Well, I’m only one run in on them, but I wanted to give some quick feedback on my first impressions…
I primarily got the Hoka ATR 4 in hopes that I would find a trail running shoe that would give me some of the knee/back forgiveness that seems to be at the core of Hoka’s fame. After the first session on them I am really digging them. I had to resort to the treadmill for my run due to all the snow on the trails right now, but I think that might actually be a better cushion test than a trail run since I seem to have a heavier strike on treadies over natural surface. I noticeably felt like my body took on a bit less stress and I came away with a smile. As someone cautiously making my way back into running with normally aggravated responses post-runs, I was stoked to find what might be just what the doctor ordered to keep me rolling!
7 public marathons in seven days on seven continents + 50 public marathons in every US state in less than a year? Possible Guiness record setter? Ultra-distance runner? Ironman triathlete/coach? Successful kicker of a decades-long nicotine addiction? Motivational speaker? All in a day’s work for Dave Jones of Eternal Endurance with whom we had the pleasure of speaking for the site’s first podcast. The audio quality on our side of the recorded call was total crap unfortunately, and there were many lessons learned for podcasting, but we won’t let that stop the inspiration of Dave coming through loud and clear. Word of caution – if you’ve been making any excuses about why you “can’t” lately, and want to keep using those excuses, don’t listen to this.
Josh Hageman joined The Arthritic Athlete community a couple days ago with the milestone of his 40th birthday. One of his ways to celebrate was to go get a little dizzy by running 40 miles on a local high school track. That’s right – 160 laps. Awesomely insane!
A big Happy Birthday to Josh. Check him out at @j2pointo on Instagram!