The Mizuno Mezamashii Project- Giveaway

 

I’ve been promising this HUGE post for awhile.

There’s no hiding the fact that I love my Mizuno running shoes. In fact, the word love might be a bit of an understatement. I LOVE (like wish I could marry) my Mizunos.

I love them so much that I’m not even going ramble on about my day yesterday or tell you about what I had to make an emergency stop for on the way home from the gym last night. Click here if you just can’t wait to see.

I won’t bore you with my workouts.

I won’t post another picture of burnt roasted zucchini noodles or roasted broccoli slaw.

I won’t even show you my low calorie ice cream I had last night (for the 5th night in a row).

I’ll even refrain from sharing my new summer berry salad with you. I have to show you a picture of it though because it’s darn pretty.

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And…. just because I like to be a tease and I created yet another chia protein cookie dough dip  (although it’s not really a “dip”, I eat my protein cookie dough with a spoon) yesterday, I’ll show you this that I can’t wait to share.

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So watch out, I may just be back sooner than you think with this all this goodness.

Not now though.

I’m not even doing Flat Kitty Friday today. It’s time to talk shoes.

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This post is dedicated to you, my beloved Mizunos and the Mezamashii Run Project.

Through the years my Mizunos have taken me on some brilliant runs and have accompanied me to all of my races.

Here are some of my favorites:

Half Marathon for Amelia 

La Jolla Half Marathon

Safari Park Half Marathon

San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 

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I’ll even credit them for getting me qualified for Boston. Now if they could only get me there to run the Boston Marathon in 2013…..

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Oh, and leaving an extra pair of Mizuno running shoes at all times in my car is one of the best decisions I ever made. Because of this particular day, I will always keep shoes in my car. The opportunities that might present themselves and the places good running shoes can take you are amazing.

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We’ve had some great times.

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I’m sure we are going to have many more.

 

I’ve talked about my Mizuno love a lot, but I talked about finding the perfect pair here. Speaking of finding the perfect pair, Mizuno has this awesome precision fit analysis online to help you find your perfect shoe. Pretty darn cool.

Just to make sure you don’t think I’m making this Mizuno love stuff up I better show you these.

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Yep.

I have been a loyal fan of Mizuno shoes since I bought my first pair in 2004. I have not run in any other shoes since.

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Some people might see this as a little bit of a problem. I see it as many, many miles doing what I love to do: running and racing.

 

I’ve recently befriended the wonderful people over at Mizuno. (I guess I’ve raved about their shoes long enough or just been that annoying on twitter.)

They generously sent me my favorite Wave Nirvana shoes.

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And after I bothered (and begged) them enough they sent me the new Wave Inspires to try out as well.

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And…… as a founding member I got a brand new pair of my Elixir racing shoes through The Mezamashii Run Project.

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I’d say I’m all set for awhile.

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I better get some races on the schedule to make good use of these bad boys.

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Now for the good stuff.

 

where did the chainsaw massacre really happen at For some of you lucky STUFT readers, there just might be some brilliant Mizuno runs in YOUR future.

Mizuno has recently launched an amazing new campaign.

The Mezamashii Run Project

The Mezamashii Project. Join us to make your run more brilliant.

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I am honored to be a founding member and get to invite other runners to join the Mezamashii community.

I have five invites to share with you.

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I’m so excited to give you the chance to join this amazing project.

 

craftsman chainsaws reviews Five amazingly lucky STUFT readers will receive an invitation to join the Mezamashii Run Project.

 

jonathan tucker texas chainsaw massacre With the invitation you will receive a FREE pair of running shoes. The free pair can be ANY model you choose (excluding the “Prophecy”).

Along with a free pair of the most amazing running shoes, stihl ms 270 chainsaw price you will receive early access to exclusive Mizuno events and product launches. 

 

Here is your chance.

 

Here’s what you have to do to enter:

chainsaw saw Leave me a comment here telling me about the a “brilliant run” you’ve had recently or one that you’re looking forward to in the future.

homelite 16 chainsaw review For an optional entry tungsten tipped chainsaw chain tweet the following about this giveaway and leave me a comment letting me know that you did.

“I want to join @stuftmama in the #Mezamashii Project. Win a FREE pair of @MizunoRunning shoes for a #brilliantrun. http://stuftmama.com/2012/06/29/the-mizuno-mezamashii-project-giveaway/

Feel free to visit the Mizuno Facebook page here and give them a “like”. You can let them know STUFT Mama sent you if you want. You can also visit my Facebook page too. (You know, if you’re missing some crazy food, Kitty or fun toddler pictures). He he.

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Also, feel free to share about this if you have a blog. This is HUGE friends.

 

*Giveaway will be open until 8 p.m. PST, Thursday July 5th. Five winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday, July 6th.  Open to U.S. residents only.

 

Hope you have a great weekend. We’ve got a family play date planned today. Yippee!

 

Join me in some “brilliant runs”, will you?

*Disclaimer- I was not compensated for this post. My choice to share my invitations with you was my own. My obsession and love for Mizuno running shoes is also my own. I did receive 3 pairs of Mizuno running shoes free of charge.

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    Jody says:

    Well my brilliant run was last weekend running the Seattle Rock and Roll half. That’s when I realized I have waaaaay too many miles on my Brooks and realized it’s time to upgrade. These shoes would be perfect!!

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    LOL – love your shoe line up! I have the same “problem” so let’s just call it normal ;-)

    Can I say 2 brilliant runs? The first being my first half marathon which I did solo. The 2nd was my 3rd half that I ran with hubby despite being injured and not running for 6 wks. It was probably stupid, but a very proud moment to cross the line with him for his first half.

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    Megan S. says:

    OH my gosh this is awesome! I am looking forward to hopefully funning the 5k Color Run later in July!

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    Megan says:

    I had a stinky run last Saturday – so when my 5 mile tempo run went wonderfully on Wednesday, I was super happy! Makes me get excited about marathon training coming soon :)

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    wowee! I am running my first official 5k. The color run in October :)

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    Mary says:

    Hi Stuft Mama! I am a new follower and am loving every post :) I am also from San Diego, and have always wanted to run a half-marathon (a full is in my future, but starting with the baby steps :) ) I have needed that push to get training and I think these new shoes would be so perfect! I am thinking about signing up for the Silver Strand half in November! Thank you for the daily inspiration and amazingly yummy recipes :) Excited to try the cookie dough dip but nervous that I will be eating mass amounts of it this weekend! Thanks again for the giveaway!

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    Kailey says:

    I’ve been dying to get in a good run in the rain…and every time the forecast calls for rain I get a little excited, then we get nothing. Hopefully in the near future!
    Also doing the Color Run next month, super excited for a fun run!

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    my brilliant run is the fact that i now CAN run. i am at a point in my recovery where i am able to tone/work out and it is an AMAZING feeling. so any run is brilliant to me! i have missed running so much!!

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    Wow! exciting…. with the heat rolling in im hoping to have a ‘brilliant’ hot run this weekend, its taking longer than than I hoped to adjust.

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    i tweeted <3 @accidentlydlish

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    Jennifer Murphy says:

    Wow! This is amazing. One of my most brilliant runs was the last one I took at 37 weeks pregnant with baby # 3. I loved that running became a part of the healthiest pregnancies I had. And although I got a lot of looks, I”m pretty sure it encouraged a lot of women at the gym to reconsider putting their feet up for 9 months… And as for looking forward to a run, I want to complete a full marathon by the time I’m 40. Maybe these will get me there! :)

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    Mary says:

    Also, I tweeeted, “liked” and left a comment on Mizuno fb page about Stuft Mama. And I liked and commented on your facebook page as well. (Can you tell I want to win!? ;) )

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    Kris says:

    my last brilliant run was May 18. yep, I remember the date, the run was so epic. I have been coming back from a couple injuries and complications for what seems like YEARS now… walking more than running, afraid of re injury (and some totally unfounded things like twisting my ankle, which has never happened!). running means THAT much to me, and I miss it so.

    it was right before we moved into our new house, and I went on one last run on my beloved trails at the old house… I quickly found my breathing rhythm, everything synced up and I had that feeling I could run all day! I experienced that euphoria that I have been running after for quite some time, and it was glorious!

    just last week I found a trail near our new place… I plan to run it this weekend! :D

    congrats to you, this is awesome news my friend! I have always wanted to try Mizunos.

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    Nicole says:

    I am looking forward to my first 5K run too!! {september}

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    Wowza! This is awesome. My BRILLIANT run was last monday… the farthest I’ve ever run, and if it weren’t for the thunderstorm (serious lightning) I would have kept going! I did 7.3 miles and it felt AWESOME. I hope I win!

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    Samantha says:

    So since they have a couple of models for trail I am in! I am not so much a competition runner, but I do love to trail run still and for me a brilliant run is often early in the morning with my dog. While seeming to have little draw to marathons I am totally drawn to the down and crazy ultra-marathons which is probably because I have never run a full marathon. I would love some crazy, remote, inspiring back-country location.

    I think what any active person hears you on however, in the importance of a good shoe. And if you are someone who puts on the mileage whether on a street or up a trail, you really know the importance of a good shoe.

    Fun giveaway! You must be excited!

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    I want to have a brilliant run! but recently had to literally toss out my Asics for hurting my feet. Now I either run barefoot or Mizuno??? :)

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    My most favorite brilliant run was after my double leg surgery. I didn’t go far at all. The mere fact that I was outside, upright an could put one foot infront of the other almost brought me to tears. I haven’t had a more difficult, emotional or humbling experience in my life.

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      Kayla says:

      My favorite run will be an upcoming one! I am nine months pregnant and have been ACHING for a good run! I can’t wait to get back out there and train again! This is an AWESOME giveaway!

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    Jennifer Mykytiuk says:

    I had a brilliant run Wednesday when I PR’d on my 10k during a training run! It was even faster than my pre-baby running! Feels like an accomplishment to be faster after having a baby than before.

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    Erin says:

    LOL That is quite a shoe collection! I would love to try Mizuno’s. I haven’t had a brilliant run but you inspire me and I want to get a 10K under my belt in the next few months.

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    Beth Petrassi says:

    Whenever I get out and run I love it – most recently a 5 miler with my fat chi/min pin mix that fought me the whole way (she is not really fat – just lazy). My border collie/lab mix was all kinds of excited and loving it, until Fatty started to drag – but then saw a butterfly and found her second wind (dogs – silly running mates). It is just getting my butt up and out – I get very stuck in my mind before heading out that it often stops me from going. Fear of failure, so I just don’t do it. Ugh – what is wrong with me. Maybe some new Mizunos will Inspire me;)

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    bethp262 says:

    My most brilliant run ever was a couple of months ago when I ran my first 50-mile ultra. It was amazing to see what my body was capable of! One of the best days ever!!!

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    Jennifer Mykytiuk says:

    I tweeted also.

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    My last brilliant run was the US Half in April. It’s a challenging course with significant hills/elevation gain. Achieveing a PR was doable because I was familiar with the course (out and back from Marina to Presidio to across Golden Gate Bridge) but the hills were not going to make it an easy task. I started off slow and easy and decided to pick it up when I fel comfortable. Halfway through I hit somehow found autopilot at a quick pace and towards the end felt more energetic than the start. I was 30 sec. away from breaking 1:50 with a 5 minute negative split. That’s right! Huge pickup on the back end… that’s brilliant!

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    Also tweeted (and liked for kicks, literally).

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    Mindy Bobe says:

    I LOVE the pictures of the lineup of all your Mizunos!!! And I would LOVE to have a brilliant run with a new pair of Mizunos!!! My favorite brilliant run would have to be when I ran the Gulf Coast Half Marathon on Pensacola Beach. It was very hot and humid and all the other runners were complaining about the heat and how hard the run was. But I was having a brilliant run!!! I even PRed!!! It was awesome!!! Thanks for this giveaway…I really hope I win! :-)

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    Sarah says:

    I’ve had several brilliant runs lately :) Did a race with tough hills recently & took that as an opportunity to challenge myself to power up them. Also have had lots of brilliant long runs with my best friend recently that allow us to catch up and share time together. :)

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    Sarah says:

    Tweeted about it!

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    Christine says:

    My most brilliant run was last year when i finally did a double digit run. I felt like i could keep going on forvever and it made me feel so good about myself and what my body is capable of.

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    Last brilliant run was in Sunday. New PDR (14 mi) while wearing my Fav Mizunos if course.

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    Andrea says:

    I brillant run I had semi-recently was completing my FIRST FULL MARATHON at the end of April. I had no real “goal” I just wanted to push myself and run my little heart out! I finished with a time of 3:37! I completely shocked myself and I am sooo proud!!!!!!! I did not run in Mizunos, but would love love love some!!

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    Dana mck. says:

    I woke up at 5:30am yesterday morning knowing that the day was going to get into the 90′s . I’m 6 months pregnant and managed to get in 6 miles! Hoping to hit 40 miles this week. My swollen feet would feel brilliant in a new pair of mizunos!

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    Robin says:

    I haven’t had a brilliant run lately, but I would like to get back to running. I’ve ran in a 1/2 marathon and many, many 5K’s but havn’t really been running much lately (no excuse), although I enjoy it while I’m running and so very glad that I did it once I’ve completed my run. I prefer the shorter runs rather than the long ones! I’ve always been a Nike girl, but since your posts and lots of running experience, I’d love to get my hands on a pair of Mizunos and get back on the path!

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    Jenny says:

    I am looking forward to running a 5K with my sisters in August.

