Saturday, April 12, 2008

Our First Run Together

today my mom and i went running. We started out walking, no blindfold, with a tether. Then we put the blindfold on me and walked again. it was an odd feeling and completely different to me. we started to jog. We really weren't going very fast. At times i wanted to take the blindfold off because i felt uncomfortable not knowing where i was going. I didn't remove the blindfold because to anyone who is blind taking the blindfold off isn't an option. There isn't a blindfold to them. I had never thought about what it is like to truly not look at where you are going. This is a challenge that is totally new to me.

I started writing thank you notes to people who have donated. my mom is making me do these now so i can keep up with them. when the vision 5K is done i'll have plenty of bat mitzvah thank you cards to write too!

keep you posted on our next runs...

bandanas work as pretty good blindfolds
an elastic headband worked as a tether
try the tether on both hands so you know which is better for you, once you find out, don't keep switching back and forth
for the guide learn to estimate how many steps it will take for certain distances so you can count off for the blindfolded runner


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