Vegan Taco “Meat”

#neonfitstreak Day 6 COMPLETE! I did not want to get out of bed this morning. The covers and the doggie were warm and snuggly. But I drug myself up and hit play like Shalane tells me to. I did PiYo Core. It was a bit of chicken out, because I put Sweat in the DVD player last night. Those PiYo push-ups make my shoulders sore for days.

Here’s my recipe for Vegan Taco “Meat.” It’s adapted from a recipe from Thug Kitchen. I can’t recommend those cookbooks enough. Oh She Glows and Thug Kitchen are my favorite vegan blogs. Hot for Food too!

Hannah’s Vegan Taco “Meat”

1 cup 3 pepper and onion mix*
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
2 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp dried minced onion
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp Bragg’s aminos
1 can black beans

Rinse and cook the quinoa according to package instructions. It should yield about two cups cooked.

Pulse the peppers and onions in a food processor. Use a frozen mix to make it easy. I put one cup, but I never measure this. I just use a couple big handfuls.

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and cook peppers and onions for 2-3 minutes until aromatic. Add cooked quinoa and all dry seasonings. Cook for 5-7 minutes, developing a bit of a crust on the quinoa.

Mash the beans in a bowl with a potato masher, leaving some texture. Add beans to mixture. Carefully stir in Bragg’s aminos. Cook mixture for an additional 5 minutes until heated through.

Serve on tortillas with guacamole, pico, and salsa.


Doesn’t look the most appealing, but it tastes amazing. I bring this for lunch with a Wholly Guacamole 100cal pack and corn tortillas. You can freeze it too.

Stay neon!


I don’t streak

Twice a year, my social media feeds are filled with streakers. No…no butts, thank goodness. Just crazy people pledging to run at least one mile per day from Thanksgiving to New Years. There’s also a summer edition from Memorial Day to Independence Day.

I tried streaking once. I think it was my first full summer running. It seemed like a good idea. I think I made it 5 days. Not even a full week. I suck at streaking. Come on…I failed at NaBloPoMo. You really think I can run every day for 40ish days. Nope.

Runner’s World has a FAQ about streaking. See that second one? Yep…number 1 reason why I should never streak.

And see that first one? I DON’T CARE! I’m doing it anyway. I’m making it a thing! #neonfitstreak 2016 has commenced. It actually commenced five days ago, but I am a lame-o blogger and am just now sharing it with you.


From Thanksgiving until New Years, I am going to do something every day. I wrote it down, so it has to happen. Bonus points if I wear neon while doing it! Here are my list of options so far:

  1. Run. 3 miles minimum.
  2. Bike. 30 minutes minimum.
  3. Swim. 1000m minimum.
  4. Elliptical. 30 minutes minimum.
  5. PiYo. Sweat, Core, Sculpt, or Buns.

30 minutes a day is nothing when you really think about it. It’s 2.08% of your day. If I can’t devote 2% of my day to fitness, then I’ll be sad with myself for failing.

I’m not trying to accomplish anything other than creating a healthy habit and getting my body back into a good metabolic state.

So let’s do this! Who’s with me? Stay neon! #neonfitstreak

Mustache Dash 5K – Race Report

It’s difficult to write a race report for a 5K. Or at least one with much substance. 5Ks are short!

I had too many things stacked against me to have the race I had planned on. When you add sporadic running in the two weeks prior to an order from my ortho to not run for two weeks, you do not get a 25:00 5K. Nope, that math just doesn’t work.

I have also turned into a sissy when it comes to cold weather running. Brrr. I whined more than usual the morning of the race.

I threw on some capris and a new long sleeve shirt from Old Navy. After the race, I promptly ordered two more. I almost didn’t need gloves because the thumb holes and long sleeves almost covered my whole hand. Bonus…they are seamless too!

Runner Boy had agreed to pace me when I was going to run fast, but he told me he would stay with me even with my modified plan. He asked me what I wanted to do, and I told him to just keep me around a 9:00 pace. A 28:00 5k would be completely respectable at my current training pace and fitness level.


We took off together as a family. Mr. Neon was planning on running comfortably hard, so I knew he would get out in front of us quickly. Neither one of us have run very many stand-alone 5Ks lately, so neither one of us have very good PRs to gauge our fitness level from.


Runner Boy is already checking his Garmin. Ha. Tiny Boy tried really hard to stay with us, but that kid just wanted to run fast.

I had my headphones in and had made a playlist that was 28 minutes long, but quickly turned the iPod off. Runner Boy was babbling away at me. He told me that he could jabber to distract me, but if I needed him to be quiet to tell him.

Mile 1 = 9:04. Easy does it. I kept waiting for the pressure sensation in my leg to start, but I think it was just too darn cold for me to feel anything. Runner Boy asked me after the first mile how I felt. I told him we could pick it up a little. He said, “Ok. Let’s give 8:45 a try.” He’s such a good pacer.

Mile 2 = 8:44. See…good pacer! My leg started to feel a little off, but my cardio felt so good that I told Runner Boy to pick it up just a tiny bit more.

Mile 3 = 8:36. I told Runner Boy to go ahead and run the chute fast. He beat me by 10 seconds…crazy sprint, kid. Tiny Boy beat us by a good 30 seconds, which was nice for him because he came in first in his and Runner Boy’s age group. I love the little wings on their hats flying.


