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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I Heard a Fly Buzz

Usually, the only insects I have issues with on my runs are those clouds of small gnats that appear around here in the summer; other bugs, like mosquitoes and flies are wiped out by the blanket of pesticide that the city regularly lays down. However, this evening on my 3 miler, I was plagued by a rogue fly.

It was a large fucker -- honey brown in color and annoying in spirit. Now, I'm a bit remiss on my fly knowledge, but he was either a horse fly or a deer fly, and he was out for my blood (he knew that since I'm pregnant, I have extra). I swatted at him mercilessly, but he wouldn't let me be. Finally, just when I thought I'd outrun him, he landed on my right cheek; I swatted myself on the face, and either it was the slap of my own palm, or it was the bite of that demon fly, but either way, my cheek felt a sharp sting.

When I got home, I asked Jerry if it looked like I had been bitten, but he said I looked no more odd than usual (I ignore such off-hand insults such as these), and it doesn't sting anymore, so I doubt I actually got bitten. But damn. I am having one hell of a week -- dryer sheets in my shorts, an emergency poop stop, and a renegade fly -- all in the last 3 runs.

Running, are you trying to break up with me? Because I don't go quietly.

In other news, The Runner's Lounge has a new Podcast up and I'm a featured "personality" on this episode. Go check it out and listen to me giggle through two-thirds of our discussion. Trust me. It's worth your time.

27 comments:

d.a.r. said...

Hmmm maybe you should stay inside for a few days...

Run Sarah said...

Ouch! I hate those type of flies...

Christie said...

Renegade fly..LOL

teacherwoman said...

Sounds like you have traded in your morning sickness for weird-experiences-while-on-runs.

Ryan said...

I started listening to your voice on the interweb, but the psychedelic images on Windows Media Player started freaking me out so I had to run away. Your voice makes trippy images.....

aron said...

freaking bugs... not a fan! i would go crazy with that fly.

looooved your podcast today :)

Erin said...

I love you and listened to your educational podcast many moons ago but I just couldn't hold onto this one. Sorry. Great job for being brave and talking through your blog / running history. I feel special having been a follower for all these years.

When you mentioned the hungry deer fly I had flashbacks to my youth swimming at Grace Lake. Those deer flys were more like moose flies. They are huge and nasty.

Christy said...

I'd take that fly over the swarm of mosquitoes that ate me alive last summer in Idaho. And I mean ate. me. alive. I counted 46 bites. But all those bites happened with 1 minute of each other. I'm sure being plagued by one solitary fly for more than 30 seconds would be just as annoying...just less itchy.

It brings me joy to know that others have running poop stories. I've been wanting to share my one solitary humiliating pooper story, but I just don't know if I can. It really is quite embarrassing...should I tell it?

Xenia said...

Loved the podcast, giggles and all.

Little bastard fly. Perhaps you might want to consider investing in a plastic bubble for your running. Though that would definitely not help with the poop issue...

D10 said...

I hate bugs that annoy while running.

Marcy said...

Horse fly/deer fly stings hurt like a MO-FO! They are relentless too. GAH!

Marcy said...

Also, so I was over at MCMama's blog and saw your picture . . .that shirt is too cute! Where did you get it? Is it maternity?! You're small so I'm thinking no?!

Shannon said...

What is up with your obstacles lately?!? Keep running my dear, push through! Off to check your podcast.

X-Country2 said...

Aww, I loved your laugh! I actually hung up the phone and thought, "I bet her friends consider her laugh to be the most endearing thing aboug her. It's just so joyful and sincere."

lifestudent said...

eww. I hate those gnat things. Especially when you dont see them and you run/walk straight through them. I was at a Cubs game once when millions of them infested the entire stadium. It was so bad, I had to put a lid on my beer and drink it through a straw. Oh, I wish I was drinking beer through a straw right now :(

Wes said...

Those big horse flies suck... literally... He was probably chasing you down cause he heard you poop your pants :-)

RazZDoodle said...

You laughed because I'm so damn funny.

Marlene said...

That's what I would undoubtedly do in a podcast - giggle the entire time. I'll check it out!

I absolutely hate deer flies and horse flies. Thankfully, we won't get them for a couple months in the summer. Ouchie!

MN Mom said...

When God sends the locasts...then you had better listen, until then run.

Jess said...

This will probably sound extremely weird, but you sound exactly like I had pictured you would sound lol. Great podcast!

Jamoosh said...

Hmmmm, you attract flies. Excuse me if I opt to not run with you in the future!

AKA Alice said...

You sooooo had me a the Emily reference :-)). I have this visual of you slapping yourself in the face...like a three stooges thing. LOL.

Gotta go listen to your podcast now!

sRod said...

Hilarious!

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