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    debbie says:

    I made a shoe garden with all my old running shoes. Was the neatest thing I’ve ever done; although, the plants in the shoes died…….
    I had an amazing run last week & ran 7:28min/mile. I’ve NEVER run that fast in my life. My typical pace is between 8:30-9.
    So exciting.
    I’d LOVE a new pair of Mizunos-LOVE to win, Love to try new things, LOVE to RUN in Mizunos……

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    Kathy says:

    I could say my “Mezamashii” Run was finishing my first HALF Marathon ….and that was great…I literally couldn’t believe I really did it but, I trained and felt ready and finished.

    Then almost 2 months ago my HIP issue started ….they only thing everyone said to do was to stop running. Let the hip heal. Give it a break…I would. A day here and there but I found I really missed running and running became a part of me…amazing from a girl who was never in a sport in high school. ;-) So, for about 50 days I have not run….I tried to do a mile during my beer run and regretted every step. I have done what I could but no running.

    Until today. I have felt good so I decided today was the day. I ran 5 minutes and then walked 5 minutes for a couple of miles then I ran a mile….I never looked at my watch once….I felt like I was in a zone. I was back! Enjoying my run, my peace and quiet time, me muscles (yes, I do have some some where), my sun, my sweat.

    So it was little….small steps….but totally a MEZAMASHII moment for me. (So glad I got to share that…thanks!)

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    Pam Gordon says:

    My brilliant run was Tuesday – I had hurt my shoulder and was sidelined for a week. I was finally able to get back at it and did speedwork – my fastest time ever!!! :)

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    Laura says:

    Oooh, awesome giveaway! I have been wanting to try Mizuno’s shoes… my brilliant run was my first (and so far only) marathon. Felt like such an accomplishment!

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    Cassie says:

    I have been running in Mizunos since my first marathon in 2009 after switching from asics and I have never looked back!

    Lately I have been having some mental blocks in my running, especially hills. It infuriates me that when my boyfriend and I go running he can run circles around me when it comes to hills. We live in Tacoma so we are surrounded by hills, LOTS of them. I seems to freak out and sometimes it turns into the ugly frustrated cry (which doesnt help the situation). Recently my younger brother (20 yrs old) was diagnosed with testicular cancer. On this particular day I had just come home from spending a week with him after he got out of the hospital. I was angry, sad, and frustrated so I decided to go for a run. There is a big hill leading from the water up to our house in Tacoma and it just happened to be the route I decided to run that day (probably because I was not thinking clearly!). I saw the hill and decided today was the day to power up it. I reached the top without stopping and at a pretty constant pace. I have never had a run that cleared my head and made me feel more at peace then that run, which is something I have been trying to find in running since I started.

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Cassie- That sounds like quite the run. So glad it helped you clear your head and feel at peace. How is your brother doing now? You’re story gave me chills! PS- It was the same for me. I switched from Asics in 2004 and never looked back. :)

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        He is doing ok, its still kind of a shock for everyone and everything happened so fast. I think thats the part they dont tell you about when people talk about cancer is how fast everything happens. He starts Chemo on July 9th for two rounds and his prognosis is still good. Positive positive thoughts! Thank you for asking! It was definitely a weird feeling, the more I get into running the more im finding its not just about the races and competitive aspect of it! I start training for my 4th marathon (in my mizuno elixirs of course) tomorrow and im excited to go into it with that mentality. My boyfriend told my brother that he would shave his head with him, I told him I would run a marathon :)
        Ps- I love reading your blog!

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    Stephanie says:

    I want in! I love my Mizunos and will be wearing them in September when I run the San Diego Women’s Half Marathon, my first in about five years. I hope it’s mezamashii!

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    Stephanie says:

    Oops. I misspelled my email address in my previous comment. Stupid kindle keyboard!

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    Becca says:

    My last 5k was my most recent brilliant run. First time staying on pace and finished feeling great. Low my Mizunos too!

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    Sara says:

    I am new to this running biz. :-) I mostly do runs on the treadmill–more like a run/jog. My goal is to get up to 3 miles each time I go to the gym (more would be awesome!) There’s just nothing like listening to music and hitting the road or treadmill. Very freeing.

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    Sheena says:

    My brilliant run will consist of the entire month of August (and first week of September), when I’ll be gallivanting around Europe, running in every city I stop in :)

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    Kandis says:

    I qualified for the Boston Marathon in my Mizuno Wave Inspires in December 2011. That was an incredible race for me and I would definitely call that run brilliant! I did it in 3:34 which was a big PR for me. I have been running in Mizuno’s for a while and love them. I’ve been looking to try a couple different styles of theirs so this would be great. I’ve had plenty of good runs in them since December but that is the one that sticks out for me.

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    What a cool opportunity! I’d love to be involved – new products are so exciting to me.

    My brilliant run is a “hope to” run. I want to run the Nike Women’s Marathon in my 30th year.

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    My brilliant run was last weekend running the Arroyo Creek Half Marathon. I am currenlty running 13 halfs in 13 months, yes I ‘m crazy!! This was the tenth race in my challenge and that’s when I realized I have ran too races in my old Asics and realized it’s time to upgrade to Mizuno. Seriously this was what was going through my head during my race that I want the new Mizuno tye dye shoes I saw online!! These shoes would be perfect!!

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    alisen says:

    They must REALLY love you…5 entries?! :P My most recent speedwork run has to be my defining brilliant run. I have never done a ladder style type of speedwork and I decided to go for it. Half way through I was done but reminded myself I willingly put myself out here. No one is making me do this! I have another speed workout on the agenda today and I will be repeating this so I don’t forget while I’m forging 100+ degrees of heat :)

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    alisen says:

    I tweeted! @alisenasu

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    Wow, so awesome! Not only do I need new shoes but this would be motivation to get some real running in again.

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    Laura says:

    Love this! My brilliant run was on Earth Day. All of my plans fell through (husband out of town, my kids didn’t get to come watch because it was raining, it was RAINING!) for this half-marathon. I ended up driving myself but ended up with a great race…it was brilliant because I did it! There were many excuses for me to use to not do this race, but I did…of course, I was happy…after the fact :)

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    So exciting!!! I hope to have a brilliant run soon. I haven’t had a great run in a while!

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    Laura says:

    I tweeted, as well!

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    I ran my first half marathon one month ago and that was something I always said I couldn’t do. I had to work my *** off to get there and was so proud of myself. I’m planning to run my next half in October!

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    just tweeted about this amazing giveaway!! (@Danica_ipnp)

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    Yes! I’m super pumped about this. In all honesty, I’ve been trying to get myself to switch from Asics to Mizuno for awhile now… and I’m pretty sure you just convinced me. I’m thinking about switching to something with a little less ‘cushion’ bc my plantars fasciitis has been acting up… any specific recommendations??

    I would have to say my most brilliant run of my running career so far was running the Boston Marathon this past April (2012). It was hot, so hot, but taught me a lot about myself, and running.The camaraderie throughout the race was amazing, and just experiencing city and the support throughout the entire race helped me finish in the 90 degree heat without walking. If you care, here’s my post on it:
    http://kaitmakesarun4it.blogspot.com/2012/04/116th-boston-marathon-recap.html

    I would be so freaking honored to join the Mezamashii Run Project. :)

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Kait- They have so many options and differnet support levels. I have really flat feet so I need more support than msot runners. :) Would gladly talk shoes though. Email me anytime. Congrats on Boston!

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    Nicole says:

    I’ve recently been recovering from a concussion, which means no running! I’m so looking forward to going out on a run and returning headache free!! New shoes would just be the icing on the cake :)

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    sarah says:

    I broke my leg and was in crutches for 11 weeks at the beginning of this year( so obvs, no running). That 1st run back was FAB- my endorphins had a party:). I can’t run the way I used to (MUCH sloooower), but now I truly appreciate every.single.stride.

    (P.s the prospect of a new cookie dough dip was the part of this post that excited me most- I’m obsessed!!)

    Xxx

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    Amie White says:

    I’m looking forward to running my first half marathon! I’ve become a 10K lover and have become a Post Pardum Triathlete! (after 5 babies I have attempted the Camp Pendelton twice and completed once! It was glorious!) My hubby is my inspiration and I’m looking forward to getting my own road bike in Sept for my 36th B-day! I hope Mizuno makes click ins!! 2013 is my year for a Marathon! Yikes! I just shouted that out on the internet! You heard it here first! Mizunos and Isagenix nutrition (with Game On! support) will take me to the finish line!

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    Katie Lee says:

    When I played club volleyball Mizunos were all I wore but being a college student has forced me to buy “whatever the best deal” is shoe. I would love to get a new pair to amp up my workouts and treadmill runs! :)

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    alexa says:

    I tweeted!
    And my brilliant run was my first half marathon this February. i trained by myself, ran by myself, and finished it by myself! Really tough mentally, but I set a goal and did it. Would like train and race another half in November…this time with other people and support.

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    Sooze says:

    I just tweeted about the giveaway! (@sooze20miles)

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    Sooze says:

    I usually run with my dog, so nearly every run is brilliant because she just looks so darn happy when she looks up at me during our run! However, a recent, stand-out run sticks in my mind because I was 6 miles into a 8 mile run, and I just felt myself break out into a huge smile! The sun was shining, the skies were clear, and I just felt so peaceful in that moment. Moments like those make me so happy to be a runner.

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    Claire says:

    I am training to hopefully have a brilliant 1/2 in August! :) . “A 1/2 in August? In this Atlanta heat, you must be crazy?” Why yes, yes I am. So you see I need all the help I can get.
    I tweeted also.

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    Tara Burner says:

    my ‘brilliant run’ is one I’ve yet to have…am planning my first 5K this fall (first in a looooong time that is) and have yet to find a pair of shoes I’m totally comfortable with

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    Kari says:

    I’m going to go ahead and say my brilliant run was my first ever half marathon – truly one of the best feelings ever. I’m still running halfs and still get that great feeling of accomplishment afterwards, but that first race will always be memorable!

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    KarenC says:

    It’s so terrific that you have found a shoe that you love. I’m still searching. I haven’t had a brilliant run to date. I’m a fairly new runner at 51 years old. I’m hoping to do my first 5K this fall and totally looking forward to it.

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    My last brilliant fun was in my gym (I am the manager, so it is MY gym) overlooking the great city I live in and doing sprints.

    This is awesome Kristin! You are a great example for their shoes! :) Flat Kitty looks good in them too. :)

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    Michele says:

    My brilliant run is coming up on August 19 when I race my first 70.3 triathlon. I’ve battled achilles tendonitis for about a year and IT band issues for 2 1/2 years. I plan on jumping off that bike and having the best run of my life.

    I tweeted also:

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    Tracy says:

    Had a great run this morning while my son was in camp ( :
    Just discovered your blog – LOVE it!!

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    Bethany C. says:

    I am moving in a couple weeks and I am excited to run some new races in a new city!

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    LouLou says:

    I just ran my second Marathon the Rock N Roll Seattle in my Mizuno Elixir 8 (same purple pair on your website). I love Mizuno’s another marathon in 79 days (September 16th)

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    Dona Carberry says:

    My recent brilliant run happened when I let expected it. I have been doing fitness DVDs lately and have dropped a few pounds. I hadn’t been focusing on running but decided to go for a fun run. I went on a nice flat trail that I hadn’t run in a while. I normally run about a an 11 min mile. I’m slow but steady. While I was running, I felt amazingly fast! When I checked my time, I ran a consistent 9:45 mile! I almost fainted. I felt so fast and so victorious, absolutely brilliant. I look forward to many more runs in the future, hopefully all brilliant in their own way. Love your blog! Keep up the good work :-)

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    Exciting! My next brilliant run will be the first one after the baby arrives. I miss running like crazy and can’t wait to take those first steps towards the goals I have already set for myself for 2012-2013. No matter my pace or how many walk breaks I have to take that first run is going to be amazing :)

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    What a great post & giveaway!
    I started running last year and after torn cartilage in both hips, inguinal ligament issues, and two rounds of bronchitis (with a fractured rib to boot!), and asthma diagnosis I ran my first half marathon this May. Just as I crossed the finish line, I found out my friend delivered her baby 6 weeks early and he didn’t survive. Rushing to the hospital didn’t make for much celebration. SOOO, my “Mezamashii” Run was Rock n Roll San Diego earlier this month – the day after the memorial service and exactly a month after baby Champ was born. I took 13:10 off my time and it was a brilliant run, physically & mentally!
    My next (hopeful) Mezamashii Run will be in October – my first FULL marathon!!!
    ;) Woo hoo!!!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Melissa- I ran San Diego too. Sooooo glad is was brilliant for you. I’m so sorry for your friend. My heart goes out to her. What marathon are you doing in October?

      • Going big or going home (in pieces) – I’m running the Nike Women’s Marathon!!! My goal was to run a half mary before 40, but since I’ve done two already (and AFC coming up in August), I had to shoot bigger and better, so why not run the race of all races for women ;) Since it’s my first full, I’m going to focus on the experience and not let myself freak out over pace/time…or so the theory goes.

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    Abby says:

    This is such a cool giveaway! My brilliant run was my first half marathon 2 weeks ago in which I achieved my goal time of under 2 hours! It was so hard (mentally and physically!) but the feeling I got from finishing was great! =)

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    Nicole P says:

    My brilliant run was my first half marathon! It was such an accomplishing feeling and I’ve found there is really NOTHING like that high you get after a race/good run. :)

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    Kailey M says:

    My most eye opening run happened about a month ago. I just graduated this May from a highly stressful Nursing program (one of the top in the country) during a tough personal times of my life. I was struggling with my own health and eating right while trying to advocate for my patients. I was mid way through a 4 mile run a couple days after graduation when I was overcame with gratitude and love for the people that got me through the last 2 years. The emotions that the run released was a freeing experience. I felt “in sync” for the first time in awhile-body and mind. I love running and what it does for me. Each run is an opportunity for me to not only improve my body but allow my mind to reconnect with the simple joy of moving in my own skin.

