There’s nothing like heading out for a run to get your muscles moving and your heart pumping. And whether you’re jogging for exercise or racing for that competitive thrill, all you need is a little support and a few helpful tips to … well … hit the ground running–no matter your level of vision.
The first step to running with vision loss is to have a sighted buddy, or guide, to go with you. There are many running groups that can help pair you with a guide. And if you already have a friend who wants to guide you, these groups and their websites offer some great tips. Check out the resource section for more information.
You’ll want to find a running guide who’s at least as fast and as strong as you. That way, they can talk while running at your speed. And if you’re planning to run together by holding a rope or a strap, you should both be about the same height. We’ll cover that technique in a minute.
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