Fashion A Greater Function Than Consistency?

Fashion is not one of the qualities that the Hoka One One brings to the party but they certainly bring consistency.  In the grand scheme of things isn't that what we should be aiming for?  Form rather than how good we look as we shuffle around the marathon course at the end of an Ironman because we were not recovered enough to get our training in?  In the most recent past, I have written two blog post reviews for Hoka One One that you can read here and here and the comments were somewhat shocking, but they really shouldn't have been. When Jeff, Kevin and Karen started wearing the Hoka shoe and screaming at me how awesome they were, how awesome they were at allowing me to feel recovered enough to run more and more I laughed. As a matter of fact I called them moon shoes and made a vow that I would never run in them.  True to my word I never did put a pair of these shoes on my feet despite the gallery hollering at me to get a pair and a box of said shoes showing up at my front door on a routine basis.  No way am I ever going to wear that.  How is that going to LOOK?  What kind of fashion statement am I making by wearing these clown shoes? [caption id="attachment_9511" align="aligncenter" width="600"]fashion - hoka - trail running Source: Hoka One One AUS[/caption] Oh, how times have changed.  When Rocky Raccoon 50 training started back on November 25th I did not own a pair.  I was going from riding my bike for 1550 miles over September and October to running miles and miles.  That first week I ran 50 miles (previous week was about 27 - take that 10% increase) but I quickly realized that running 50 miles on a weekly basis was going to take a huge toll on my legs, from my ankles to my hips.  Eventually, that would lead to a breakdown mentally as the idea of running in soreness and pain would be too much.  I ran in the Hoka Mafate first on December 5th and then again on the 11th.  The days then started stringing together and I ordered a second pair.  Before I knew it I was ordering a 3rd pair and now I am like a ravenous dog in front of a piece of meat when I see the shoes on clearance at Running Warehouse.  I am clicking and clicking and putting in discount codes and self-high fiving when the receipt is emailed to me. Once I got past the idea of being a fashion fool and realizing that in order to achieve my goals as an endurance junkie that fashion just did not matter.  My mind and body want to do great things like run across the Gobi Desert but in order to do that I need to train.  Not just train, but train vigorously and keep pushing myself.  For this to occur I need to go out on a regular basis and run and run and run.  For this to take place my fashion sense is best left to what I am wearing to the office and strapping those maximalist shoes to my feet and enjoying the pillow goodness that the Hoka offers. As a matter of fact, it would seem that many people are realizing this as companies like Brooks and New Balance have entered the maximalist market.  Maybe the fact that these shoes seem 'cool' coming from those brands will help them sell and allow people to realize that in order to reach their endurance goals they have to be consistent in their training.  One way to be consistent is to not fall victim to the 'I do not want to run because I am sore' excuse.  Hoka and any other maximalist shoe that comes out is not the end all be all but they sure are a great start. [caption id="attachment_9510" align="alignright" width="300"]fashion - belt buckle - lake martin Source: Lake Martin 100 Mile[/caption] Looking back at my training log I have run 932.29 miles since the start of Lake Martin 100 training.  I can tell you that not one day did I not want to run because my legs were hurting too bad.  Yes there were days of soreness, or days of lack of sleep but nothing from an injury stand point that would keep me from tying my laces and heading out the door.  When the 100 mile endurance event is over I will have accumulated approximately 1100 miles and I will cross the finish line with my arms up thanking my wife, my training and race partners but there will also be a special thank you to the Hoka because in this case consistency will have triumphed over fashion. Let me correct myself.  Form will have led to fashion when I am sporting that belt buckle.

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Jason Bahamundi

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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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