Each run is a gift

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“At age 49, I was a 215-pound, weightlifting gym rat. In the summer of 2010, my wife told me that for her birthday in December, she wanted to run a half marathon. I hadn’t the foggiest idea what I was doing, but I talked her into letting me train her. That December, we ran and finished our first race. Two months later, I found out that also crossing the finish line with us was a Stage IV T3 sized tumor directly behind my Adam’s apple. Treatment started soon after. Between March and May, I lost my ability to drive due to meds, my voice due to radiation and over 40 pounds. I was declared cancer free in October and will celebrate six years this fall. I don’t lift as much as I used to, but I run more than I could have ever imagined. Each run, no matter how short or long, is a gift”- HOKA fan Christopher Nolan

Christopher is wearing the Bondi.

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Emotional high

Screen-Shot-2017-09-29-at-3.20.21-PM“I’m still on an emotional high from winning The San Francisco Marathon. Just ten years ago, I not only weighed 30 pounds heavier, but also leaped from running my first 12km to my first 50km trail race in celebration of turning 30 years young. This year, I’m turning 40, and the 40th anniversary of The San Francisco Marathon finish line will always have a special place in my heart. But for me, the accomplishment has a greater meaning of hope, community, love and a lifestyle which I’m certain all runners who have crossed a finish line can relate to. Keep running amigos!”- HOKA Athlete Jorge Maravilla

Jorge’s favorite shoe is the Clayton.

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Runner’s high

Screen-Shot-2017-09-29-at-3.22.24-PM“A question I get asked a lot by non-runners is if I experience ‘runner’s high’ every time I run. The answer is no — absolutely not. Some runs, especially lately, I dread. I want them to be over before they even start. Some runs leave me miles away from home, bent over beside the road, simultaneously wiping sweat from my eyes and puke from my mouth. Some runs are a battle between my brain feeling drained and wanting to quit and my heart being too stubborn to do so. Some runs are absolutely awful. But today’s run was not one of them. Today, I took it upon myself to make the most of the miles, and at last, I felt the runners high.” – HOKA Fan Janelle Rising

Janelle is wearing the Clifton.

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Supportive community

Screen-Shot-2017-09-29-at-3.23.32-PM“Running has made me realize that I’m capable of so much more than I thought. I was never considered athletic growing up — I was the band nerd. I could rock out a really awesome oboe solo, but running the mile in high school? Forget it. So, going into adulthood, I had this really negative perception of myself. I just assumed that since I was never a runner when I was younger, there was no way I could ever do it — or like it or incorporate it into a daily routine or have fun while doing it. There are so many people that can’t run or don’t want to run, and I think we forget that we have a choice. I get to make the choice daily, weekly, monthly and yearly to run. I have bad days for sure. But through this sport, I have met some of my closest friends, run in the most epic places and gotten stronger and healthier than I have ever been. To find a supportive community that has grown me into an adult runner has given me confidence. I know when I set a goal, I can accomplish that goal with a lot of hard work and determination. I literally cry every time I cross a finish line because it seems so out of this world that I just decided to run one day. I feel blessed to be surrounded by positive people that believed in me when I couldn’t or wouldn’t and kept pushing me to new limits. Running is such a mental sport, so I use it as my form of therapy and meditation. These days, I don’t get much time to be disconnected from work, life and technology. But my run time? That’s all for me. I just run.” – HOKA Fan Jackie McCloud