Saturday, January 22, 2011

Running in the Rain with Glasses

St Johns Bury St Edmunds
 Day 22 of Janathon and this morning as I stepped out doors for my run I was enveloped in a sea of dampness. It was one of those penetrating damp mornings that called for a second layer over my thermal top and  I wore a windproof jacket. I popped a hat and some gloves on strapped my IPOD on to my arm and I was away.

It soon began to lightly rain as I set out out on a 5 miler around Bury St Edmunds. I don't mind running in the rain. For me it is preferable to windy, icy or hot conditions. The only downside for me is that I wear glasses. As the rain became steady and I warmed up my glasses  fogged up and were wet. Your vision is then rather limited and occasionally as I run I have to try and find something to dry the lenses on even if it just gives 2-3 minutes of clear vision before they become smeary again. At some points I give up and run holding my glasses as I can see more. There isn't really a worry about tripping and falling over with smeary glasses its just that you can't see as well and take in your surroundings so you are almost running blind.

Something I have never tried,  but thought of whilst getting wet this morning was those demister products you can get for wearers of glasses playing sport. I don't know if they work or are just a gimmick and I am not sure exactly where you would buy them from. A quick look on the Internet suggested a motorbike shop . Anyone tried a demister product for their glasses and do they work?

I completed my run as the rain became more heavy carrying my glasses as I reached home. I ran my last mile a bit faster as there was an added motivation to get home in the dry. But as I say I don't mind a run in the rain and somehow the shower always feels a bit better as I kind of reward.

I am hoping to reach 100 miles of running probably on Monday all being well. Keep on running Janathoners.

Day 1 - 5 miles
Day 2 - 5 miles
Day 3 - 4 miles
Day 4 - 4 miles
Day 5 - 3 miles
Day 6 - 2.52 miles
Day 7 - 7 miles
Day 8 - 3.5 miles
Day 9 - 2 miles
Day 10 - 4 miles
Day 11 - 4 miles
Day 12 - 8 miles
Day 13 - 3 miles
Day 14 - 4 miles
Day 15 - 3 miles
Day 16 - 4 miles
Day 17 - 6 miles
Day 18 - 6 miles
Day 19 - 4 miles
Day 20 - 3 miles
Day 21 - 4.3 miles
Day 22 - 5 miles

Total 94.3 miles


  1. Anonymous11:53 am

    Fingers crossed for your 100 and fingers crossed that you find a solution to the glasses issue. Here#s to a good last 8 days!

  2. Nearly there now, well done, will run your century in the next couple of days too.

  3. Anonymous6:51 pm

    Can't help with the glasses query, I'm afraid. You're tantalisingly close to 100miles - will it be one run or two to reach it?

  4. good work... even with the glasses issues, those I know who need glasses wear contact lenses so I'm not sure on a solution to that one... good luck on reaching the 100 mile mark on Monday :-)

  5. Anonymous10:31 pm

    Well done on the century. Regarding the glasses & demister, I wear glasses and if it looks like rain, will wear a baseball cap pulled down as low as possible to keep the rain off. Also, motorcyclists use washing up liquid on the inside of the visor to prevent misting - wipe a thin layer over the inside of the visor / glasses, allow to dry and then wipe over with a piece of kitchen roll then breathe onto the surface. This will even put the surface of the washing up liquid so that vision is not distorted. They should now be mist free for a few weeks. Try this before spending money on demister.


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