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Brilliant Running in New Shoes

Posted Jul 02 2013 6:45am
The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.  All opinions are my own.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook know that I’ve been having fun testing out some new Mizuno shoes the last week or two.

Mizuno’s newest release: Wave Sayonara

I was really tempted to wear them for the 5k on Sunday , but decided to stick with my old faithful Mizunos for the race day.  (Does anyone else do that?) It will only take another month or so before these become old faithfuls as well, but we just started dating.  A race is a big step this soon in the relationship.

So what’s so great about this shoe?

First of all, it’s Mizuno’s lightest everyday shoe yet.  I could really feel a difference – noticeably not clunky, compared to some shoes I own…  I won’t mention any names.

It’s light and low to the ground, but maintains a 10 mm drop so it has support for those of us that haven’t switched to minimalist running (or do a mix, like me).

Technically, it is a neutral shoe but also provides a good amount of stability.

Mizuno says “the euphoric foam midsole ensures the proper cushioning without added weight and bulk so runners experience a light, smooth, comfortable and responsive ride.”


Light… smooth…comfortable… responsive… I would say those words adequately describe my experience in them so far.  I’ve used the Wave Sayonara for most of my weekly training runs in the last ten days, ranging from 3 to 10 miles and my feet have been happy.

The real test was on my tempo runs.  I took them out for 5 miles last week with 4 at tempo, and settled in at my happy pace and forgot all about my shoes.  The paces came easily and I was in the zone.  That, to me, is a brilliant run!

If you’re already a Mizuno fan, this one is described as the “love-child of the Wave Precision and Wave Elixir.”  A few additional stats:

  • Midsole delivers optimal shock and durability
  • G3 sole features lightweight, superior traction
  • Blown rubber sole for optimal flexibility

With the bright purple and the way they can fly, I’m hoping they’ll become my magical Mizunos and carry me all the way through my Philly marathon and big fall goals.

Check out Mizuno’s video for more brilliant running stories.  The shoes retail at $119.99 and go on sale this Friday, July 5th!

Tell me about your most recent brilliant run. Do you have a go-to pair of fast shoes?


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