Then there's the hazzard mentioned in the subject. Along my running trail in the spring/early summer there are occasionally little clouds of flying gnat-like things. They're usually from 4-7 feet off the ground (or right at face level) and they're annoying to run through. On a clear day you can see them and step around, but today not so much. Usually the rain would keep them away but given the stop-start of the weather I still ran through a few clouds of them today.
When I got home I took of my shoes, made my recovery drink, and then happened to glance in a mirror. That is when I realized that today I was the death of one to two dozen gnats. How did I know? They were still STUCK TO MY FACE.
I had run through a cloud of them right after getting rained on, so apparently the extra wet acted a little bit like glue. Ick. I grabbed a paper towel to wipe myself off and pondered a few things.
-A few people on the second half of my run looked at me a little oddly today when I smiled and waved - now I know why.
-This is total vidication for my choice to always wear sunglasses when I run. (I ran without them once and a buzzy something was around my face near my eyes. I thought I had shooed it away but apparently I had killed it with a blink because when I got home there were small insect legs in my eyelashes. True story.)
-I probably swallowed one or two, given how all over my face they were. Which leads me to the question - how many calories are in a gnat?