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Running A Marathon Is Hard Enough – But Try Running It Nearly Blind

Runner Lisa Thompson is about to participate in her sixth Houston Marathon and 15th overall, despite being legally blind. She tells Houston Matters about the challenges of running with limited vision and the joy she gets out of the experience.

Marathon Runner Lisa Thompson
Houston runner Lisa Thompson has run in numerous marathons in Houston and across the country, despite being legally blind.

This weekend is the 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon. And running a marathon, of course, is challenging enough for most people. But imagine doing it without being able to see — or without being to see very well.

Well, that’s exactly what Houston runner Lisa Thompson is doing. She’s legally blind. Thompson has no vision in her left eye and very limited vision in her right eye. Yet she’s running the Houston Marathon this year – as she has seven other times. And this will be her 17th marathon overall.

She tells Houston Matters about the challenges of running with limited vision and the joy she gets out of the experience.

Marathon Runner Lisa Thompson

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