October 29, 2014

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review + Fall 50 Relay!

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

The verdict?


  1. Pretty comfortable and lightweight, weighing in at 7.8 ounces
  2. Plenty of support for a neutral shoe
  3. Great for walking and everyday use
  4. Stylish and great color


  1. Shoelaces are short
  2. Run a tad too small, but not enough to go a full half-size up
  3. Take some time to break in- a bit stiff
  4. 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.

Door County Fall 50 Relay

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.

Door County Fall 50 Relay

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!

Door County Fall 50 Relay

Our team cruised along with an 8:05 pace- not too shabby!

Door County Fall 50 Relay

The event ends with the best after party set under a tent with a DJ, unlimited beer, wine and pizza!

Door County Fall 50 Relay

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?!

Door County Fall 50 Relay

You better believe we took an entire pizza back to our hotel room…

Door County Fall 50 Relay

Such a fun weekend with my college girls!


Runners: What’s your shoe brand of choice? Ever stray away? 

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October 27, 2014

Wedding Recap: The Ceremony

Our wedding ceremony was all that I hoped it would be and more. About an hour before guests started to arrive, we took all of our family photos and some wedding party photos so we didn’t have to rush through them after the ceremony.


I absolutely love this photo of my mom and I because it shows just how happy we both were on that day. I don’t know what I would’ve done without her throughout the entire wedding planning process. She went dress shopping with me, found my wedding shoes (and the bridesmaids!), tagged along during my makeup and hair trial, and helped calm my nerves when we discovered that the original tuxes we had picked out did not match the bridesmaids dresses whatsoever. And that’s only just skimming the surface.


Before we knew it, all of us girls were piling into the bride’s room at Trapper’s Turn to hide from the guests and do one last touch up before walking down the aisle. I remember sipping on champagne and singing and dancing to, “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups with all of my best friends just before the ceremony started.


Once all of the guests were seated, it was time for the ceremony to begin! Instead of handing out individual programs, we decided to have  a big program on a chalk board placed at the entrance of the ceremony for everyone to read.


At exactly 4:30 in the evening, Scott seated his grandma…


…and both his mom and dad.


My brother walked my mom down the aisle.


Then it was time for the wedding party. The violinist did a beautiful job as she played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole.


Once the entire wedding party had made their way down the aisle, the music changed to “Canon in D” and it was my turn. I looked at my dad and we both smiled and laughed. I remember him peeking around the corner and saying, “Wow, there’s a lot of people here!”.


Even though I had already seen Scott beforehand, my nerves and excitement were just the same. Once we locked eyes we never stopped throughout the entire ceremony.



After hugging and kissing my dad, I faced Scott and held his hands as our officiant welcomed everyone and blessed our special day. Our officiant was a family friend of Scott’s parents and did a fantastic job at making our ceremony both personal and thoughtful.



Scott’s uncle read the following reading:

Love is patient; love is kind.

Love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.

It does not insist on its own way: it is not irritable or resentful;

it does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices in truth.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

And now faith, hope, and love abide,

and the greatest of these is love.

And then it was time for our Love Letter Commitment followed by our vows and exchange of rings. I remember I couldn’t stop thinking that this was actually happening and felt like my entire body was shaking both inside and out.


Before we knew it, our officiant was pronouncing us husband and wife!  Arm-in-arm, we looked towards all of the people we loved and headed down the aisle to the music of Jack Johnson’s, “Better Together”.


Officially married!


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Thank you to the amazingly talented Jennie from Sewell Photography for allowing me to use these photos.

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