The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.
When I started running for real this spring I had no idea what I wanted in terms of gear. I knew I needed quality shoes but I didn’t really know how to find them. The first pair I had was a known brand, but I could not run in them. I got the worst shin splints almost instantly. I knew they wouldn’t work.
The second pair (different brand) have been my go-to shoes and I was really skeptical of ever trying anything else due to my experience with the shin splints from my original shoes. But when I had the chance to review the new Wave Rider 17 running shoes from Mizuno, I definitely wanted to try them out.
Mizuno has an excellent reputation among my running friends and now that I have a pair I can see why! The Wave Rider 17 shoes are lightweight, comfortable and really effortless to run in.
When I first put the shoes on, I worried they would be too snug. They seemed to rub a bit on the top of my foot just above my toes. Knowing most shoes need at least one run to break them in, I wasn’t going to give up just yet. Turns out that is all it took for these. By the end of my first run, my Wave Rider 17′s felt great and I had no discomfort whatsoever.
Today, I ran in the rain and I didn’t slip once, which is an issue I have with my prior shoes even though I love them. The tread is great and while my toes did get a little wet, it wasn’t anything that hindered my run. I do not consider myself an expert on running and especially not running gear. I just know what works and I definitely know what doesn’t work. I fully expect to get every last mile I can out of my Wave Riders!
A year ago, I was wide-eyed looking through my local running store at all the brands and options. Now that I have been at it a while, I have a pretty good grasp of what I like. If you are just starting out, the last thing you want is a setback because you were in the wrong type of shoe. I suggest going to a local running store and getting “fitted” for the proper type of shoe. I have a pretty neutral gait so the Wave Rider 17 are a great pick for me.
The Wave Rider 17 Running shoes are available starting today! Check MizunoUSA for Women and Men’s styles. The Wave Rider 17 running shoes retail for $114.99. Happy Trails!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are my own.
I’m all reflecty lately. I’m trying to feel, trying to think and making up words apparently. I guess that is what happens at the end of the year. Or if you’re me, every day of every year. I am a lifetime learner and sometimes it makes life harder. I’m always looking for the lesson, looking to improve on last time, looking to make life more efficient and streamlined. I succeed. I fail. I start all over again.
And then I look up and it’s December.
Oscar is keeping me here in the moment. He is loving all the little traditions I loved growing up; counting down the days til Christmas and anticipating with great wonder, what may lie under the tree with his name on it. I am trying to do too much. I want to stop and slow down and I do for a moment. But only with the promise of catching up later or waking up extra early in the morning.
That is my life right now. And hard as it is, I find it oddly fulfilling. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. There always is. But I am learning (ever the hardest lesson) to cut myself some slack. I know I can’t be all the things every day and it’s ok to choose one thing today and something else tomorrow. Yesterday I didn’t wear makeup. Today, I did but I am walking around in my slippers all day because I can.
Thanksgiving came and went in a blur and I really didn’t take the time to write out the many things I am thankful for. Not all in once place anyway. So right now I am going to do just that.
Sledding on Beech Mountain 2011. Hoping for real snow this year!
In 2013, I am thankful…..
- For a husband with a soft heart who loves me.
- For two sons that can make me so angry I want to scream and then melt my heart with one look in the same minute.
- That Jerry and I both have families who love us unconditionally and would do anything they can to help us if we need it.
- For an amazing church I can call home in a city that I love.
- For my community of friends who have rejoiced in my accomplishments and comforted my heartaches.
- For a home that fits us and allows us to be creative.
- For jobs that sustain us and allow us to bless others.
- For the ability to create and use my words to encourage friends and strangers all over the world.
- For the ability to chase dreams, even when I don’t always catch them.
- Most of all, for the gift of faith in a loving and just God who has been gracious to me in good or bad.
Roan Mountain Christmas 2011. I can’t believe how much they’ve grown!
In a couple weeks, my family will be traveling once again to the Tennessee mountains for some much needed rest. There are no televisions, no phones, and dare I say it, no internet. I can’t wait to disappear into the quiet woods and breathe.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
And get ready to welcome 2014 with open arms.