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Running...weeks 8, 9

Monday, October 26, 2009

I can't believe today begins week 10. I think I'm supposed to be up to 3 miles, but doubt I'll do that tonight. I'm hoping for 2.5 miles.

There have been a couple of really good runs as another beginner acted as a pace buddy for two of those night. We were also running through the area of town where I live, but haven't really ventured into parts that are past my apartment, which I love. The route takes me by local businesses of all types and all of the downtown homes, condos, etc. I'm so busy looking and gawking that my sole focus isn't on how many minutes till I walk or am I done yet.

The pace buddy is really nice, not just for setting a really steady nice pace, but also because as it gets darker (we start at 6:30, so we don't have a lot of light these days) it's nice not to be alone.

Last week presented a challenge that I hadn't given any thought to, but should have. We ran along a busy street. Now, the traffic did freak me out a bit, but remember, it's basically dark about 10-15 minutes into the run. I'm night blind. Oh, I can see somewhat, but headlights do a number on me. In fact, I try not to drive after dark unless I'm extremely familiar with where I'm going. Well folks, it's not any better on foot than in a car. Yes, at the end of the run, on this busy street, with headlights coming at me, I really couldn't see. More street lamps would probably make it better, but it's mostly residential so there just aren't that many. I mentioned this to coach as I wouldn't be doing that run again. I'd just do a route that took me off the main roads. I even stopped a bit short of the turn around point because of the sight thing and major road with a major curve. As I mentioned, traffic that close also freaked me out a bit.

I made all four nights though and made the 2.5 miles. So, I was happy with that. Imagine my disappointment when I saw tonight's route. Another major road, 3 miles, and over a two lane, busy bridge. In the dark. I'm sure it's got good hills and I'm sure in the daylight I would be fine, but I just don't see me doing this route in the dark. Even if someone stuck to me like glue (my running buddy missed last Wednesday), it doesn't change that fact that my vision will be severely limited. My solution - I'll do the neighborhood run that I like, only earlier. Two benefits - I'll be able to see, plus I'll be done earlier and have a little more down time tonight.

Still going good on the no chocolate, which makes me happy. If I need chocolate, it's coming from mostly a baked goodie on the weekend (I didn't eliminate all chocolate, just chocolate candy). For 6 weeks now, my hands have stayed out of the various office candy jars (I don't buy candy myself).
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  • S318830
    Wow. I'm sorry your vision prevents you from running with the group. But it sounds like you're doing great and are motivated to do the run on your own. That's awesome.

    I'm also trying to avoid the halloween candy. So far so good here. Good luck to you!
    3033 days ago
    You are doing more than awesome!!! You should be so proud of your accomplishments!! And it looks like we're independently avoiding the Halloween candy!!! Last year I had none at all and am planning a repeat performance!! Good to know I have a partner in this battle of wills!!
    3034 days ago
    Thanks guys! I do have the anti-glare coating on my glasses, but it's been an issue for me for years. Well lighted streets aren't as bad, but head-on headlights are just blinding to me. I've been running on my own earlier... such a change to be done before dark!
    3035 days ago
    Wow, Adlins...night running would be scary for met too! I do think Sassi is right about some kind of glasses that give better night vision. I think that there is an anti glare coating for night also. I have the same kind of problems myself. Personally, I like the idea of daytime running anyway, for safety purposes!!!
    3036 days ago
    Do you wear glasses? I am also night blind and struggled at night. I wore glasses and thought I was just tired. It was weird, the headlights made star-like bright clusters. I said it tongue in cheek to the eye doctor, laughing, saying I must be making things up. Turned out it meant my prescription had to be changed and viola, I could see at night. So just thought I'd mention it. You sure are doing well. :)
    3037 days ago
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