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      Kailey- I feel like that too. It’s so nice to just disconnect (or reconnect). Running can be such an emotional high. :) Glad you’re feeling “in sync”.

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    I am looking forward to all my long runs in the future! I’m training for my first marathon and I am SO EXCITED!!! My most recent brilliant run was last night. Actually, it was 90 degrees, super humid since it had just rained and my legs were so sore! But it was brilliant because it was at a fun run event and I ran with another girl and had a great time talking to her! I was so happy I went for the run rather than chickening out since I’d run that morning!

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    Kelly R. says:

    My most recent “brilliant” run was in the pouring rain the day before I graduated from college in May. I was stressing out hardcore about not having a job by graduation (which was my original plan), and the fact that I was leaving many friends after graduation! That run helped me put everything into perspective and got me ready for an amazing weekend with friends and family!

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    Kendra says:

    My last brilliant run was a track work on Tueday! It had been a long break from speed workouts and felt great to get back at it.

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    Emily says:

    I can’t wait for the color run coming up in July- in the mean time- I’ll be having my brilliant runs in the morning to avoid these triple digits!

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    I am looking forward to running through the summer – my most brilliant run recently was a 2-mile time trial I ran for my custom marathon training plan! :D

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    Amanda N says:

    I think Mizuno loves you just as much as you love them! Quite the collection of shoes! My last brilliant run was on Monday for a 5K trail race series. The week prior I had done terrible, felt terrible, and even fell on the trail. I was determined to do better this week. I started out my run feeling fine and that stayed with me. I could tell I was going faster than normal but didn’t look at my watch at all and just kept at it because I felt like I was flying (even though my calves were burning). When the finish line and clock were in sight and I saw that I would finish under 27 minutes I was in complete shock and it just made me feel even better. I ran right through the finish line and kept going for a little while just because I was so happy and feeling so good. I took 2 minutes off my last PR and ran brilliantly for sure!

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    Congrats on a great opportunity!! And I love your shoe collection :)

    My brilliant run is my half marathon in September – I start training next week and I want to crush my PR. I’ve promised myself to train harder and smarted than ever before and then leave it all out on the course!

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    Krystal Amanda says:

    I can’t wait to start running now that im off school for the summer!

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    I’m hoping to run the Philadelphia half marathon next fall, was going to this fall but I’m not ready, But I want so badly to accomplish a 13.1 and say I did it! My 2 year old $30 shoes from Target need to be trashed, they’ve been through many many miles over the years!

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    My last great run was a 6-miler last week. I love running into deer on the trail or checking out wildlife.

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    I liked them on facebook!

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    Jessica Jones says:

    My brilliant run will be my first full marathon in SF at the women’s Nike marathon for LLS with team in training. I began running with TNT in honor of my friends little girl Lauryn who had leukemia, lauryn did leave this world early on this year and even though she was only one, She has taught me so much in life, to keep pushing on and not letting things knock you down. Every day I run in memory of her and my first full will be completely dedicated to her!

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    Jayme says:

    My brilliant run. Where to start. I will start by saying that recently (post finishing the Paris Marathon in April) my runs have been such a positive source of energy for me in my life. The fuel that I get from my mornings overflows to all aspects of my life. I’m currently studying French (one of the hardest subjects I’ve ever studied) and I’m living in France (returning home, to Canada, shortly). Living abroad has been an experience. I have come to rely on my morning runs as something I do to start the day off right.

    In terms of a recent brilliant run I had, it would definitely be last Saturday morning (circa 6:30am). I was nearing the end of my highest kilometre weeks ever (81kms), and I knew that I wanted to get 10km in that morning before getting started with anything else. At the end of the run I ran up Avenue Foch (the same road in where the Paris Marathon ends); the site was nothing short of magical. You know when the clouds are grey and there is a little patch of sun shining through? Well, that was the skyline, with rays of sun vividly shining down on the Arc de Triomphe. I wish I had a picture of it. I ran the last 2 km saying out loud, “40 km, you got this!!” “41km, FINISH THIS.” (I picture the last 2 km of a marathon to get me pumped up, even if I’m only doing 10km). All this to say, that run was brilliant. Not ever run sticks in my mind, that one did.

    The Mezamashii Run Project that you & Mizuno are offering is pretty darn cool. Would LOVE to be a part of it.

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    Tricia vango says:

    Getting back into running. I try to do 1/2 marathon every year. Love the me time plus endorphin rush

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    Sarah says:

    My brilliant runs have just come more recently after switching back to Mizunos after 5 months of running in Asics. I completely agree that the Mizuno shoe is THE BEST to run in, and I am convinced it makes a huge difference in my running abilities. I finally have my groove back. Just completed a 10-miler today at a 8:34/mile pace. :-) Couldn’t be happier and it couldn’t have gone better. I <3 Mizunos!!

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    Kierston says:

    This is brilliant!!! Thank you!

    I had a brilliant run just last week, running my very first 16K! This weekend (as in tomorrow!) I’m looking forward to running (accomplishing) the Spartan Beast Race! It will be #brilliant!

    I tweeted, like theirs and your page!

    Have a fabulous weekend! :)

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    I am proud to say my #brillant run was my half marathon that was 20 minutes faster this year than last year….very proud of making it under 1:45…

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    Elizabeth G. says:

    I am looking forward to an early morning run tomorrow and I will be wearing my Mizunos. They are my favorite running shoes ever. But I would love another pair! :)

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    judy says:

    I’d have to say that running the past couple of days in 90 degree weather pushing a double stroller with my 2 yr old twin girls would qualify as brillant!. Then again, some might consider that crazy, too..lol.

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    Melissa Berman says:

    First off, I love your obsession with Mizuno’s. I have had many “brilliant runs” in my Mizuno’s; however, I have one that sticks out in my memory. My first half marathon … Nike Women’s half marathon in San Fran with Team in Training. It was the beginning of my love for running. My goal for the 1/2 marathon – finish the run without walking. I remember making it to the top of a gradual mile long incline (well, it felt like the hill was a mile) and looking down at the gorgeous scenery and having this feeling of pushing through it. I ran in honor of a very close friend. She is always pushing through with a positive attitude. Always making the best of her situation. Since then, I have run ever run with a purpose. That half marathon was my first “road race experience.” I had always run, but never with a purpose behind it. I don’t know why I decided that my first race would be one of the hilliest half marathons but my strengths and Mizuno’s got me through it!! When I saw your picture of all of your Mizuno, I thought of mine all lined up in my closet. =) I would be so honored and excited to be apart of the Mezamashii Run Project!!!!!!

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    Melissa Berman says:

    I would TOTALLY “tweet” however I don’t have twitter. =(

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    Jamie Atkins says:

    My most brilliant run was my first half marathon at Grandmas in Duluth, MN. Since then I have had recurring issues with my feet for the past 2 years and have yet to find the perfect shoe that will lead me back to that feeling. I would love for Mizunos to be those shoe!!

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    Rhonda says:

    My brilliant run was in May when I paced my 11 year old daughter to a new 5K PR! She had a tough race but won her age group. I LOVED watching her hang in there and see her excitement at the finish line!

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    Sarah Z says:

    I did The Color Run – Chicago and it was by far the most fun I have had running. I am a newbie to running and have signed up for 5 5Ks already. I think I have the bug! Getting great shoes for all these runs would be awesome.

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    Sarah says:

    My last brilliant run was about a few months ago :( I have been experiencing debiltating shin splints so I’m letting my legs rest. I am itching to get back on the pavement.

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    I had a great late night run the other night. i usually run with my headphones but this time I didn’t. It was just me and the road. It was very relaxing, got a lot of thinking done and I felt way less stressed when I got home.

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    I tweeted, ps I only wear mizunos as well!

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    My brilliant run had to be my first long run with a friend that I now consider one of my best friends!

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    Jessica says:

    My latest brilliant run was earlier this week- I ran three miles nonstop. This is huge for me since I am getting back into running after stopping to have my third daughter. I am SO jealous of you’d show collection and running abilities!!!

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    I’m going to have a BRILLIANT RUN tomorrow in my Mizuno Wave Rider 15s! 11 miler on tap for my Chicago Marathon training. I LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEE Mizunos!

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    Yoojin says:

    My brilliant run was today! For the first time ever, I tried a tempo run and ran faster than I even knew I could! I’ve been building up distance to about 4 mi over the past few weeks, but haven’t improved my pace, so I’m working on that now!

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    Carole S. says:

    My brilliant run happened last week while on vacation in Tampa where we (inadvertently) visited Tropical Storm Debbie. I knew I would be better able to get through the day, keep my family calm, and practise patience if I spent some therapeutic time on the treadmill in the hotel (roads were closed and flooded so running outside was insanity). I spent four miles praying, watching the weather channel, nervously looking out the window at the 30 mph winds, and trying to put into perspective a long anticipated and completely ruined vacation. In those four miles I went from a (not so) quiet hysteria to calmness and acceptance. The brillance of running isn’t what happens to you on the outside, it is what happens to you on the inside.

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    Tara K. says:

    LOVE my Mizuno Elixirs! I think all of my runs are brilliant since I spent the first 43 years of my life hating running! Last month I completed a 5k in just over 29 minutes and I was so proud, especially since I beat my 10 year old daughter LOL! I’ve gotten that down to right at 28 minutes and hope to keep improving.

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    Tara K. says:

    I tweeted!!

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    Carly Clark says:

    Hopefully my next brillant run will be at the end of my triathalon in August! I hope I can make it that far (haha, it’s my first one) but I’m going to give it my all(:

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    Carly Clark says:

    I tweeted also; and ps. I’m loving your purple pair, purple is my favorite color!

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    Lately, I’ve had some brilliant runs on the treadmill, both increasing my 5k pace and endurance through HIIT training, but I’m ready to take my run back outside. As soon as my schedule allows for runs before the sun peaks (hello, HEAT!). My last BRILLIANT outdoor run was probably back in march, where I broke my mile record, AFTER already running 3. I’m ready to do it again.

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    Laurel C says:

    I honestly feel like every run is brilliant in one way or another…….the way I see it, the only ‘bad’ run you have is the one you didn’t take!! But I did have an especially awesome and brilliant run on Tuesday of this week. My knee had been giving me problems the week before, and I went out on the run expecting that I may have to stop or go shorter than I intended. But my knee felt great! I felt incredible running through the redwood forest on my favorite trails, with a light breeze and a lovely 58 degrees. Feel free to be jealous, because it really was that great! :)

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    I am looking forward to some brilliant beach runs while i’m on Vacation!

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    jennyv says:

    Just had an amazing treadmill run yesterday — only 5 miles but all 5 included some tough intervals (think, 9-10mph) — I was a happy sweaty mess at the end!

    I’m in definite need of new running kicks and would love to try some Mizunos!!

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    Crystal says:

    I enjoyed a very rare cool morning summer run this week. 9 miles on a beautiful 55 degree June morning in Charlotte.

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    jennyv says:

    … and because I’m so excited about this opportunity, I tweeted about it too :)

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    Sue says:

    I’ve been having a lot of brilliant runs lately! They haven’t been particularly fast or life-changing, but I’ve just felt really good when I run. (And I LOVE Mizunos! Ran my first marathon in Wave Inspires and am training for marathon #2 in Wave Riders!)

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    Sue says:

    And I tweeted! :)

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    Chelsea B says:

    Although this wasn’t super recent and about a month ago, it was the last fantastic run I’ve had. It was during my last week of school I decided to go for a run before work (at 6am) and it was the last time i was able to soak in the beautiful stillness of boulder in the morning before i graduated and left my home of four years.

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    wow! what an awesome giveaway! i’m not doing a ton of running at the moment, but i sure do look forward to that next great run i’ll get to do when my body gives me the “a-okay”! :)

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    Suzy says:

    I LOVE Mizunos! The only running shoe that keeps me injury-free is the alchemy for my flat feet! Would lov a pair!

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    Suzy says:

    I tweeted!

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    Ashley says:

    My brilliant run was my first run after recovering from surgery to fix a broken foot. It took a whole year to recover after breaking my foot and the run felt glorious!

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    Amy C. says:

    I had a brilliant run on April 29th…..at the La Jolla Half Marathon! It was my first half and I couldn’t have asked for a better run! Everything just felt perfect! :D

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    Linda says:

    My last brilliant run was last month. I had a PR in a 10K finishing at a 7:50 pace with an overall time of 48:35 placing 1st in my division. I used to run in Mizunos and really liked them. Somehow I switched to Brooks which I’m not crazy about so I’m thinking of checking out some Mizunos again. Come to think of it, another brilliant run was a few months ago in Bermuda!

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    Donna Y says:

    My last brilliant run (in my awesome Mizunos) was my 4th 5K on June 16. I beat all my previous times and even beat the mental time goal I set for myself. What an awesome feeling!!

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    Cellabella says:

    I had a wonderful run last weekend with my dog. It was early morning, the weather was cool, we were both filled with energy and excited about the day and got to appreciate the sights and smells of our neighborhood :) Btw, I love Mizuna’s and have been running in them for almost 10 years now!!!

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    Coco says:

    I am looking forward to a pain-free run when I finish rehabbing my ITB. It could be a while ….

