This weekend was the birthday celebration for my very good friend, Meredith. We have known each other/been friends since high school and has been instrumental in me making new friends and including me in so much and making me feel so welcome being back in the city.
Friday night, a bunch of us met up at a wine shop we frequent quite a bit, that has super yummy and delicious food, for a celebratory birthday dinner. What Meredith didn’t know is that we were surprising her and going tubing the next day. After a great dinner and fun night, I had to head out to take care of some things…get things ready for the next day, gas up the car, lunch prep, etc.
Saturday morning, we all met at Meredith’s house in the morning and surprised her and she was so excited! We caravanned to Asheville to go tubing. We took the shorter route and it was supposed to be around a 2 hour trip down the river. WELL. 4 hours later, we finally got to our destination and out of the water. The water was low and we had a headwind, so that created some issues and slowdowns. I put on sunscreen before I left…we all put on sunscreen. And I. got. BURNT.
I was in SO much pain. I got aloe and a spray with lidocaine. I looked like a lobster, every movement hurt…but on the up side, I never flipped over, so at least my back side was burnt. I spent all of Sunday basically incapacitated on the couch…other than having to run out to the store to get vinegar as people had told me that works in removing the sting/burn and the redness. Maybe you have to do that in the first 24 hours? It didn’t do much for me. It’s weird…I can see my body holding onto water and feel where it’s hard because of the water retention. Great story, huh? I went to work today and everyone commented on how red I am and how I’m walking so slowly because I’m in so much pain and on and on and on. Apparently, I was the hot topic of conversation today.
So, needless to say, I’m not running anytime soon. Just walking to my car and having the sun shine down on me, made me feel like my skin was going to burst into flames. I was thinking about hitting the pool, but the thought of putting on a swimsuit over these burns makes me want to lay in a ball on the ground, rocking back and forth. Dramatic? Sure. Oh well. Maybe I’ll be able to go to the apartment gym and walk (slowly) on the treadmill….although that requires pants…and pants don’t go so well with burnt legs. Oh well. I’ll figure it out.