As XC season enters the bigger meets of the year here is a typical interaction between myself and a high school teenager who is trying on racing spikes. Usually a boy
Teen- I need spikes (Stares a hole in your face)
Me- Awesome! Do you know what size trainer you normally wear?
Teen- Uh size 10
Me- OK, lets get a measurement just to make sure
*Teen measures for a size 11*
Me- Ok I think 11 will be better lets start there and see how that feels
As this is going on you can feel the kids mom or dad’s eyes burning a hole through your soul. Like don’t fuck up my kids feet shoe boy.
I come back with spikes
Me- Have you worn spikes before?
Staff- Ok no problem. Just so you know spikes are very tight fitting and aren’t the most comfortable things to wear so keep that in mind when you’re trying them on
*Tries spikes on*
Teen- They are too tight
Teen’s Parent- He’s saying they are too tight
Me- Ok just take a walk around a little bit and try to get adjusted to them
Me- Remember you won’t be wearing these for a long period of time. You run fast and then get to take them off right away haha
My poor attempt at humor
Teen- Can we try a bigger size?
Me- Yes of course that is no problem. But I will say if the spikes fits too long you may run into problems.
Teen- Uh ok
*The staff member goes back to the stock room and tries not to cry*
Me- Ok here is a half size up. Pretty dope color right?
Me- How is it feeling?
Teen- It feels big
*I say to myself “I’m dead inside”*
Me- Ok. I honestly think you will be ok in the smaller size. You want them to be a little tighter so it feels like it’s almost a part of you foot. It will make you feel lighter and quicker and give you that competitive advantage that you need in your race.
Teen- Ok I’ll do that
Teen’s Parent- At this point has totally checked out. Uhh yea sure ok lets do those.
Your patience is always tested.