Unlikely Training Shoes

I WONDER IF ANY OF YOU WOULD HAVE LOOKED AT THIS HIGH HEEL AND PEGGED IT AS THE SHOE OF A RUNNER?

FOR ONE RETIRED BALLROOM DANCER THAT’S WHAT SHE SEES WHEN SHE LOOKS AT HEELS. ALLISON LEVINE HAS THAT STORY.

ALLISON: YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW IT FROM THE SMILE BEAMING THROUGH THIS INSTAGRAM VIDEO --

BUT FOR IRENE SEWELL AND OTHER RUNNERS LIKE HER, FINISHING A MARATHON IS NO EASY TASK.

IRENE: THAT'S MY GOAL, IS JUST TO FINISH THE 26.2 MILES TOMORROW.

ALLISON: AS IF THAT WEREN'T HARD ENOUGH --

IRENE: I WILL BE RUNNING THE MARATHON IN HIGH HEELS, WHICH IS SUPER EXCITING.

ALLISON: IRENE'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY USE A DIFFERENT WORD.

IRENE: THEY THINK I'M CRAZY.

ALLISON: IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHY SHE'S DOING THIS, YOU'RE NOT ALONE.

IRENE GETS THAT A LOT.

IT ALL STARTED A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN SHE READ ABOUT A LONDON WOMAN'S QUEST TO BE THE WORLD'S FASTEST MARATHON RUNNER IN HEELS.

IRENE: SHE ULTIMATELY DIDN'T GET THE RECORD. SO, I WAS JUST READING ABOUT HER AND I THOUGHT MAN, WITH MY DANCING BACKGROUND AND NOW RUNNING BACKGROUND....

ALLISON: IRENE USED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL BALLROOM DANCER, SO SHE'S PRETTY USED TO MOVING IN HEELS.

BUT RUNNING A MARATHON IN THEM?

IRENE: NOT IN HEELS, NO.

ALLISON: THAT'S NEW.

IRENE: IT'S GOING TO BE AMAZING, HOPEFULLY.

ALLISON: SHE TRAINS ALL OVER CHATTANOOGA.

BUT RARELY IN STILETTOS.

HER PODIATRIST RECOMMENDED AGAINST THAT, SO INSTEAD....

IRENE: A NORMAL TRAINING FOR A MARATHON AND THEN THROW IN THE HEELS EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE.

ALLISON: TO BREAK THE GUINESS WORLD RECORD, IRENE HAS TO CROSS THE FINISH LINE IN UNDER SEVEN AND A HALF HOURS.

IRENE: THAT EQUALS OUT TO ABOUT A SEVENTEEN MINUTE MILE PACE.

ALLISON: IF YOU ASK IRENE, THESE NEARLY THREE INCH STILETTOS WERE MADE FOR WALKING -- ACROSS THE FINISH LINE.

IRENE: THAT'S KIND OF THE MOMENT THAT I RUN FOR.

ALLISON LEVINE, REPORTING.

RICK: THANKS ALLISON. IT APPEARS ALL THAT TRAINING PAID OFF BECAUSE IRENE SEWELL MANAGED TO BEAT THE 7-AND-A-HALF-HOUR RECORD WITH TWO MINUTES TO SPARE! WOW AND OUCH!

NOT SHOES I WOULD WANT TO SLIP INTO.


Find Out More


Website: Guinness World Records  | Read some fun stories here, but check your school or public library to find the book.

Website: Running in the USA | Interactive site helps you search for running events.

Website Article: Inova Children’s Hospital, KidsHealth, Safety Tips for Running | What’s the best way to get that exercise.

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