Mizuno Wave Ride 18 May Be My “One”

October 30th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life - (7 Comments)

This post is sponsored by Fitfluential, LLC. Mizunos are the 1st shoes I fell in love with.

I am really picky about my running shoes.

No, really, picky. I’ve been running in the same style of shoes, the Mizuno Wave Sayonara, for two years now. Every 5k, half marathon, and full marathon I’ve done has been in those beauties.

I’ve tried other shoes, but I always went back to the Sayonaras. Until now.


Last year I had the opportunity to try out the Wave Rider 17’s and honestly … I wasn’t in love. I could tell they were superior quality and well made, but they still felt heavy and clunky to me. After running a few times in the Wave Rider 18‘s I’ve noticed a significant improvement in those two areas.

The Wave Rider 18’s feel almost as light as my Sayonaras, but feel substantially more supportive. It is a neutral shoe and best described by Mizuno themselves:

Mizuno adopted the inspirational influence of the Japanese concept of “Hado,” the intrinsic vibrational life force energy that promotes powerful transformations. Hado is executed in the Wave Rider’s sleek, dynamic design relaying the power and kinetic energy of running, harnessing the transformative possibilities of every run.

The new Wave Rider 18 provides the ideal balance of fit and performance, making it the choice for runners seeking a smooth ride in a sleek, lightweight daily running shoe. Mizuno’s patented Wave Technology® delivers maximum responsiveness and a harmonious feel, providing “just enough” support for your run. The Dynamotion® Fit™ upper and a modified outsole pattern gives the shoe added durability and an improved underfoot feel.

So fancy.




While I think I will stick to the Sayonaras for the marathon next weekend I will start running half of my runs in the Wave Riders as I prepare for marathon #4 and my first ultra next year. I’m not one to select shoes based on aesthetics but I am SO IN LOVE with the black and teal combination, especially with my standard hot pink running socks!

What is your ‘go to’ running shoe?
Have you ever thought of switching to a new brand?

On November 9th I will be running my third marathon.

For the first marathon I trained with a local running store – Running Wild.

pensacola marathonThe program lasted 16 weeks an included 5 days of running, with the longest run of 21 miles being a few weeks before the marathon.

The second marathon I ran was in Nashville, TN earlier this year.

Nashville marathonI just kind of winged training for that one but purposefully ran less days as I wanted to cross-train more (which I gave up entirely training for the first one.) I ran 6 miles on Tuesday and Thursdays, occasionally a 5k on Monday or Friday, and the standard long run on the weekends. I ran more on hills since I heard the Nashville course was hilly and managed to finish only 8 minutes slower than my first time.

Now – for marathon 3. I originally stated I was going to do the Hanson plan. 6 days a week of running with the longest run tapping out at 16 miles (but that’s more than sufficent to train for a marathon on when you are running ALL THE MILES during the week on this plan!) Life got in the way and I ended up only doing 2 months on the Hanson plan. In the last month I’ve ran less than I ever have before when training and I just now entered into the standard two week taper period..

I could have looked into switching to the half but I’ve decided I’m still going to aim for the full. I did two 15 mile LR’s that took about 3 hours.  A lot of the research I’ve done said running 18 or 20 miles is pretty arbitrary and as long as you run to the 3 hour threshold you should be fine. I’ve also read that anything after 15/16 miles is more mental than physical. So, I’m offering myself up as guinea pig to test this theory first hand. I figure if I have to walk the last 5-6 miles who cares. It should be a gorgeous day out, I am ADDICTED to race day adrenaline and crowd support, and I’m just kind of a glutton for punishment and love the feeling of not being able to walk for 3 days after.

Wish me luck!

Have you ever ran a race without training adequately for it?

I’ve been talking  a lot about mindfulness and mediation lately. It’s the focus of all of my favorite (and effective!) stress relieving techniques. I’ve been meditating a few times a week, usually no longer than 5-10 minutes at a time, and I can always tell an immediate difference. My stress is lowered, my mood is improved, and I just feel physically better.

Be here now


{From one of my favorite, hippiest, books I’ve ever read – Be Here Now. That book will change your life, if you’re ready for it}

New research is supporting my experience that mindfulness, not just in meditation but in every day life, can help improve physical health.

Participants with high Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) scores had an 83 percent greater prevalence of good cardiovascular health (as measured by the composite score) compared to those with relatively low MAAS scores. High vs. low MAAS scores were associated with significantly higher cardiovascular health on four of seven individual indicators: BMI, physical activity, fasting glucose, and avoiding smoking.

When I first quit smoking the only reason I was successful (the third time around!) was by becoming mindful of my cravings. I would sense one coming on, recognize it as a physical response that will pass, and let it go. I used to get so upset thinking of all the future times I wouldn’t be able to smoke, but once I learned to be mindful of my present state and craving it was so much easier to manage.

For those of you interested in meditating more I found two GREAT free apps that I’ve been using a lot lately; Breathe and Insight Timer. I love using them when I find myself in the car with a few minutes to spare before work, or if I’m laying in bed at night and need to unwind before going to sleep.

Have you ever practiced mindfulness?
Do you see a connection between your mental health and physical health?