 10 – 4.0 miles / 36:39 / 9:10 pace
Plan called for moderate miles with a low 9 pace goal. This felt hard, but good to run fast. I ran a sub-9 pace for the last half mile.

Thursday, January 11 – Rest
I could not get out of bed this morning. I am getting close to 9 hours of sleep per night, which seems to be doing the trick in healing me from the flu.

Friday, January 12 – 3.0 / 28:36 / 9:32 pace
I’m still fighting some congestion, but this pace felt good for easy stuff.

Saturday, January 13 – 8.0 / 1:14:55 / 9:22 pace
This entire run felt off. My heart rate was unusually high. But I was able to hit my paces. I was supposed to finish in the low 9s. Mile 7 was a 9:11, and my legs were done and I couldn’t hold on to that pace.

Sunday, January 14 – Rest
My quads were sore when I woke up. That hasn’t happened in a while. I should have foam rolled, but I didn’t. I’ve got to get back in the habit of doing all the recovery things.

This current week I get to do my first tempo run, and I’m REALLY hoping to get some outside miles this weekend if they weather agrees. It’s BITTERLY cold today. Windchill was between -10 and -20 this morning, cancelling all surrounding school districts. But in true Kansas form, it’s supposed to be back in the 50s this weekend.

Stay neon!

I got new shoes!

New year. New training plan. New shoes!

My mama got me a gift card to First Gear Running Company in Wichita, KS, for Christmas. Shop local people.

I am a Saucony runner. I started with Saucony back in 2013 and in 2014 switched to the Brooks Pure Cadence. And then they changed it in a very bad way, which contributed to my IT band issues and hip bursitis injury. Back to Saucony I went.

I used to wear the Saucony Guide, and I still keep a pair of them in rotation. But I also wear the Saucony Hurricane, which is a more cushy, more supportive shoe. I wear the Guide for shorter, faster runs, and the Hurricanes for long runs and races.


SHOES! Pink Hurricane 3s on the left. Thanks to Amazon, I got a regularly priced $160 for $90. Navy Guide ISOs on the right. They are such a weird color combination. The backs are neon green and the bottoms are orange. I like the oddness.

My mema also got me a pair of Saucony Freedom NYC shoes. I love these things. I can’t run in them…low drop, no support…no go. But I can wear them as kick around recovery shoes. They are the color of the Statue of Liberty, have copper aglets, and torches on the bottom. I love NYC and want to run the Brooklyn half and the NYC half at some point.

Is there anything better than new running shoes?! Stay neon!

2018. One goal.

I have ONE goal for 2018. ONE.

1:59? 1:58? 1:57? 1:56? 1:55?

I will break 2 hours in the half marathon. The question is…by how much?

If I break 1000 miles for the year, that would be icing on the cake. But really…all that matters is those 60 seconds from my last PR that have haunted me since I crossed the finish line.

Stay neon!

One final check-in with 2017

Read my 2017 goals here.

As usual, I didn’t do as bad as I thought.

2017 training miles? Nope. I only made it 1,512. It didn’t help that I stopped biking in July. It was still my biggest training year ever, by over 300 miles.

400 training hours? What was I thinking? I’m a wife, mom, and a full time librarian. I only did 187 hours, and I still feel like that was a lot.

First long course triathlon? YEP! And I want to do another one!

Sub-2 hour half? No. Biggest disappointment of the year. More on this later.

Stay injury free? YES! This goal was so much more significant than I could have imagined. I started running in 2013 and this was my first year being injury free from January to December. I hope to continue this trend.

I feel like I did fairly well on my personal goals, with the exception of meditation. I did not hit a 100 day streak and wasted another year of Headspace. I’m putting it on the back burner for a while. I love the way I feel when I meditate, but I don’t have time, nor do I have the desire to make time.

Day 9 of the new year, and I’m just now reviewing last year’s goals. Stupid flu. I’m still dealing with some congestion and a little cough.

Stay neon!

I kindly ask for a do-over.

The flu is no way to spend any day of the year, let alone New Year’s Eve. And yet that’s what happened.

I had plans! Didn’t the flu know that?! I have a training plan to start. I have a brand spanking new running journal ready to fill out. I have a gift card to my favorite running store that I need to spend on NEW RUNNING SHOES.

So I request a do-over. Including black-eyed peas and cornbread. I will make them when I can smell and taste again.

Soon. Stay neon.

It’s Merry Day!

Last August I shared the story of Willie dog. He’s now a five-year-old gentlemen who we often refer to as the OG d-o-g.

This little lady joined our family last December 21st. I have always loved the idea of opening a box full of puppy Christmas morning, and her adoption experience was pretty darn close.

When Willie turned 3, I started getting puppy fever. This conversation happened a lot.

Me: I want another dog.
Mr. Neon: We don’t need another dog.
Me: Willie needs a friend.
Mr. Neon: Willie has you. He doesn’t need a friend.
Me: But I want another dog.
Mr. Neon: We are not getting another dog.
Me: Please…
Mr. Neon: NO! Now stop showing me pictures of cute dogs on the humane society website.

This went on for over a year. And then the gut hunch kicked in HARD. And Mr. Neon knew. I texted him her picture. He told me to call NOW and put her on hold. It was Christmas time and she was too cute. I called and paid my $30 hold fee over the phone. I asked my boss if I could leave work early to go adopt a puppy for Christmas. She didn’t hesitate in approving that request!

When we got to the humane society, we told them we were there for Mary, a petite six-month-old terrier mix. They took us into the smallest visitation room. The volunteer brought her into the room and set her down on the floor. She made a sniff at Runner Boy and then made a quick beeline for Mr. Neon’s lap. And that’s where she has remained.

I wanted another dog. I didn’t get one. But Mr. Neon did.

In the spirit of the season, we changed her name to Merry, and she fits it beautifully. She’s our Merry girl. You can’t look at her without smiling, and she’s always there, waiting to be scooped up for a cuddle.

Stay neon!