It’s no secret that I suffer from allergies.

I am on 4 daily medications for allergies and asthma, with a rescue inhaler when I run or am around allergens. I also had 9 (count ’em) years of allergy shots. I am a medical marvel.

But allow me to put on my science hat for a moment and explain what allergies are – a reaction to a harmless substance. Cat dander is not hurting me, pollen isn’t attacking me – but my body acts as if it is. And it rears its ugly head in the form of wheezing and itchy eyes and allergy-induced asthma.

My running game lately (still sticking between 2 and 2.5 miles for the reason I’m about to explain) has been suffering. Even with the steroid inhaler and the rescue inhaler, exerting myself for 2 miles feels like 4. Add in the heat and you have a recipe for hot mess.

There are so many things in life that mimic allergies – things that we *think* are trying to hurt us, but are innocuous when it comes down to it. With the end of the school year, colleagues and students alike are exhausted and sometimes snarky at best. I’ve been truly trying to focus on best intentions and giving people the benefit of the doubt, praying deep down that they aren’t actually trying to hurt me or get under my skin.

I leave for Hong Kong soon and hope to do some running there! Although if it’s anything like last year, we’ll see how that turns out. Boyfriend has given me a new love of hiking though, so some sweet photos will emerge nonetheless.


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