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HeavyFoot profile image

I wrote previously that I was hiding a pair of new Hoka Arahi 4s from my wife. Well, I got busted. Nothing escapes her!

They’re the same model as my current pair which are cracking on the soles and the heel lining is breaking through. The current ones are only 7 months old but my weight does give them a big pounding.

So I took them out for a big hilly run. So bouncy and comfortable! And 5 minutes knocked off my PB for that run.

However, they’re going back in the box until I’ve really knocked the life out of the present ones. Will I become a two pairs a year runner?

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Buddy34 profile image

🤣🤣caught out. Glad you got out to run in your new shoes and a pb 👏👏

Sandraj39 profile image

I have another identical pair of Hoka Arahi 4's lying in wait too, Heavyfoot!✨👟✨

I have made so much progress in my current ones, I couldn't bare the thought of not finding another pair! 🙂

Fab run too - well done on your PB!🙂👍

HeavyFoot profile image
HeavyFootGraduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

I eventually threw out my original 2019 Ahari 3s a few weeks ago. They had seen me through so much that I was really sad to see them go. They were really shot though.

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PandaCoryGraduate10 in reply to HeavyFoot

Oh, I've just bought Arahi 3s but haven't tried them yet. I'm glad you liked them. I'm trying to save them until my current Brooks Ravenna 10s give up, but they look so tempting!

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PandaCoryGraduate10 in reply to PandaCory

Ps. Also have a pair of Nike Pegasus 36 for rotation (shorter runs), but I'm not sure I like/trust them very much - always seem to have sore knees/hips afterwards, though maybe that's just me being silly.

UnfitNoMore profile image

Congratulations on the PB!

Why stop at 2? The more the better 🤣. Seriously though, depending how often you’re running there’s a financial advantage to having more than one pair in use... the midsoles get compressed during the run and can take over 24 hours to fully recover, so rotating two pairs of shoes makes both pairs do more miles.

I was also reading of a psychological benefit of having different pairs of shoes for different runs... so a long run pair, and sprint intervals pair, a recovery run pair, etc... this gets your mind thinking about how you’re going to take on the run ahead.

Finally, there’s a physical benefit... two pairs will cushion you slightly differently, even if they’re the same make and model, and so the stresses caused by the impact are slightly different, and this can reduce injury risk some more.

I currently have 3 pairs of road shoes in rotation 🤣

Tasha99 profile image
Tasha99Graduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

I have 3 rotating too with one pair unworn in wait 🤣

Sandraj39 profile image
Sandraj39Graduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

You are giving me a reason to buy even more running shoes...thank you! 🤣

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

No worries... I’m still plotting replacing my long run shoe... and adding another pair or two... and also building a trail shoe collection. Obviously I have to run this by senior management too, but usually she’s happy with a new bit of bling 🤣 says rotation of shoes and cross training reduces injuries by 39%

This article covers all 3 points and also point 4 (we like to buy new shoes) but this last one is best kept out of any fiscal discussions with spouses!

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HeavyFootGraduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

I have shown your post to my wife. I said “it’s the law”. At the moment I still only run every other day but I see your point about letting shoes rest. My Hoka trail shoes were bought for muddy Parkruns during winter so have had a very long rest.

UnfitNoMore profile image
UnfitNoMoreGraduate10 in reply to HeavyFoot

Have to follow the law 🤣

Sybilw profile image
SybilwGraduate10 in reply to UnfitNoMore

I’m seriously underdressed!! 😆

Tasha99 profile image

I have 2 pairs of arahi and 2 pairs of Gaviota on the go. You definitely need to rotate 2 pairs! Arahi are the least cushioned of Hoka stability shoes whereas gaviota are very cushioned so I use those for runs above 6 miles. Hokas wear quickly too. I LOVE HOKA since I’ve had no knee issues since wearing them.

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Sandraj39Graduate10 in reply to Tasha99

Hi Tasha, hope you don't mind me asking but do you run in any of the Hoka Trail shoes?

I used their Challenger ATR's last winter (although I was still having IT band problems then. )

Moving into the Arahi has helped resolve this and I am wondering if the Challenger will be ok when I am back on the muddy trails again? Prior to IT band I used to wear neutral trail shoes quite comfortably so fingers crossed they will suit.🙂

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Tasha99Graduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

Yes I run in Hoka speedgoats on trails! They’re amazing! I would definitely recommend them. So, so bouncy! My problem used to be IT band too. Started on trails and then went into road running too and was really painful. Hoka speedgoats resolved it overnight! Then I went to Hoka road shoes too.

Sandraj39 profile image
Sandraj39Graduate10 in reply to Tasha99

I have looked at them... think I might try some later in the year as many of my routes get really churned up and muddy in winter. Thank you for that. 🙂

Tasha99 profile image
Tasha99Graduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

🦘 boing boing

Oldgirlruns profile image

You always knew you’d get found out didn’t you HF! Never mind, I’m sure the new shoes were worth it!

Speedy60 profile image

Hah! I have two completely different pairs - a bright blue pair of Asics and a coral red pair of Ons. My husband has never noticed. 🙄🤣

HeavyFoot profile image
HeavyFootGraduate10 in reply to Speedy60

My wife says “husband” and “notice” rarely go together in the same sentence. 🙈

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Speedy60Graduate10 in reply to HeavyFoot

Sounds like a sensible lady. 😊

Grannyhugs profile image

Glad you got a try of the new shoes - I too look like I’ll be needing a new pair soon - too much running. Good luck squeezing a few more miles out of the old ones. Happy running 🤗

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