Where have I been?

Miles Run: 0 today but been running slow and semi short distances since I got sick.

Pints of Beer Consumed: 0 – I am on a no sugar diet so I cannot drink beer.

Complaints: Freaking Cedar! 

So, last time I wrote, I was just recovering from being sick. Low and behold, I have not been running as much as I should because the sickness is still with me – my lungs are angry at me and getting back up to full running strength is difficult.  So, while I will be participating in the marathon, I will be walking for part of it and maybe most of it.  My heart is still there, I just need my lungs to follow.

So, what is it anyway?  It’s the damn cedar.  Here in Texas, cedar is lethal.  You think I joke, but I do not.  In fact, read this:

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — While the rest of the nation battles frigid cold and snow storms, South Texans are dealing with a massive blizzard of pollen. Record-breaking Mountain Cedar pollen counts – the worst since the 90s – are causing even the least symptomatic to suffer.

Mountain Cedar, the most prolific pollinating tree in the world, is a drought-tolerant evergreen shrub or small tree, most prevalent in South Central Texas. The pollen can cause a severe allergic reaction during the winter months, with strengths 20 to 30 times worse than its nearest competitor, Ragweed.

Allergy sufferers are seeking medical attention in droves for relief during the remainder of the two-month pollen period, which usually concludes the second week in February.

Nationally renowned allergist and pollen specialist Dr. Paul Ratner, who heads up Sylvana Research in San Antonio and is on the cutting edge of Mountain Cedar pollen studies, says, “In all my life, I have never seen so much Mountain Cedar pollen, especially in the Texas Hill Country. To call what is happening a blizzard of pollen would not be an exaggeration.”


When they say people are seeking medical attention – they aren’t kidding.  In fact, I was so overcome with sickness – lost voice, sneezing, coughing, headache, hard time breathing – that I finally went to the urgent care where I was charged 150 bucks for a visit where they basically gave me a script for steroids and allergy medicine which game to a total of $300 bucks, fyi.

Anyway, my point here is more to do with the fact that sometimes you get an idea in your head and you run with it (pun intended) and it just doesn’t always work out.  Last year at this time, I’d bee stressing out about it – trying to control the situation. Austin has made me calmer though and I’m just going with the flow.  Instead, I run inside on really high cedar days and outside when its warm, sunny and cedar is low (those three factors do not always coincide, however).  It helps that I have teammates who are in similar situations and will be walking some as well.  Thank goodness!

Hope to post again tomorrow!

Your now sporadic poster,



2 thoughts on “Where have I been?

  1. Andrea says:

    I am sorry you are sick and the pollen is making it difficult or impossible to recover. Just know we all still support you and that there is NOTHING wrong with walking part or all of the marathon, the point is that you are dedicated! YOU ROCK Leigh! xo

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