Completing my first Marathon with Mizuno

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno

There.

I said it.

Remember the big decision I was trying to make last week? Well, I made it and as of July 15th I will officially begin training for my very first marathon. I'm still going to try and cross-train with swimming and cycling as soon as I can afford a proper bike but my primary focus is going to be on killing 26.2 miles!

I remember the last new shoes I purchased. As soon as I put them on I had this overwhelming sensation when I realized I'd be completing my first half marathon while wearing them. That exact emotion came up again as I tried on my new Wave Sayonara Mizuno shoes. I hadn't even stepped out the door in them yet and I just knew that I was ready to commit to this incredible goal and that these shoes will be with me every step of the way, literally!

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Over the course of the last year I've started to become known as 'the runner' to most of my friends. I occasionally have people ask me for recommendations on running shoes and I am woefully ignorant on the subject. I've only worn one brand before, and they seemed okay, but in just a week of running in Mizuno's I've noticed an incredible difference.

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First, I haven't had a single issue with blistering as I did with my prior shoes. I thought I was just prone to blisters but apparently my shoes were the issue! It is surreal to come home from a 5-6 mile run with zero pain.

Despite my overwhelming happiness as the thought of not having hideous runners feet anymore I  was even more surprised with how much my posture has changed while wearing the Mizunos. As I started walking in them I noticed there was significantly more support on the outer portions of my feet. At first it felt strange and I wondered how long it would take for me to get adjusted to it, but by the time I finished my first mile I began to see what a difference the support was making. My back seemed to be better aligned as I was running, and my hips were tucked under my shoulders as they should be. My running form can slack on long runs and I start to arch my upper back and stick my stomach out to far so I get low back pains. Zero issues with this wearing the Mizunos.

Finally, these babies are light. I weighed my old shoes and the new Mizunos and they are a half a pound lighter. Do you realize how much of a difference a half a pound makes after a few miles of running? My very first run was a quick 3 miles and my pace time was about 30 seconds better than normal. That's what's up!

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Since I started running I always heard about the 'big' brands like Mizuno. I get the hype now. I literally cannot go back to my old shoes ever again after seeing what a difference these shoes have made on my form and time. I also love the entire culture associated with Mizuno. When you start running in Mizuno's you become part of this huge, incredible family. I watched this video on The Meaning of Mezamashii Running and had to fight back tears. When people ask me why I run, this is why:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OylzJ-Nss4E&feature=youtu.be

The Mizuno Wave Sayonara will be released on July 5th and please considering going to check them out! I mean - wouldn't it be worth it to take 30 seconds off your average pace?

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Now, excuse me while I go deal with the fact I've publicly committed to running a marathon.