by Beth on April 6, 2010

I gave up already.

I had bought two pairs of reading glasses from CVS and was using them faithfully. My eye finally stopped twitching for the first time in months, so I figured I was on the right track with the power.  Amy showed me all of her cute reading glasses and I was all ready to go shopping for super stylish pairs to stash in the car and around the house. She even has a tinted pair for reading in the sun. Reading glasses wouldn’t be so bad.

I realized that I hadn’t had an eye exam since my Lasik procedure 5 years ago, so with my insurance card in hand, I headed to the eye doctor for a check up and to make sure I was buying the right strength. One hour later, I left the office with contacts. I’m such I wimp! I tend to be a little absent minded, putting things down and forgetting where I put them. I’ve already lost one of the two pairs. The other pair is stretched out from sitting on top of my head. I don’t know why I can’t manage glasses like other people do without a problem. Sitting in the office, I decided it was time to get real about my personality and lifestyle. 



So my adventure into eye wear is over. I’m now trying out multi-focal contact lenses. I hope that my health at some point doesn’t depend on keeping track of an object, because if it does I am going to die.

Tomorrow is another big day with a health care professional. My foot is finally better and I’ve decided that I’ve had enough of wearing orthotics. I’ve had them for two years and haven’t been able to wear anything but my running shoes except for brief periods of time. I look longingly at all of my cute sandals from summers long ago and know that I will be in pain if I wear them for more than an hour or two. I have an appointment tomorrow with the doctor helping me with my PF. He’s going to help me figure out how to get rid of these orthotics. Even if I could wear other shoes for half the day, it would be an improvement. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.

Fighting against Father Time is time consuming and expensive! Eye Doctor, Foot Doctor, Geez! Or maybe I should say Geezer!

Since this is a running blog and is not sponsored by the AARP, I guess I should end on a running note. So far, April is off to a good start. I got a couple of 6 milers in plus 8 miles on Saturday. I’ll run again on Thursday before my 10 mile race this weekend. I’m looking forward to the race since Mike and 3 friends are doing it with me. Since it’s handicapped and I’m on the slow side, I’ll be starting before most of the group. I’m a little worried that it will feel like I’m being chased. It’s an out and back, so it will be fun to be able to see everyone and cheer for each other. I’ll let you know how it goes!


MissZippy1 April 7, 2010 at 3:29 am

You sound like my twin–I need to look into reading glasses soon, I have to admit. I also want to ditch my orthotics b/c I am sick of wearing stupid shoes and not the cute sandals I’d like to wear, all b/c of PF!

Some good news for you–you won my Runervals giveaway! Send me an email and I’ll get it out to you!

heather April 7, 2010 at 6:27 am

Ha! Unorganized personality + athletic endeavors + hectic running around + book addiction: that’s totally me too. And I wear extended wear contacts. :)

azrunning April 7, 2010 at 7:32 am

I thought Lasik surgery was supposed to get rid of the need for contacts. Can’t they just do an adjustment? I ask this because I had the surgery 5 years ago too.

Anne April 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Your description of yourself made me smile :) Sounds like contacts are the perfect solution.

Good luck with your race…looking forward to reading all about it!

I Run For Fun April 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Ha…contacts are best.

I am keeping my fingers crossed for you…hope you are able to continue running without pain. I am still reading Born to Run…and while I am enjoying it, I am now totally confused…and second guessing everything I’ve been told about running shoes.
Good luck for the race!!!

Ultrarunner Brian Philpot April 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm

It’s hard to fight our getting older and everything that comes with it. I still fight with glasses all the time, it’s fun Hahaha!

amytrigirl April 7, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Okay, you caught me. The REAL reason I have so many dang pairs of glasses is that I lose them all the time. Then I find them. Then I lose them. Then I find them.

And so it goes.

GREAT job on your running so far this spring!

You are a long way from geezer island.

BrianFlash April 7, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Way to try and ditch the orthotics! At some point this summer I’ll buy a pair of Vibram’s and start trying to get a little more basic with the shoes, at least for short runs.

Beth (velma) April 7, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I also have exteded wear contacts – love them! Good luck with the foot doctor – I think we are near the same age and we aren’t old, but I feel like I am falling apart lately.

GOod luck at the race – it sounds like a blast!

Tina @ Gotta Run Now April 8, 2010 at 4:34 am

Hope your new multi-focal contacts work out! I wear daily-wear contacts and occasionally use my reading glasses (1.25 power, maybe).

I hope you have a great 10 mile race! I’ve never raced in one like that. Should be fun!

Londell April 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I know when i had lasik they tried to convince me to get one cut for distance and one for reading. I declined. I never mind wearing glasses when reading but hated when active, and I wanted the best vision when active, not one good near and one far. I learned needing reading glasses is a sign of aging we can never run from. I hope you find contact a good option for you, but i sure do not miss them…

As for the PF, I had it 17 years ago and only found shots did the trick. A few years ago, it was time off and yoga… Good luck!

Julie April 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Hi Beth,
Your post totally made me smile:) I wonder when my horrible eyes will get worse…I don’t want to think about it! Good luck with your ten miler this weekend Beth!! I can’t wait to read your race report!

Bill (Love to Run) April 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Good Luck in the 10 mile race. Good Luck with the foot. Good Luck with the eyes. Hey, Good luck with everything. :)

meg ling April 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Have a fun race, I’m excited for you!
I have eyes that are getting worse and worse. I just bought some running/sunglasses/reading glasses all in one and I can’t wait for them to get here. I have a tough time seeing my Garmin when I’m running. Ugh, aging!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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