I decided to brave the "Black Friday" traffic (which was null, at least on my chosen path) and make my way to Breakaway Running in Memphis. I just knew that I needed a different kind of shoe, at least through the remainder of my pregnancy. Chasen taunted me by insisting they'd put me back in the same Brooks. We'll see about that!
So in I went. I was a little anxious since there were only male workers there; I was hoping for a running mom who had "been there, done that." Oh well - a girl can dream! I started spilling my history/saga to a nice young man. Soon the manager, whose runner wife went through a similar saga, wandered over (wearing a BAA jacket). They looked at my Brooks Adrenaline and were appalled at the wear patterns. Horrified is more like it. Seeing that I was in an orthotics/stability shoe combo (which is apparently a no-no in Memphis, unlike Little Rock) the manager gave me a sad look and asked "Did you get these at [local competing store that is actually nationwide]?" I said "No, I got them here." "You got these HERE?" he gasped. "WHO sold them to you?" Uh oh! He looked it up and it was a former manager. He apologized profusely and insisted on giving me a 15% discount on whatever I bought. Wow!
In fairness, and I told him this, I never had such foot pains prior to pregnancy, i.e. my former shoe/orthotic combo seemed to work decently. Nonetheless, as Arland predicted, they insisted on putting me in a neutral shoe. They brought out Brooks (go figure!), New Balance and Saucony. Wouldn't ya know it... the Brooks felt like heaven on earth! They really seemed to sort of prop up my feet, i.e. not let them roll outward (no pain!). So now I am the ecstatic owner of some Brooks Radius 7.
I will break them in, officially, tomorrow on Teddy Tready.
They feel just wonderful! And, even without the discount, they're $10 less than the stability shoes. We agreed that I'd probably have to go with yet a different model after giving birth. Such is life! I can't wait to put some miles on them and, hopefully, reap the rewards.