One of the best things about living in the city of Boston around marathon time is all of the cool running events offered to both registered runners and avid racers alike.
Anyone who’s familiar to Hoka may know they aren’t the most attractive shoe on the market. I was excited to see what they would do with Oiselle though (one of the sleeker fitness clothing brands – geared exclusively toward women). To preface this next sentence, one of my biggest pet peeves is people who complain about free things. I am by no means complaining about the free shoes I was offered from them – but, I would have liked to test out one of the collab models. I was gifted the NEW Clayton 2 model, without the Oiselle stamp. My understanding and research is that the Oiselle one’s are also the ‘Clayton’ type so my evaluation might be suited as the same for those. Let me know if you’ve tried them!
The event itself took place at MyStryde, a running class venue in the North End of Boston I’d been dying to try out (this really was just a win-win in all sense of the word). The desk gal described it as ‘like a spin class with treadmills’, to give you a visual. No better time to test out my new sneaks!
I headed into class a little tired – for those playing along at home, this was an hour after I got back from the half-marathon in Newport (making it my second running workout of the day). I read up to learn that each class is a bit different – from intervals to hills to ‘core and sprint’, there’s a class really for any race you might be training for (with even formulated purchase plans for 5K’s to 26.2’s if that’s the way you want to train). I LOVED the shoes for a treadmill workout and although they weren’t the most aesthetically pleasing shoe ever, the comfort, fit and extremely padded insole were near perfect for treadmill workouts. My legs felt like this was my first workout of the day (ha) and climbing hills felt better than ever before. Very rarely do I have a great relationship with a shoe in the first run, but I mentally declared in that moment that I would be using these for all treadmill workouts moving forward. Not sure they’ll make an appearance in public though – just not my style.
The class itself was extremely beneficial and fun, and I could absolutely see it being most effective for those who need a motivator or a coach to get their ass off the couch and into a workout. For me, I just couldn’t see myself paying for it regularly ($15 for your first class, $29 per class after that). Even a 5 class pack for $99 (on sale at a marketable appropriate 26.2% off) was a little out of my reach in terms of value I personally could get out of it.
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