Wow the book is addictive even though I knew a lot of the early story. I've even got chia seeds in my Amazon basket so I can add them to my morning fruit, honey, protein powder, nuts and yogurt Ricky Super Food breakfast.
Throw away those Hokas!
I was reading some reviews of Hoka's and more than one was talking about the wearability of the soles...one guy said after 43 miles his pair was trashed. I thought I was the only one who could wear through the heel of a shoe in less than 100 miles. Reason I keep shoe goo in business. All brands I have that trouble with...sometimes I'll find a pair the outer heel material is tough but some of these shoes were designed for Frank Shorter to float along on balls of your feet with minimal impact.
Couldn't believe the drug dealers had infiltrated an area like that. The writer has that talent to keep a story that many people could make pretty average...already wished someone could have talked them into running some ultras and if they needed to take their stupid croquet ball and kick it along until the race was over...I understand why they might not be fast enough for a marathon, but the trail ultras would be up their alley.
Ole Whitlock ran with his shoes completely worn out, but he probably had a light smooth stride.
I do remember for spring 1971 track season I had a leather pair Asics Cortez. Cushioned army boots, but they felt like Hoka's the first time I ran in them and I wore through about 3 different colors of cushioned sole before I bought another pair. I believe they were something like $15 give or gave a few dollars.
I have 650 on two pair, and 856 on another.
Cortez: Holy cow... when I got a pair of those it was like I was a professional runner. All the LSD guys wore them.
Whitlock: He was like 125 lbs.