I had been in search of Hoka One One sneakers for months. The regular price ranges from $130 to $170, a pretty penny indeed. I was hoping to find a discounted pair online, however they were never available in my size, Delicate Petite. Instead, the ones that are marked down tend to be Size Clown or Sasquatch (No offense to clowns, sasquatches or anyone with feet larger than a women's 6. I'm sure your feet have served you well. Mine just happen to be unusually dainty and attractive.) (Oh, I'm kidding, they're just as calloused and stinky as yours...). I finally came to terms with the fact that I will have to pay full price. I called a local running store that went ahead and ordered a pair in my size. They come in many styles and colors, I wound up with the Cliftons in coral. Not my first choice (I preferred lime), but beggars can't be choosers. I was happy to learn that everything in the store is 15% off, so I paid $120, including tax.
The next day I couldn't wait to try them out. I laced them up (wrong) and the first thing I noticed was that I was now tall (relatively speaking). Cool! It's like wearing high heels without the excruciating discomfort. I pranced out the front door and began my 6.4 mile test run, not before tripping down the path to the sidewalk. I worried that I might be falling all over the place due to this new height, but luckily that was my only misstep. So what was it like? I told Freighbor it was like running on pillows filled with clouds and rainbows! The cushion felt great on my bones. Plus, they are so lightweight, it's literally like running on air. I have been running in them ever since with no hip pain or stumbles. You might say, I'm Hoka-ed (Get it?).
left to right: Right & Left
Friday (5/22/15) - 6.4 miles
Saturday (5/23/15) - 3.5 miles
Monday (5/25/15) - 9 miles - Tough run at 1pm in 80 degree humidity at the Massapequa Preserve. There were a lot of people enjoying the holiday on the path, I was not one of them. I wished my running buddies were there with me.
Tuesday (5/26/15) -3.66 miles, 32:10, 8:47 pace - Around the reservoir in Hempstead Lake Park with Pete. Hot and humid again (And it's not even summer!)
Thursday (5/28/15) - 6 miles, 49:30ish, 8:15ish pace - Early morning run in 70 degrees.
Total Mileage - 28.56 miles