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Comments on A Trail Runner's Blog: Sensing The Trail In Front Of You – An Interview with Sharlene Wills, Blind Trail Runner





Updated: 2017-11-19T17:36:55.070-08:00

 



Amazing interview with Sharlene. It's hard eno...

2010-06-18T20:09:53.654-07:00

Amazing interview with Sharlene. It's hard enough for me to not trip over my own feet while I run on a flat road. It must be she has increased sensitivity of her other senses. Hope she will continue enjoying to run for a long time.



Hi Scott. Nice job on this blog. I'm a write...

2010-04-08T20:35:13.502-07:00

Hi Scott. Nice job on this blog. I'm a writer (and ultra runner) and I happen to be writing an article featuring visually impaired and blind athletes. I would love to interview Sharlene for my article. can you send me her contact info or refer her to me. My somewhat neglected running blog is www.ultrawill.com and I have a secure email form where you can contact me (rather than posting my email). Thanks!
-Will Laughlin



Here's a recent article about Sharlene doing the H...

2006-08-18T14:39:00.000-07:00

Here's a recent article about Sharlene doing the Hansen Dam Triathlon.

SD



ERICB - Thanks for the request, and yes I will po...

2005-01-30T10:11:00.000-08:00

ERICB -

Thanks for the request, and yes I will post some opinions on the 2005 Trophy Series soon. The RACE Across California (my peak race for the year) was canceled for 2005, so I'll be turning more of my attention to the TRM Trophy Series. Be sure to check out the article on Michael Robbert - he would have won the trip to Italy had it been a prize in 2004, thanks to over 20 races run.

SD



Scott - Thanks for sharing this interview. Sharlen...

2005-01-29T08:51:00.000-08:00

Scott - Thanks for sharing this interview. Sharlene you truly are amazing. I run short trail races and couldn't imagine doing them without seeing. I do agree though that trail running despite its difficulties is my fav race to run. Dawn



Scott, when are you going to post the "how to win ...

2005-01-28T17:14:00.000-08:00

Scott, when are you going to post the "how to win the trip to Italy in the trophy series" entry?!? Do I need to race 15 races or 30?!? - ERICB

I guess 30 wouldn't make sense...for that amount of money I could fly myself to Italy!



Sharlene, feel free to take as much space as you n...

2005-01-28T09:59:00.000-08:00

Sharlene, feel free to take as much space as you need for a comment. The more the conversation we can post, the more others can enjoy listening in. I appreciate you taking the time.

Cheers,

- SD



Actually, Janet, you're right, and I like running ...

2005-01-27T22:41:00.000-08:00

Actually, Janet, you're right, and I like running at night, too. I have had one dog, not my present one, who did and could do full marathons with me and loved every minute of those races, too. She also recovered from them much faster than I did! Usually, though, I only take my dogs in 10Ks or maybe half marathons, because, unless they're willing to train on a track, there are just too few opportunities to get in long runs with them. They are, after all, guide dogs, and it goes against all their training to have them run in the street where cars are whizzing by just a few feet (and sometimes inches) away. Also, if I stay on the sidewalks, they will naturally stop for curbs, etc, so that slows us down and throws off rhythm. Anyway, thanks everyone for your comments and questions. I'm not sure how these blogs are meant to work, but if my comments are too long, or some other arrangement is expected here, let me know. Anyone interested in carrying on more discussion or who has more questions, feel free to email me directly at tenagra@sbcglobal.net. If it's okay to continue here, though, I'll do that, too.
Sharlene.
P.S. There are some amazingly silly people out there, I'm afraid, who simply don't use common sense when making arguments. Oh, well. That's life, eh?



The dog is "pulling" you?!? You've got to be kiddi...

2005-01-27T13:44:00.000-08:00

The dog is "pulling" you?!? You've got to be kidding. That's almost as rediculous as "marijuana is a performance-enhancing drug" from the last winter Olympics. Geez!



Sorry to have to remove a few posts - there seems ...

2005-01-27T13:41:00.000-08:00

Sorry to have to remove a few posts - there seems to be a bug in Blogger.com that is reposting Charlie1's questions over and over.

