I have to say I’m amazed about how much new stuff there is to do as you get older. Maybe it’s because I’m older I think that I know it all and I don’t expect new experiences. Maybe it’s because getting older brings its own issues and you have to think of something new to cope with them!
So, number 1 new experience this week.
Varifocal contact lenses. In the space of 4 years I have gone from someone who didn’t need glasses, to a nice pair of readers, to millions of pairs of cheap readers scattered everywhere in my life, to varifocals because I need them for work, to varifocals a lot of the time and now, with the final insult ‘ your distance vision is going, you should be wearing glasses to drive’ I have opted for contact lenses.
I’ve had them for a week and I can only marvel at the technology that lets me stick a bit of what looks like wet cling film in my eye and I can see. Most of the time. If I can’t see I blink and it usually re focuses. I think I might have been doing quite a lot of blinking on my first trip out to the supermarket, because someone smiled at me. Maybe she thought that I was winking with both eyes? Maybe people smile at me a lot and I haven’t been able to see without my glasses?
Most horrific was being able to see my face clearly in the mirror and realising that it isn’t the case that I look better without makeup as I get older….
Most amazing was being able to see the numbers on my sports watch during the run!!!!!!
Wow! More chance of getting the mileage right then!
My other new experience relates to the first. I can only wear the lenses for 10 hrs per day, so on Tuesday I took a pair to work so that I could put them in at lunchtime and wear them until bedtime, purposefully so that I could wear them for a run in the evening to try them out.
My running schedule slipped a bit last week, missed Friday so ran Sat instead of resting, rested Sunday instead of running, but on Monday instead of running when I should have been resting I rested, so in the end I missed a run. On Tuesday I had to run, otherwise I would have missed two and then I would be on a very slippery slope, sliding away from my marathon goal.
As always I was busy (whinge whinge) got home about 8 did kiddy bedtime, cooking and eating and it was 9pm. Mmm.
9 pm is the TV ‘watershed’ in the UK , after that time it’s adults only TV, However for me 9pm marks the beginning of ‘wind down to bed time’. I don’t start doing any work; experience has shown that if I do I will be up all night – either in a ‘state of flow’ – nice if you can get it but a bit tiring the next day, or unable to sleep because I am either excited about what I was doing or worrying about it. Usually I watch TV in an indiscriminate mind numbing kind of way, read a little bit, bed at 10 asleep by half past.
I’ve never considered going for a run after 9, 8:30 til 9:30 yes, 9 -10 pm no. For goodness sake isn’t that when all the bad people come out? in the dark! And surely I wouldn’t be able to get to sleep afterwards!
But on Tuesday I had my lenses in, especially for the purpose of running and I needed to try them. Throwing caution to the wind I went for a run in the middle of the night!!!!! ( actually it was 9pm which I know is early for night owls) New experience number 2!
It was great. I think the fact that it wasn’t raining and there was a balmy wind helped to make it a positive experience. It was cloudy, but despite there being no visible moon the clouds appeared to be lit from below. Once out it didn’t feel late. In some places – accident hotspots I suspect- the council have installed halogen street lighting, so it was like daylight in patches! Did I meet any marauders? No just people out with prams and dogs.
I needed to add a half mile onto my usual route, so I’d picked out some streets on the map. Thanks to my contact lenses I was able to read the street names and didn’t get lost! I slept fine and was so pleased with it that I did the same on Wednesday.
Thursday was a rest day, and Friday I got caught up in family stuff so I didn’t realise the time until well after 9 so I missed my run, by accident. Oops. Back to where I was last week.
Ran today and planning long run tomorrow, so 13.5 miles so far and 20 when I do my 6.5 tomorrow😀
Far better to be running than watching TV!