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I’ll Trade You- Advice, an Outfit and Second Chance Mizuno Giveaway

I’ll Trade You- Advice, an Outfit and Second Chance Mizuno Giveaway


Well hello friends.

Want to hear about my genius move from yesterday?

OK. Fine. Twist my T. rex arm.


I was at the Y last night after teaching 4 classes in a row and was chatting with a friend afterwards showing her what burpees were and someone asked if I was supposed to sub the class down the hall because there wasn’t an instructor there.

Say what?

Why, yes, yes I was supposed to be teaching that class and totally forgot about it. I’m such a winner sometimes.

I hustled my tush in there and gave them a hard strength training workout to make up for it. I’m sure they’re really loving my this fine morning.

Ha ha.


I won’t go through all my classes I taught yesterday, but I will tell you after that long run Sunday and a full day teaching yesterday I’ve been sporting my compression socks and applying some serious BioFreeze the past 12 hours.


And gosh darn it, my stinking night time “office hours”

(that looked a little something like this)


went way too late last night trying to figure out travel plans for the San Francisco Marathon. Friends, I don’t know if we’re going to make it. I’m trying to use all our reward points, but San Fran is one heck of an expensive place. Eeek….

I think we can pull it off, but will it be worth it?

Darn it. I’m so confused. Do we go for it? I can’t pass up an opportunity to run a marathon for free can I?

If you’ve got some advice I’ll take it.


Maybe we can do some trading.

I’ll trade you some cookies and cream protein dough for a couple hours of sleep and some advice.


(Note- The recipe on the original post has been edited. I didn’t have the correct amount of oats. Thank you Tracey for finding that.)


Better yet, I’ll trade you a Flat Kitty and some doughtzel balls for a Southwest flight to San Francisco.

Now that’s one heck of a deal, isn’t it?

Ha ha.


If only I could find a sponsor…


Speaking of trading, the first day of the IDEA World Fitness Conference I traded in going to the opening ceremonies to politely let myself into the fancy schmancy Marriott gym.

I decided to go for a little treadmill run while I had a chunk of time between sessions.


Then I hung out in the nice Marriott locker room for at least 20 minutes attempting to look presentable so I could try to make some new friends at the expo.


This was the best I could do.


Oh yeah, I filed my nails while I was in there too. Classy.

We had to wait a bit for the expo to open so I of course took advantage to take some pictures of my sweaty face.


My new friend (pictured above) offered to take my picture for me. What a guy. I didn’t even have to ask.


Oh and that’s my Flatout wrap snack I shoveled in my mouth in less than 20 seconds with Smart Balance Light, a Splenda packet and some cinnamon. It was juts enough to tide me over until I could get my hands on some free samples. Ha ha.


I didn’t get very far inside the expo when I realized everyone else was cute and clean and I was pretty disgusting.


Then I saw these.


The cutest Lorna Jane workout clothes ever.


Lorna was there too. I chatted her up of course and she was so nice and fun. I fell in love with her clothes. Since my outfit was already way too sweaty to be wearing around and trying to impress people and I conveniently forgot a change of clothes, I decided I needed a new one (so I could try to be cute like Lorna).


Um yeah. I hightailed it to the bathroom pretty darn quickly for a wardrobe change.

Before                                                            After


And why yes, I was totally that girl who went back to show off my new outfit and take a picture with Lorna Jane herself.


How cute is she?


And how cute are her clothes?




Since we’re talking fitness gear and running and all……

Here’s the big trade.


Instead of boring you with more IDEA dumps and workout talk at the moment,

I’m going to trade you my babbling for another chance to win an invite into The Mezamashii Run Project.

That’s right.

Another invitation.

Holy smokes friends.

We’ve got to act fast though because the invitation expires on July 15th.

I’m not going to rewrite all my Mizuno love again, but check out my original Mizuno Mezamashii Run Project Giveaway post for all the details about this amazing campaign.

Yes, I LOVE my Mizunos.


All of them.


You’ve seen that before, but it’s a heart for love.


I know you want some #brilliantrun fun in your future.

Where will your next #brilliantrun be?


I really hope The San Francisco Marathon will be one of mine in a couple weeks.


Here’s all you have to do to enter for a chance to win a Mezamashii Run Project Invite:


Leave me a comment here telling me what you would do with a brand new pair of Mizuno shoes, what running means to you or simply just why you run.

You can also tweet the following for an additional entry (and make sure to leave a separate comment here telling me that you did).