My overall time was 26:54 (8:41 pace). My previous PR was 27:19. WHAT?! I didn’t think at any point in this race that I could have PR’ed. My brain just wasn’t working at figuring paces. Of course now I wonder what I could do when my leg is feeling 100%. FINALLY! A finisher pic with my pony tail flying!


Mr. Neon PR’ed as well with a 24:22. 7:50 pace! However, I’m certain he could run substantially faster. It’s hard when you’ve been training for such long distances to run FAST for a short distance. I think we are both looking forward to focusing on short course triathlon, 5Ks, and 10Ks in 2017.


My Ironman. His finish line pictures always make my heart go pitter patter. I love him!

Stay neon, kids! Get ready to share those 2017 goals. I’m working on mine!


Diagnosis: “just” shin splints. No stress fracture. No compartment syndrome. Just a bad shin splint in my right leg.

Treatment: Two weeks off running. I can do anything that doesn’t hurt. Biking does not hurt, so guess what I will be doing for two weeks. I also start PT the week of Thanksgiving. It worked for my hip, so maybe it’ll work for my shin too.

I’m glad these little nagging injuries aren’t something bigger and they seem to come at a time when they aren’t hugely detrimental to my A races.

New runners want to do it all. I’ve been there. I ran so many races in 2014. I ran a marathon before my body was ready in 2015. I signed up for too many races in 2016 and put too much pressure on myself. I think I need to just run for me. Run for health. Run for life.

Two people asked me yesterday morning what I was planning on for 2017. Right now…nothing. Just running, biking, and swimming. Just putting in the miles. Keeping the mental demons away.

Stay neon!


Well, that was pretty epic.

Who had three days? You won the pot. I lasted three days on #NoBloPoMo. Three days.

Lame. I fail. Whatever. I’m ok with being a failure in daily blogging. MOVING ON!

How about these two?


Seriously…I idolize my 9yo. Runner Boy is fast. It blows my mind that he has pushed himself that far. He finished 12th in the 9-10 age group. He was the 5th 9yo. It was his first time running the 3K and he did it in 12:45 (6:50 pace!). He left it all out there. At the finish line, he was DONE. Mr. Neon had to carry him back over to the tent. What a kid!

The wee, tiny one had a rough day. Poor kid has had a cold/cough situation happening for over a week now. We gave him cough meds about two hours before the race. He got through the race, well below his goal time. I went to get him from the finisher chute and saw him make a beeline for the bathroom. Poor kid experienced his first case of runner’s trots. Insert sad emoji here.

But…they both qualified for Nationals. WOOT! Now we get to drive 9 hours to watch them run for 12 minutes and 9 minutes. Worth it? You betcha! (But Mr. Neon and I do reserve the right to hold it over the head for the next year every time they whine about going to one of our races.)

I’ll give a leg update tomorrow, since I went to the doctor today. I need to process and set some new goals.

Stay neon!

Hot Mess

The injury roller coaster has begun. I tried to run again last night, like the stubborn fool that I am. I only made it three laps around, not even a full mile. It hurt. The pressure feeling and swollen sensation returned. And then I noticed on the drive home from the boys’ practice that my foot felt numb and tingly.

I called the sports ortho today and made an appointment. Next Wednesday. He’s either going to confirm my fears and do the necessary tests. Then we could get the ball rolling on treatment. Or he’s going to tell me it’s a much smaller problem than I think and easily corrected with some rest and physical therapy.


In the meantime, I’m a hot mess. My poor family…I feel for them. I’m fine one minute and the next minute I’m terrified that my leg will never feel right again. I have nightmares that I will gain all the weight back and that I will never run a race again. It haunts me. I’m a woman with anxiety and depression issues who doesn’t know how to escape her own brain, so when running doesn’t work, I feel broken. Running is one of my therapies and I can’t do it, so my world is off balance. I am off balance.

My people are patient with me. They keep the encouragement flowing. They give me space. They love me.

Thanks for listening. It’s going to be ok. It has to be ok. For me to be ok.

Stay neon.

Dark Chocolate

Halloween is over! But the candy remains. Mr. Neon and I were evil parents last night and went through our kids candy. Now they both have a ziplock bag that contains one of each kind they collected, probably 12-15 pieces. The rest of the candy was turned into my work, who is coordinating a donation to overseas troops. My kids haven’t noticed yet that a substantial mass of candy is missing from our kitchen counter.

Admit it…how many of you tax your kids’ candy? Do you regret it later? I get a two fold dose of regret. 1. I don’t need those calories. And 2. I am insanely lactose intolerant and most main stream Halloween candy is MILK chocolate.

How do I remedy this problem? Like this.


I hit up Target on my lunch break today and stocked up on these gems. Less than 100 calories each….boom. This should fulfill my chocolate fix for the next several months, at least until Easter candy arrives.

Shin update: My leg is feeling good today. I did not run or PiYo this morning because I did not sleep well at all last night. I think this “injury” is telling me to take a true off season this winter. 3 mile runs, trainer sessions on my bike, and lots of PiYo. Sounds like a plan!

Stay neon!