Please accept my aPOLLENgies

Yesterday I ran 5 miles on the Legacy Trail.  I love that trail and it’s one of the reasons I love coming down to Nokomis.  The trail is long too so you can pretty much train for anything without ever having to add another leg.  You just get on the trail and go.  It’s epic.

Not so much yesterday.  For one thing it was a bit humid and humidity and me are mortal enemies.  But the worst part was the pollen.  Oh my God, I have never seen so much pollen in my life!

pollen crazy

After running I came home and took the dogs for a quick walk but then I shut myself in the house until lunch when MacGyver and I went to meet his parents at the Cracker Barrel. Has anyone else noticed that all Cracker Barrel restaurants are freezing inside.  It could be a legit 100 degrees outside and a icy 32 inside the Cracker Barrel.

cracker barrel

After we left we came back to our house to install a few windows since MacGyver mysteriously got the permit to go through.

With the windows being out, even for only a short time and only in one room, the pollen saturated the air.  Within a half hour I had a dry cough and it would not go away.  By 10PM it was still there so I popped two benadryl because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to sleep.

I was able to sleep.


I didn’t wake up until 7:30 and I needed coffee bad.  Unfortunately, I forgot to put the cup under the Kuerig.  Fortunately we have one of those drip pan things under it and it almost got all of it.  The rest I had to soak up with a t shirt because I couldn’t find the paper towels.

benadryl haze

That’s why I’ve decided to take a day off today.  I walked the dogs and I even went for a bit of an extra walk with Hank, not because we wanted to but because I forgot where I was going and we ended up at the park.

I may be taking a long nap at lunch today.

Do you have allergies? 

Do you take anything for them?

Stung by some wasps, now I have a baseball glove.

I took the day off from running today. I usually do on Fridays. I’ve been working on a post for quite some time that I’m really excited about and I was hoping to finish it today but I wanted to finish up a little yard work first.

And then this happened:

Bee Sting

In case you’re wondering, that’s a bee sting. A wasp actually, well actually about 5 wasps. Unbeknownst to me, I picked up the nest. I’m allergic to bees but I wasn’t sure about wasps since I can’t remember ever having been stung by one, let alone 5. Holy heck does it hurt.

15 minutes later and anxiously awaiting for MacGyver to get home:

15 minutes after bee sting

And then 30 minutes later, finally MacGyver returns:

30 minutes after bee sting

45 minutes later and a trip to the pharmacy with MacGyver:

45 minutes after wasp sting

1 hour and 2 Benadryl later:

wasp sting

And to save myself the embarrassment, let me just tell you that my entire arm now looks like that and it’s red and swollen.

I do not seem to be having the typical allergic reaction that I get from a bee sting however the swelling is quite bad so I am treating it with regular doses of Benadryl and watching it closely. I am praying that it does not affect my long run tomorrow as I am really trying hard to stay on target with my marathon training and hopefully, I will also be able to work on that post I’m so excited about tomorrow or the next day.

I would like to leave you with a note of caution and some advice. If you do have an allergy or have had a severe allergic reaction in the past and you are supposed to carry an EpiPen, please do so. Also, check to make sure that it is not expired, and if it is, please get a new one. Runners especially, should always carry one if they have severe allergies. It could save your life one day.

Have you ever been stung by a bee or a wasp? Did you have an allergic reaction?