About

I am a legally blind person who runs marathons and ultra marathons.  The term blind runner is an accurate way to describe me because I am both legally blind and a long distance runner. The only thing I do not like about the term blind runner is the order of the words. Placing the word blind before the word runner gives it precedence, which implies that the visual impairment defines my ability to run. This could even imply that it limits my ability to run. 

My running, however, is much stronger than my visual impairment. My ability to complete races between 3 and 50 miles is not limited by it. I am able to do so in temperatures ranging from the low 80s to the low 30s. I have run races in torrential rainstorms and incredibly bright sunlight, regardless of my visual impairment.

The Visual impairment does  make some parts of running more challenging. Although I need to be concerned about following  the right course or not hitting obstacles that I cannot see, these are things I need to be concerned about when walking. These are just a couple of the every day challenges that all people who are blind or visually impaired face on a regular basis.

Becoming fit enough to run marathons is very demanding. This is so demanding that less than 1% of the population in the world can do so. I prefer to put a precedence on my ability to run these long distance races  over my ability to run when I have a visual impairment.