A Bugged Run!
So…I got to go check out the ER today.
But lets back up a bit.
With 12 miles on the docket, my wife and I got out the door at 4:45am this morning in hopes to get our long run finished before the sun came up to roast everything. Even at 4:45am it was a balmy 78 with a feels like temp of 87. You could even see the moister hanging in the air as we ran by the lights.
We left the house and headed across the Arkansas river to run the North Little Rock side of the River Trail. Our first 3 miles went by fairly smooth without seeing another soul on the trail. Along the next three miles, still dark, we started to meet some of the hardcore bikers flying down the trail. They were out early too trying to get their training miles in for the upcoming Big Dam Bridge 100 bike race. After being passed and almost hit by two idiot bikers that didn’t have lights on their bikes, we arrived at our turn around point.
We quickly filled up our water bottles and headed out for the return trip. Running alongside the river, in a fairly wooded area, I get hit! I stop in my tracks and start shaking my head like crazy. My wife stopped and inquired as to what was wrong. ”A bug flew in my ear and I cannot get it out!” It was trying to fly while in my ear every few seconds. It was very uncomfortable.
My wife, the MacGyver that she is, took her water pack and pulled the bite hose off. I tried to suck the bug out by using the bite hose. We spent almost 15 minutes working to get the bug out. With dawn starting to break, bikers were passing us on a regular interval now. I can only imagine what they thought as they came around the corner and saw a guy with a bite tube hanging out of their ear.
The attempts failed to remove the bug; however, I think it was a brilliant idea. I knew now that I would have no choice but to run 5 miles home with a wing flapping bug in my ear. As long as the bug wasn’t moving, the discomfort wasn’t too bad. Every few minutes the bug would try to fly and “oh boy” that was bad.
We finally made it home and Kim looked up “how to get a bug out of your ear.” We exhausted several home solutions to no avail, so a trip to the ER was the only other option at 8:00am on a Sunday morning. I hated to go to the ER for something so stupid, but I hated knowing what it was going to cost even more. I even recall saying at one point to my wife, “it should work itself out naturally in a few days.”
At the ER, they didn’t seemed to think it was a big deal. I am sure they see many strange things in the ear. The Doc came in to pull that sucker out and said it was deep. All the way up to the eardrum. I think the Doc shoving the forceps down my ear hurt more than anything. He finally got it out. That thing was a little over an inch long and had to be as round as my ear canal.
A bug in the ear is a first for me. And I hope it is the last.
I may have to rethink this “no earphones” thing…
Pic1. Trying to get the bug out using the internet as my doctor.
Pic2. The ER
Pic3. The pain in my ear. Damn bugs!
5 miles this morning. A nice 67 degrees and a little breeze. Not to bad for August in the Rock.
Heading back to the Rock tomorrow. I stayed behind for an extra week, after the family left, to get in some much needed mountain biking. It has rained almost every day and the trails are to wet to ride without damaging them. I have had 0 rides and just two runs this week so far. Oh well, I tried!
Anyway, once home I will be back on the straight and narrow of good eating and working out regularly. I may even start strength training. Something I have wanted to do for awhile now.
Starting her day in the wee hours of the morning and finishing late in the evening, on a daily basis she would average about 50 miles through a variety of outdoor conditions. She hiked onward with minimal sleep and consumed as many as 7,000 calories daily for 46 days in a row.
This was the life Davis lived in summer 2011 as she set the record on the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, for one of the fastest supported thru-hike times, finishing in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes.
I went to see Jennifer Pharr Davis speak last night. It was very interesting. Makes me want to go do it now. The hike, not the the record.
Made some Sprouted Spelt Loaf Bread. This was my first time to sprout spelt berries to put in bread, but I love a little crunch in my bread. It turned out great. I also sifted out some of the bran and germ from half of the fresh ground spelt flour I used. I think that gave it a lighter airier feel more like a typical wheat bread you find in a store. Everyone liked it! I will be making this one again. Next time I will not rush the process and will let it rise more in the loaf pan.
6 miles this morning. Fairly warm for a morning mountain run but overall a good run at an easy pace.
Chemistry rules! And yes, I am a nerd.
Three miles @8:30 pace this morning. I wanted to do 4 or 5 miles, but couldn’t fit it in before I had to head out.
The phone said it was 68, but I was still soaked by the time I was done. Even with the heat and humidity, running at 250 feet is so much easier than at 7250 feet!