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Allergies Are Annoying

Happy weekend all! Hope you are enjoying it. Are you dressing up for Halloween? I haven’t decided yet. Nothing like some last-minute decision-making. If it comes down to it, I’m sure I can throw together a black cat costume and pick up some ears and a tail at Ricky’s. We shall see…

How was everyone’s Friday? Mine was crazy busy. I attended a work event in New Jersey in the morning, then caught a ride back to NYC and attempted to finish up all of my regular work in the afternoon.

However, what made things seem even a bit more stressful was that with all of this craziness going on, I was also coping with a very bad allergic reaction to the mosquito bites on my arm. I have NEVER in my life had an allergic reaction like this. The mosquito attack took place on Wednesday night, when I was bit five times. On Thursday, the bites looked pretty bad, but by Thursday night they were out of control. Here’s a picture that kind of shows it.

See all the redness up and down my arm? Those are huge bug bites alright. Determined to get in a run, I headed out to the East River Esplanade right after this picture was taken for a quick run. Not only are these bug bites bright red, but my entire arm is about twice its normal size. I think of my left arm as appearing like a Popeye arm. The bites are so swollen and itchy it’s ridiculous.

So running with a giant, red, throbbing, swollen, itchy arm was not very much fun. I managed to get in a good 4 miles before it got too dark. Here are my stats:

Mile 1 – 8:54
Mile 2 – 8:45
Mile 3 – 8:43
Mile 4 – 8:29
.26 – 2:36

Total mileage – 4.26 miles in 37:28. Average pace – 8:47 minute miles

I thought maybe things with my arm would start to get better on Friday. And I know this will sound impossible, but it got worse. Now my arm was throbbing and painful to touch. I made it through the day okay, but when I got home last night (Friday), I popped two extra strength Benadryl and prayed for some relief. I didn’t want to take the Benadryl during the day because it makes me so drowsy. And indeed, by 8:30 p.m. it had kicked in and I was feeling loopy and tired. My arm was feeling a little less huge and throbbing though. I vaguely remember moving into the bedroom around 10 p.m. after realizing I had fallen asleep on the couch.

And so how’s it looking this morning? Still swollen and painful, but it seems like maybe the swelling is coming down a bit.

I have also instituted a “no opening the window” policy for the rest of the early fall season. It stinks that I can’t let the fresh air in right now – since it’s sooo gorgeous out. But I just can’t risk another attack.

So my question to you all – what are you allergic to?

Obviously, I now know that I was allergic to this particularly mosquito. I have never had a reaction like this before though. I’m also highly allergic to dogs. I know so sad. I get the usual sneezing and chest congestion, but then if the dog happens to lick me, I break out in hives. I’m also allergic to cats. Yes, I know – what about Murph? I take a daily generic antihistamine that I get from Wal-Mart called Equate.


I don’t actually take this everyday though because after living with Murphy for 4+ years, I’ve sort of become immune to him. Funny how that works. But when I’m around other cats for an extended timeframe, I do have to take one of these pills.

How do I know what I’m allergic to, you might ask, other than the terrible reactions? I went to an allergist a few years ago and he gave me the allergy prick test on my arm and then watched as the allergic bumps popped up. Unfortunately, mosquitos were not part of the allergy test, although maybe I should recommend to the doc that they should be.

Regardless, I am going to continue taking Benadryl until the itching and swelling subsides. Hopefully I can get in a run today and then tomorrow as well…possibly with my Popeye arm.

Have a great weekend all!



Hi all! Phew – I’ve been a little MIA lately for various reason: busy, semi-sick and more busy. When I last left you, I’d have my coughing attack on the subway. I’ve started feeling much better in the past two days, but I still have this itchy dry throat feeling that really gets me coughing. It seems to be worse at night. Last night was especially bad when I went to bed. I’m thinking post-nasal drip? (Eww isn’t that the worst name for it ever?)

Anyway – enough about my coughing problems! I’m hoping they will fade away soon. I think a lot of it has to do with allergies. I took another rest day on Wednesday because I still wasn’t feeling hot. But then last night, I got my butt back out there running. I was excited to run after my short two-day hiatus.

Do you ever find taking a mini break rejuvenates you and makes you appreciate your runs more?

I headed out for a nice run after work last night – the weather was fabulous. Not fabulous: my Garmin trying to locate satellites. I think after its little freezing glitch on Sunday, Garms was a little out of wack. I stood around waiting for it to locate satellites for a solid 10 minutes before I decided the heck with it! I needed to get out there and had a decent idea of the distance, so I told myself I’d starts Garms whenever it was ready.

