John McKay Doesn’t Let His Blindness Prevent Him from Exploring the World

John McKay won’t let something like blindness prevent him from running outside and experiencing the world and nature.

John McKay

John McKay

Running is hard enough, but can you imagine running trails when you can’t clearly see the difference between the trail and a tree root? Not only does John love running, but his favorite place to run are trails, where he definitely has a hard time seeing some of the hazards that he must navigate.

But he won’t let a few scrapes stop him.

This Episode Sponsored by Runner Box

This Episode Sponsored by Runner Box

In addition to talking about how he’s able to adapt to running with his blindness, we talked about his other passion which is rock climbing and bouldering.

Here are a few of the highlights from my chat with John.

  • An issue at birth that ultimately led to his blindness
  • Going out for the cross country team in high school and college
  • Being fully embraced by his high school teammates as a member of the team
  • Things he’s learned about himself as a runner
  • The dynamics of running with a guide
  • Being a competitive rock climber as well as a runner
  • How making a blind joke helped him get into rock climbing via Catalyst Sports
  • How to react/interact to runners that have visual impairments

If you’d like to connect with John, you can find him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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