Cheers,

SD



I bet you are great at night running! Can your dog...

2005-01-27T13:39:00.000-08:00

I bet you are great at night running! Can your dog run the whole marathon with you? If so, that's a pretty awesome dog.
Janet




2005-01-26T18:35:00.000-08:00

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Hi, Charlie1, again, Sorry, I forgot to respond to...

2005-01-25T23:33:00.000-08:00

Hi, Charlie1, again, Sorry, I forgot to respond to your query about ever having trouble with race directors? Actually, the L. A. Marathon gang tried to barr me from my very first marathon unless I had a sighted guide (I planned to do the race with my guide dog). After crazy negotiations, threat of suit and lots and lots of publicity, the Marathon backed down, and I completed my first marathon without training and without proper shoes and clothing, but without getting lost off the course or hurting mhy dog. Since then, the only other problems I've had were that the Race Walking Commission (so said a coach, anyway) would never allow me to enter a race using a guide dog, because they felt I would have an advantage by being "pulled" by the dog. I never went up against them because I started running instead of walking. And, once, on Catalina, although I had, fairly won my age division by well over two minutes in a 10K race, I was passed over, and the award given to the 2nd place finisher, the feeling again being that my guide had "helped me by pulling me". In road racing, the guide runs next to the blind person, not in front, and pulling on the tether only serves to keep both runners off balance. In trailrunning, even though the guide goes in front, there is no "drafting" or pulling involved, either, mainly because my pace is slow, but also because, again, pulling hard on the "tether" would only increase my chances of tripping.
No trail run race director has ever refused me and, in fact, they, on the whole, seem delighted that I want to try their race and are as accommodating as they can be.
Sharlene.



Hi, Charlie1 and others, I'm not a computer progra...

2005-01-25T22:10:00.000-08:00

Hi, Charlie1 and others,
I'm not a computer programmer, but there is software that translates screen text into speech, so that's how I can surf the web and respond. Graphics are difficult, but the geniuses who work with adaptive technology/devices keep scrambling to help us out. As for a website discussing how to be "a good guide", not that I know of. Most people who offer to do it, I've found, do just fine, especially if they can listen to the suggestions I give them as to how to guide better and are not afraid each and every time I kick a rock or slip a little on pine needles. Every runner falls, and a good guide just says, "Ooops" and we keep on going (that is, if the bone ain't showing). Those who run trails tend, anyway, to be more mindful of their surroundings, so, in some ways, they have it easier than someone trying to guide in a road race for the first time. The most difficult thing, I believe, for a trailrunning guide is the need for quick, descriptive verbalization, which can be almost nonstop, if I don't have trekking poles. In longer races, when possible, I find that having two guides works best, because they can do the guiding in relays.
Sharlene




2005-01-25T11:14:00.000-08:00

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Is there a web site that talks about how to be a g...

2005-01-25T09:03:00.000-08:00

Is there a web site that talks about how to be a good guide?



Sharlene, thanks for responding to questions. I'll...

2005-01-24T22:18:00.000-08:00

Sharlene, thanks for responding to questions. I'll throw out another if you don't mind. Although I have no idea how you're able to cruise the Internet and respond!

Do you ever get resistance from race directors when you tell them you want to do their race? Have you ever been told "no"?

Thanks, Charlie1



Actually, trekking poles are not allowed at Pike's...

2005-01-24T19:33:00.000-08:00

Actually, trekking poles are not allowed at Pike's Peak Marathon because of the narrowness of the trail, but I'm hoping they will be allowed for just The Ascent. They are allowed at other races, such as Wild, Wild West.

I have one correction about the run where the race director allows time handicaps: it is run in the Angeles Crest area, but it's called the El Prieto Handicap, and he only allows about 50 people.
Sharlene Wills



Are poles illegal in trail runs? I see them all th...

2005-01-24T14:39:00.000-08:00

Are poles illegal in trail runs? I see them all the time.

- Charlie1



wow! she sounds like a trouper. so do her guides -...

2005-01-24T14:35:00.000-08:00

wow! she sounds like a trouper. so do her guides - that must be tough. she has some good friends.

Gnite