Winner! Winner! Hoka ONE ONE Dinner!

Winner! Hoka ONE ONE!Santa came early up in here. And her name was Sandra, The Organic Runner Mom! I WON A PAIR OF HOKA ONE ONES!

Sandra had a Fresh Giveaway that I entered and low and freakin’ behold I WON! I suggest you head over to Sandra’s Blog. She is fantastic. Fresh Giveaways, Fresh Reviews, Fresh Inspiration, Fresh Recipes. Girlfriend is FRESH in every sense of the word. THANK YOU SANDRA!

I had wanted to try these sneakers for a while. Especially after seeing them on at least half of the ultra runners at the VT50. In fact, Hoka was there with tons of sneaks to demo. Admittedly, it crossed my mind. But I quickly decided that test running a pair of Hoka ONE ONEs in a 50K might be suicide not be in my best interest, so I politely declined. I was however curious.  You can imagine my DELIGHT in discovering that I had WON WON a pair! See what I tried to do there? Yeah. It’s not Hoka ONE ONE as in, Hoka FIRST, FIRST it’s actually pronounced “Hoka O-nay O-nay” which means “It’s time to fly” in Maori.  Who knew? Not this girl.

Whatevs.
I’m still stoked. Buddy The Elf

I won the Women’s Conquest, in a very jazzy Paradise Pink/Bright Citrus blend. Understated, they are not. I’m also a GIANT in these, which pretty much puts me at about 3.5 Apples Tall. Heights don’t scare me. I was born in heels for Pete’s sake. According to Hoka’s website, here’s what I have:

The CONQUEST features a unique Rmat® midsole material providing the state-of-the-art weight-to-resilience ratio and that HOKA ONE ONE signature maximal cushioning protection. An early stage Meta-Rocker is designed to promote accurate foot roll through the gait cycle. A highly breathable layered, no sew upper construction provides a seamless and secure fit that compliments the uniquely engineered Water Drainage System. An ideal shoe for runners looking for a fast, highly responsive, and performance cushion running shoe.

 
Holy engineering. They are different. I’ll tell you that much. And that isn’t a bad thing. I’ve run in them for two weeks which is hardly forever. I will say that are going to take a little getting used to.

Here are my first impressions:

1. They are cushioned. Well. No shit, Dick Tracy. One look and you can see that. I state the obvious because they do a tremendous job of saving the bottoms of your feet. They offer incredible sole protection. And that’s a serious plus on long runs. The Conquests are not their trail model, but I did run off-road with them and I felt nary a rock, branch, pebble, stick—nothin’. Now I get why trail runners dig them.

2. They are stiff. For all that cushioning, it doesn’t feel like I’m running on clouds…Yet. I will say that they are “loosening” up a bit. Initially, I felt as if my feet weren’t flexing as much while running. Felt a little Herman Muenster, if you will. That sensation is going away with more miles. (I’m up to 40 in them.) Once really broken in, I have a feeling that longer runs will be easier on the legs in these kicks. And that would be a sneaker game changer for me come marathon training time. Expect a follow up report.

3. They are light. Shocking, I know. They look like they weigh 100lbs. But trust me, they don’t. And they’re not supposed to weigh a ton in the rain either due to that whole state of the art drainage thing they’ve got going on. They sort of propel you forward a bit. I think in techno-Hoka speak that’s the “Meta-Rocker,” which could also be the name of an all girl Maorian punk ban, but I digress…

4. They have speed laces. You just cinch ’em right up. Done. Forget about laces becoming untied. They stay completely put. Initially I got a little over zealous with the cinching, and I felt like my right foot had a tourniquet fastened around it at mile 5. Easy amputation fix. Live and learn, People. Live and learn. They come with regular laces if Speed Laces aren’t your bag. And they’re cute too.

In short? I plan on alternating between these and my regular kicks. Stay tuned for progress reports! I am incredibly anxious to run super long in them. Or even run in them the day after a super long run. I have a feeling my legs will love me for it. 🙂

Have you ever tried maximalist running shoes? Ever won anything? Minimalist or maximalist? GO!!!

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12 thoughts on “Winner! Winner! Hoka ONE ONE Dinner!

    • I am hoping that it works out. It already seems like it is. Patience grasshopper! I’ll definitely post an update. I would love for them to work out—especially with another 50k on the horizon.

      Oh my god. I just said it. Now it’s real!!! To 2015!!!! 🙂

  1. I will be really curious to hear your full report on these. I know that so many people are really digging the HOKAs. I’ve never gone maximalist, in fact right now I’m going more minimal, but I say to each their own!

    • I’ll keep you posted Suze. They feel really different than my Newton Gravitys. But everything feels different compared with Newtons! I’m digging them! Each run has been better and better. 🙂

  2. hmmm…are you suggesting that I break my rule of not trying newfangled things (I’m still adjusting to owning an iPod) to get a pair of these beauties? I need to get new kicks – may inquire.
    Which 50K is on the horizon, dare I ask?

    • I’m so proud of you about your iPod!!! Welcome to 2014.9! I’ll give you the full report in about a month or so. These suckers need more miles in ’em. I am in the process of pulling together my “What I’m Running in 2015” list. I’d like to do one after whichever marathon I decide. I feel like spring is up in the air for me. I might have to play it by ear. Which I hate. 😦

      • Calm down Grasshopper. I suspect it won’t be up in the air for long!!
        Are we doing snowshoe again!
        Might also be fun to do one of the NYC duathlons this spring. I liked both the Central Park one and the Prospect Park one – just have to see if the dates make sense.

  3. My first time at Fleet Feet, I ended up with a maximum support shoe (Asics Gel Kayano 20), and they made my toes go numb after a mile. I had to return them. Now I’m in a slightly more neutral shoe, and I think that’s where I’ll stay. I started running in Nike Frees, so I think my feet just weren’t used to all that cushion and support and freaked out.

    Congrats on the freebies–I hope they continue to work well for you 🙂

    • Thanks Lady! I ran in Kayanos for years before discovering Newtons which I really love. I was dying to try these after seeing them on so many ultra runners. I hope they keep on feelin’ good too!!! I’ve never run in Nike Frees. I’m always curious about them. Partially because they come in kick ass colors! #vanitysmurf

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