‘True Hipsters’ run in OKC Memorial Marathon

Out of almost 800 relay groups to participate in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, the “True Hipsters” ranked 158.
The True Hipsters relay group was put together by Dr. Brandon Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon for the OSSO Healthcare Network.
Johnson, of Yukon, has helped numerous patients overcome their injuries. These patients in particular were told they would probably never be able to run again, until they met Dr. Johnson.
The True Hipsters had a final time of 4:10:04. In the Open MX division alone, they ranked 48 out of 225.
Five of Dr. Johnson’s patients ran in the race, including Lisa Pittman and Ivey Lawson, both of Mustang; Alicia Abla of Yukon; Milana Foster, and Katie Wright. Some of Johnson’s office team also participated.
Lawson, who graduated from Mustang High School in 2012, didn’t run as part of the relay, but individually ran the half marathon before meeting up with the other True Hipsters at the finish line.
Abla, who graduated from Yukon High School in 2002, completed the first leg of the relay before continuing on to run the full marathon.
Pittman, who graduated from MHS in 2002, ran the second leg of the marathon.
Lawson played basketball in high school. She then attended Oklahoma City University to study human performance. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in December and will be starting physical therapy school in 2018.
Lawson suffered through pain all through high school, but wasn’t diagnosed with a labral tear or impingement until her freshman year of college after joining the rowing team. She had surgery in 2013, but never fully recovered so her rowing career was over.
“That’s when I fell in love with running. I’m only a little bit competitive,” Lawson joked in her biography. “I was able to run through the pain for a couple of years but eventually had to back off of running.”
Lawson was recommended to Dr. Johnson and eventually had another surgery about a year ago.
“My long-term goal has always been to run the half marathon,” Lawson wrote in her bio. “I am healthier and stronger than ever and am hoping to train for the full marathon next year.”
Pittman grew up playing competitive fast pitch softball then played two years of college softball at Seminole State College.
Not long after that, her love for running began. She ran her first half marathon in 2007 and have ran several half marathons since.
Pittman struggled with acute congestive heart failure in 2011 after delivering her son, Tucker, but got back to running as soon as she could.
She continued to be active not only through running, but also in her daily life with her son, until she began suffering from hip pain in 2014. She began looking for doctors who specialized in hip pain and found Johnson, who she said she was instantly happy with.
“My main thing is I was super active with my young son so that was really why I went to see him,” Pittman said. “My hip was limiting a lot of the things I was doing with my son—sitting on the floor playing with him, sitting on the floor helping get dressed, or jumping on the trampoline with him. I was just having a lot of trouble with that.”
Pittman had her hip surgery in May 2015 and is now recovered and discharged as a patient of Dr. Johnson’s.
“But we ran the marathon together and I plan to go see him for my knee. He’s definitely the doctor that I would choose for further orthopedic issues if they were to come up,” she said.
“[The marathon] was awesome. It was so neat to see him take such pride in patients being able to get back to being able to functioning the way that they were. All of us were just so excited that he had the idea to put together this team of his patients. It was just nice to see a doctor that cares so much that his patients have returned to running again. We had a blast. It was really nice to meet him down at the finish line and talk to him and update him on how we were doing.”
Pittman played softball with Abla and knew her since they were young so when Abla began complaining of hip pain Pittman referred her to Dr. Johnson.
Abla ended up having her hip surgery in September 2015.
She said she’s been recovering since then without incident and it’s been an easy recovery.
“It’s taken about a year and a half to feel completely normal, but I’ve also challenged my hip in ways that a lot of people probably don’t,” Abla said. “The marathon in Oklahoma City presents a big challenge, but it was very enjoyable and it’s inspiring to see all of the people who have much bigger challenges than what I’ve faced succeeding in their goals.”
Abla said she enjoyed doing it with Dr. Johnson and some of his other patients.
“I was lucky enough to participate in the first leg and I got to run the first leg of the relay with everyone. It was fun participating in a group then going on individually to complete the full marathon,” she said.
Abla added that she especially enjoys the OKC Memorial Marathon.
“With the marathon, if you go out there, even if you’re not a runner, the emotions that you feel when you’re participating in that event—you know there are people out there who were part of that. There’s a runner at Red Coyote who was in the bombing. Being out there with all the people and seeing all the names on the signs. In the marathon while you’re running, you just think about all of those people the whole way through,” Abla said. “Other marathons are great, but this one actually means something and means something to our city.”
The OKC Memorial Marathon was Abla’s first half marathon to run, so she said it was great to be back out there after her hip surgery.
“Being able to participate in it again and be able to run the full after hip surgery—it’s just good to get back to your roots,” she said.
Lawson is on a mission trip and was unavailable for comment at presstime Wednesday.

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