Remember those shin splints I mentioned…

I have run a grand total of 3 miles in 17 days. Why? Shin splints. I thought I was on top of them, but I wasn’t. After my mile repeats on August 22nd, I limped through 2 miles the next day before calling it quits. I took two days off, stretched everything, and did strength exercises. My long run was supposed to be 12. I barely made it 6 before throwing in the towel.

Coach said two weeks off running and to XT like there’s no tomorrow. So I did. And then I tried to run 3 miles last Thursday. Nope. Pain returned and made me think maybe I have a stress reaction in my left shin.

In 17 days I have ridden my bike 133 miles. So there’s that. I’m going to give running another attempt tomorrow. Fingers crossed. If that run doesn’t go well, it might be doctor time. Sigh…

All I wanted to do was run a sub-2 half. Is that too much to ask, running gods?!

What’s the lesson here? XT, people. Strength train, people.

Stay neon.

Just

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!

Shin Update

I went through most of yesterday convinced that I had compartment syndrome. (Dr. Google is not an injured runner’s friend.) I’m still not 100% convinced I don’t. Whatever I have is mild. It’s barely noticeable when I’m not running and only minimally noticeable when I am running. It’s a weird issue. I wouldn’t even consider it a pain. It’s a pressure sensation. It feels like I have an insanely tight muscle in the side of my calf. Soleus issue, maybe? When I wear skinnier fitted pants, I can feel that the area is slightly swollen.

Mr. Neon and I made a game plan. I need to get an appointment with our chiro. Paging, Dr. Messenger! If he can’t work his magic, back to the ortho I go. He prescribed physical therapy for my hip and it worked, so I’m definitely a fan of his.

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In the mean time, I’m back to only running every other day and nothing more than 3-4 miles. Compression sleeves, ice, and ibuprofen seem to be working. On the plus side, I’m really enjoying PiYo again. Maybe I’ll use this winter to get BUFF. I miss my half-6-pack abs. Marathon training wrecked my body. An entire year later and I still feel like parts of me are recovering.

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I felt skinny this morning for the first time in a long time. Body image issues abound when you are a formerly obese girl. (Don’t mind my dirty mirror and unfolded laundry!)

Stay neon, kids!

PLEASE….

Please…
Please…
Pretty please…
With a BIG cherry on top…
Don’t be a stress fracture.

I made a doctor appointment. My shin hurt the entire time I was running this morning. I have a high pain tolerance, so I’m not sure if I should even call it “pain.” It’s discomfort. And the rest of today the mild, intermittent discomfort continued. It feels swollen. Not to the touch. It just feels off. I don’t like it.

I refuse to make the same mistake I made last fall/winter. I hurt myself and kept trying to train through it. I was unwilling to stop running because I didn’t want to stall progress. Now I know there are other ways to keep and even increase my fitness. Cycling and PiYo…thank you for keeping me sane.

I’m also probably going to make a training plan change. I know, I know. I’ve only been at it for a week, but burn out hit hard this morning. Level 2 80/20 10K training is not easy maintenance training. It’s a bit much. I’m going back to my roots.

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This is the first training plan book I ever used when I became a runner. It’s the first one I still recommend to new runners: male, female, single, married, dads, moms, grandmas. It might say train like a MOTHER, but it’s good for everyone. The 10K finish it plan looks much more my speed right now. 3-4 mile weekly maintenance runs and only one day of interval speed work. To be honest, I’m a little tired of timed runs. It was nice knowing that I only had 40 minutes, but 3 miles just sounds much more manageable right now. It’s just the way my brain needs to think about running.

So cross you fingers for me tomorrow afternoon. No stress fracture. Just a strained shin muscle. A deep bruise. I’m finally making progress again. I don’t want another setback.

Please…

Stay neon.

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.

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!!

Three

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.

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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!

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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!