Wave Sayonara! Meet Mizuno’s Newest Mezamashii Member

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Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are my own.

Taking this year (2013) off from any marathon training opened a door that I’ve left closed for almost four years now – run shoe experimenting! When it seems that you’re constantly in, or closely between, training cycles it seems a little too risky to mess with what works. I’ve tried/tested one new pair of shoes (different brand, style, etc.) in that time frame, and it went poorly. My tried-and-true Nike Pegasus sets a high-bar, if only because they’ve never given me shin splints, plantar fasciitis or blisters. Dead toenails and calluses? Yes, of course. Is that actually avoidable? I’m not entirely sure. Regardless, it’s time for some exploring and testing.

Back to that open-door: meet the Wave Sayonara, a la Mizuno!

Mizuno Sayonara Collage

Thanks to FitFluential, I had the opportunity to test out this “light, low to the ground, versatile” every-day training shoe. I have yet to run in anything super-light or relatively flat, so these feel very different to my feet. I initially took them out to walk, for a morning Wave to the White House:

Mizuno Wave Sayonara _ White House

I wanted to break them in, and really I just wanted to show them off to the Obamas and their Secret Service 6am police crew (who, as it turns out, are not allowed to take photos. Megan & I know that, now).

Flashy-pink shoes are not meant to be subtle.

These beauties weigh in at 7.1 ounces with a “U4ic” midsole. Translation: light, response to movement and well-cushioned.

They’re part of Mizuno’s mezashamii run movement – finding elation in the run, deciding what it means for you. In my words, letting it change you.

Change / mezamashii: branching away from my Nike’s for a summer, and letting the Sayonaras do their thang! Taking the “run” as it is, in this summer heat and without a training plan in mind. Hitting the trails more often for shade and adventure. Staring at a Fall “race” season that is completely open. Waking up in the morning with this thought…

Mizuno Wave Sayonara _ doorstep quote

What’s mezmashii (a “more brilliant run”, “euphoric”) to you?

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5 Responses to Wave Sayonara! Meet Mizuno’s Newest Mezamashii Member

  1. Those babies are BRIGHT! :-) I recently got a pair of equally bright Nike Free Bionics and am loving the color. They have gone on a few walks, but no runs yet as I am still recovering from a hairline fracture and some partially torn ligaments.

    Hmm, mezmashii to me right now is just being grateful to run. Nothing makes you want to enjoy the run more than not being able to! :-)

    Hope you are having a great summer, Heather!

  2. I love these shoes. I have had them for a few months now and have zero complaints. Awesome picture in front of the white house btw!

  3. I miss my Mizunos! I had a pair but am currently in some New Balances. They’re terrific shoes! Mezmashii means going for a run when I had to force myself to go then realizing that I am really enjoying it. Those runs are always the most satisfying.

  4. I run in the Wave Rider’s, so jel. HOW fun! Great, great pics.

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