SIX!

Did you read yesterday how I said I would do something today? Well, that something turned into SIX miles. The last time I was able to run six miles was the Easter Sun Run all the way back in March. Today’s six didn’t go perfectly. My quads were dead from the bike trainer ride yesterday. And I stupidly forgot water or BASE salt, but my sherpa (er…amazing husband) brought both. My IT band flared at mile 5.5ish or so, and we walked the last quarter mile. BUT! we still averaged a 10:30 overall pace. I haven’t run with Mr. Neon in far too long. We had fun, even if the conditions were less than ideal. And I got to wear new run clothes picked out by him. He knows my love language for sure! I found some regular run shorts at Target that are awesome. They are the premium ones with the wide waistband. I usually have trouble with the liner giving me a wedgie, but these ones didn’t at all. I liked them so much I ordered them in the other color.

I think it’s safe to say I’m back! I still have another week before my next training round starts. I’m hoping to get my diet back in check. I’ve definitely been stress eating and those 5lbs that I managed to lose in the last couple of months are back. Our fridge is full of fruits, veggies, and good proteins.

I should be posting more regularly now that I have emerged from the dark cloud of injury. Bursitis, I told you I would beat you. And I’m going to be stronger as a result. I’m still doing my PT exercises 3+ times per week. I can definitely feel a difference after long workouts. My glutes were so sore today that I had to focus on them more than anything else while I was foam rolling.

Stay neon, friends!!

Good News and Bad News

Good News:
This is the most pain free week I’ve had with my hip. I’ve managed to run three days and cycle two days. And I still have one more day in the week. I’ll do something tomorrow, not sure what. I should probably swim and possibly attempt to run 5 or 6 miles. My cardio is getting back to normal. I was able to put in a solid one hour ride on the trainer. I’ve NEVER ridden that long on the trainer before.

Bad News:
My stomach has been off for at least a week. I missed two days of work during a week that I shouldn’t really miss. At first, I blamed more fruits veggies and whole grains. But now I think it’s the diclofenac, the miracle anti-inflammatory that made me forget all about my bursitis. I haven’t taken any for 24 hours now, and the bloat, discomfort, and upset is gone. Darn it.

Hopefully the continued physical therapy exercises, XTing, and slow ease back into running four days per week will continue to improve my hip. I’m ready to get back to some harder workouts. I did the track workout with the boys’ XC team on Thursday and it was the first time I managed to hold a sub-9 pace for any period of time without shooting pains through my hip and down to my IT band.

The shoe change has made a big improvement. I’m still getting used to the bulkier, less flexiable shoe, but I’m making progress with every run. If my knee and hip don’t hurt, I’ll accept the change. I’ll miss my Brooks PureCadence, but if the Saucony Guide is better for my body and feet, then I’ll gladly change brands.

Off to grocery shop. We’re planning on using food tubs again with our boys for lunches and snacks. I need to find my old post that I did on those. It’s a lifesaver with two always hungry boys in the summer.

Starting Over

Hi! It’s been a while. You know what that means. Darkness has descended upon Neon Runner Girl world.

Sometimes I wish we could take a step outside of our bodies and float a few feet above. Just to see the whole picture. I would probably end up grabbing my own shoulders and shaking them daily.

A sad sack of a Neon Runner Girl does no one any good. Just ask Mr. Neon who has had to put up with me for the last month.

Rehabbing the hip was at a low point just two weeks ago. I ran the Prairie Fire 5K probably a tad harder than I should have and dealt with a high level of pain again.

I went for my follow-up with the PA and made the decision to not run the Bill Snyder Highway Half. It was the third half marathon I missed in 2016. But I felt a release with that decision. When I finally gave my training plan a glance, I realized that Bill Snyder had been my B race. I gave myself two weeks off after it to rest, strength train, and get ready for my second round of training, which starts with an Olympic distance triathlon plan and ends with the second half of a half marathon training plan.

I can do that!! At the follow-up with the PA, I asked for a stronger anti-inflammatory. Ask and you share receive. I’ve been taking diclofenac for almost two weeks now and my hip pain is barely noticeable. Sure, it’s still tender after running, but nothing else aggravates it anymore. I’ve started doing PT exercises before running to activate my glutes and get them firing. Big difference! Mr. Neon and I have plans to add in core work to our regular sit in front of the TV and play on our phones nightly routine.

Speaking of Mr. Neon…

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He ran the Bill Snyder Highway Half without me and totally crushed his goal. We’ve both been working towards a sub-2 hour half and HE DID IT! He ran a 1:58:01. So awesome! The boys and I were able to see him at miles 9,10,11, and 12 once he ran into town off the highway. I’m so proud of this guy.

And it proves to me that if he can do it, then I can do it. We’ve been training together through this whole journey, pushing each other, racing each other, and I just need to find that again. Find the drive to get faster, push through discomfort, get stronger.