I also put myself to a little test last night. Since Garms was having issues anyway, I decided to run at whatever pace felt good and comfortable and then I’d check my pace only after I got home (once Garms started working anyway).

Garms finally located those darn satellites after about 1.25 miles, so I pressed start and then firmly averted my eyes and refused to look at Garms again until the end. This was to be my true test of what pace I think I could potentially maintain during the marathon. Here are my stats from mile 1.25+ on.

Mile 1 – 8:24
Mile 2 – 8:25
Mile 3 – 8:14
Mile 4 – 8:39
Mile 5 – 8:13
.65 – 5:46

Total Garmin mileage – 5.65 miles in 47:43. Average pace – 8:27 minute miles. In total, I estimate that I ran 6.65 miles.

And I can certainly live with those times/pace for my marathon. I think this was a good test to put myself through. Sometimes I feel like I rely on my Garmin too much and wonder if I’m only running faster because I’m watching my pace or if I’m really comfortable at that pace.

If you have a Garmin, do you ever run without it? Do you ever feel like it’s dictating your runs too much?

I think a break here and there is good, so you can appreciate the run for how it makes you feel, rather than how fast you ran it.

Before I sign off, I’ll leave you with this gem of a photo from the More Magazine Half Marathon on Sunday. I’m looking pretty fab:

It’s okay to be jealous! Hahaha. What’s with my face? I look totally bored! Also – you can definitely notice that I have a tiny pea-sized-head in this picture because my hat is completely overwhelming me. No clue at what point in the race this was taken. But I love the water on the ground – proves it was realllly raining.

Alright all – have a fantastic weekend! I’m headed upstate for a wedding and am super excited. It’s going to be gorgeous – 85 degrees. Happy wedding weekend to Jenny and Kevin!!

Brooklyn and the Blogger Hubby

Good morning all – how was your weekend? Mine was busy and good, but I feel a bit exhausted at the moment. I was supposed to go for a run this morning, but my allergies were out of control and I felt not so hot. So I bailed and will have to add that run to the end of my week.

After my long run on Saturday (yay for 17 miles!), I headed downtown to meet my friends Rachael and Stephanie at the Brooklyn Bridge. From there we walked over the bridge into Brooklyn. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally walk the Brooklyn Bridge. It was very pretty, but also very busy. It was so crowded, I didn’t even want to stop to take some pics.

When we got into Brooklyn, we headed to Rachael’s new apartment in Carroll Gardens. It was super cute and in a fun area. We went to dinner right around the corner, but I can not for the life of me remember the name of the restaurant. Rachael and I got risotto, she got seafood and I got mushroom. It was amazing. Stephanie’s pesto pasta dish looked awesome as well. Here are the two risotto dishes:

Seafood Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

So yummy! Afterwards we hung out at Rachael’s apartment and watched a not-so-great movie: New York, I Love You. There were soo many big name actors in this movie and it was about New York, we thought for sure it would be good. It was not. I actually fell asleep about halfway through. Oops! I guess the 17 miles finally hit me.

On Sunday we woke up around 9:00, had some breakfast and then headed out. My allergies were going a bit haywire because of the doggie and they just continued to flare up all day Sunday and into the night. I told Hubby when I got home that his hopes of ever owning a dog are slim to none.  

Do you suffer from animal allergies or seasonal allergies?

My allergies to dogs are decidedly worse than to cats. Murphy is one lucky kitty cat.

While I was out exploring Brooklyn, it seems Hubby was spending some quality time in the kitchen. I came home to find these:

A huge plate of white chocolate chip cookies. And he also made some venison stew this weekend. He documented his progress – what a little secret blogger at heart! 🙂


Oops – he also snuck in a Murphy snuggling shot:

After – when the stew was complete:

After a Sunday full of laundry (3 loads), vacuuming and cleaning. I was happy to not have to cook and enjoyed some of Hubby’s venison stew:

And I know I gave up sweets for lent, but that giant plate of cookies is bound to get stale, so for the sake of not wasting food I also ate a few.

I try to be helpful, you know?

I’m excited for this evening. I’m attending the Village Voice Choice Eats (thanks Megan for sharing the event info on your blog!) with my friend Katie. Then tomorrow it’s back to the grind, marathon training and hopefully 100% health. 

And congrats to all those people who ran the NYC Half Marathon on Sunday! I saw a ton of runners on my way home on Sunday morning and I was just the tiniest bit jealous (ok really jealous).  What a perfect day for it. Have a good Monday all!