Running Status & the Mizuno Wave Rider 17

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions and sob stories are my own!

Not much has changed since I last updated. The running situation is incredibly depressing at the moment. I’m trying to focus on everything else I have to do and enjoy the extra “free time” in my life. Of course, that’s kind of a joke since I spend 6 hours a week in physical therapy and driving to and from. And of course I SHOULD be doing some other form of exercise to keep up my stamina, but it’s really hard to get motivated to drive 40 minutes round trip to work out in a stuffy gym.

Okay, so nevermind the whole “extra free time” idea. It’s just plain depressing. LOL!

I did run on Thanksgiving Day. I couldn’t stand not running for one. more. minute! The weather was so crisp and cold, and I have a standing tradition of running a 5K on Thanksgiving Day. (Two years is a tradition, right?) It just seems to start the whole eating frenzy off right!!

That morning, after ruining a batch of homemade cinnamon rolls, I debated going back to bed or going for a run. I put on my warmest cold-weather running gear, laced up my new Mizuno Wave Rider 17 Running Shoes and walked out the door.

As soon as I started trotting down that familiar road with the winter gray sky, the old thrill of the run was back. It. Felt. Fantastic.

I could feel a huge smile spread across my face. I think I might have actually laughed out loud. I set my Garmin because I was curious, and I averaged a 9:45 minute mile, which is pretty much my old comfortable pace, so I was thrilled with that.

I only ran 2.5 miles, though. I knew I shouldn’t push it, and did I mention, it was COLD!?

I felt invigorated, but it was bittersweet because I knew I wouldn’t be running again for a while. Still… I was hoping that I wouldn’t feel any ill effects and maybe I’d be allowed to do some short runs here and there, just to keep myself going.

I got home and stretched my foot and calf and tried to baby it so I wouldn’t do any further damage to my plantar fasciitis.

I made sure to wear comfortable shoes the rest of the day, but as I stood all afternoon at our family Thanksgiving gathering, my foot started to throb. I still have a long way to go to get my feet back to good health.

To add insult to injury (quite literally), I woke up the next morning to discover that my thighs were sore from running. From running 2.5 miles. WHAT THE HECK!? I wasn’t sore the day after my half marathon!!

It all seems so hopeless right now. I am SURE everyone is sick of my whining . . . both online and in real life! But it’s just so incredibly frustrating to sit here while everything I gained over the past two years goes straight to mush.

Meanwhile, I was sent these gorgeous Mizuno sneakers to try out!!

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I’ve been wanting to try Mizunos, and I never got around to going to the running store so when I was offered this campaign with FitFluential, I jumped at the chance.

I was first impressed with how lightweight they are, even though they have more stability in the sole than my usual lightweight minimal-style sneakers.

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My chiropractor told me that break between the front of the foot and the heal is key to a shoe that has stability and flexibility. (I’m sure there is a more technical term for that type of sole, but you can see what I mean, right???) Yet they’re a neutral shoe so they allow for natural foot motion.

I did wear them to run on Thanksgiving Day.

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I liked the feel of them very much. They have a nice wide toe box, and the neutral fit is comfortable for me. Yet they still have enough stability that I didn’t have pain in the side of my foot, as I did the last time I ran in more minimal shoes.

I’d love to run in them some more!! I might get a chance this weekend, at my daughter’s Girls On the Run 5K. I am not really supposed to be running, but she does more of a walk/run and my PT told me to go ahead as long as I stretch the dickens out of my foot and calf before and after.

Meanwhile I’ve worn them a few days just around town with yoga pants. They are super cute and comfortable to wear all day.

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I’ve also been wearing them to my strength training sessions, and once again, I love how Mizuno has created a lightweight, neutral shoe with good stability. These shoes are made for running, but they’re also a great all-around sneaker. I will be wearing them A LOT!