Did you know wearing the wrong sunglasses could actually result in a bad run? I am a little ashamed to admit this, but I have spent a lot of years running without sunglasses because they bothered me or didn’t make me look just this cool.
Luckily as part of my Oakley ambassadorship I was able to tour their rolling O Lab for a truly eye opening experience. If you, like me, have never purchased an expensive pair of sunglasses and can’t even fathom why you would need them PLEASE read this. I was amazed, awed and learned some really important lessons.
In the very cool rolling O Lab we were treated to a number of demonstrations about the durability, flexibility and more of these glasses. In picture one you can see a machine where they fire bb’s at the glasses to help show you the power that these glasses can absorb…meaning when that truck flings a rock up at your face they won’t break and thus damage your eye. The cheapy sunglasses many of us try to make due with will shatter..ouch.
They also take that HUGE spike and drop it down a tube on the glasses to show that the frame will flex with impact and again not crack and break your face or eyes.
BUT the one that really GRABBED MY ATTENTION. On the screen below is a clearly focused image…they then placed sunglasses in front of the lens to show how different glasses actually DISTORT the picture and make things blurry. When this happens your brain needs to work a great deal harder to make sense of what it is seeing and try to get you back to clear.
Let’s think about this…if my brain is working so hard to help my eyes out while I am also asking it to focus on my muscles for a two hour run…yeah it just doesn’t work out well. Your entire body is zapped of energy! Knowing that the cheap glasses are effecting my performance is enough to convince me, but paired with everything else now I truly understand that paying more is actually about getting more, not just getting a name in this case.
Honestly that single demonstration and thinking about how hard my brain is working convinced me that better sunglasses are now a requirement for my workouts. And if you are not wearing any sunglasses, let me remind you they protect against eye cancer, they protect that cute little skin around your eyes that you don’t want to be all wrinkly in the future and they provide general protection of course from things flying around while we run along the roads.
Did you know all of this? Am I late to the game on why good sunglasses matter? Do you wear sunglasses?
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