Sunday, August 16, 2009

8.16.09

Tables are turning. Runs are becoming easier, however I am losing the battle agains the bugs. One to the left eye, then another to the right eye - the same old tear duct attack move. I tried and tried to get the first bug out, and I thought I had it, but I guess not. When I got home and asked april to look into my eyelids, whatya know BOTH the little buggers were still in there. I'm convinced the stinging sensation that results is them either biting or scratching for their lives, either way that crap hurts. I was doing really well on this run, had made it about 40+ minutes without a water break and I was feeling absolutely great, even with taking a hillier route than I usually do! Then BAM, bug into the tearduct. I doubled over for literally 5 minutes, sweat dripping from my fingers and elbows, and putting my funnily large scraping utensil fingers repeatedly onto my eye trying to flush the frigging bugs out.

The first bug was the worst, the second was a nuisance and I actually thought I had got it out right away, but I must have just drown him in tear juice because there wasn't really stinging with that one. Still the run kept going, it kept getting darker, and before I knew it I had made back from middlebrook to the ragged paved path at the park and had already made two loops, heck I had even surpassed last weeks long run and gone over 1:16 (at which point I dunked some water on my head) AND done a 5 minute acceleration in there. I was feeling great. So what did I do differently today? Well I had nachos for lunch with a giant sweet tea.. could have been the sugar? Then I had a little bit of marathon bar before the run, but I do that all the time without much results. Must have been the sweet tea. Oh yeah, and it rained just before I ran, actually it did that the other day and I had a great run that day too, so actually I think it was that instead. Also I just had that attitude today, that no matter what, heat humidity or whatever, I was going to run, that helps.

Very happy with today's long run, and it was actually long and all at once, no real breaks! The bad parts were the bugs obviously, and I was completely drenched in sweat. My shorts were so soaked, they stuck to my legs, gross, but at the same time kinda cool in some weird way. The worst part about it was that the rain filled the pool, so it was like 90 degrees in their. It felt like I jumped into warm bath water and that just isn't the same the nice cool dip I look forward to. So a great run in the books, I'm putting it under hard effort, although the majority of it was moderate because of the hills (the hard part was the 5 minute accel, but even that was more just fun)

7:30 pmPartly Cloudy85° F Partly Cloudy 75% From S 3 mph
1:27:03 12.75m bf 1665

5 comments:

Sheila said...

Oh no! The bugs thing sounds terrible. At first I thought you meant you were getting sick as in "I've got a bug" refers to being sick. And then I see you have bugs in your eyes! That is why I always run with sunglasses, even if it is dim/dusk. Then I use clear or amber/yellow lenses. I wear contacts and if anything gets in my eyes at all, even a tiny dust-speck, it practically incapacitates me.

Ron said...

Great tip sheila! I had hoped to get some for my b-day, but I was denied. I got an art portfolio instead, but I love it so I guess I can take a few more bugs in the eye until fall, which is right around the corner. I guess the next step is to start picking out the pair I want :)

Gina Harris said...

I always run with sunglasses too. We don't have a lot of bugs here in Oregon so I haven't had that problem. Nice run!

Ron said...

The only problem is I run at night because it's cooler. I might look weird running around in the dark with sunglasses on :) I'm thinking some amber yellow lenses wouldn't be too bad though...

OOTAYNEE (As in the Jawa scream) said...

Just a tip: If you have something in your eye, bugs dust, etc, I have found that pulling your upper eyelid out and then over your lower eye lid will move the offending item out pretty well. Makes the natural cleaning system in the eye work with you.
Just thought that might help...:)