“ @stuftmama has another @MizunoRunning #Mezamashii invite giveaway. I want to join the quest for a #brilliantrun. http://stuftmama.com/2012/07/10/ill-trade-you-second-chance-mizuno-giveaway/


*Giveaway will be open until 8 pm PST, Thursday July 12th. One winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday morning, July 13th. Open to U.S. residents only.

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  1. 1
    Melissa says:

    No, I’m not stalking you for the chance at another opportunity for a sweet pair of shoes. 😉

    What would I do with a brand spankin’ new pair of Mizunos? Run, Run, Run and run some more, of course. I have a bunch of races coming up this fall and I’m in need of another pair of Mizunos. No other brand will do. Must be Mizunos.

    This time I am crossing my fingers, toes and eyes even if it does look funny.

    Oh and Flat Kitty…If it’s your paw that’s hitting the Random.Org button…there’s cat nip in the mail. haha J/K Well…unless I’m the lucky chosen one. 😉

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    Ellen says:

    I run because it is time that I have to simply think and do something completely for me. Running gives me confidence!

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    Erica says:

    I run because I can. Because, after 10 years of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, I can run without wheezing, coughing, or feeling like I’d rather do anything at that moment but continue.

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    Melissa says:

    Tweeted (@adventuretykes)

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    I run because it helps clear my mind. It gives me the opportunity to be outside and forget all my worries. It’s like therapy, only free. ha!

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    Tara K. says:

    I would use my shiny new Mizunos to train for my very first 10K, Run for the Hills which benefits the breast cancer group Beyond Boobs. We’re encouraged to wear a blinged out bra so clearly I need snazzy shoes to match!

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    Mary says:

    Tweeted! @marydawnm

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    Ashley Farr says:

    With a new pair of mizunos I would run to pass the time until my husband is finished with military training. After 4 months of being married he left to training and we wont live together until November! We always text each other our sprints time and I KNOW new mizunos would help me beat him! 😉 my last pair of mizunos were a bridal shower gift and I have love them ever since–I have worn them out! Crossing my fingaaazzz!!!

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    Tara K. says:

    I tweeted too! @Tisknisk

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    Cassie says:

    First of all I think you should do the marathon. Speaking from someone who lives on a starting teacher budget I know money can be a stress but life is about experiences and sometimes those are worth the money! (And I wish I had airline miles to share with you!)

    Running to me started out as a way to stay in shape after being a softball player for 17 years. Now it has become a way of life and part of who I am. I am training for my 4th marathon (this time the right way and am hoping to run a sub 4 hr) with a training group and I am learning so much about myself as a runner and the power of running with other people. I would use my new shoes to train for my race (Leavenworth Marathon in Oct)!

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    Christine says:

    I would of course run and run and run some more. I run because i love the feeling you get after a nice long run and I feel like i can keep on going. Running makes me feel better about myself and I know that it keeps me healthy and strong.

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    I would love to try running Brilliant! I’d take mine to the beach, to the trails and on the streets to see what brilliant running is really all about! I’ve honestly been wanting to try Mizunos for a while – hope I win. Good luck in SF!

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    Coco says:

    CUTE! I love the new outfit 🙂

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    Kelley R says:

    I run because I was born prematurely in 1984 & was told that I was never going to walk so of course I was never going to be able to run. I proved them all wrong because I did learn to walk & now I’m a runner.

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    Tammi says:

    First off, I love your blog! Running is my “me” time, and the time during the day I get to better my self . With a 13 week old little girl and very energetic 2 yr old boy, it gives me a chance to think, become more confident as a young mom and worman, and feel more energized! I would love a new pair of Mizunos to log my miles in! After all every mom wants to be the “cool” mom with the amazing running shoes to sport around!

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    Sarah says:

    I would run my little heart out in those puppies.

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    I’m training for my second half marathon right now and I’m definitely in need of some new shoes. I think a brand new pair of Mizuno shoes would give me the extra motivation to kick my training up a notch! I’ve lost over 90 lbs so far, largely due to running, so to me running means taking control of my life and only looking back to enjoy how far I’ve come!

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    Yoojin says:

    Running is my chance to get away from it all!

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    Cassie Britton says:

    Running to me is proving that I can. I am able to get over my OWN self doubt and do it. I don’t go fast…but I go and I’m pretty freakin proud of my self for doing it.

