Weekend Update

Weekend Update

It’s just another Manic Monday, which means I’m last to the Weekend Update hosted by my friend Tara at Running ‘n’ Reading. Please check out her blog to see what she’s been up to!

I had a pretty-mellow-but-great weekend that kicked off with going to the Oiselle Sample Sale at Oiselle headquarters in Seattle. I mean, what could be better than buying Oiselle clothes for only $10 apiece?

Photo Jan 23, 5 54 25 PM

There were lots of goodies to choose from and I was able to see my friends Marilyn, Lynn (above left), and Kaleigh. I picked up a blue Big-O Burnout t-shirt, armwarmers, a funnel neck shirt, and a bra for myself.

Source: Oiselle.

Source: Oiselle.

My new shirt, perfect for Seahawks’ Blue Friday!











Source: Oiselle.

Source: Oiselle.


My new armwarmers. Love! (Note: The link is for the Lux armwarmers, which I also own and love, but the armwarmers pictured at right are discontinued.)








Source: Oiselle.

Source: Oiselle

… And my Spring Funnel Neck (pictured above, and unfortunately discontinued. You can buy the equally wonderful Lux Funnel Neck here, though!)

This weekend also marked a huge step for me: I went running for the first time in 3 weeks!

Photo Jan 24, 9 30 38 AMI was so excited to run that I decided to wear a Eugene Marathon race-shirt. I’m supposed to be in the midst of training for Eugene right now, but this pesky ankle issue has put a hold on it. I’m trying to stay positive and retain a shred of hope, hence the shirt. (Oh–and those headphones pictured above? My cat ate them after I took this photo. My cat has a serious problem.)

For my first run in 3 weeks, I wore my new pair of Hokas.

PicMonkey Collage

Yes, I bought Hokas. I figure, why not? I’ve battled injury/tweak after injury/tweak, and my Brooks Adrenalines have turned out to be too much shoe for my wonky left foot, so I thought it might be time to try something completely different. My Adrenalines are extremely stiff in the forefoot and, with the addition of my orthotics, act like I have steel planks for soles when it comes to pushing off with my toes. That was putting too much strain on my posterior tibialis tendon (PTT). The Hokas’ soles are much more flexible and work with my orthotics.

I enjoyed my first run in my Hoka Stinson Lites even though they’re a half-size too small (apparently you need to order a half-size up, because the rocker sole action makes your foot naturally slide forward inside the shoe) and my little toes on each foot were brushing up against the uppers. They felt very light and pretty nimble despite having sky-scraping soles. The only time I noticed I was wearing thicker soles was when I tried to run over a puddle and accidentally skimmed my right sole through it because I didn’t life that foot high enough.  Even better, I was able to run without any PTT issues! Woohoo!

I’ve already returned the Hokas to my local Fleet Feet to get the larger size, and I can’t wait till my new shoes arrive so I can keep running in them. In the meantime, I’m running in my beloved Mizuno Wave Inspires, which probably aren’t enough shoe for me, but a girl’s gotta’ run.

I also had a sports massage by my friend/massage therapist/torturer Heidi, who dug deep in that PTT just like my physical therapist did last week. Egad did it hurt. I felt oh-so-much better post-massage, though.

Photo Jan 25, 8 13 27 AM

You know you’ve had a good sports massage when you have the bruises to prove it.

How was your weekend? Did you do any shopping? Did you run? Have you ever run in Hokas?

11 thoughts on “Weekend Update

  1. Molly, I’m so glad you were able to run a bit this weekend and I love your new shoes! I have never tried Hokas, but some of my Hot Legs Run for Fun teammates adore them and use them for both trail and road running. But first…this sample sale. Really?!? Wow. I’m so jealous, but I’m glad you had a great time and that you, Lynn & Kaleigh got to find some cool bargains. My funnelneck shirt is one of my faves! I really want to get a sports massage and I’m also terrified about it – ha! Thanks so much for linking up with the blog today; so thrilled to “see” you!!! Hope your week is off to a good (albeit crazy) start. Hey…at least we’re not stuck in a blizzard. 🙂

    • So true–at least we’re not stuck in a blizzard, buried under feet of snow… although I have to say that the unseasonably warm weather we’re having up here in the PNW is really screwing up our skiing plans!

      I think Oiselle hold sample sales twice yearly. Maybe you can fly up for the next one! 🙂

      • Yes, I can imagine that this weather would NOT be good for skiing – yikes! I’m pretty sure the cost of airfare, which has not been adjusted to the recent drop in gas prices, would severely outweigh the savings I’d get at the sample sale; of course, I’d get to visit you which would be a huge bonus! 😉 Hope you’re having a good day, Molly!

    • Getting back to running is the BEST–if it’s pain-free, that is. I started developing PTT pain again during yesterday’s run so I’m taking a day off to let it quiet down. What I wouldn’t give to be able to run forever without injuries!

    • I agree; armwarmers are fantastic. For last weekend’s balmy run, I should have worn a short sleeve shirt with armwarmers instead of the longsleeved one I wore. That way I could have just rolled down my ‘warmers when I became too hot, rather than trying to push my sleeves up (which really isn’t as effective for cooling off).

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