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OKC Memorial Marathon: Mama's got a new pair of shoes ... again

Shoes are kind of a big deal for runners.

You probably guessed that, huh?

Well, shortly after deciding to train for the half marathon at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, I figured I’d better go get some new shoes. I’d had my pink pair of Brooks Glycerins for several months, and I didn’t want them to wear out before I ran the half.

So, I went to see my friends at Red Coyote, and they set me up with a pair of Newton Fates. They were light weight. They had these extra cushion lugs in the soles. I loved them.

But the arch in my right foot didn’t.

Every time I ran, the ball and arch of my right foot would get this ache in them. Not shooting. Not debilitating. If you’ve read my blog as I’ve been training, you know I’ve run as far as nine miles in those shoes.

But I kept thinking that it was just a matter of time before my foot got used to the shoes, that the pain in my foot would eventually stop.

It didn’t.

Thursday morning, I did five miles, and as an experiment, I wore my old Brooks. Maybe the pain I was feeling was a product of running more miles. Maybe it would be there even in my old shoes.

It wasn’t..

The good folks at Newton have a 30-day return policy. Don’t like the shoe for any reason, and you can return it no questions asked. So, that’s what I did. I took the Newtons back to Red Coyote and got a new pair of Brooks Glycerins instead. I just didn’t want to get to the day of the half marathon and be thinking, “I wonder if my foot is going to hurt for 10 of these next 13.1 miles.”

I have to say, I was sad to leave the Newtons behind. I ran farther in those shoes than I’ve ever run. They were a part of something very significant to me. Even though the shoes and my feet weren’t meant for each other, the shoes were a symbol of how far I’ve already come.

Here’s hoping I feel as nostalgic about my new Brooks here in six weeks or so when I cross that finish line at the half marathon.

Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›