by Daria P.
Obstacle course races are a fun way to spend your free time, while also getting tons of exercise. The idea is to push the limits of your physical capacity, but the races are designed to suit different types of people. For example, you might find a Warrior Dash to be just right for you (i.e. a 5k mud run with about 10 obstacles), while the Tough Mudder will be too much for a beginner (i.e. a tough challenge that includes swimming in frozen water and electroshocks).
One of the frequently asked questions about this activity is “what if I wear glasses?” Of course, this is a pertinent question because, on the one hand, obstacle course races imply getting your hands dirty – and by hands we mean your whole body – but, on the other hand, just because you wear glasses, you shouldn’t be deprived of your favorite sports. So the first thing you need to do is talk to your optician. In some cases, they might advise you to stay out of it, while others, might offer some good tips on what steps to follow.
If you decide not to consult your doctor about this, you can always do what other glasses wearers do: put protective goggles on top of them. This will help you keep your glasses (relatively) clean and will prevent breaking them. Remember to bring some wipes with you, because you’ll want to clean them up once the race is over (or even during, if required). Click here for more tips on the GlassesOnWeb EyeBlog.
Another option is to risk it and just use your regular glasses. This is not the ideal version, since your glasses will most definitely get covered in mud, blurring your vision. If you do decide to go with this version, use an athletic band to ensure your glasses stay on, and be extra careful during the race. Our recommendation is that you only do this if you’re an experienced racer.
Finally, if you’re wearing contacts, there shouldn’t be a problem during the race. And even if there is, there are designated medical stations that can help you out in need.
This guest post was written by Daria P. who also contributes for GlassesOnWeb.com.