Ask Me!

Ask me how much my hip hurts? Just do it! Ask me how my hip is feeling? Please…just ask!


Of course, I’m jinxing myself, but whatever. My hip has hurt every single day for the last 4.5 months. I’m going to revel in my pain free moments while I can. Physical therapy + deep cortisone shot = HAPPY NEON RUNNER GIRL!

I figured out a plan to get me back into training mode to be able to jump back on a regular training plan.

Monday – Run
Tuesday – Bike
Wednesday – Run
Thursday – PiYo
Friday – Bike
Saturday – Long Run
Sunday – Swim

Of course, there’s no rest day, so we’ll see how that goes. But since I’m not doing much more than 30 minutes at a time right now, I don’t really NEED a rest day.


I’ve been keeping the cataloging ladies busy with interlibrary loans this week. These are my current three finds. I read the intros to all of them and now they are all on my Amazon wish list. I think I just need to add a $40 budget line for “running/triathlon books” to our monthly budget.

Welp…this window got left open for a while. In that time, I have fielded three phone calls from my kids’ school, ate lunch, put a popcorn machine together (reminder: I’m a children’s librarian. Popcorn machine…yeah…), tidied the early literacy area, and relished in my painless hip. We are supposed to get severe weather in the area and thanks to social media we are all FREAKING OUT! My boys’ school cancelled their latch key program. So this mama gets to pick them up early!

Maybe I’ll squeeze in a run on the treadmill before Mr. Neon comes home!

Stay safe, watch the skies, and STAY NEON!


Physical therapy for the WIN!

The comeback is mounting! I have been virtually pain free for most of the weekend. And by pain free, I mean bursitis pain free. My glutes and my hamstrings are definitely not pain free. BUT…they are sore…just like they should be. Oh, how I missed the regular ole soreness of hard worked muscles!!

My PT appointment on Friday went great. She gave me a bunch of new exercises including several variations of bridge. I also get to walk sideways on the treadmill to increase endurance in my glutes and hip flexors. It burns so good. I’m also doing some balance exercises. All of this PT is teaching me that I need to get back to PiYo and Yoga.

I’m kind of at a loss where to go with my training plan. I ran 3 miles on Saturday. It was tough. I am not completely out of shape, but I am far from where I was a month ago. I’m running the Prairie Fire 5K on Sunday, and then I’m planning on running back and forth around the finish line to find friends who are finishing the half. I’m hoping for a total of 6+ miles. I still want to run the Bill Snyder Highway Half on May 21st, but I’m not sure I’ll be ready. If I can squeeze one 10 miler in before the race, I’d feel a lot better, but I’m not sure how soon my hip will be ready for that!

In other news, I swam yesterday and it didn’t completely suck! I will get into triathlon shape yet. I just need to put my nose to the grindstone and get back on a training plan.

Happy Monday and Stay Neon!!


That’s my mileage so far for April. Three stupid miles. I ran one of them last Saturday. It went ok. I set the treadmill on 5.0. Blah. Mr. Neon kept poking his head into the treadmill room (err…treadmill closet) and saying, “Be smart!” I’m not sure there is anything smart about this. I ran two miles this morning. It sucked as much as running after three weeks off should.

Is my hip better? Kind of. If I don’t do anything, it barely hurts. Like 0.5 on the 10 pain scale. But when I run, it STILL hurts when I stand up from sitting. Does it hurt less? Yes, a little. But when I want it to hurt NOT AT ALL, it’s frustrating.

I’m doing my PT exercises, so I guess that could be the source of some of my pain. I’m working muscles that aren’t used to being worked. Gluteus medius…get your stuff together. We need to be friends. Fix my hip and make it not hurt!

On the plus side, this is what the scale said this morning.


Why can I hit original goal weight when I STOP running?! So frustrating. This definitely means I overeat when I’m training. I also think I get a little carb heavy when I train. Lesson learned? Probably not. But at least I’m starting over in a good place. New goal weight is 127lbs and I’d love to see that body fat percentage go down. I know it’s just an estimation of the scale, but it would be nice to see it in the mid 20s. I also bought two bikinis over the weekend that I will get my abs in shape for. I also have a two piece tri suit with a crop top that will require some ab definition as well.

