The following post is sponsored by Mizuno through my partnership with Fit Fluential. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.
A few weeks ago I received a brand spankin’ new pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18 running shoes. Now, I must admit, I was a little skeptical about the shoes from the start since I am a die-hard Asic Kayano fan and have never ever broken my loyalty.
I bypassed the shoes quite a few times as I set out on my typical runs, but as I did some research and read about the new foreign-to-me shoes, the more I thought I should give them a chance. After all, the Mizuno Wave Riders are indeed a lightweight (but not too light!) neutral shoe, have a sleek design and claim to have the ideal balance of fit and performance, making every run smooth…and who doesn’t like a smooth run?
The women’s shoe runs around $119.99 and comes in three different colors:
- Black/Silver/Florida Keys
- White/Fuchsia Purple/Turbulence
- Black Atoll/Silver/Blue Depths
- Pretty comfortable and lightweight, weighing in at 7.8 ounces
- Plenty of support for a neutral shoe
- Great for walking and everyday use
- Stylish and great color
- Shoelaces are short
- Run a tad too small, but not enough to go a full half-size up
- Take some time to break in- a bit stiff
- Felt a little too clunky
I even put them to the test during the Fall 50 Relay in Door County, WI over this past weekend. The 50-mile running adventure is for solo ultra-marathoners (crazy!) and teams of up to five runners and begins at the northernmost tip of the peninsula and travels down the western shoreline along scenic back roads ending in Sturgeon Bay.
Each team is responsible for providing their own support vehicle to get the team to the start line and between exchange points. Starting at Gills Rock, the team will cheer on the first runner when the horn is fired. After that, the vehicle—filled with the remaining team members—will race ahead to the exchange point. The vehicle will park at the exchange point and the second runner will get ready for the hand-off. After the first runner arrives, the team loads into the support vehicle and heads towards the next exchange point. They repeat this pattern all the way to the finish.
Our team consisted of five runners, each running two separate legs totaling about 10 miles per person. My first leg, admittedly, I was nervous to wear my new Mizuno shoes, so I wore my trusty Asics. When it was time for my second leg, I decided to try out the new kids on the block. The result? They felt great!
Our team cruised along with an 8:05 pace- not too shabby!
The event ends with the best after party set under a tent with a DJ, unlimited beer, wine and pizza!
Teams can also dress up, which is quite hilarious. Why not play Limbo in the middle of the dance floor with Waldo and Wizard Whitebeard?!
You better believe we took an entire pizza back to our hotel room…
Such a fun weekend with my college girls!
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