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    Cassie Britton says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway too. (@CEB82)

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    mary says:

    Best.Day.Ever. I would love a new pair of running shoes to train in for my first half-marathon! I want to prove to myself that I can actually do it, and do it with confidence. Thanks again for the second giveaway 🙂

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    Why don’t you just drive to SF Marathon? lots of pit stops along the way for the little ones.
    And I tried to see if I could transfer my 3,800 points to you, but they will not allow it. sorry. i tried. since I probably won’t use them before Oct of this year.

    IDEA: you didn’t meet up with Alexandra and Kymberly from FunandFit.org? They are crazy girls.

    Mizunos: hello. found love of running. need to start running shoe obsession. and to take them out on Saturdays with the running group clan.

    • 24.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Christine- we’re ditching the kids for our trip. 🙂 And I think I can find pretty cheap Southwest tickets.
      I DID meet up with Alexandra. LOVE her!!! I didn’t get to meet Kymberly though. Next time…..

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    lora lee says:

    I run for my health and sanity. Its freeing and I love how you feel after a good sweat (notice I didn’t say smell
    ). I would use my new mizunos to train for my first full marathon in our nations capital in march.
    I cant help you out with a place to stay in sf. But if you are ever in coastal Georgia look me up. Maybe you should consider setting up an account and ask for sponsors…you never know. Maybe you could wear a shirt the day of the race with the company’s name/logo on it or individual names or websites./blog. Just a thought…

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    Lindsey says:

    I ran my first 5k a couple of months ago and was wishing I had some great running shoes that didn’t hurt my feet! I’ve heard great things about Mizuno’s and would like a chance to try out running in them:)

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    Julie says:

    I run because it makes me feel strong and alive. It calms and relaxes me. A new pair of Mizunos would be awesome. 🙂

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    Melissa says:

    Oh, and I say just DO IT! Go to San Fran! It’ll be fun, it’s a great opportunity and you will make wonderful memories. Plus, we will get to read all about it. 🙂

    Good luck making your decision.

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    Holly says:

    I loved the run a year ago, than I kept getting shin splints and they never went away no matter what I did, so I stopped the run 🙁 I would love to run again but can’t spend a fortune on new shoes as I have too many miles on all my other’s.

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    I’d keep running! I am now registered for 4 races in the next 6 months and I am sure there will be more in there!

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    alisen says:

    I run partly for me…ahem, don’t we all?…also, to get my kiddo to the park 😛

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    Allyson Lyon says:

    I struggled with running for so long because I couldn’t find the right shoe. Despite going to stores and having them try to fit me every time I ran I ended up with blisters on my ankles. I wore vibrams for a while and those helped but I couldn’t do more than 4 miles in them without pretty nasty pain. Due to training for a half this posed a problem so I went to another running store that could provide me with some gait analysis. They brought out a few pair of shoes but handed me the mizuno first and said that they thought that from everything I had told them about how I run and also from my complaints about previous shoes that these would be a good fit. As soon as I put them on it was as if my feet were singing. I could tell instantly that they fit “right”. These shoes are the only reason I was able to run my half uninjured. Currently I am training for a full Mary and I was told to get another pair of shoes and break those in as well because I’ll be putting so many miles on my shoes. As you can imagine I want to do that of course but with 6 kids and a 115 dollar price tag sometimes my needs/wants aren’t always a first priority. THIS is what I would use these shoes for. It would make that additional worry go away. I’m a mizuno runner for life. 🙂

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    Sheena says:

    I’ve been longing for trail shoes, so this would be perfect! I’d take those suckers through the roughest that nature has to offer (don’t worry, I’ll also be bringing band-aids for my accident prone self)

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    Kathy says:

    Not that I am into using flattery to get a better chance to win but, your arms are amazing!! It pays to work out like a mad STUFT mama and have twins you push,pull and carry around. Yikes…I think your friend was scared of your guns and offered up the picture taking so you wouldn’t get angry at him or something. HA!

    OK…who wouldn’t want to win a pair of Mizuno shoes?? Free SHOES?? FREE MIZUNOS!! It’s all good….love running and run/walking that I have been doing til I am all healthy to let loose again. 😉

    OH yea, and GO TO THE MARATHON!!! If you die in a month you will be sooo happy you did!! (Yes, that is the way I look at things some times….and it totally works!) Now make your reservation and go ….

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    Allyson Lyon says:

    I tweeted as well 🙂 Thank you for this!!

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    alisen says:

    I tweeted 🙂 @alisenasu

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    Darbi says:

    Ive been training for my first half marathon and am about ready for another pair of running shoes!

