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Long time lurker emerging here.
Anyway, I'm just wondering if there are any other deaf/hearing impaired runners around? And if so, would you like to share any problems you might have encountered running?
For me, the winter poses the biggest problem. I live next to a canal, so the footpath is ideal for running. But when the days become shorter, I'm not sure if it's as safe, and I would not hear an aeroplane land behind me, let alone an axe murderer approaching. I suppose the roads might be second best, but I don't know about the long-term impact on running on concrete - it really doesn't seem ideal.
I'd like to enter some races this summer, possibly a 10k. But I know I want hear the person next to me, or any announcements. Has anybody tried writing relevant information, say, on the back of their shirt? Especially if something unpleasant happens and you require assistance anyway.
And what have your experiences been with a running club? Mostly, I prefer running alone, but the social interaction might well motivate me to keep up and improve overall. However, I don't know how many would be patient with somebody that might not be able to follow instructions right away - it takes me a while to familiarise myself with a new person and lip-reading.
Not complaining about any of this. In fact, it is nice to be able to literally switch off the world at times (and when O.H asks me to do anything like housework!), but I'm curious about the practical problems that some of you might have encountered.