Sunday, October 09, 2005

One not-so-fun run

Some of you already know that my friend Carolina and I are training for the Philadelphia marathon. We're using a fairly straightforward training program, with 3-4 short runs during the week, and one long run each weekend, and the distances increase slightly each week. So far, I've been fairly motivated, but yesterday I had to practically drag myself out of bed to get up and run. I was tired from having stayed up late to watch a movie about Heidi Fleiss, and it was windy and raining. We ran a loop along the Charles River, got soaked, and no matter what direction we were going, we were running Bob Seger style (against the wind). My discomfort reached a new level when I was stung by a bee, for the first time in my life. Right on the meaty part of my calf. It hurt like a biatch. It was a yellowjacket, not one of those round fuzzy bumblebees, who I imagine are quite friendly and would never do something like sting a miserable, drenched jogger.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's your educational funfacts for today about bees: in England apparently what we call bees are called wasps. Wasps are the bad bees that sting people and aren't called bees at all. The word bee only applies to bumblebees and apparently those are the good ones and they don't sting people and they're the ones that make honey. Wasps don't do anything useful like make honey and only sting people. They have no idea what I'm talking about when I use the word yellowjacket. Now I'm also still trying to figure out what those insects are that we used to call wasps going up, because they were neither yellowjackets nor bumblebees.

Jon said...

Maybe if you ran faster the bee wouldn't have caught you.

Kim said...

I feel like you should have one of those motivational posters with the big picture and labeled PERSISTENCE.

Good for you guys that you got out and ran in the crappy weather, sorry it was so miserable!

RE: the english bee/wasp factoid... maybe I'd find it to be more credible if the poster wasn't always so Anonymous!

mj said...

are you sure it didn't hurt like a Bee-atch?

eileen said...

bah-dum-bump (that's supposed to be a drum beat).