Finding the right fit
As snow covers the Kansas City area, it’s hard to get excited for the local 5K race that I’m doing this weekend for arthritis awareness. But regardless of the weather, I can take comfort in knowing one thing is certain: My shoes are the right fit. Yep, all of that summer training, the Chicago Marathon, the Kansas City half … I ran all of it in shoes that were too small. In a nutshell, my feet are long and my toes are short.
When the guys at New Balance measured from my heel to the ball of my foot, the readings put me at a size 13. But my toes only stretched to the 12 line. That’s why I had spent the last 10 years crammed into size 12s. It wasn’t until I tackled longer distances that I noticed my toes were getting punished. So now I’m breathing easy in a brand-new size: 12 1/2 narrow. The extra 1/2 gives my toes room to do whatever they do down there; the narrow keeps the rest of my foot from slipping. So with my new shoes keeping my feet happily in place and my Forerunner 305 keeping my legs steadily on pace, all I have to focus on this weekend is having fun. And keeping warm.
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