Put on your running glasses!

The 2009 Boston Marathon

Monday was Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts and the annual running of the Boston Marathon. The above photo, from 2009, was my first time watching in person and was amazing and thrilling. Having cheered on the runners again in 2010 and 2011, I can say it is no less inspiring and something I will think about as I struggle through my “couch to 5K” running plan. Next year I think I’ll hold up a sign that says “Watching you is making me really tired!”

As I watched the race, one thing I wanted to pay attention to was whether any marathoners were wearing glasses. Not special funky reflective, speed-demon exercise sunglasses, but “I need these or I’ll run into the Bay” spectacles. Like mine. Because I HATE exercising in my glasses, but I also hate to waste a pair of disposable contacts on an hour of exercise when I’m wearing my glasses the rest of the day. I went out on a 5K training run the other day in my glasses. It wasn’t so bad. And while watching the marathon I did see more than a handful of runners cruising by in good old regular glasses. I also saw a guy dressed as a gorilla, several Easter bunnies and a guy playing a guitar while running.

Maybe one of my blog friends, like Roni, who have a much bigger readership with lots of runners will see this and pose the question for me: Do you run in glasses? Anyway, just something I’ve been thinking about as I try not to give myself an excuse to avoid a run. I’ll also think about all the amazing wheelchair athletes and runners with other challenges participating with guides, running on artificial limbs, etc. If they can do it, I really can’t complain about my glasses bouncing and slipping around on my face.

2009 Boston Marathon


2 responses to “Put on your running glasses!

  1. For what it’s worth, I was told once by an optometrist that if my glasses bounced around while I was running, they probably needed to be re-fitted. I do run about 20 minutes on the treadmill at the gym, and don’t usually have a problem.

    Sliding down with sweat, tho – not much to do about that. 🙂

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