During yesterday’s rainstorm, which kept switching from drizzle to downpour, I decided to run my regular neighborhood route in an Iron Man mask. The mission: Determine whether I will be able to see and breathe during Sunday’s CHaD Hero race at Dartmouth College.
Here’s what I discovered:
PROS — Mask shields face from rain and wind, blocks facial expressions so bystanders do not know if I am out of breath.
CONS — Loss of peripheral vision, can’t see my feet, very difficult to scratch my nose.
Overall, though, I was pleasantly surprised how much oxygen seeps through the eye holes and under the chin. I had no trouble breathing in this mask despite the tiny mouth and non-existent nostrils.
I have no idea if I got any funny looks from the neighbors or passing cars because I am nearsighted and without my glasses I cannot see distant faces.
I’m now ready for Sunday!
It’s not too late to support the Garnick Justice League‘s run for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD).
POSTSCRIPT – The Stonehill College sweatshirt is a souvenir from when I produced a student recruitment video a few years ago. How pathetic is it that I no longer own a sweatshirt from my alma mater?