    I have a similar picture of all my mizunos! Right now I’m in those wave inspires. :-)

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    Oh, I have had some great runs in Mizunos but the brilliant run that I am looking forward to is that first run I will have when I am cleared by my doc to run again. I had knee surgery 3 months ago and am DYING to run again. Not being able to run has made me realize how much I do love it.

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    Cass says:

    I actually had a fantastic run this morning! Finished 5 Yasso 800′s ending with a 3:25…I smell a new PR!!! I would love to win new Mizuno’s, my absolute FAV’s are the Precisions :)

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    Jess says:

    My brilliant run was breaking 4 hours at the Pittsburgh marathon! I am hoping to have more brilliant runs in the future…but for right now, I am trying to take care of my IT band injury!

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    Cass says:

    I tweeted!!!

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    Jenn says:

    I’m still taking baby steps…running my 4th 5k tomorrow. It’s a color run, so I’m sure it will be brilliant. Also signed up for a 5k obstacle course(running from zombies, if you can believe that) in October. Yikes! I would really like to start working my way up to a 10k, but it is slow progress because I am not a runner by nature, and this old body takes it’s time, yet, starting to actually enjoy the process. Maybe what I’m lacking is the right pair of shoes! :)

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    hensley says:

    my run is by no means amazing, but I motivated myself
    this friday afternoon to run 7 mi on the treadmill.
    to go from “ughh I really dont want to go to the
    gym” to pumping out 7 mi makes it a great
    run in my eyes :)

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    Monica says:

    My #brilliantrun was earlier this year when I decided to step off the “dread mill” and try an outdoor run. It changed my entire perspective on running and as a result it changed my life!! I went from getting winded climbing the stairs to running in my first 5K and now I am training for my very first half marathon. I look forward to all of the brilliant runs ahead!

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    Angela says:

    What a fun thing to be a part of! You’ve got connections, girl ;) my recent BRILLIANT run was a half-marathon memorial weekend. I ran to raise awareness for little girls who are being sold into prostitution. Unfortunately it happens throughout the US & so many people don’t know about it. The race was so amazing for me! I prayed throughout for them…and on top of that, I had a PR!!! A brilliant run indeed :)

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    Becky says:

    About to run my 4th 5k tomorrow and Im loving it. I never considered myself a runner. I think the best run I’ve had so far was the last one. To see how my time improved from my previous run was so exciting.

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    Monica says:

    Tweeted!!

    Thanks for spreading the Mezamashii love. This is such a cool project!!

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    Becky says:

    Im about to run my fourth 5k tomorrow and still get really excited. I think the best run I’ve had is the first time I was able to improve my time. An incredible feeling! Never considered myself a runner but TOTALLY addicted now!

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    Maggie says:

    This summer is all about getting back into it after my hip stress fracture earlier this year. So far I have successfully completed 2 5ks (the Color Run and Warrior Dash) and I plan to run the Rock n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon this July! I can’t wait!

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    Kathryn says:

    I started running 5k’s this past year with some pretty awesome friends. To ring in my 30th birthday this year, I will be Running For My Life in Temecula, CA, dodging zombies and trying to survive an obstacle course. Not only do I look forward to a challenging run, but being healthy and able to spend it in an active way with such amazing friends!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      I thought about doing that run Kathryn. :) You’ll have to let me know how it goes. Or… maybe I’ll still sign up for it. Hmm… Now you’ve got me thinking. :) What a great way to celebrate your 30th birthday!!!

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    I ran my first half marathon in Mizunos and got a time of 1:51:49! I was thrilled! I’m not fighting IT band syndrome and not running much right now. I’m so ready to get better, train hard, and beat that time!

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    I stumbled across your webpage through the the Mizuno Facebook page and was really excited to learn more about the Mezamashii project. My first brilliant run was what I consider to be my first real run. I had started a couch to 5k on the treadmill and had gotten about halfway through it when my friend said, “If you can do a 5k you can do a 10k” so that night I signed up for a 10k, ordered a pair of Mizuno Wave Musha’s from Amazon, and two days later I went from running my top distance of a mile on the treadmill to a 3 mile run, outside, in my Mizunos. It was the start of my love of running. My second brilliant run will be the Marathon I am running on November 3rd, about 7 months after I started running and it would be great to do it in a new pair of Mizunos!

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    Melanie says:

    This is a really cool project! I am brand new to running. I am on week 2 of C25K. I plan on having my first of many “brilliant runs” in early fall for my birthday. An awesome pair of sneakers would be the best birthday present for my first race!

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    Corrina says:

    I’d say this morning’s run was brilliant! I was feeling a little sluggish with heavy legs due to 10 miles on Wednesday night and today’s run called for 30 min tempo. During my warm up mile I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull off tempo pacing but then I dug deep and pulled off 30 min with an average pace even slightly faster than my goal tempo pace! Brilliant!!

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    lorie says:

    My brilliant run is pushing my three kids in the jogger on a nice long run. Yes, thank goodness I found a three seated one. I get some funny looks, but it is a blessing to be able to run with them and be outside. Now I need some good shoes to power me!

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    Jillian says:

    I have been living in South Korea for the past year and will be going home to eastern Washington in August. I am looking forward to running “at home.”

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    Chanelle says:

    Hi Kristen! Love reading reading your blog. I have tried many of your kid friendly green recipes and have loved them all! I wanted to leave a note to enter into your give away as I believe my brilliant run is somewhere in the near future. You see, I am now a mom of two boys (17 months & 6 weeks) and your blog gives me hope that I can somehow exercise with these two buggers in tow. Got my new Bob set up and now all I need are some new shoes! Pick me! :)

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Chanelle- You’ve got your hands full don’t you? :) Yes, you can totally get your exercise in. If you need any tips feel free to email me. I had to make it a priority and I’m so glad I did. It’s so easy to jst throw in the towel. I hope you’re brilliant run is not too far off!!! :) Have a great weekend with your boys!

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    Joy says:

    I had a brilliant run of 12 miles two weeks ago. The run started out kind of bad, feeling out of sorts and like my body didn’t want to go, but after 3 miles, something great happened and my body was SO happy to be running and when I finished my 12 miles I said, “That’s the best run I’ve had all year.” I love runs like that.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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    Danielle says:

    My most brilliant run would have to be our cross country state championships, with the atmosphere adn adrenaline. I truly felt like I could have gone on forever

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    My last “brilliant run” was actually my first run ever! I grew up hating exercise & preferred sports. When I was 18, I shattered my ankle & got 3 screws along with fake bone put in. They said I wouldn’t be able to run or do long distances again. Being my stubborn self, I wanted to prove them wrong about the long distance (I could have cared less about the running at the time) so I decided I wanted to power walk a half marathon. So, exactly a year after my surgery, I registered for he next Atlanta race. I trained & prepare for 3.5 months the smart way- tracking my distances, marking my long days, etc. The race came and I powerwalked 13.1 miles in 3:00:00:15. It was the most proud and powerful I have ever felt in my life!! (had I known my time was so close to that, I would have given an extra leap across the finish line ;) )
    Seeing you, STUFTmama, and other bloggers write about running, the high you get from it, the energy you feel, made me want to try running. I will do sprints some ln the treadmill, but maybe once a week for 15 minutes. Last Saturday, I decided to go for a “run.” I mapped out a 3 mile loop around my house & decided to give it a go! If I couldn’t take it, I could always powerwalk the rest. However, once I started going, I didn’t want to stop! I loved it. The 3 miles flew by (probably because im a beast, hehe) and I felt incredible the rest of the day! Who knows, my next “brilliant run” could be in a 5K race…or training for another half marathon?! :)

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    Jessica Drake says:

    I have been wanting to try out Mizuno shoes for a while now! I’ve tried so many other pairs of shoes for running, but haven’t been able to find ones that don’t either
    A) give me blisters, or
    B) cause shin splints
    I’m looking forward to a run free of these things and I truly feel like Mizuno can help me achieve this! That would be euphoria on its own!

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    Jessica Drake says:

    I also tweeted!

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    tweeted!! oh my gosh I’d love to win!

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    After finding out I have PF, I HAVE to switch shoes!!! I’d so love to win a pair of Mizuno’s and see if they helped it!!

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    Becca says:

    My favorite run of all time was this month, June 2nd, in the Sunburst Half Marathon. I was NEVER a runner growing up. In 2009 I was diagnosed with Graves Disease, an auto immune disorder that effects the thyroid gland. I became very sick and my immune system was so out of whack. I had bi-polar like tendencies, an eating disorder that was attributed to the thyroid disorder, and going into my 2nd year of college I had a major break down. It was so hard to handle everything at once but I knew I was strong enough to get through it. I started researching holistic ways to control Graves Disease and I slowly began to change my life around. I began to eat a very clean diet, eliminating dairy (allergy), minimal gluten, eating only organic meats, vegetables, fruit, and taking in natural supplements. Once my diet was under control I began an exercise routine… slowly. By 2011 I had completely gone into remission with my Graves Disease, which is maintained through diet and exercise. I also became a runner. I had ALWAYS wanted to “be a runner” but I didn’t think I was strong enough. One day I just jumped on the treadmill and told myself, “I can do this, I am strong.” Eventually I started to train for my first half marathon, which was completed on June 2nd of this year. I was so incredibly proud of myself! Aside from the black toes, dozens of blisters, and loosing a toe nail, I still have the running bug and will run my second half marathon on September 1st. Running is now a part of my life, it’s a part of who I am. It’s hard to be able to afford a decent pair of shoes and I had to save for a long time in order to purchase my current. I would love to try this brand especially after seeing how well they have worked out for you. My goal for next spring/ summer is to complete a full marathon and I know with the proper shoes I can be well on my way.

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    My brilliant run, which I am looking forward to so much, will be the Chicago Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon on July 22nd, 2012. It is the first half marathon I’ve ever signed up for, and I’ve been training like a beast. So much like a beast, in fact, that I’ve found myself with a potential stress fracture and have been hobbling around in a boot. Not cute. I’m so ready for my leg to heal so I can strip off the velcro bootstraps and head back out there to make sure I’m still ready to run those brilliant 13.1 miles.

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      OH no- you better take it easy you beast you, :) I totally wanted to run this, but unfortunately am a little far away in CA. Ha. Good luck! I’d love to hear how it goes!!!

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    Kelli says:

    Hi STUFT Mama…I want to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. There are so many blogs out there, but yours seems REAL and I appreciate that….so Thanks. I run because I can, every time I take off to run I think of all the people who can’t for various reasons. I have always felt somewhat burdened to run on their behalf. I am not a “great” runner by any means and am always on the path of improvement, but I love it. My “brilliant run” will be in September when I run a Half with my husband. This will be our second time completing a Half together and I can’t wait to cross that finish line with him. I would love to try out the Mizunos, so thanks for this opportunity!

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    Sherryrk says:

    My favorite run is when you are lacking the motivation to run but throw on your shoes anyway and then the run ends up being a great run and totally improves your mood and you get what I call “runner’s high”! When I started running again(after a year hiatus) the shoes I purchased were Mizuno and I <3 'ed them!

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    Kristy Doyle says:

    I’d say the last “brilliant” run I had was my last long run a couple weeks ago. 8 miles, on a Sunday. I got up super duper early because I knew it was going to be hot, and the weather was perfect, and my legs felt great. When you have a really great run like that, it’s almost a religious experience, wouldn’t you say?

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    Stephanie Z says:

    My last brilliant run was this past Sunday in which my Mizunos carried me throughout the running portions of my first duathlon, placing 2nd overall! I converted to Mizunos last year and will run in nothing else.

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    Holley says:

    I’d been dreading my afternoon runs. Too hot. Tired from the day already. Blah blah blah. So I bit the bullet and did a 5 am…loved it! Cool, fresh and quiet! I may never go back…

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    Ashley smith says:

    I had a brilliant run every day lastvweek in San Diego. I had some awesome beach runs and pushed myself farther every day. It was awesome!! (or brilliant!!!). :)

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    Ashley smith says:

    Tweeeeeeted! <3

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    I had a brilliant run about a month ago!! I went out and ran a half marathon on my own. It had been my goal since my son was born in September. Even better, that particular run inspired my husband to run a MARATHON next May!! I can’t wait to run it with him :)

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    I tweeted!! @NicoleCleveland

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    Kim Lee says:

    My most recent brilliant run was yesterday! I’ve been following Jamie Eason’s live fit trainer and the first month you aren’t supposed to do any cardio. Well, yesterday I entered Phase 2 and was able to get my run on and it felt so good!!

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    Carolyn says:

    Wow you have ALOT of running shoes. I am so jealous!!! I freaking love your blog, and I don’t say freaking very often so just know that it was saved for you:). My most brilliant recent run was probably today. My oldest and youngest son were up at 6 (they are 5 and 1) so I put them in the stroller while my husband and my middle son (he’s 3) snoozed away and headed out for a run, it was beautiful, a little cloudy which is nice with the heat and my 5 year old decided to talk to me through most of the run (which I loved!). Followed that up by a quick but intense 15 minute tabata workout. Perfect way to start my Saturday! Hope your having a good one.

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    Carolyn says:

    I tweeted too!

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    The first Bolder Boulder 10k I ran was the most brilliant run I’ve had so far! Loved it! :)

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    Sherry A says:

    My most brilliant run was when I ran my 3rd half marathon 4 months after the birth of my twins.I felt so strong and happy. Loved crossing the finish line and seeing my husband and four kiddos cheering me on! Running Helps me be a better mom.

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      Yay! I ran a half marathon 4 months after the boys too. It was the best feeling. You are awesome!!! Having them at the finish line is THE BEST!!!!

