I find it interesting that Mean Girls has become a cult obsession. For a little while, some of my student staff would ONLY quote this movie and yes, it drove me a little bonkers. That being said, this is the perfect quote for me:
Why? Because I need to stop trying to make Hokas happen. Just like my student staff, I’m a bit obsessed with making these shoes work for me. I really have no idea why. They aren’t the cutest shoes on the planet and they are expensive. My last pair gave me blisters. Wouldn’t these all be a clear indication that maybe they aren’t right for me?
Maybe to a normal person yes, but not me. I went ahead and bought another pair in a different style. Originally, I emailed Hokas and asked them if they made their shoes in a wide width. Their answer was a negatory but did say the Bondi 3 has a wider toe box and might work better for me. You can bet your bottom dollar that I hopped on Amazon to check them out. They were sitting on my wish list for ages. Then on runningwarehouse.com there was a mega sale so I hit the BUY button.
This is the end to my happy story though. I put them on and ran maybe a half mile on the treadmill. Nope. Hokas are not meant for my feet. My right foot started hurting almost immediately – a dull ache that didn’t quit. I was disappointed. I definitely get caught up in what a “real runner” looks like and wears and Hokas are a symptom of this.
Hokas are a great shoe. I’m really glad I gave them a go and am sure others are finding quite a bit of enjoyment from them. Heck, I bet they are some runners’ nirvana shoes! Just not mine…
Other than this bit of enlightenment, my life has been heavily intertwined with work. Seriously, that is about it. I don’t see or talk to family or friends during the month of August and I certainly haven’t been running very much. Oct 20th a.k.a. Detroit Marathon day, is looming and I’m going to have to kick training into high gear. I’ve looked into my future: My A goal is to still finish under 5 hours. My more realistic B goal is to finish under 6 hours. And ultimately, my C goal is to finish.
It will be an exercise in determination but what else is new?! Happy Saturday folks!