Running Blind (or Visually Impaired)

Earlier this week I had to drive to Utah for work. I had kind of a scary day though, my right eye kept going completely blurry. I had to pull off the freeway and sit with my eyes closed for 20 minutes to restore vision a few different times on that drive.

The next day my vision was still wrong, so I made an emergency trip to an eye doctor. He said I was probably having some kind of reaction to my contacts and gave me some prescription drops, a combination steroid and antibiotic. I was also told to not wear my contacts for the duration of the treatment.

I hate wearing my glasses! Loathe it… and when it came time for today’s run, I cheated a little and wore my contacts. I think that wearing my glasses would have been worse though, they make my eyes hurt. At least with the contact the eye was just blurry. (Less blurry than my terrible vision on its own!)

Anyway, today my mom and I ran a 5K race. On a trail. At 10,000 feet elevation.

It was HARD. But it was also fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat. But I would prefer to be able to see properly.

I started the race with a woman who lives near my mom, we figured we would run about the same pace. And my first .5 mile was right around an 8:30 pace… and then it slowed dramatically from there.

I really started sucking air, it was so hard to breathe. And then when the trail got more technical, I slowed down even more just because I was a little afraid since I wasn’t seeing things that clearly. The trail got narrow, steep, rocky and had some switchbacks so it definitely required some focus and attention that road races don’t require.

I crossed the finish line in 33:46. At first I was a little disappointed in this time. But then I remembered that I was in elements WAY different from my normal runs. And the winning female did it in about 27 minutes, so everybody on this course was slower than their usual. I actually came in 15th out of all the women. (I don’t know how many women were in the race, but there weren’t ONLY 15 – just FYI!)

Terri asked me to take photos while I was in Utah and I didn’t take as many pics as I wanted. There were two different paths that I had wanted to run during the week, but my vision was shot and my schedule was so packed I didn’t get as much running in as I would have liked. But I did get a couple photos with my iPhone at the race that actually turned out. (Other pictures were too dark, it’s hard to snap photos when the glare from the sun prevents you from seeing the screen!)

New condos being built across from the chair lifts.
New condos being built across from the chair lifts.
My mom post-race. I dress her in Fleet Feet Las Vegas apparel!
My mom post-race. I dress her in Fleet Feet Las Vegas apparel!
Me after the race. My hair is in a crazy too short/too long stage.
Me after the race. My hair is in a crazy too short/too long stage.

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