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    I don’t want to win, as I don’t like running, but I sure enjoyed all the pics in this post. You are such a smiley person, inside and out. And the opening ceremony was actually quite amazing.

    • 39.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I’m actually really sad I missed the opening ceremony. The time I have by my lonesome is not that often so I made a spur of the moment decision. Oops. It was soooooooo great meeting you. Talk about a smiley person! 🙂 Hugs! Hope everything with your toe goes well.

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    I run because I’m horrible at all other sports. 🙂 Also, running is my ME time! I’m currently training for a half marathon in August, and am considering doing a Disney half this winter too.

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    Julie says:

    I tweeted (@jwes211).

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    Kylie Fouts says:

    With a pair of Mizunos I would continue to train for my first marathon. As someone who thought they never could run a marathon, I would love the extra push! I run because it’s a great stress reliever, and there’s no better feeling than the sense of accomplishment when I finish a long run.

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    Katie @ Katie Moves says:

    Omg I would run my tushy off in those amazing shoes!!

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    Kylie Fouts says:

    Retweeted as well @kyliebrynne thanks for the chance stuftmama!

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    Jody says:

    Run the marathon! Isn’t Tiffany’s a sponsor? I thought I read they give each finisher a little something in a little blue box. That could just be wishful thinking!

    I would LOVE to win a pair of shoes. After this baby is born I will be right back to marathon training!

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    Krystal says:

    I would run in my local park and train for my first 5k if I won!

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    You’ve got one of the buffest t rex arms ever 😉 How on earth were you still going after teaching so many classes. I’m exhausted for you!

    Once upon a time I was a ballet dancer. Running is now what ballet once was, but probably more. Running is my “me” time, my zen time, it’s when I feel the strongest and oddly most confident even when I’m not feeling so strong and confident.

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    Crystal Ivey says:

    If I were to get the invite and new pair of running shoes I would first revel in my luckyness to win such a positive contest. Then I would put all of my other running shoes away and await to try my new mizunos. Upon their arrival I would open up the box and take a before picture of their awesomeness, and strap them on. Next I would begin my new journey..rain or shine. I am not going to lie I would put them through some long rough miles and at times the terrain wouldnt be very pretty, I may even soak them in sweat and tears..Have I mentioned that I am the mommy to three wonderful daughters, ages 2,4 and 5?…So yes I need some run time to figure out life and at times just see the beauty that others who don’t make the journey do not get to see.

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    Sooze says:

    I run for my sanity…need i say more?! 🙂

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    Sooze says:

    just tweeted the giveaway!

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    melissa b says:

    I would use my shiny new shoes to run after my kid. she’s pretty fast 🙂

    ps love the new outfit!

  53. 53

    i run because it makes me feel on top of the world. running truly is the best stress reliever and just makes me happy! 🙂

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    Kari says:

    I simply love to run for freedom – getting away from it all during a run is priceless

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    ahhh!! why do you keep getting my hopes up like this?!!

    I NEED a pair of mizuno running shoes SO badly. I went to the running store yesterday and tried on the creations and almost started crying they felt so amazing. however, i have to wait until my next pay check in order to buy them…

    would love a free pair!!!

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    Ashley says:

    Awesome there is another chance! I run for my health. I have never felt healthier and happier since I started running and i don’t eve want to let that feeling go. I also like to run because it helps encourage others that they can do it as well! Its a win-win to me!

  58. 58

    Even though I don’t run a ton (although I might with these shoes) running means strength to me. Compared to not that long ago when I was in my eating disorder, I can now run knowing my legs will continue to support me, cardio is not going to make me lose (unhealthy) weight, I’m not running to burn calories, and I have the RIGHT to be running now. No one is looking at me and thinking “That skinny sick girl should not be running”. Wow, randomly got pretty serious here. Thanks a lot Kristin! :p

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    You are too funny! Good luck getting to SF!

    I would rock my new Mizuno’s while I ran 26.2 miles for my first marathon in September. Hopefully that will be one Brilliant RUN!

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    Laura says:

    I would be motivated to get back into running! I miss the stress relief that it gives me 🙂

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    Nicole says:

    What would i do with a new pair of Mizuno shoes – indeed help me in working towards my first 5K! Runner newbie here. 🙂

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    Laura says:

    I tweeted!

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    Bethp262 says:

    I would love a pair of Mizunos to put in my (ever-growing) running shoe rotation!