So…I have a new girl in my life. Her name is Rose. She’s pink with teal accents, just like everything else in my life. Yes, I made my bike match my Garmin. That’s how much of a girl I am!


Mr. Neon thought he would buoy my spirits by buying me a tri bike. You guys, I am so scared of crashing this thing. Not only do I have to learn aero position, but I am also determined this time to learn clipless pedals. I bought some Speedplays almost 18 months old with Christmas money. I thought they would be easier to clip into than my Keo Look pedals and they would be better for my constantly injured joints from running. Are they easy? Jury is still out. I’ve been practicing on the trainer now for a week. We are going to take her on her maiden voyage this weekend to a park with lots of thick grass next to the sidewalks. I’m sure Mr. Neon will take video, so be prepared.

Stay NEON, friends!


Bursitis. It’s still bursitis.

Except this time, the sports med ortho was able to bring in the long needle and do a deeper, more precise cortisone shot. He also handed me a script for physical therapy.

I had my first therapy appointment yesterday. One day after my cortisone shot. Not the best idea, because my lower back was wonky and my hip and glute hurt more than the bursitis did the day before.

She gave me two exercises to do as soon as the shot pain wore off. They are very similar to the workouts I found online for hip pain in runners. Basically I have weak medius gluteus. My side butt needs some strength work. I also need to work on stretching my hamstrings.

Yoga and strength training need to be permanent residents of my training program. Or PiYo which is the love child of yoga and strength training.

Sigh…I could have prevented this.

Fast Kids. Slow Mama.

Hello from the Planet Positivity! I’m trying over here, folks. Day 11 of no running, no biking, and very little anything else. I am getting a lot of sleep however, because that’s what happens when your Ironman-in-training husband falls asleep in the recliner at 9pm.

So how’s the hip? It still feels tight most of the time. Some days it’ll hurt first thing in the morning. Sometimes it’ll surprise me when I stand up from sitting too long and really jab at me. Sometimes I’ll forget about it and run out to the mailbox, only to feel the telltale tightness as my stride lengths.

But whatever. I have other things to write about.

Like the fact that I didn’t notice until I got home last night that I had only put on foundation and blush and walked around all day without eye make-up or mascara. Random.


I have a new favorite food. Raspberries! I bought a small container of them and took them to work. Best decision ever. I ate them over the course of two days and wasn’t tempted by anything else. I need to go to Costco and get a BIG container that will last me all week.


I converted both the computer I use out at our youth services kiosk and the computer at my cubicle (this one) to standing. I’m so glad that my bosses were on board with this change. We’ve all heard that sitting is the new smoking, but I’ve been reading that sitting could also be the cause of my injury. I got this injury after marathon training AND taking a full time job that incurred more sedentary time than I usually did.

I’ve also been trying to get 10,000 steps every day now that I’m not training. It’s been a bit of struggle some days. I turned the “move” alert back on my Garmin and make an effort to get up and walk around the building when it goes off. But the last two days at my standing desk hasn’t made the alert go off once. And frustratingly enough my weight has gone back down to goal weight. Why do I hang on to 3-4 extra pounds when I’m training?! It would be awesome if I could figure this out.


This is Runner Boy. This is Runner Boy with a broken arm. This is Runner Boy with a broken arm who ran a 21:47 5K last weekend. Runner Boy is my hero.


This is Tiny Boy. This is Tiny Boy running a 26:33 5K, which is a…wait for it…7:43 PR. Tiny Boy is BEAST!

As soon as the books I ordered last night arrive, I am going to take a picture of my “Running Bookshelf” and create a new page for this site. I have so many running books that I use to help train and answer my questions. I’ve never hired a coach. My books are my coach. And apparently when I’m injured I need lots more coaches. I went back and looked and I’ve ordered six running books this year. Oops.

Stay NEON!