From Broken Back to Endurance Running World Record: Kevin Muller

If you want to master the tyranny of the long run, take a few tips from Kevin Muller. In this great interview with Kevin Cassidy in the latest issue of Run 4 Your Life, he talks about everything from his first marathon to endurance mindset, ham & pineapple pizza and a renegade training regime.

He’s a mean competitor but also one of the nicest guys on the Australian, and now world, ultrarunning circuit.

Kevin Cassidy's profile of Kevin Muller in the latest issue of Run4YourLife magazine

Kevin Cassidy’s profile of Kevin Muller in the latest issue of Run4YourLife magazine

Hoka’s cutting edge technology

There might be a lot of shoes that deserve to be cut in half by runners, but surely not Hoka! Nevertheless, here’s a great dissection of the shoe (yeah, that was a pun) by a Hoka OneOne fan.

1. Crazy outside but sane inside: As you can see in second photo in this post, the outsides of the shoe have a lot of visible foam. I think it stabilizes the wide sole, cups the heel and almost cradles the rest of the foot aside from simply giving Hoka One One shoes a very distinctive and recognizable look.  After slicing the shoe in half I realized that’s part of the secret: the shoe is a big party on the outside promising a different experience – and it is different ride: it is a wide shoe, it’s taller (although some of the height appearance may be a trick on the eyes because of the tall foam on the outside) and the cushioning is pretty luxurious, especially at the beginning. But looking at the cross-section it’s a lot more basic and definitely more akin to what you’d envision a “normal” running shoe to look like to the point of the above photo almost looking like it is another shoe. And for me, this combination of crazy but sane really works.

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What a great idea! Reminds me of something we did a little while ago….  🙂

Great North Walk 100-miler Race Report: It begins…

Hi, Roger again. I’ve put the race report from the 100-miler that beasted me on the weekend on my blog http://www.runeatsleeprun.com. It was an incredible way to finish this month of ultrarunning adventure but hardly an outing in high-paced glory. Rather, it was a total sufferfest. As much as it became a battle for survival, more or less, it is still one of the most meaningful finishes I have ever achieved. My crewman Graham and pacer Jess were exceptional and I certainly put their patience to the test. Let’s face it, we all expected a Sunday lunch on the beach and instead found ourselves literally racing against the clock right to the 160th kilometre.

It wasn’t necessarily what it was hoped to be, but it was raw, it was heartfelt, it was do or die, and at the end of the day, if an event is all of those things and more, what more could you possibly ask?

To read more, just follow this link.

Hoka OneOne, in a new user’s own words

Our shop site – http://shop.hokaoneone.com.au – needs some updating and that should happen before the year’s out, BUT one feature we really like is that users buying from the site can review on the site. One customer left this review this week, and we thought it worth sharing.

I am 47 now, and have done 2 marathons. Have been injured for 3 years as a result. I got my first pair of Stinson Tarmacs beginning of 2013, and have managed to get myself to the point where 35-45kms a week is feasible again, and I feel there is now more to come.

I did 750kms in these shoes, and bought a new pair just a week ago. Online, just specified the size and ordered. The sizing measurements are consistent and correct for me.

The new ones are ever so slightly different in the upper but completely familiar overall. No idiotic fundamental changes, unlike what other running shoe manufacturers habitually do every six months, changiI ng their designs. The Stinsons I got over 6 months ago are equivalent to the ones I got a week ago. For people who actually run a lot, this is an important factor. 

Unlike any other shoe I have worn for any distance running, there is no need to wear these Hoka’s in. They are immediately comfortable, no hot spots to cause blisters, they are cushy yet not unstable. Plenty of grip on most surfaces, they are certainly a road/concrete and gravel path shoe, not for serious off road. 

These shoes are not for everyone, some don’t like the feel. Its not that I like the feel so much, it is true that _less_ shoe feels better for fast running, its just the evidence is clear that they help me to run injury free.

