For the past few years I have been among the people aligned in the “anti-Hoka” running community. Just another fluky trendy shoe that will soon disappear. After recently talking with a few speedsters running in Northern Arizona, who are Hoka sponsored I decided to give them a shot. I picked up a pair of Odyssey’s and when first wearing them around my house I was impressed with the plus feel but stableness without trying to control motion. I initially thought maybe the new hardwood floors in my house had something to do with it-why?- so I went out for a run. My feet, calves and legs love the cushioned run. I now know why people can do multiple long hilly back to back runs in these shoes and not feel beat up. What was just as surprising was when I downloaded my GPS data to Strava I was only 10 seconds behind a local segment PR-one I hadn’t been able to get within 15 seconds of when trying. I was out for an easy trial run that day. Today after doing a hard 10.5 miles in the hills around here I wore the Hokas and ran through the segment area, pushing it. When I got home and logged on I saw that I captured the CR by over 20 seconds. I am sold now. I need to get a trail pair next.
They may not work for you, but that is what’s great with running, there are so many shoe and gear manufacturers out there you can find what works for you, despite what the voices of knowledge say.
Also today I also wore a pair of Stance golf socks. Why does that matter you ask? These socks have non slip strips on the bottom that keep the sock from moving while running. Thus no blisters. And they are comfy and made of wicking materials. A good deal for $5 at Marshalls.
The new breakfast of champions.
Table of energy expenditure for endurance athletes.
If you didn’t know running in humidity sucks. The gear sucks, but add in humidity and I wanted to give up yesterday. At the turn around point I took my shirt off and rung it out. I swear there was close to 250 ml of sweat on the ground (see picture below). Gross but true.
By circus I mean the competitor group and their carnival rock and roll races. They tried to get in the world of triathlons a few years back and for whatever reason that failed to catch on ( congrats tripeople) As there are only about 5 of them yearly, but recently I have seen more and more of their greasing up to the new breed of American trail and ultra runners pimping their movies, books and getting them to write articles about ultra running and training for competitors website. I have also heard in the past year + that competitor has been sending out their staff to pick the brains of trail race directors making it apparent that they are preparing to start their carnivals (and free labor from volunteers-another post for another time) on the dirt.
I know that in many areas my thinking and style are out of the norms but I think most people enjoy the small race feel of trail running and getting into nature away from the bustle and noise of road races.
Stick to what you have monopolized Competitor (and your hedge fund ownership group) and please leave the dirt trails alone.
i was lucky enough to have a ride who was “ok” with me dropping a lot of money on an Apple watch. Basically a several hundred dollar accessory. After weeks of waiting I started to get emails saying the delivery date was moving up. Then a week before Father’s Day it arrived so it ended up being my Father’s Day present which was fine by me. The packaging was pretty amazing. Very first class in my opinion. It took me a little while to get it set up the way I like it but now it has become my daily accessory. Even have it dialed in for my running without the phone and get pretty accurate measurements.
Stainless steel with the sport band. I am also getting the metal link band.
My house flooded from the fire sprinklers, state track and more crap.
Fun stuff those floods. Ruined all furniture, flooring, electronics and more. At least insurance is covering it.