Friday, September 25, 2015

A Review of the OOFOS OOlala Sandal. Hint: they're really comfy

Disclaimer: I was provided one pair of OOFOS sandals in exchange for a blog post review. I was not given any additional compensation and all opinions are my own.

I have a pair of OOFOS OOAHHs, and I live in them.

So when I was offered a pair from their new OOlala line to review, I couldn't say no. I was a little worried, though, because I have a history with thong-style sandals.

The whole rubber between the toes thing is usually pretty icky.

I requested the Cosmic Blue pair, pictured here.

I decided to spend more time in the shoes to be confident in my review, since the OOAHHs took a few weeks to break in.

OOFOS is proud of their patented footbed for its "tremendous arch support" and I agree. It's the first thing I noticed when I slipped the shoes on, especially in my left foot. I have fairly flat feet and my left side in general is just weaker than my right. I get especially tight, and I noticed the OOlala sandal stretched out the muscles all through the middle of my foot.

Check out that sweet arch.

I don't expect that to be everyone's experience, but it was mine.

Here's my breakdown:

1. The supportive, yet cushiony sole.

2. The miraculously comfortable thong that fits snugly between your toes without cutting into your foot.

3. They also haven't slipped at all, which is a concern I have for untethered shoes.

4. They are definitely not just for running recovery. If you have pain in your feet, legs, hips, I would suggest looking into the OOFOS line. They have lots of supportive shoes.

5. They're just really comfy.

Some comfy shoe time with a photo bomb by April.

1. They say they upped the style factor, but really these are still rubbery foam sandals and don't exactly go with my work clothes.

The bottom line is that I really like the OOFOS line of shoes and the OOlalas did not let me down.

They get the Thumbs Up from me:

You can check out the OOFOS OOlalas directly, or any of their other products on their main site, The OOlalas retail for $59.99 and come in several different colors.  They're also sold on,, and other shoe retailers.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

It's Time for Speed Work!

I'm not fast. 

I was born 11 days late and I've been trying to catch up ever since. My body has 2 settings:

Setting #1:

Inevitably followed by Setting #2:

Every single morning.

I can be slow. Maddeningly slow.

I understand this because when people are slower than I want them to be it is maddening.

But when I do try to hustle, especially when I'm encouraged to do so by others, my brain and body just stop communicating and I freeze up.

System error from brain to muscles.

Well, now that I've been hitting new distances in my training and races I really want to pick up the pace so I'm not out on the course all day (especially if I want to do even longer races). And that's clearly a problem given the above information.  So my new goal is speed work!

Just call me "Maverick".

I will be returning to indoor cycling classes, going to the track, and working on swimming faster. I even got some fancy flippers.

Stay tuned!

P.S. I may not be speedy yet, but at least I can do the hustle!

If you're too young to know it or just want to enjoy, please visit a lovely compilation of 70s ladies and gents Doing the Hustle. It really gets going at the 30 second mark.


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