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?
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.
My new shirt, perfect for Seahawks’ Blue Friday!
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.)
This weekend also marked a huge step for me: I went running for the first time in 3 weeks!
I 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.
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.
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?