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    Beth says:

    Last brilliant run I had was two weeks ago when I PR’ed at a 5k. Not too shabby for someone who spent from August-December of 2011 with multiple stress fractures in both feet, right?

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    Beth says:

    Tweeted! (@bethad5)

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    Samantha says:

    There’s a great greenway near my home where I’ve had several “brilliant runs.” It’s a very flat, lightly paved trail that winds down from a pedestrian bridge over the Cumberland River in Tennessee, all the way to a local park. I usually run up and around the area, which is covered with wonderful scenery, the perfect mix of sunlight and shade. No matter how much I try, I never really keep up with how far or how fast I’m running, I’m always able to sink into the moment and just…enjoy running.

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    Becca Alley says:

    I ran upper campus at ucsc and it was just so awesome to get away from it all!

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    Melissa says:

    Brilliant run…was able to start running marathons again after many years off from injury. I ran The Capital City Marathon in Washington; it was in the rain and I loved every step of it. Excited to know my goal was “marathoning” in every state is back :) .

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    Melissa says:

    I tweeted.

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    My last brilliant run was this week, on Tuesday. I had my first run in the rain and learned that not only was I not going to melt, but that a run in the rain really isn’t so bad! I love how I learn something all the time on runs.

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    I tweeted about it! (@ShutterbugRunnr)

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    I had a brilliant run of 10 miles with negative splits in the hot and humid southland yesterday. Brilliant!

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    Lindsay B says:

    I had a great run this morning, even though it was insanely hot I pushed myself to finish and not give up. It was such a great feeling afterwards to know that I didn’t give up, such a great metaphor for anything in life and I am so thankful after a few injuries and having a baby that I am BACK!

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    A “brilliant” run that sticks out in my mind was half marathon #3 earlier this year. I had just come back from an injury that derailed my marathon training and caused me to stop running for 6 weeks (and make a very slow comeback). I set a new PR…and I had even forgotten my Garmin. I’m hoping for a brilliant run when I one day get to run my marathon.

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    I tweeted about the giveaway (@sweatylauren), I like Mizuno on Facebook, and I just liked your page on Facebook as well!

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    Stephanie says:

    Though I have runs lots of 5k’s and several 1/2 marathons, my favorite run was my husband’s first run. We only ran 3 miles together while taking turns pushing a big double BOB. His first run was his last day to use tobacco and believe me he was not in the mood to run but now 2 1/2 years later he is training for a 50 miler. Giving someone else the gift of loving to run is my favorite part of running! Now we run together and he is helping me train for my first trail marathon.

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    katie says:

    great giveaway! my BRILLIANT run was today in the 105 heat.. I even did sprints! But it hurt so good!

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    Doug says:

    My most recent brilliant run was the Tough Mudder in Beaver Creek, CO! It was a 12 mile run up in the mountains and was complete with over 20 obstacles! It was an amazing racing opportunity and a true test of ones mental/physical strength and endurance!

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    I had a brilliant 6 mile run this morning through our Polo fields and local metroparks. My best friend, sister-in-law and cousin all hit the trail together to catch up, burn some calories and feel

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    Annie says:

    The most amazing run was the Rockford Marathon on May 20th…two years before that I was told I could not run anymore (had run many fulls and half marathons prior) if I ever wanted to have a baby…I bought a pair of running shoes on that very day and vowed that I would one day run a marathon and have a baby (have my cake and eat it too!)…..3 IVF cycles later, I laced up my shoes and ran my full marathon with a 8 month old who was cheering me on! I guess I got my cake and I ate it too…and boy was it good :)

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      That is awesome Annie! Good for you for having your cake and eating it to. Getting pregnant wasn’t an easy thing for me either and I always wanted to be that mom that raced while her kids cheered her on. I got my cake and ate it too! :)

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    This is INCREDIBLE!!! I’ve never tried Mizunos before, but I’ve heard a TON about them! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

    I’m just getting back into running after almost a whole year…a year full of my accident prone ways that kept me from getting out there. Just come to me if you ever need an excuse to get out of something useful….I can teach you how to throw your back out without doing ANYTHING physical at all! Anywho! My most brilliant run was last summer when I watched my Garmin tick over to 10 MILES for the very first time! Coming from a background that included me saying at one point “The only way I’m running is if someone’s chasing me, ” this was big…HUGE for me! I was so close to signing up for a half marathon (one of my top bucket list items) when I went out with shin splints due to some crap-tastic shoes…and then I hurt my back. I know I have to take it one day at a time, but I CAN’T wait to get back to that high…and one day run that half!

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    Emily says:

    I tweeted this awesome giveaway! :)

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    Emily says:

    I had a “brilliant run” last week when I ran my fastest mile to date! 9:14, may not be much to everyone else but I was definitely proud of myself!

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    Angie says:

    My brilliant run was last weekend with my husband. We were out of town with the kids and my inlaws. My husband and I don’t get to run together often but we were able to leave the kids with grandma. It was wonderful being with him, running around the breathtaking lake!

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    Ali says:

    My brilliant run was a surprise 5 mile run with my trainer. Originally, I had been planning to run a 5K that day, but when I showed up he decided to do 5! The run was a great run for me, and had me running a route I don’t usually do (that included a good hill run). I felt great after it, and kept a good pace

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    marisa says:

    I had a week of great runs this week!

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    marisa says:

    I tweeted. (@marisae77)

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    Allyssa says:

    My most recent brilliant run was the Keys 100 relay. I battled heavy rain and thunderstorms on my first leg but we finished with a team time 1 hour faster than last year and found sunshine and clear skies by late afternoon. Glorious (and brilliant?).

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    Allyssa says:

    I tweeted (as MomE2MathU).

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    Cindy Yutz says:

    I have never run a marathon but a new pair of r!unning shoes would help

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    I love running around DC !! since i have been living here this summer there are so many cool new places to run and explore!!!!!!!

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    Rene Whiteley says:

    A 9 mile rainy run at the beginning of Marathon training. IT made me feel like I have what it takes to be successful in Chicago this year. I have thought back to that run on quite a few of my runs since!

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    Rene Whiteley says:

    I tweeted it under renewhiteley.

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    Janet says:

    Hi Stuft Mama-
    I “liked” the Mizuno page and mentioned you sent me- I’m not on Twitter but have already “liked” your page, too!
    Ok- I have one pair of Mizuno’s that are my favorite shoes to run in, and they are 3 years old. That is actually when I started running, but have never run over 3-5 miles.
    My brilliant run will be in October for my very first 1/2 Marathon (should I try the full?) in Long Beach!!!! I will be training with friends from the gym…..I’m scared and excited!!!! Today I ran 4 miles, which is BRILLIANT for me! HUGS!

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    Jeffrey says:

    My most brilliant run wasn’t recent but it means the most to me. I ran the Boston Marathon in 2011 and everything “clicked”. I was able to remain focused from beginning to end. It was a sweet run! The sign up for Boston was the day after my first marathon. I got up early in the morning and waited till it opened and then kept on entering my information until it finally took. During my training I suffered an injury but stayed focused. I printed off a wrist band with time splits from from Greg McMillan’s website and was 15 seconds off my projected time at the finish. I blame the time disparity on my single bathroom break. I went through a bunch of Mizuno’s during my training and wore a pair of Elixir’s for the marathon. My shoe spread looks a lot like yours complete with multiple pairs of the Inpire, Elixir and Musha (for 10K or shorter races). I would love to be one of your choices for The Mezamashii Run Project. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    teabagginit says:

    i recently reignited with my love for long distance running with a 20 mile run from my apt to my parent’s house. i hurt my hip in december and haven’t done the run since, but my next brilliant run will be that route as a sign of my health and renewed well-being!

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    teabagginit says:

    i tweeted! @teabagginit

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    Miki says:

    This is totally awesome! I would have to say that my brilliant run will be an upcoming half marathon! New shoes are a must, I’ve racked up a few miles on my shoes and could go for a new pair!

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    Kristin says:

    I’m look

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    Kristin says:

    I’m looking forward to a brilliant fall marathon.

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    Kristin says:

    I posted a tweet about this awesome giveaway!

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    Jill says:

    Some friends from Keystone Bible church encouraged me to run my first ever 5k when I was 50… Now I am going to be 57, and I would like to get back at it. A new pair of shoes would be a great encouragement!

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    Annette says:

    I went on a great run a couple weeks ago. It was my longest run yet…8 miles… Yeah! I love great running shoes.

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    Cassie says:

    I had major surgery a couple of weeks ago, and I am looking forward to going to physical therapy to get me to where I need to be! Would really love to try these!

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    Sarah J says:

    My run was last night. I’ve been in a slump lately with running and I feel like I pushed past a wall. It was a tough run but I ran it and got through it!

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    Sarah J says:

    I tweeted! @snsbysarah

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    chacha says:

    I think I have had lots of brilliant runs, but recently, just yesterday I had a great 12 miler. I almost didn’t get out there – waited until 5pm because the previous evening’s red wine did not work well with a morning run ;) Anyway, it felt great – maybe it was a bit faster than I should be going for easy pace, but it felt awesome!

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    Jenni Ortman says:

    I had a #brilliantrun with my running partner at thenlake over the weekend, love running our long runs together because we catch up with each other and have adult conversation! My partner and I have been running in Brooks, but she recently purchased mizuno shoes and loves them. I would love to win a pair; this would be the perfect Segway into a new line. ;-) I follow you on twitter and will also tweet this!

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    My recent brilliant run was when I guided a fully blind woman in her first 10k race at Ottawa Race Weekend. Truly amazing run.

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    Woody Brown says:

    I have bad runs and I have good runs but my recent BRILLIANT run was the morning that my wife and I found out the sex of our baby! I got up extra early that morning (I wanted to beat the sun & heat & also make sure I was home and showered on time to get to the Dr. appointment). All that I could think about the entire time was our baby. What was it going to be? I contemplated all of the differences between little boys and little girls and how much fun it will be to be gifted with either. This is our first child and so the anxiety and anticipation or on full blast. My legs felt as though I was running on a cloud, my breathing never labored…but my pace was incredible. I felt like superman. I was, of course wearing my Mizuno Wave Riders that are now close to falling apart having logged well over the recommended mileage.
    I raced back to my car, sweat stinging my eyes, tears beginning to roll down my cheeks…because I knew that in a few minutes I would know whether we were going to be having a son or a daughter.
    When we found out (after minutes of the technician trying to get our baby to cooperate) my heart was beating so hard and fast that I felt like lacing up and hitting the pavement once more!! IT’S A BOY. I’ll never forget that early morning run and that day for as long as I live.
    A new pair of shoes would be great for this Dad to be :)

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    Robin West says:

    My “BRILLIANT RUN” was my first 5K!! I have always dreamed of being a runner. When I would see women running, I would think, “I want to be like her! I want to be a runner!” I have always been a little “fluffy” and I was in nursing school when I started feeling “blah” and down in the dumps (Nursing school is like boot camp. You don’t get to see friends and family for two years due to studying and studying and more studying.) I needed to do something to feel good and to keep me motivated and then I discovered the couch to 5K program! I remember when I first started and five minutes of running felt impossible so when I was finally able to run my very first 5K, well that feeling of accomplishment was just BRILLIANT!!!

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    Lylitu says:

    One of my best runs was one that I didn’t even know the length to until later! About 6 months after I finished losing 80 lbs and discovered my love for running I found out about a trail here that goes across a dam and part way around a lake. To make sure I ran it all I parked out of my way at one end of the trail instead of the park entrance in the center. About 1 hour later I had run all the way to one end and back with only one stop at the other end. Pretty proud of myself I decided to google the trail and see if I could find a distance for it. I figured it was atleast close to what I had run before at the gym. It wasn’t, turns out it was just a tad shorter than a 10k! I also have a 10k at a zoo coming up which should be pretty fun!

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    Keely says:

    Hopefully my BRILLIANT run occurs next year when I toe the line for my 1st marathon!!

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    AnneB says:

    I have the same problem with mizunos. I love them. I recently had to get rid of a few really old pairs to make some room and felt sad for having to let go of my shoes. Those shoes have memories and they were there every step (literally!) of the way during my first races to my long runs. Ugh. Play the sappy musics now. But, I am so behind this mizuno project, because there is nothing that can compete with the feeling of a great run. When you have had a long day and bust out a fast run, there is nothing better. Running balances everything out for me and I would be lost without it. Yeah mizuno!

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    Cindy says:

    I took a year off from seriously training since I was getting burnt out. After months (and months…) of trying to get my running mojo back I finally had a BRILLIANT run where I realized why I love this…

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    Ashley says:

    I am starting NYC Marathon training this week. I am overly excited about running this race. The training will consist of great runs, so-so runs and probably a lot of poor runs. But it will all be toward the end goal of the marathon, and it will be brilliant :)

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    Ashley says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway! (via @runningbun)

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    Geoff Alonso says:

    I have been losing weight for a year now. 65 lbs in that time. My goal is to run my first 5k. I have been trying to get ready. Doing treadmill and running on the track. My brilliant run was my first with my wave rider 15s, made it the 3.12 miles and had the energy to spare to go a few more laps, amazing feeling the first time i made it that far, first time in my life.

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    Dora says:

    My amazing run with Mizunos in the Bloomendale Beach in Amsterdam, 8 glorious miles in the sun and heat. We also have this tradition of taking pictures we called “Where is Mizuno now?” and posting them on Facebook to let our friends know where we were last running.

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    KAITLYN says:

    I just went for a glorious 4 miler while the family slept on vacation. Great way to start the day.

