Saturday, October 25, 2014

OOFOS OOAHHS

Disclosure:  I was provided a pair of Oofos Recovery Shoes courtesy of True North Productions, in exchange for a blog post.  I was not provided any additional compensation and all opinions are my own.


No, I have not suddenly been possessed.

I got an email from Emily, asking me if I wanted to try a Unique Runner Recovery Shoe, by a company called OOFOS.


I was pretty excited because I have actually heard of these shoes and runners seem to love them.  Here is how they are described on their website, oofos.com :

Designed to jumpstart the recovery process, our incredible footwear offers unparalleled impact absorption and arch support. Whether you've just finished running, playing, lifting, or just a long day, keep in mind that the last step is the most important. Take yours into a pair of OOFOS. When your feet feel like they're smiling, that's the OO.
  • Unparalleled impact absorption
  • Superior arch support.
  • Insane comfort

So I did some virtual shopping and landed on the OOFOS OOAHH Slides page, with the following blurb:
Feeling down, like your sole's got the best of you? Sulk no longer, the slip on feel of OOFOS is just what the doctor ordered. The remedy calls for an equal dose of vibrancy and sole support. Some would even say it's the missing link to the total you, the person you have been missing out on. Keep the medicine away-I'll take an OOFOS a day. Let us help you rejOOv with OOFOS.
With a description like that, of course I said yes!  After a few days, my shoes arrived in the mail.


Here's how the shoe looks from the side and from the top.


I was so excited to put them on. I imagined it would feel like stepping onto a cloud.


I immediately slipped them onto my feet.


They felt...ok.


Not amazing, and actually also a little hot.

But, I wore them at home over the next week and each day they felt a little better: softer, squishier, comfier.  It turns out that I just had to break them in.

Oh, and I also discovered a way to decrease most of the sweat factor.


'Cause I'm classy like that.

Now, My OOFOS OOAHH Slides make me feel like I'm walking on firm, wet sand at the beach. And my feet are oh so happy.


See what I did there?

Despite the heat issue, I really like the comfort of these shoes and they help make my feet and legs feel less tired.  Therefore, I am giving them my stamp of approval.




OOFOS Recovery Shoes come in 3 styles for both men and women and can be found on oofos.com, amazon.com, and in specialty running stores.  They retail for between $39.99 and $49.99 on their website.  You can follow them on facebook and Twitter. Let them know I sent ya!

How about you?  Have you ever tried OOFOS?  Do you have an article of clothing that just makes your body say "ooh ahh"?


UPCOMING POSTS: PORTLAND MARATHON RECAP, MARATHON AFTERMATH, NUMETREX REVIEW, VOLUNTEERING AT BEAT THE BLERCH


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Hottest Day of the Year (a.k.a. the day we ran the Bushtukah Canada Day 10k)

On July 1st, I had the pleasure of running with my sister in her first 10k (It was my first 10k too, for that matter!)  Amidst a great deal of excitement, we had signed up for the Bushtukah Canada Day race some months earlier.


Thankfully correct pronunciation was not a requirement for racing.

I am used to the chill of early morning races on the west coast and planned accordingly.


My mother talked me out of it.

That was a good thing as I was already feeling comfortable, dare I say warm even, when we arrived at the venue.

While we were waiting for the race to start, someone I have known for 20 years (but haven't seen in almost 10!) ran over to me.


He was in my wedding party!

It was fun to catch up, and we remarked that it was a hot day.  Hot and HUMID.

GymSis and I found our spot at the starting line and headed off!  We went out a little fast and uneven, but slowed down to a comfortable pace by the first mile.

As we ran, it got hotter.  There was one lady running behind us for awhile who had me pretty concerned.


She fell back into a group after a few minutes and I was relieved she would be with a large group of people.

We were running through quiet neighbourhoods, but there were some people out spectating.


We were enjoying the banter with other racers, waving to the neighbours, and trying desperately to ignore the heat.

At one point, there was another woman running behind us.  I mean right behind us.


I could feel her breath on my neck.

We spread out a little to give her space because apparently running around us on an empty suburban street was not an option, and she didn't budge.  Finally I sped up a bit to try and put some distance between us.  At that point she sped up too, ran past me for 5 seconds, and then stopped.

And walked.


By then we were beyond hot.  Somewhere around 6.5 kilometres, GymSis wavered slightly.  We started walking.


Translation: "I don't want to be walking."

I gave her some words of encouragement.


I'm clearly not used to giving pep talks, but literally everyone was walking.

I tried another, hopefully more productive tactic:


We kept walking.

After a couple of minutes GymSis was feeling better.  I then employed the age-old runner mind-trick:


And off we went for the next 3 kilometres, calling out any marker we could think of.


On our way we mugged for the photographer:


But he did not take our photo.

We saw GymSis' family holding up some excellent signs:


Then we saw our mom right before the finish line!


And there was!  Thanks mom!

We grabbed some Gatorade, water and orange slices.


It was rehydration at its finest.

After the race, GymSis decided to hang up her running shoes to return to her first loves (Spin, BodyPump, Flow, Super Strongbody 3000 or something--it makes her super strong anyway, etc...).  I enjoyed getting to race with her, and I'll be ready if she decides to dust off her kicks again someday.

Plus, I'll work on my cheerleading skills.



UPCOMING POSTS: A REVIEW OF OOFOS SHOES,  VOLUNTEERING AT A RACE, PORTLAND MARATHON RECAP, MARATHON AFTERMATH


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