02 July 2012


Not sure if this morning's run was work getting up at 4AM for. Granted, I did get in my 10 miles on technical trails with lots of elevation gain, but I paid for it. Half way up the mountain, I was bitten or stung twice on my back by something, probably a wasp or a yellow jacket (although spiders were considered as an option as well). It was extremely painful and I can't deny it, I screamed like a girl for Ed to check my back for the culprit. By the time Ed had turned around on the trail to head back towards me to "assist", I had already ripped off my shirt and engaged in what I would call the "trail dance" (definition: excessive up and down jumping while spinning in circles and violently jerking your arms around while screaming like a little girl). I've known trail runners to engage in this dance simply after encountering spider webs spanned across the trails or after seeing actual spiders or, like in my case, after being stung or bitten by an unidentified object.

After about 2 minutes of this dance and triple checking my shirt for any remaining predators, I decided to man up, put my shirt back on and continue to the top of the mountain before returning back down. It hurt, but I figured it would go away after a while. All was good until we were about 1 mile out from Richard's house. Suddenly, my hands were feeling swollen. They started to itch like crazy. And my lips, they started to swell up, too. What the @!$%^! I had never had an allergic reaction...to anything...and now this. Surely, it couldn't get worse, right? Right....until I got in my car, that is. I looked in the mirror and what I saw wasn't pretty. My face was swollen and blotchy. And now I started to itch all over my body. Ugh!!! I could barely keep my hands on my steering wheel, I was itching so bad.

When I arrived home, I chewed up a couple of Zyrtec and a Benedryl and took a warm bath. I needed the itching to stop! I had hives all over my body. I tried to relax and an hour later, I was feeling much better. I guess the antihistamines had finally kicked in. At least I got my run in, right;-)

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