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    Teri Anderson says:

    Let’s talk about a brilliant run, shall we? One day after chasing after my 12 month old son, I decided I need to do something about not being able to keep up with him. I thought that even thought I have never been an active person that running or walking really fast would be an acheivable sport for me to do. Even better is that I could do it with my son in a running/jogging stroller. I went to a local running store, Luke’s Locker and was fitted in my first pair of running shoes, the Mizuno Wave. It was love at first sight (step). Since that day I have run 6 Half Marathons, 1 Marathon and more 5 K’s that I can keep track of, all because of my Mizuno’s.
    Needless to say, I have Mizuno to thank for keeping me active and running. Thanks Mizuno!!

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    Diane Clugston says:

    I’m looking forward to a “hot” run on the 4th of July

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    Diane Clugston says:

    Tweeted!

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    John Sauter says:

    My most recent brilliantrun was yesterday afternoon – a 15k in the heat – in preparation for the Denver marathon.

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    Brian says:

    I LOVE my Mizunos! I got my first pair about 5 years ago – Wave Inspires – and I haven’t run in anything since! Although, now I also have a pair of Wave Nexus to start breaking in. My last brilliant run was about a week ago. A very hot and muggy day, but a beautiful, slow, relaxing 8 miles through a very hilly local park and back. I’ve run for several years now, but stuck mainly to 3-5 mile runs and occasional 5k and 10k’s. I’m finally planning on going bigger this fall, though, and doing my first half marathon, which would undoubtedly be the most brilliant of all my runs to date!

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    Amanda says:

    My last brilliant run was my most recent half marathon 2 weeks ago where I PR-ed big time with a 1:57. Honestly though, I’m happy with most of my runs, whether it’s track work, easy, tempo, or long – I always feel good after a run :)

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    Amanda says:

    Just tweeted (@Running0nCoffee)

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    Crystal Daniels says:

    When you have flat wide feet, every run is simply a run, as you constantly chase after a brilliant run. I’ve tried many shoes and love non which is why I’m confident Mizuno will be the runs (get it, ones / runs).

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    Crystal Daniels says:

    Tweeted and liked on Facebook (mentioned you).

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    Kevin says:

    My brilliant run is on Oct 13th, which will be my first half marathon ever and almost one year to the day my father started his life saving treatment for throat cancer. It will be 13.1 miles as a thank you to the people involved with the treatment of cancers and to the survivors, mostly those lost to this horrible disease.

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    sophie says:

    really, really looking forward to the lululemon seawheeze half in vancouver!

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    Terrie Denmark says:

    I am looking forward to running the Jacksonville Marine Corps Half Marathon in honor of my husband who has been an Active Duty Marine for 21 years. He has made the decision to retire and I will run this for him. My half marathon is on October 6, 2012 and I will be wearing my muzinos as I have since I started running and quit smoking 7years ago.

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    Samantha says:

    My brilliant run was in April. I have been in Mizunos since 2009, when I decided that running would become a big part of my life. I haven’t run in anything else since! I turned 29 in April and decided to run 290 miles that month. This was well above my monthly mileage but thought the challenge fitting. It wasn’t always easy to wake up in the morning and know I had to run 10 miles but I did it! During this challenge I also ran my first half marathon! I have 3 daughters and want to be a great inspiration to them and for them to realize that the only limits in life are the ones we set for ourselves!

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    Katrina H. says:

    I am so excited about this giveaway as I have been wanting to try Mizunos since I found their FB page through Appetite for Health. I even used the fit finder app so I know exactly which pair to try when it is time for new shoes. My last brilliant run was Friday. There was nothing special about it other than I recently completed the C25K app and ran/walked my first 5K. Last week I started a new training plan from Runner’s World to prepare for a second 5K on Aug 11. My goal is simply to run the entire course, and possibly not be beat by the 10K’ers! Friday is my long run day on my new plan and, right now, my long runs are some people’s warm ups, but I loved being out in the early morning air and knowing that I could now cover a distance, albeit slowly, that I could not run in January. Running is so rejuvenating for my soul and I love that it has transitioned from a “have to” to a “must for me.”

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    The Brilliant run I am looking forward to is when I run for My Team Triumph this fall, pushing a captain through the 10 mile Bridge Run in Grand Rapids Michigan. I will be riding my Mizunos all the way. I also tweeted about this offer. I try to inspire anyone who will listen to run.
    James

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    Haley says:

    My most recent brilliant run was nothing special — on a treadmill, in a gym — but it was special to me because I got to run next to my mom! I don’t get to see her a lot (I live a couple hours away, and she is sick and doesn’t travel a lot), so it was a lot of fun for me to be able to watch SportsCenter with her (this is a tradition of ours) and almost fall off the treadmill from turning sideways and laughing. She even challenged me to do a sprint at the end, which I rarely do by myself.

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    I’ve been dying to try Mizunos!! I’m currently training for a half marathon in August–my first since having a baby in March. It’s been a learning experience getting acquainted with my new post-baby body, but I’m embracing it and setting high expectations for it. This project sounds great, thanks for doing the giveaway!

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    carolyn says:

    I am a little new to the running world. I have always been a little skeptical about torturing myself this way. Im a type 1 diabetic, for 20 years now, so running and working with blood sugar and insulin dosages and carb counting always seemed more trouble than its worth! Until recently. A friend of mine gave me a little push and I am hooked. This morning I went for a beautiful little 5k around a lake at sunrise ( which I know may sound like peanuts, but is a big deal for me!) and made it home in time to wake up my kiddos! I felt very accomplished! And, I may add, I can only run in my Mizunos!

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    Also tweeted my entry!

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    Matt says:

    I had a brilliant run this morning wearing Mizuno Ronins. I didn’t set a distance or speed record, but I did run with a large group of friends. I ran with Back on My Feet Baltimore this morning as I do 3 times per week. BoMF is a non-profit that helps the homeless and enderserved population by building confidence and self-esteem through running. I run my own training miles every week, but the BoMF miles are the most fun.

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    Gina says:

    Love your blog! Very inspiring.
    My brilliant run was The Soldier Field 10mile this past Memorial Day Weekend.
    My upcoming brilliant runs will be in Sept. (Rockfest 1/2Marathon in Hampton Beach) and Oct. Chicago Monster 1/2Marathon! So looking forward to these!! I wish you and everyone Brilliant Runs!

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    Robert L. says:

    I suppose that for many of us, runs that sound “brilliant” may not give off that impression to other people. So you be the judge! =)

    I’m in the process of increasing my mpw up to 70. Right now I am running more miles a week than when training for my first marathon (LA, back in March). I also lecture, on my feet, for about 6-7 hours a day. So you can imagine the discomfort I’m feeling while my body adjusts to the new stresses.

    Since it looks like we are from the same area, I’ll add some geographical info to the story.

    I headed out for a 15-miler yesterday with the aim of running from my house to the beach along one of my favorite San Diego road trails: the Highway 56 bike path (my house is at one end, the beach at the other). After a few miles my legs really started to feel great and I virtually coasted all the way to mile 11, greeting every passer-by with a smile and “Hello”. In order to get the miles I wanted, I had to then turn and run uphill from mile 11-13, all the way up to the top of Del Mar Heights. There is just something incredibly difficult about spending a little over an hour at a relatively easy effort and then having to completely switch gears in order to combat the rapidly rising lactate levels. Anyway, I finally made it to the top with the encouragement of a few cars giving me friendly honks and waves. Once you get up there, you literally turn a corner and have a breath-taking view of the Pacific Ocean. (If you haven’t run this stretch, the view makes every moment of pain worth it!) I consciously took the downhill at an easy 6:30 pace (I was feeling great at this point) so as not to put needless stress on my IT bands. I remember thinking, “If I were in my old Nike shoes now instead of my Mizuno Wave Rider 15s, I would undoubtedly have black toenails tomorrow.” Anyway, I reached the ocean, had someone watch my shoes, and took a long swim in nature’s ice bath. My (incredible!) girlfriend met me with a towel, change of clothes, and (most importantly) food, and we spent the rest of the day on the beach with friends. It is days like this that I run for.

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      STUFT Mama says:

      That run sounds awesome. I’ven ever run on the 56, but now I might have to copy you and run to the beach. Not sure if I would be able to convince anyone to meet me out there with food, clothes and a towel though. Ha ha.

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    This is a pretty amazing giveaway! I’m so happy they chose you to share this since you are such a fan of their products! You exude excitement for running and fitness and really I could not think of another person to work with them on this project! You know I’m new to running, but I’m really enjoying the challenge for some reason these days. I use to hate it, but I also realize that I was doing it completely wrong! Running my first 5k was such an amazing experience, not only for the fact that I didn’t do terrible with my time, but I completed it and felt good about running with others for a great cause. I love the support system that I’ve already established and now I’m looking forward to my next one!

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    CRAusmus says:

    This morning at 6:00 am. Birds singing, sun barely peaking over, it was cloudy so sunrise that that catches and disperses all the colors of the spectrum, my feet hitting the pavement in my Wave Riders, and of course my breathing. Nothing like an early morning run. I love that at these times I can fool myself that I’m the only one in the world awake.

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    Jessica Dudley says:

    My most recent ‘brilliant’ run was just last weekend. My husband and I were able to go away for the weekend, alone!. We both started running about 3 years ago, I have finally caught up to his longer distances. So. Saturday morning we Went for a nice 6 mile run along the Niagara River. As I was running I realized how lucky we were. We had just celebrated our 10th anniversary, we have 2 children, and we now have a great healthy activity to enjoy together. And we both always run in Mizunos! My current favorite is the wave elixir 7, my husband is in the wave elixir 6. We are now getting ready for my first half marathon. Then I will set my sights on a destination marathon! Running is our fun time to just be together.

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    CRAusmus says:

    twittered…

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    Franziska says:

    My last brilliant run was last week when, for the first time since being in Texas, I could beat the heat and not feel overly exhausted after 30 minutes. That made me so happy.
    And I just made up my mind to run my first half in December. Let’s beat the heat and start the training! :-)

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    Yi-Jou Chou says:

    I’ve dealt with a health condition for half my life where my doctors said that I couldn’t and/or shouldn’t run. So I always took their word at face value. As I’ve slowly gotten healthier, first working on strength training and slowly building on running, I wanted to prove the doctors wrong. I started with one lap around the local high school track. I looked at my friend who has run marathons and said to her, “You do this for fun? You’re crazy.” Well, with a lot of hard work, I’ve just finished my second half marathon. Portland Rock & Roll being my first and Seattle Rock & Roll being my second. Although I had a good time at Portland, Seattle was my brilliant run. Everything clicked into place that day. My body felt great. It was an amazing experience. I’m hooked. I am hoping to run 3 more half marathons by the end of the year and will start training for my first full marathon next year.

    I also tweeted!

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    Ian says:

    My brilliant run was the Marine Corps Historic Half. I beat my best-case-scenario finish time by one full minute! Finished 26th overall abusing my Musha 3s while giving my Elixir 6s a rest. Love my Mizunos!

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    amanda daley says:

    tweeted @daleymom

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    amanda daley says:

    My last #brilliant run was hitting my PR for a 5k race at 23:02 felt so good.

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    I’m praying for a brilliant run on July 4th at the Sauvie Island Foot Traffic Marathon! Hoping for a BQ.

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    I tweeted about this opportunity. Thank you!

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    I had a brilliant run this morning! Not that I am at all particularly fast, but this morning I considered sleeping in instead of running, but got up anyway, and when I went outside and it was raining, I still went running, and it felt good because it was already 75 degrees at 6:30am! And I decided to go the extra mile and run a 5K. What a way to start off a Monday!

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    Meg says:

    I am always seeking that brilliant run. My run this past Saturday felt like that – I kept turning on to different trails, feeling as though I could keep going forever. I felt in tune with my surroundings yet alone in my head all at the same time. When any notions of self-doubt seeped in, I could easily extinguish them without too much effort. That, to me, is a brilliant run, and I’m looking to many more as I embark on my first round of marathon training.

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    Deanne says:

    i just ran the Chicago womens half marathon and no it was not my best run ever but despite the awful heat I finished and was very proud that I did! My daughter and I ran as a team…I just love! that she runs with me(and my mizunos!)

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    roselyn page says:

    I tweeted.

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    roselyn page says:

    I cannot wait to start my Brilliant running with my husband, he has decided to start joining me in my running projects. Yeah!

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    I have a six mile run planned for this week and I am super excited! Maybe I will do it on July 4!

    Roya
    http://www.royaghorbani.wordpress.com

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    Liz says:

    I too am a Mizuno devote, which is why I will admit that the picture of all of your Mizunos lined up triggered a pang of jealousy!

    My wave elixir 7′s saw me through the past year as I pushed myself to evolve from someone who could barely run a mile without getting winded to someone who looks forward to running 10 miles. Although that particular pair of sneakers has now been retired after having been literally run into the ground, it was in them that I experienced true mazamashii running for the first time. Although it wasn’t my most recent brilliant run, my first and most memorable brilliant run happened this past Thanksgiving. I was home in Connecticut for the holiday, and despite the fact that I’d been having frustrating runs recently, I decided to take advantage of a truly beautiful, crisp, clear New England day to go for a run outside. That day I ran 8 miles, the farthest I’d ever run on the road. Physically I felt phenomenal, as if I could have kept running for twice as long without tiring. But more importantly, I felt a sense of mental fulfillment, joy, and accomplishment during and after the run that I’d never before achieved. It was on that day that I truly understood what people mean when they talk about a runner’s high, and because of that day that I have become someone who runs for fun and enjoyment. That’s a feeling that I want to keep chasing (preferably in Mizuno’s!) and that I’d love to help be able to inspire others to achieve.