They are for their size surprisingly light, but are not what I would call a light weight shoe. They are big but are not at all unwieldy.

I am fairly sure there are _faster_ shoes I could run in. But the difference would probably be marginal. I have recently trained for and run my best 5km race ever as an adult in Hoka Stinson Tarmacs. This is after 6 months layoff, and beginning to run again in March 2013, 6 months in the Hoka shoes.

Again these shoes simply allow me to train and avoid injury, enough so that I am now in my best shape ever for a 5km race. I cannot see any reasons to stop using these shoes.

The overall impression I get is that Hokas are designed by people who run long long distances, for people who want to run long long distances. They are manufactured with this in mind too.

For me, an very imperfect runner, they are great.

New Stinson Tarmac for the fellas. Tired of losing your loved ones at half-marathons and triathlons? They'll be hard to miss in these! Mixed opinions on the colouring - we like it, that's why we ordered heaps. Crowd divided 50/50 so far over the new colouring or the more subdued black/white/silvers and blues...

New Stinson Tarmac for the fellas. Tired of losing your loved ones at half-marathons and triathlons? They’ll be hard to miss in these! Mixed opinions on the colouring – we like it, that’s why we ordered heaps. Crowd divided 50/50 so far over the new colouring or the more subdued black/white/silvers and blues…

Hoka OneOne 2014: Best in Show

The Hoka OneOne Conquest, due in 2014.

Outdoor Retailer in the US is the gear guru’s Lollapalooza, it’s Christmas for technical material heads, it’s the Big Day Out for mountaineers, adventurers and athletes, without the drifting piles of garbage and retro rock carried past drunk teenagers by strong summer winds.

Basically, Outdoor Retailer is the place to be if you’re into innovation, functional equipment, and want to know what’s going to blow up over the next 12 months.

Guess what? We told you so.

Hoka best in show

Hoka OneOne – the evolution continues

Hoka OneOne in 2013 is very much the same as Hoka OneOne in 2010 – an innovative and super comfortable running shoe.

But, clearly, a couple of things have changed. No longer is Hoka OneOne a brand with one, big, bright yellow Hulk foot of a shoe that is visible from outer space. In fact, the latest shoes from Hoka – the Rapa Nui and the Kailua – look almost normal. But they’re not – not entirely.

One of the most common questions we get at running and triathlon expos that we go to and demo runs that we put on from time to time is, ‘what’s the difference between the models?’. It’s not the most exciting sounding question, it’s definitely not as intriguing as, ‘what makes these different?’ (I mean, have you seen our shoes?) but it is a great question to answer. Answering the simple question, ‘what’s the difference between the models?’ is probably the easiest way to explain the evolution of Hoka OneOne, and therefore to understand just where the new Rapa Nui and Kailua fit in.

Current models, a comparison

Current models, a comparison

So here, briefly, is the evolution of the Hoka range. Read more of this post

New models & new colours – Hoka OneOne hitting Australia hard this week.

There are a boatload of upgrades and new models hitting this week. Capital city shoe specialists should have these starting to appear on shelves by Wednesday afternoon. Psyched!  🙂

First off the boat, the new Bondi. We think it looks pretty hot. You’re welcome to agree.

New for Australian runners, the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of the Bondi 2, breathable with a tougher upper, more padding behind the Achilles, and the same super-comfortable underfoot feel that defines every shoe from Hoka OneOne.

New for Australian runners, the Spring/Summer 2013 edition of the Bondi 2, breathable with a tougher upper, more padding behind the Achilles, and the same super-comfortable underfoot feel that defines every shoe from Hoka OneOne. Great for road, dry trail, and days when your legs or feet just feel like they need some extra loving.

There is a new Grey/White/Fushia women’s Bondi arriving next month, but this week we have the new women’s Bondi Speed 2 in sizes USW6-11. That’s right, women’s Hoka now Read more of this post

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