Unlike the first time I told a scary story on my blog – aka the post where I ugly cried on the side of the road during a terrible 15 mile long run – this is the kind of story you could probably tell around a campfire to scare small children. I need some recommendations on sunglasses to wear when I run. Swim goggles. A snorkel set. Gas mask. Basically anything I can wear on my face to keep what happened on Saturday from EVER HAPPENING AGAIN.
Warning: This story is kind of gross. So if you just ate some food maybe come back and read it later. Or if you were just thinking about eating donuts, but are trying to watch your sugar intake, go ahead and read it now.
I’ll call this one…
No dark and stormy nights this time. On Saturday morning it was pleasant – albeit a little humid – when I went out for my 8 mile run. From the beginning things felt so much better than they had during my 6 miler on Wednesday and I was cruising right along just happy to be outside.
The incident occurred during mile 3. Out of nowhere one of those pesky little gnats flew directly into my left eye. You know the kind I’m talking about and I know I’m not the first person to experience such a thing. It’s not the first time this has happened to me either and initially I didn’t even stop, but after running a few yards I could tell the bug hadn’t bounced right off or gotten stuck in my lashes. So I stopped and used the camera on my phone to see if I could see anything lodged in my eyeball, inadvertently taking this ridiculous selfie that I couldn’t NOT share with the Internet:
Anyway, as you can clearly see there is not a gnat to be found. I was satisfied by this and went along on my merry way. The rest of my run was enjoyable and my eye wasn’t bothering me in the least. By the time I got home, I had all but forgotten about my mile 3 gnat encounter.
Until I was in the shower.
Mr. Salt goes to work on Saturday mornings and I was hurrying to get showered and get myself and Betty dressed to go to her gymnastics class. I had just rinsed the shampoo out of my hair when suddenly I felt a sharp pain in my left eye. Like something was stuck in there.
I jumped (carefully) out of the shower, ran to the mirror and started pulling on my eyelid in the same way I was in that picture above. I saw nothing. I pulled the lower lid down. Nothing. I was just about to write it off as a soap-in-my-eye experience when I looked to the right and a black speck appeared in the corner of my eye. OH MY GOD.
BUG IN MY HEAD.
BUG IN MY HEAD.
BUG IN MY HEAD.
BUG. IN. MY. HEAD. I was gagging as I swiped it out with my finger. Obviously Mr. Gnat from earlier had gotten stuck to my eye, rolled into an unknown area of my skull, and was having a party back there or something. While I ran 5 miles with him IN MY HEAD. I don’t know. I was so grossed out I couldn’t even think straight. I frantically yelled for my husband and told him that if I suddenly became very ill that day it was likely due to the gnat party going on inside my head. (Like I actually said those words.)
He looked at me like I was insane. (Probably because I sounded insane.) Whatever. I’m allowed to be insane when I just had a BUG IN MY HEAD for an extended period of time.
Has this ever happened to anyone else!? Or am I just REALLY lucky?
Anyway, as I mentioned at the start of this post, I am now in search of sunglasses that I can wear while running that will stay on my very narrow face. In the past I would have been all “Bonus points for cheap!”, but the way I see it now, you can’t put a price on not having bugs in your skull.
Do you run with sunglasses? Any brands to recommend? Will you run with sunglasses on now that I have told you this horrifying story?
I hope everyone has a happy, gnat-in-your-head free Tuesday! I’m sorry if I grossed anyone out. 🙂