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    Annette French-Bearden says:

    My Brilliant run was in December 2012 when I Bq also at CIM!! I have had many other brilliant runs with PRs in races. I love my Mizunos and am on my 3rd pair, they feel and run great!

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    Jessica says:

    My first brilliant run came last October when I ran my first Half marathon in Mizunos! During training, I needed a new pair of shoes. A good friend of mine who has been running much longer than I suggested Asics. I tried them. Needless to say, I went right back to get new Mizunos and vowed never to “cheat” on them again! I have been running in them ever since. I have done two more Half’s and am training for two more this fall. I am totally hooked on brilliant running!! I run country roads. The road is flanked by tall corn. As I was running the other morning, I pretended the corn was the crowd cheering me on at the Chicago Marathon!! I think the heat was getting to me, but I will run Chicago!!

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    stephanie says:

    my favorite run was actually a trail race that i ran the day after my ex-adviser threaten to fire me…. it was a soul cleansing 50 K run in with some of my closest friends. Before the run, I had spent the night crying and feeling like my world was crumbling… but something about the woods and moments with my friends spent in conversation and silence was amazing.

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    Rachel says:

    My most brilliant run was the first run that I ran after knee surgery. I was allowed to run for 2-4 minutes TOTAL. I am sure I looked ridiculous with my limp, but I felt like I was flying. It was amazing.

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    Pat Gooch says:

    I headed out for a run first thing in the morning yesterday, because my friends were coming over for brunch and then to brew their wedding beer (what we call a Brunch n Brew). I laced up my wave precision’s and headed towards the park and a early morning view of Lake Erie. Although it was already a humid day it was a great four-mile run with a strong breeze and no problems thanks to my Mizunos! The best part of my run is how I acquired my most recent Mizunos, the wave precision. Last summer I was hired at a local running store, one I shopped at regularly, but hadn’t been to in a few years because I lived out of town. As I started, I was informed that we stopped carrying Mizuno’s because the rep was too hard to deal with. I was shocked and saddened! Anyways, after waiting the required 30 days I ordered a paid of orange/white/black wave precisions through the employee purchase program, much to the chagrin of my new bosses. They weren’t happy I was buying something they just stopped carrying! But I had to!!! I love every pair of Mizuno’s I’ve owned since I was in college!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Pat- pretty funny that you still bought Mizunos, but you gotta do what you gotta do, right? I would like to attend a brunch and brew. Sounds fun!

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    For the past few days, I’ve been visiting my family in the Milwaukee metro area. Brilliant runs have been interspersed with delicious dinners, wonderful Alterra coffee, and spectacular New Glarus beers. The most brilliant run thus far was a meandering 12 mile trail run through the scenic hardwood forest. Undulating and serpentine topography (courtesy of glaciers from the Ice Age) creates a rhythmic feeling while careening through the woods alongside the family dog. Definitely a welcome return to the trails from my youth! Thanks for the great overview of the Mezamashii Project (and a generally delicious and entertaining blog) – keep up the great work.

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    Linna says:

    I LOVE Mizunos!! I’m still wearing the wave inspire 6s actually and bought 3 pairs before they were discontinued! My brilliant run was yesterday, at the Queens 10k, which was a scorcher at 90 degrees at 8am. It wasn’t a PR, but I was so happy to be done at the finish!

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    Stephanie J. says:

    I had a great run last weekend! It was a nice 10 miler that felt tough at times, but then I was surprised by my overall pace! Man, I love running!

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    Heather says:

    I am training to race my first marathon, and hopefully qualify for Boston! It has always been a dream of mine.

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    Cassie Britton says:

    I am looking forward to the Rock N Roll LA Half in October. I plan on training correctly and feel confident in my ability to improve my race time for this race. Oh and not having shoes that give me blisters. Ouch.

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    Cassie Britton says:

    I also tweeted about the giveaway. @CEB82

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    Valerie says:

    My brilliant run was when I was 7 months pregnant having my “babymoon” in Rome. I told my husband I was going for a run early one morning and took off with a map. I started our bolting down the Spanish steps and then somehow got lost amongst the plethora of pizzas and piazzas. I was trying to head to the pantheon, but I ended up along the Tiber river discovering a part of Rome I never would have seen otherwise. In spite of my legs aching and my belly obstructing my view, I could feel the life inside me and I couldn’t help but realize that this run was a symbol of what I wanted to teach my unborn child: a love of travel, a love of fitness and a love of adventure. I felt capable, alive and brilliant.

    PS
    I LOVE your blog

    PPS
    I also tweeted @greenfuture.

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Okay this totally just made me all warm and fuzzy inside. You go lady running 7 months pregnant all on your own in another country. :) How old is your little one now? :)
      PS- Thank you.

      • Valerie says:

        Thanks! Your comment totally made me feel warm and fuzzy. My baby is almost 5 months now and keeping me busy! I don’t know how you do it with twins!? You are incredible :)

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    The other day I was headed out for an 8 miler. Coming to the end of my run I was stopped waiting for a crosswalk and an elderly man struck up a conversation with me “How far can you run until you die?” I had to laugh a little – and we chatted about my marathons – his health/knee conditions – I walked across with him then continued on my run. I LOVE to run because I can – because I have the health and the ability – I’m very thankful and was happy that the little conversation gave me the reminder that I get the chance to have brilliant runs!

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    Sarah says:

    Had a brilliant run last week with the husband doing a speed workout. Would love some new kicks to help me out

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    Kaitlin says:

    I enjoy almost all my runs; but my most exciting one recently was one in the rain; it was a warm rain and extremely peaceful at the same time…I had never been more excited to get rained on! Yeah Mizuno for this fabulous campaign!

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    Christy Diller says:

    Brilliant runs come every once in awhile, but a recent good one was five miles on the treadmill…I HATE to run on the treadmill and rarely run anything over 3 on there, so nice to not hate a run on the treadmill enough to keep running! And really, any run, alone first thing in the morning when it is less than 70 degrees….Awesome!

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    Andrea says:

    I am training right now for my brillant run or atleast I hope it will be my brilliant run. September 15th Air Force Marathon. It should be great!!!

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    Jason Johnson says:

    I had a brilliant run in my red mizunos back in April. PR and 1st in AG! And have had several more brilliant training runs in my Mizu’s since that glamorous day.

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    Melanie says:

    I’m running my first half marathon in August!

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    Nicole Dray says:

    Love the picture of all the Mizuno’s!! I’ve had many brilliant runs so will pick a recent half marathon in which I PR’d. It was in the Rock n Roll Mardi Gras in NO in February this year.My training and race day went so well and the end result was a strong and fast finish! Every run is good when it’s end result is an awesome finish wearing a smile. Love the good life feeling you receive from running.Have owned several pair of Mizuno’s in my ten plus years of running.Would be honored to wear a new pair!!!

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    I’m still waiting for that perfect brilliant run and hope Mizuno can get me there. I’ve tried most other brands and nothing has really “fit” me yet. I also tweeted the message (@mgivengo) and thanks for your offer!

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    Melissa says:

    What a fabulous opportunity!

    My most recent Brilliant Run was just the other day. It was so BRILLIANT that I actually stopped, took a picture and tweeted. It’s not often that I make stops during my runs so this was something special. I have been running with my 3yo on the weekends and there is a significant climb during the route I take. The day before I did the run and had to walk a good chunk of the climb. The day of my brilliant run I was able to push through and make it to the top without stopping. It was a HUGE milestone for me. I was able to do this last summer, no problem, but after being sick for 4 months at the beginning of the year and having my gallbladder removed I lost a good portion of my fitness. I’m determined to make a come back and be even better than I was before.

    Also, I have been a Mizuno fan since I began running. I have only ran in Mizunos until last week when I made a boneheaded move and tried a different shoe company. Needless to say, I returned those shoes and my precious feet are back in my beloved Mizunos for GOOD. No traitor here anymore.

    Thanks for the great opportunity!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh yes, once they’ve had Mizunos they can’t have anything else. Melissa- what a brilliant run!!! So glad you stopped and took a picture. Good for you for making it up that hill after being sick and having your galbladder removed. You are awesome! I kind of want to give you a cyber hug right now. :) And yeah- pushing strollers up hills is NO JOKE. People don’t know.

      • Melissa says:

        Awe, thanks for the cyber hug. :) The beginning of the year definitely gave me perspective on my training and what it takes to get where I was. I get angry at myself that I’m not as fit as last summer and my race times aren’t where they use but I’m making a come back quickly and STRONGER. :) Your right, a stroller up hill is NO JOKE.

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    Last week on vacation, I got a run in everyday!!! In my Mizunos of course!!

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    Melissa says:

    I tweeted it. Good luck, TO ME! ;)

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    Tucker says:

    I wouldn’t run in anything other than Mizunos and have been wearing wave riders since the wave rider 7 came out. I’ve been hearing a lot about this project and it was great to learn a bit more. I’m a night runner and love the quiet and the shadows along the marsh. I enjoyed a 6 mile at midnight last night with a full moon and can’t quite beat that feeling in anything else I do.

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    Lisa says:

    My brilliant run was finishing my first half marathon, The Indy Mini Marathon, this past May. It was such an amazing experience and I can not wait for my next half marathon in October.

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    Lisa says:

    I just tweeted!!!!

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    nataliek says:

    My brilliant run was a marathon 3 weeks ago. ( in mizuno precisions!) I haven’t run a whole lot since.

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    Sara says:

    I’m looking forward to a BRILLIANT second half marathon… in September… redemption after my first half marathon took positive splitting and going out to strong to a level most people will never see.

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    Pamela says:

    My brilliant runs happen when my mind tells me I’m almost done, but my legs say “one more mile. keep going.” I haven’t been running for long, but I love that every time I go out there it’s another chance to feel strong and sexy and brilliant.

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    swayze says:

    i just recently ran my first 5k in 27 minutes! it was so fun that i believe i am now addicted to races- looking to run a brilliant half marathon soon!

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    Im looking forward to a brilliant run in Aruba on the beach :)

    Great giveaway!!

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    Alicia says:

    Sunday morning with my husband and baby boy…..we had a beautiful and quiet run. I love being a good example of healthy living for my baby boy and cannot wait to be a mama again!

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    Emily says:

    My brilliant run was crossing the finish line with my sister at my first ultra race (50 miles) at the Run Woodstock weekend in Mi. I couldn’t believe my legs were able to carry me that far, at our slow plodding pace. And as icing on the cake we were both first in our respective age groups (there was a total of 1 in my age group, me, slightly diminishing my accomplishment but it was fun to get the prize regardless). Grad school has been making it difficult to train for the longer distances but I can’t wait to improve my time on the 50 miles and my goal is to run the 100 before I graduate with my degree.

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    Emily says:

    And I tweeted!

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    Catey says:

    My lat brilliant run was on Saturday, my first 5 miler since my baby was born. To be completely honest, many of my runs feel brilliant because as a mother of nine (yes nine), running is *my* thing. It’s my chance to get out and feel strong. Well, that and I’m a Mizuno loyalist as well. :)
    But last weekend…a beautiful crisp morning, the perfect route, a pace quicker than I expected out of myself with enough left in the tank for an awesome sprint at the end…five beautiful miles to celebrate baby being five weeks old truly felt brilliant!

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    My brilliant run starts and ends with a good trail. There is something special about the struggle of climbing hill after hill, and then reaching the top and continuing on with your effort. The scuffed knees also a great story of how you got it. It’s not about pace and it’s not about speed, its all about being out there and loving every mile with nature.

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    michelle kim says:

    A brilliant run I’ve had recently was an 8-mile trail run through the mountains :)

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    Jessie says:

    I love this giveaway!! I am planning on doing a 10 mile run for the 4th tomorrow.

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    Akemi says:

    Last night I heard fireworks. My sister and I sprinted out of the canyon and got up to the top just in time to see the finale. Our lungs were burning, but the finish was literally brilliant!

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    Erin says:

    I had a pretty brilliant run this weekend! I almost gave up a mile short of my trianing run to pack it in, but decided to run a hill instead. It was a little breakthrough moment for me :)

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    Melissa R says:

    I’m just getting back into running and looking forward to an early run tomorrow on my day off. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Erin says:

    And you KNOW I tweeted it too! :) Awesome contest and post Kristin!

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    Heidi says:

    My last brilliant run was my first non- training run after running two marathons twenty days apart. It was a casual, fun run- and I was accompanied by my beloved Wave Alchemys. :)

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    Heidi says:

    Oh, and I liked Mizuno on Facebook :)

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    Heather Monaghan says:

    My most brilliant run was the 10k that I just did that instantly hooked me back into running. I’m faster and more motivated (and addicted!!) as ever. Now I’m training for my first marathon!! Can’t wait :)

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    Alexandra says:

    This is soon exciting! I’ve been dying to try out Mizunos!! I had a brilliant run the other day – it was 90 degrees here in Florida and I wasn’t even going to run at all but after I got out and got into my groove I ended up completing 7 miles which was HUGE for me! I have a goal for another brilliant run… I want to run my first marathon within the next year! Sounds like a crazy goal for me but I’m committed!!!

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    Erin O says:

    I had a brilliant speed workout today, training for a 5K at the end of the month!

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    Laura McDonald says:

    My recent brilliant run was, running for the first time again after giving birth to my third child a month ago. So nice to run without a belly again :) And I love the 30 minute “me time” …

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    kate says:

    My most recent “brilliant” run was finishing 5 miles without stopping or playing mind games with myself. I moved recently and running fell to the wayside so I’m glad that I’m picking it back up. Fantastic giveaway!

