All posts by Gina

About Gina

Oxford Girl living in the North. Nearly a northerner as have lived in Kendal for over 25 years. Enjoys knife throwing, running, fell walking, snapping pics on my travels round the Lakes and being a domestic goddess. My Chocolate Brownies are legendary so I am told.

Hoka’s

When I started running back in 1996, I was an ASICS girl.  When I was training for the London Marathon in 2015, I was noticing I was getting hot spots on the balls of my feet.  Graham at the Body Rehab said you should really try Hoka’s.  Pronounced ‘Oh-nee’, this is a brand developed in 2010 by two Frenchmen who previously worked at Salomon, searching for a modern trail shoe to play in on the Alps mountain paths. The wide sole is based on powder skis and mountain bike tyres.

The sole is THICK and they look like they would be a really clunky running shoe but don’t be fooled, they are super lightweight with excellent cushioning. The sole tips up at the ends, this meta-rocker geometry is supposed to encourage your natural running gait, giving you a smooth roll to lift off your toes designed to help prevent lower limb injuries. There is added stability within the shoes as your foot sits within the midsole which the brand calls ‘the bucket seat’.

I thought I would hate Hokas and would be too weird to run in, but I didn’t. I really, really loved them. They were so light and bouncy! After years of my toes poking through the end of my shoes after a bit of wear, I realised I was wearing too smaller sizw.  A measure in my local running shop, Pete Blands in Kendal, and whilst I usually wear a size 6.5 shoe, a running shoe in a size 8 was a much better fit.  Also, when training for and running marathons, your feet swell so wearing a bigger size is much healthier for your feet.

I am now on my 4th pair and cannot recommend them enough. 

Surviving lockdown

On Monday 23 March 2020 Boris Johnson ordered people not to leave the house unless absolutely necessary. People to only go out to shop for essentials; for medical reasons or to care for the vulnerable; to travel to work that is “absolutely necessary” and cannot be done at home; and to exercise – once a day, alone or with a member of their own household. Normality as we had  known was a thing of the past. Continue reading Surviving lockdown

Postponement

That moment when the inevitable happened and the London marathon was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Of course with the current situation it was not completely unexpected.  Those training weeks in limbo, but 9 weeks of training were done and you have to focus on that.  Gaining fitness and losing inches.  Continue reading Postponement