Running Blind and Peanut Butter Cookies

by Joanne on January 10, 2012

Trying to see the stats on my Garmin was getting more difficult in the dim morning light. 


I’ve gone months refusing to accept that my eyes are changing and reading has become more of a strain.  Finally, I took the plunge and asked the doc about multi-focal lenses.  Now I’m in the transition phase when my cornea may take up to a month to reshape itself back to normal (I was wearing the CRT lenses – night lenses that reshape your eye so you don’t wear contacts during the day). 

This morning’s run was quite the challenge.  Shane was my seeing eye dog as we ran for 8 miles.  I couldn’t see distance very well (but my Garmin was crystal clear!).  It was hard to tell if what I was approaching was a MONSTER or a rock.  My eyes were fixed on Shane to see if his ears went up, fur went up or he showed any sign of impending doom.  

The good news is that I didn’t trip or fall.

The bad news is that I got sick of running blind and decided to finish my scheduled 10 miler on the boring treadmill. 

The bad news is I couldn’t see the TV while running. 

The good news is that I ran those last 2 treadmill miles really fast and got through it quicker.  

Once I put my glasses on, I was semi-ok.  Pet peeve:  I won’t run in corrective lens glasses or sun glasses.  There’s still some adjusting to do but after a visit to the optician today, no one need be afraid that I’m driving a car.  I can see distance again! Open-mouthed smile

bad driver

Do you workout wearing glasses? 


This is the Apple Crumbles special peanut butter cookie. It’s soft and chewy and the best cookie you’ve ever tasted…well, then again you haven’t tried my special oatmeal raisin cookie. 

Preheat oven to 300 F. This recipe will make approx. 3 to 4 dozen cookies


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup) – room temperature
  • 3 whole eggs (slightly beaten)
  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Optional items: 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. ginger, 1/4 tsp. hazelnut syrup
  1. Combine the first 3 ingredients in small bowl. If using cinnamon/ginger, mix into dry ingredients.
  2. Blend the 2 sugars together then add the butter and beat until creamy.
  3. Add eggs to the sugar mixture and blend.
  4. Add the peanut butter and vanilla (and hazelnut syrup if using). Mix until fluffy.
  5. Gradually add into the sugar/peanut butter mix, the dry (flour) ingredients. and mix just until well blended.
  6. Drop on ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Dip a fork into cold water and make a criss-cross pattern on the cookie while pressing down slightly
  8. Bake approximately 25 minutes.




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  • At 2012.01.10 22:37, Monet said:

    I adore a good peanut butter cookie…and I still haven’t found my favorite recipe. I can’t wait to try this one! Thanks for sharing with me. I just finished baking and decorating three cakes…I’m exhausted! Now I’ll dream delicious eats! I hope you have a blessed week, my friend!

    • At 2012.01.11 08:16, Ali @ Peaches and Football said:

      I love peanut butter. I love cookies. I ADORE peanut butter cookies!

      I have terrible eyes and they are getting worse. I’ve tried lots of multi-focal lenses but I have some weird issue where my eyes can’t adjust to far away and then up close even with the correction adjusted. I felt bad going back each week with “no difference” to the Dr and stopped going… but it’s getting to the point where I shouldn’t drive at night anymore. Guess I need to go back again. Hope yours work GREAT for you!!! The transition is tough, it takes some time, but keep with it!

      • At 2012.01.11 10:11, Misszippy said:

        I’ve never heard of these lenses! I, too, had to give in to impending far-sightedness. I wear contacts for nearsightedness. I’ve decided that this is the year I’ll get LASIK and the wear reading glasses when I must. Getting old–so much fun!

        • At 2012.01.11 12:43, Eftychia said:

          Yummy cookies. Thanks for sharing!

          • At 2012.01.11 15:51, Susie said:

            This cookie looks tasty!!!! Bummer you couldn’t see the tv while on the treadmill although I see some crazy outfits at the gym sometimes many of which seem inappropriate so not seeing things may not be half bad lol.

            • At 2012.01.11 16:49, Dana @ Cooking at Cafe D said:

              I hope you continue to heal well!

              My eyes have changed and because I have a really complex Rx, it’s about $800 for a new pair of glasses. Ugh. You can’t tell I have a complicated Rx, but I do…

              Seriously, hinders reading.
              Have to hold the book up to my face and have the glasses off.

              Fingers-crossed, I’ll have new specs soon 🙂

              • At 2012.01.11 18:30, Heather said:

                I actually had lasik done because I wore glasses (hated wearing contacts) and couldn’t stand them falling down my face all the time when I worked out! (priorities, right? 🙂 )
                I absolutely LOVE soft, chewy cookies. I’m gonna have to give these a try!

                • At 2012.01.11 23:43, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

                  LASIK made such a difference in my workouts since I could actually see everyone else in the gym and where I was going when I ran. Unfortunately I could also see myself in the gym mirrors too. 🙂
                  Good luck with the doctor visit and those corrective lens! And yummy looking cookies.

                  • At 2012.01.14 04:12, Sophie said:

                    Ooh your cookies are looking so tempting! Yum!

                    Happy 2012 filled with tons of joy, great health & lots of running too! 🙂

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