This week of training is going very well thus far. I have been able to stick pretty close to schedule and my body has been able to bounce back from last week’s sessions.
During a 90min run today, for the first time ever I was attacked by bugs. It was both crazy.. and hilarious.
About 35min into my run, I noticed I was being followed by several buzzing insects. With all of the blooming flowers, I assumed that they were bees.. maybe hornets??. Within a few minutes, the number of insects swarming around me were growing rapidly. Before I knew it, I had about 50 to 60 insects not only following me.. but buzzing my eyes, ears, head, neck, legs.. they were EVERYWHERE!!..
I tried batting them away with my arms to no avail… so I used my t-shirt. This seemed to provide some relief, but it was very temporary. I even tried to outrun the little buggers, but apparently these guys are in good shape.. 3miles of sub 6min pace didn’t even phase them.
Now I am getting close to the Arboretum. There are several buildings that I start to run towards while swinging my shirt & arms like a madman… and the bees are still with me. I find an unlocked door and quickly jump inside. In a fevered-pitch, I tell one of the ladies, “I am being chased by Bees!!”… She looks at me with a half smile and responds with, “Those are Horse Flies”. Good to know.
Feeling kinda stupid, I walk back outside and let one of the swarming insects land on my arm. Sure enough, it was a horsefly. Well ain’t that somethin’.
I am sure the folks at the Arboretum had a good laugh.. and rightfully so. The rest of my run was a lot less exciting… which was a good thing.