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    Rachel Silva-Bischoff says:

    “I want to join @stuftmama in the #Mezamashii Project. Win a FREE pair of @MizunoRunning shoes for a #brilliantrun”! I love my first pair of Mizuno Wave Rider’s! I’ve recently started my 16week FIRST marathon training! I am a believer in spreading the passion for running and sharing the amazing ‘brilliant’ runs that others can enjoy in Mizuno shoes!! I will gladly accept an invite it to this project!

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    Danny Cruz says:

    I run a lot everything from 5ks to full marathons and recently obstacle races such as spartan race and tough mudder. I would love give the Mizuno running shoes a try.

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    Linds Frank says:

    My last brilliant run was a trail race I ran last weekend with my friend Jayme. Jayme and I met through blogging and have been running buddies (and friends) ever since. The trail race was the toughest race I’ve ever completed, but seeing all the racers, particularly my friend Jayme, push through all the hills and challenges, was incredibly inspiring. A light bulb went off in my head mid way through the race–I COULD finish and take my physical ability to the edge. I am strong and doing something I never thought I could do. You can’t pay for that feeling!

    (Also tweeted about the project!)

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    Cai says:

    I’m looking forward to a brilliant run in November–my FIRST marathon! I cannot wait!

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    Erica Marlin says:

    My brilliant run was this morning. 4th of July 5k in my city. I ended up having to do it with my double jogger (Daddy had to work last minute), I ended up beating my PR (PR from last 5k without a stroller). I was so proud of myself, especially since I felt down before the race thinking I wouldn’t make good time!

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    Lexi says:

    My brilliant run happened today….a 4th of July 10K, it was my first race dressed in costume…so much fun and brilliant!

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    Alison says:

    My brilliant run is coming in the future – I am sure of it – and until then I am training and doing my best to train hard. Up until now, my most brilliant run would be my first run with my new-to-me BOB stroller (about 2 weeks ago.). It was only about 6k, but it felt great! I would love to try some Mizunos. I think they look so stylish and I have only ever worn Brooks, but my feet have been a bit sore in the last week or so.

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    Alex says:

    First of all, I just found your blog and love it already ! so inspirational -keep it up! I have not had any brilliant runs lately (or many at all for that matter) but am determined to get back on track and get fit and healthy! I am planning on going for a 6 mile run before work tomorrow and just completing it would be pretty brilliant to me :) I’m dying to try mizunos!! Maybe that will help motivate me

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    nik says:

    The most brilliant run I had was the first one after a lengthy stay in the hospital. All that time I missed it and thought I’d never get back on track, but that first day was sweet ecstasy. Physically it was a slow go but in every other way it was such a pure pleasure to feel strong and healthy and on the move again. And it was a beautiful sunrise too so it all worked!

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    Liz says:

    My brilliant run was on my first mother’s day this year. I ran my PR 5k with my daughter in the stroller. It was an amazing experience to be able to share something I love to do with my little girl. I hope one day we can be runners together.

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Yay!!! Awesome that you got to run with her in the stroller. I can’t wait until my boys nad i run together either. You and your daughter have some fun times ahead. :)

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    Amy Land says:

    My “brilliant run” was back in October 2010 when I ran my first 5k. It was a goal I set out to accomplish and I did it! I am currently focusing on my next goal which is to complete a half marathon. I have lots of people telling me I’m crazy, but I will do it! I love your blog and find it extremely motivating. I would love to have a pair of Mizunos to get me thru my training and the race. Thanks so much for sharing your daily thoughts and workouts! You are amazing in how you balance your twins with your desire and love for fitness. Such a role model :)

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    Bex says:

    Im running a 5k with all four of my children for the first time this Sunday in Philadelphia!

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    Justine says:

    I just recently became a huge fan of my Mizuno Wave Inspires, so much so that I am on my second pair. They are constantly giving me the support I need in my quest to train for my second Falmouth Road Race this year. Last year my training was minimal and I suffered through the race (in a pair of nikes), last week I went on a 6 mile run around my local lake in my Mizunos and had a BEAUTIFUL time. There was something about that Sunday, the weather was perfect and the views were fantastic, and I actually felt good on a long run. Sometimes its the little things like a great run that really remind you of why you love running so much. So I too share your love for Mizunos and would love to join the Mizuno Mezamashii Run Project!

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    Elsa says:

    My most brilliant run was several weeks ago when my husband and I did a long training trail run. The scenery was amazing and in the end we ran 26.7 miles. I have never ran that far and I felt amazing when I finished. It felt so great to know that if I am healthy, nourish my body, and train hard, I can achieve something pretty amazing (and brilliant!). I would love to try a pair of Mizuno shoes. I have been searching for the perfect pair of shoes and have not found the right one yet. :)

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    Amy G says:

    I think I actually just had my brilliant run. I was in the Army for 5 years. I was in shape when I got in, but somewhere along the way, I became super anxious about running, especially in front of people. Not good for the Army. I’d literally have panic attacks before unit runs! Well, I got out of the Army, and had a baby, swearing to never run again. When my LO was about 4 months, I realized walking wasn’t doing it for me. So, I started running. And, I haven’t stopped! I’m training for my first 1/2 marathon. This morning, I went to Army PT with my husband for a family 5K and came in first place for females and third overall! And, most importantly, I wasn’t anxious at all- it was fun!

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    Chelsey says:

    I will be running the Portland Pints to Pasta race in September. It will be my second year, but extra special this year, as I will be about 6 months pregnant. Will be a different experience, and I’m still adjusting to running as my body changes, but will keep doing what I love for as long as my body allows. Thanks for the great opportunity to try out your favorite running shoes:)

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    Jillian S. says:

    A brilliant run I’ve had recently was about 2 weeks ago….everything felt perfect, it was the longest I’ve ever run, I loved the area I was running in, and every moment of it was delicious. And it got me all stoked up for my first half in January that I recently signed up for. And the fact that my lovely ankle that I broke last August didn’t seem to be bothering me at all. :)

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    Jillian S. says:

    Tweeted as well!! :)

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    next week I’m having my run video taped at physical therapy so I can make corrections and hopefully get back to running … any run that’s a pain free run would be brilliant to me … I’m looking forward to my post-recovery runs

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    Anna R says:

    The most brilliant run I had recently was a run in Slovenia with my mom and two sisters. We were visiting extended relatives in Europe, and it was great to get out with them. It felt like we had a little mini running group!

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    i had a brilliant run on saturday after coming back from vacation. 2 nine minute miles in 100 degree heat!

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    Every run is brilliant, just the fact that I can get up every morning and do it, is life changing!

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    sara p. says:

    I had a brilliant run on the beach yesterday for the 4th of July!

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    I’ve just come off of 38 brilliant runs as I completed the #RWRunStreak and ran a total of 67.24 miles!!

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    Jill says:

    Im from NJ, and I post on a daily forum on Runnersworld.com, and through it, I met my now best friend, my sole sister, who lives with her family…in Iowa. We run races whenever we can, together, and plan our trips back and forth around them! I’ve been to visit them twice, and she’s been here twice, and this past weekend, their entire family came here to NJ. It was a truly epic weekend, and our brilliant run? We took 1st and 3rd in our AG in a local 5k! I even set a shiny new PR. =}

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    Haley Q says:

    My next brilliant run is going to be in September! I was an avid runner my whole life, ever since I can remember I’ve been a runner until 2 years ago when I got burnt out after running a couple of halfs. About a month ago the light was lit beneath me again so I’m training for my first half (in a while) in September and I am so excited!

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    Erika Spratt says:

    My most brilliant run was several weeks ago, running along the coast in Carlsbad. I have only been a serious runner for a year and a half ( for most of my life I believed I was a person that was just not capable of running). I have run quite a few races, but never thought I would actually be competitive, or even just a little bit fast. I realized while on that run on the coast, that those thoughts were holding me back- my body is fully capable of accomplishing anything I want it to do. I ran just over 12 miles at an 8:30 pace (my fastest pace ever for anything longer than a 5k)- I was elated, and still am. I felt great, and realized that I will be able to reach my once seemingly unattainable goal of running a sub 2 hour half marathon. Shoot, I might even do it in less than that!

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    Holly Garcia says:

    My most brilliant run will be running the Nike women’s San Francisco marathon with my best friend in october. It has been my dream to run this race since I became a runner years ago and I’m so excited I got in and would love to run it in some new Mizuno running shoes. :) no twitter so I can’t tweet it but I already follow Mizuno and you on Facebook!

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    Blakely says:

    I has been so hot lately, that I’ve been lacking brilliant runs… until last Saturday. After about two shady miles, I felt awesome and remembered why I love running. Completed the last 4 with a huge smile on my face. No joke. Even the heat couldn’t get me down.

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    Blakely says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

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    Keren Barr says:

    I don’t think I have had a brilliant run yet but I would like to. I want to be fit and healthy but running is just so hard for me. Maybe it’s because I haven’t found the right pair of shoes! I am willing to give Mizuno a try. I would like to use them to run in my first 5K of the fall.

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    I am looking forward to taking my dog, Gunner, for a run in Central Park! It will be a first for both of us and I think it will be an AWESOME run!!!

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    Amanda J says:

    I tweeted the message! @will1494

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    Amanda J says:

    My last BRILLIANT run was 3 years ago. I had come back from fighting fire in Oregon and ran a personal best (and bested the rest of my crew) on a training run back in MN. I was always last, but working and running for 3 weeks at altitude cranked up my workouts and made me blast by the pack. After having a nearly 10 pound baby, I’m looking forward to my first 5k and maybe running through my next pregnancy!

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    Runners Mom says:

    Sorry, but I don’t tweet. After a month of not running, my 16 year old son was out of the country, after 2 days of catching up on his sleep he threw on a pair of broken in Muzino’s and ran 5 miles in under 20 minutes. Not the best time, but for taking a month break, I was very proud.

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    Gerard D says:

    About to go on a brilliant run with my daughter and her cross country team in a few minutes. It’s at Legg Lake in South El Monte, CA. We’ll see what the coach has in store for us today.

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    Hilary Stewart says:

    Hi Kristin! Hmm, “brilliant run?” I have to say my most favorite run is what my friends call “hill repeats” we start at tht top of a hill and run alongside an aquaduct,down the hill, across railroad tracks, through a flat area and up another hill… kinda like a big halfpipe :) One way is one mile (the hills are long). Then you just go back and forth. I LOVE this run so much more than running flat for some reason. The time goes by fast and it feels great to conquer the monster hills (they’re kinda steep too). I would LOVE to win the shoes ’cause I have yet to find any shoes I like :/ I don’t spend the big bucks on shoes either, so maybe that’s my problem! lol. Anyway, I dont have a twitter account so i guess this is it! :)

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    Jenni M says:

    Due to a funky hip injury, my runs are capped at three miles right now. But I think almost any run is a good run. I run to wake up, clear my head, plan my day, catch up with my girlfriends, vent about my kids, and, of course, stay fit. I’m hoping for a perfect run on Saturday when I run in a local 5K. Since I’m switching from the 10K to the 5K, I’m going to try to speed it up a bit. And, your favorite purple zebra mizunos are also my favorite shoes. I have two pairs sitting in my kitchen right now. But I could always use a third!

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    Kirsten says:

    Training for my first marathon. First run farther than 13.1 (current lifetime farthest) is in two weeks. EEK!

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    My most recent brilliant run was a week after my first marathon. I had signed up for a midnight 5k and put no pressure on myself to run fast or for a certain time. It was going to be about enjoying the run/race experience. As I started out, things were feeling good and relaxed. I decided to try and keep going at the same pace for the remainder of the race. I think that I had more effort left in me at the end of the race but it was still good enough for an almost 2 minute PR! I was so refreshing to go into a race with absolutely no pressure and be rewarded for it!

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    Amanda J says:

    I tweeted it out again. @will1494 I have close to 1700 followers, so maybe someone will notice! I hope!

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    Amanda J says:

    I have a somewhat unrealistic dream of doing at least a 5k in every state. I’ve only been to 33 states, and only ran a 5k in two of them. But, a 5k in EVERY state would be brilliant.

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    Brandei Bangan says:

    I began running only two years ago and started with the goal of simply running a 5k without stopping (OC event in 2010). After I accomplished this, I decided to sign up for the half marathon in 2011. Now I cannot seem to sign up for enough races (see list at end of comment)! I’ve had some family matters that have been quite disturbing; I find that running has really helped me let go of some of the things I cannot control. I’m trying to accept things in my life that I am struggling with, but have no control over. Anyways, on to my “most brilliant run”- last week I well exceeded my PB and ran an 8.22 minute mile. I recently took on speed play / interval training (fartleks, etc) and I’m amazed at what this has done to my time! I was running a 9:30 mile for months, even over 10 minutes just last year. Anyways, I have really become addicted to running and cannot see how I lived without it in the past :) . I’ll tweet ya too

    OC Half 2011
    Iron Girl 10K in Del Mar 2011
    Rock N Roll San Diego Half 2012
    OC 5K 2012
    OC Fair 5K (August 2012)
    Iron Girl 10k (Nov. 2012)
    Holiday Half (Dec 2012)

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    Runners Mom says:

    My 16 year old starts school in 5 weeks, so it is time for him to start hitting the training course hard!!! The Cross Country Team mandatory runs start next week at 5am. He is wanting to have his PR on our cross country course this year. Wishing him the best of luck. Besides working on his time for the 5k’s, he is also training for his favorite 1/2 marathon, St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis. One of the best causes he runs for.

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