I know lots who wear Hokas and a couple of things come to mind. First, your form has to be really good, spot on landing under your hips, or you will slip down on ice or mud. I’ve been witness to that a couple of times. Second, obviously, you can’t feel the road (or trail) as much, so you are lacking feedback about your landing. That’s precisely why long distance runners like them because they want to be able to bomb down the trails and not feel every root and rock.
They were developed by guys who run in the Swiss Alps (they are everywhere at UTMB). Most of the elite ultra runners I know (save Karl, whom I don’t know him personally) don’t wear Hokas. May be because they are wearing their sponsor’s shoes, but…Catra Corbett LOVES hers. She is addicted to super long distances and has had her share of issues. So if you are going to do a 100 miles, and especially if the terrain is rocky, maybe they are an option. That’s your choice.
So from a Chi Running perspective? I don’t recommend them, especially if you are trying to get feedback to help align your form. You can go with much less without feeling every little rock, and have a better chance of getting feedback. You have lots of options out there. Better to train with less and get your form down, and save them when you do your 100 miler. Hope that helps.
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