Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sponsored Post: @MizunoRunning #WaveRider18 Shoe Review

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential, LLC on behalf of Mizuno. Regardless of payment or free product, the following opinions are my own. 

My feet hate me. For years, I'd strap them into inefficiently high heels and walk around like nobody's business. That was back when I worked in advertising (and went to bars), but I work at a gym now (and I rarely go out) so my feet rejoice. Because now, I live in sneakers. And I run in sneakers (obviously). My feet still hate me, but only when I take them OUT of my sneakers. Or when my sneakers wear out, which has been the case as of late.

I've talked about my hunt for a new running shoe before. In fact, I settled on the (bright green and pink) Sayonara 2. I got the chance to review the original Sayonara when they launched it, and I've been a Mizuno fan ever since. So when FitFluential offered up the chance to test out ANOTHER Mizuno running shoe. I jumped at the chance because, well...new shoes.

So enter the Wave Rider 18.

This is an upgraded pair of Wave Riders, which are neutral running shoes. Are they better or worse than the previous model? I wouldn't know, but I can tell you that they're different than the Sayonaras, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. I love the Sayonaras because they feel light on my feet without compromising comfort.. They are perfect for short and/or fast running, in my opinion, but can still go the distance. But a little EXTRA padding never hurt a girl's feet, which is why I wasn't totally turned off by these new Wave Riders.

In fact, I really like them. They offer just enough support—enough to notice the difference. But they don't feel squishy beneath my feet, which I hate. I need a good, solid pair of running shoes. Most especially because I suffer from bunions on both feet. (If this is an issue for you, or if you have wider feet, you should know that I have no issues whatsoever with the width of this shoe—hooray!)

So what's up with that little silver logo on the back end?

Mizuno pulled inspiration from the Japanese concept of "Hado," which is a "life force energy that promotes powerful transformations. Evidence of which can be found in the shoe's sleek design which, theoretically, conveys power and energy. And who doesn't need that while they're running?

I broke out the shoes a week before I ran the Grand Rapids Marathon as a relay.

My first run was ten miles, and then I had two shorter runs before the race. Even though I had IT band issues at the race (because I wasn't properly warmed up), I still felt comfortable in the shoes. This picture might look familiar:

My feet have been loving them ever since.

Also, can we talk about the colors? I mean. I'm digging the black for this time of year because, well...the roads are on the verge of being constantly dirty because of leaves, rain and snow. Also, the blue matches my new Garmin. #winning

Are the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 running shoes for you? If you're a neutral runner, they just might be! Not sure? Head on over to your local running store and get fitted. Ask for Mizuno specifically and see what they say. (Personally, I think you'll love them.)

Question: Do you run in Mizuno shoes? If so, what model? And what's next on your race calendar?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Feedly Finds, Vol. 9 #linklove

I can't keep up with life right now. Seriously, my list of things to get done fills up an entire page in my (full-size) notebook, and I could probably even extend it to another page if I got super serious about everything that needs to get done. But I'm trying to stay focused on that which is most important. So clearly, my family and my job are getting most of my attention (in that order) right now, which leaves little room for blogging. But I'm incapable of completely ignoring a to-do list.

And obviously my to-do list has items on it that are directly related to Daily Dose because, obviously. So I'm here today with one of my favorite posts to write each month: Links that I'm loving from my Feedly and elsewhere on the Internet. Some are old, some are new. I think they're all cool.

1) I do what I can to eat healthy, and when my kid started to eat anything other than my own milk, I got borderline obsessive about buying all the right things for her. And then I realized how hard it was going to be to completely shelter her from the junk. I mean, call me a hypocrite when I won't let her eat the good (translation = bad) fruit snacks, but I'll give myself a sugar bomb latte from Starbucks. So now, I'm much more relaxed about it. Like this mom. Because we all have to just do what we can, when we can and let the rest fall into place.

2) Exercise is not war on the body. You don't have to destroy yourself in order to see fitness and health gains at the gym. Here's why.

3) When I was packing for the Grand Rapids Marathon relay, I seriously contemplated cutting up an old pair of knee-high socks to create a pair of arm sleeves. Clearly I'm behind in my Feedly reading, because post-race, I read the post I just linked you to and it gave me instant regret. #nexttime

4) I'm pretty sure Fall clothing is my favorite. (That green coat, though. Want, need.)

5) An edible coffee cup?! WANT. (Also, so guilty of not bringing my own cup to 'bucks.)

6) Whenever I meet with new clients or introduce people to the fitness equipment, they...mostly the women...always say, "well...I just want to tone up. I don't need to, like, build muscle." Sorry, what? Let's talk about the difference between toning muscle and building muscle.

And elsewhere on the Internet, because my Safari app looks like this:

Seriously, I have no less than 20 pages open in my app at any given time because I never have time and/or get interrupted when I'm trying to read, so there they sit. And here they are:

1) I'm not going to lie, nor am I going to be embarrassed by the fact that I geek out over pumpkin at this time of year. From candles to cake to lattes, give it all to me now (please). So when POPSUGAR posted a recipe for pumpkin-based protein balls, I mean... #yesplease

2) I'm teaching PiYo Live, and will soon be teaching a barre-based class. Which means my Yoga mat is seeing a ton of action right now. So I should probably make this tea tree/lavender oil spray to keep it germ free.

3) Yes, I know I have a toddler.

4) I went to Trader Joe's this weekend because God planted one right by an out-of-town bridal shower I went to. And even though I'm trying to curb my sugar intake, I still walked away with a tub of chocolate covered s'more things. #fail so bad. So I really need more articles like this one that details how to kick a sugar addiction because clearly I have one.

5) As most basements are, ours is filled with stuff that should really just be tossed. Like bags of bags. Shopping bags. Because you never know when you'll need one. But a few months ago, I tossed a bunch of them into the recycling bin. Including some from Tiffany. Because when you get jewelry from Tiffany, you keep the bag. And the box. Because the box is awesome (here's why).

6) I really love this new #strongHER campaign that ACE is promoting. If you don't follow them on Facebook, you should. They post a lot of great articles, like this one that explains why women should hit the weights.

So tomorrow, we talk about the new Mizuno Wave Rider 18 running shoes. #lovethem

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