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Glasses, Tight Shoestrings, and Staying in Condition

Saturday, April 05, 2014

I got my new glasses. They have removable magnetic parts at the temple corners that make them like goggles, especially good for cycling. The lenses are Transitions, changing from clear to sunglasses. They have an adjustable removable strap in the back to hold them on tight. But best of all, they are single vision, which means I can see the ground really well, as opposed to my regular progressive glasses where the bottom is really meant for reading. When I run with the new glasses there is no doubt I can see better. I am so hoping these glasses will help keep me from falling. I know that being attentive, picking my feet high enough, and just being careful is important, too.

Today I ran 10 miles. At mile 9 the top of my feet were hurting, so I stopped and loosened my shoe strings. Couldn't believe how much that helped. I know feet can swell as you run and mine must have. Had never had that issue before, but I'll watch to make sure I'm not tying them too tight before I leave from now on.

It had been 5 weeks since I'd run over 6 miles, partly due to a cough that messed with my training last week. My leg muscles were a little sore after the run today. My plans are to do at least one 10 mile run each month so that I don't lose my half marathon conditioning. Then with one month's training, a 12 mile and 2 weeks later a 14 mile, I'd be ready. With 2 month's planning I could do even better.

I still haven't decided if I'm going to rejoin the Galloway group next session. I have until the first week in June to decide. There are many pluses and minuses. I may join, but not run with them every week. Still thinking----

Edit: yes, I will be running 3x a week and running quite a few 5Ks

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GABY1948 4/17/2014 5:12AM

    I'm sure the glasses are helping...they are our eyes afterall....I never mind what I have to spend on glasses...they are my EYES!


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MJREIMERS 4/14/2014 3:37PM

    Good for you! My goal is to run three time a week, too. It's a nice number for me and it keeps me injury free.

I'm glad your glasses are working out! Nothing worse then running "uncomfortably."
Keep at it!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/7/2014 6:30PM

    Good new! I hope they help with outdoor running. I can't wait to see them.

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HARROWJET 4/6/2014 9:53PM

    I hope the new glasses are better than you expect.

I am currently reading a couple Galloway books.


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DONNABRIGHT 4/6/2014 12:21PM

    Awesome idea on the glasses. If you're like me even though I wear a progressive lens I can still read well with no glasses so if you do have to read something you can just remove the glasses. One of the advantages of being near-sighted!

Sounds like you will be ready to run with your advance planning in place.

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SPINNINGJW 4/6/2014 9:25AM

    I actually want a pair of prescription goggles for swimming. I know they exist because when my kids took swimming lessons, one of the instructors had them.

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NATPLUMMER 4/6/2014 8:51AM

    Yay for glasses!!
Yay for 10 miles!! I always have to remind myself to loosen my laces a bit before I run long. Solid HM-ready plan.

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TERI-RIFIC 4/6/2014 7:13AM

    OMG progressive lenses! I got a pair two years ago and had to give them back. I know there are people who like them (including my optometrist) but they were almost lethal for me. I was walking along and heard a noise and looked quickly to the side and the vision distortion (and loss of proprioception) caused me to fall and I cracked a rib. I don't understand how anyone goes down stairs confidently with them on. Driving??? Not safe in my book. Well, I'm glad you got good new glasses.

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POSITIVE41 4/6/2014 6:02AM

    Glad your new glasses are working for you - I was supposed to get bifocals last visit - but that makes me nervous. Thanks for the shoestring tip - I wonder if that is why my one foot hurts when I run long distances. have a great day!

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FOCUSONME57 4/6/2014 3:14AM

    the new glasses sound fantastic! I have transitions this time and they do make a difference. Next time, if I don't need new progressive lenses in the ones I have, maybe I will do the same and get a single vision sunglass. I have to be very careful going down stairs with my progressives!

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_LINDA 4/5/2014 11:49PM

    Great! Glad you have everything sorted and can focus on your training plans!
You are going to do awesome!. Joining the Galloway group would mean the companionship of your fellow runners, always a bonus!
Have a good weekend!

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MSLZZY 4/5/2014 10:31PM

    Never would have thought about the shoelaces being too tight. Good call!

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WATERMELLEN 4/5/2014 7:22PM

    "Shoestrings": not an expression I'm familiar with. "Shoe laces"? Are both terms used in US?

Good idea to loosen 'em up, no matter what they're called!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/5/2014 6:44PM

    Sounds like training "maintenance" to me... and a fine plan!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/5/2014 5:39PM

    In addition to the 10 miles once a month, you'll run as least 3 times a week, right? Otherwise you won't be able to get ready for a race that quickly.

Those glasses do sound great!

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JUNEAU2010 4/5/2014 5:24PM

    Those glasses sound great!

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