Can you see me? If you can, let me know where I am in this picture! This past weekend, I ran at the Coast to Crest Trail near the San Dieguito Lagoon. The group run, put together by Mick Geiskes from Movin Shoes, was called Women Who Fly and Geiskes invited HOKA ONE ONE, the running shoes company to come out and play with us!
HOKA ONE ONE brought 3 bins of sneakers in different sizes, styles and colors for the runners to try on and run in. I was very excited because I have been curious about HOKA ONE ONE for quite some time. I have to admit, being a die-hard Asics fan, I was afraid to make the switch but I am hooked!
First, the thick heels were a little interesting at first, but my feet and lets quickly adjusted. HOKA ONE ONE appear to big and heavy, they are not. The HOKA ATR4 were incredibly light and surprisingly did not make my legs look like complete sticks! Once laced up, the HOKA ATR4 fit nicely around my lower ankles. I was also able to put my orthotics and heel raiser inside and my feet didn't come out of the shoes. Very cool! My legs and hips appreciated the stability and cushioning of the HOKA ATR4 as well!
Other than that, the run was great. I struggled little bit past 3 miles but nothing I could not handle. It was a bit chilly at the start of the run but 1 mile into the run, it was nice and comfortable. There was great conversation and a few good pace setters out there. If you wanted to speed up, there was someone flying through the trail. If you wanted to slow down, there was someone cruising at a perfect pace along the trail. Of course, I had a great time meeting new people and learning about their next race, training schedules and how many miles they put in per week.
If you are looking for a running group, check out Movin Shoes meetup groups. There are A LOT to choose from and the workouts are "real workouts" lead by a "real coach" Mick Gieskes of UC San Diego and Movin Shoes. Mick is one of the nicest guys here in San Diego and he loves to help lead and guide new and seasoned runners. Click HERE for more information and dates for all of Movin Shoes next running meetup.
THIS IS NOT A PAID REVIEW. THE VIEWS FROM THIS BLOG ARE STRICTLY MY PERSONAL VIEWS OF HOKA ONE ONE AND MOVIN SHOES. HAPPY RUNNING!