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    Kristy Doyle says:

    I run for fitness, health, sanity and fun!

    I really want to win this so much! I’m crossing my fingers AND my toes!

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    With every run I do I feel I am getting closer to find all the answers. While I may never find them all, I am closer. With a new pair of shoes from Mizuno and the Mezamashii project I would continue my journey to enlightenment and strength my soul along the way. Thank you for this opportunity.

  68. 68

    I have also tweeted your message @jmhalstead

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    Tara Burner says:

    running is the only ‘me’ time I have and I just feel so free and alive when running 🙂

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    Marcia says:

    My running story is about independence. I am happily married with one son who is growing up FAST. All my life I’m always “waiting” for them. To get done with work, school, practice, etc. before ‘we’ can do something together – I’m running a 1/2 marathon in August and that’s all for me. No waiting anymore – my life is happening now and I can’t “wait” to get started on living it now. With new shoes my training will be much more comfy. :o)


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    Tracy says:

    I run to get the crazy out ( ;
    And for one hour a day not to have to think about anything at all but moving my legs and getting my sweat on!

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    You are too darn cute! I’m thinking some major craziness is occurring in your life right now!

    As for running, I’m doing it now to learn. I’ve never cared for running and I don’t understand why. I love giving exercise my all and I love the feeling I get from accomplishing things that I never thought I could do. I am now on a mission to love my run! I’m pulling Tony in there with me too!

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    Rhonda says:

    Why do I run? How long can this comment be? 🙂 I run because my rear end is constantly threatening to get bigger. I run because when I am a sweaty mess I somehow feel beautiful. I run because I want my kids to run someday and feel as awesome as I feel. The list goes on and on.

    What would I do with some Mizunos? Treat them to a half marathon of course! (my favorite distance)

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    Love the new Lorna Jane outfit!! Super cute. I really hope that you can make it to SF. If my mom was out of town, I’d totally give you keys to hear apartment to stay.

    I didn’t realize how much running has meant to me until I couldn’t run. It means freedom and peace and strength and clarity to me.

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    Elizabeth G. says:

    I run because it is cheaper than therapy and it is the only time during the day that I don’t have people asking me questions!

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    Kimert says:

    With a brand spankin’ new pair of schnazzy Mizunos I would run, A LOT! I’ve got a half marathon to get a sweet PR on in October. 🙂

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    Kayla P says:

    Running is my punching bag, my boyfriend, and my best friend! I have owned one pair of Mizunos and they lasted me for quite a few years longer than they should have! I would wear the shit out of those shoes because I love Mizuno SO much!!!

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    I have run exclusively in Mizunos for over 14 years, and I will be running in them in 14 more. I would love to be a part of the Mizuno project. Plus, I figure that I’ve given Mizuno thousands of dollars over the years so a free pair of shoes would be great, too. I will never stray from Mizuno. My purple zebra elixirs helped me rock out a 22:55 minute 5K just last weekend.

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    Amanda N says:

    I run for many reasons….I run because it keeps me motivated and strong. I run because I can. I run to reach goals and explore the world around me. I run to stay fit, happy, and healthy. I run to share an activity with my husband. I run because I love how it makes me feel! I could go on….but I’m sure you don’t want to hear it. 🙂

    Oh and Go to the Marathon in SF! It’s FREE! I know getting there is not, and I agree SF is expensive but I’m sure you can work it out. You may never have the opportunity to do it (at least for free) again! Better to do it now then not and regret it. Sure you can regret spending a little money, but not running a marathon in SF!

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    Abby Rogers says:

    I get up early to run before my daughter wakes up. Running is my therapy. It is my only “alone” time throughout the day. I would love to try out a pair of Mizunos!

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    Robin West says:

    If I had a new pair of Mizunos, I would wear them out!!! I do not have any Mizunos yet and can not wait to get a pair!
    I run for my health, for my son, for therapy, and for brain power!!

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    Eric says:

    i would of course run a gazillion miles in them. Prefer that to be on trails, but wherever. Running is so much for me, I run mostly on trails, and i feel so close to nature, and for me so close to God on the trails. I think this beats a church message any day of the week. A Sunday morning sunrise over the Genesee river… beautiful peaceful… running means a lot to me… but yeah, just being out there is amazing.

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    Eric says:

    annnd I tweeted 🙂

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    I run because it never fails to remind me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.

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    I’d use a new pair of Mizunos to train for the Disney Princess Half Marathon I just signed up for!

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    just tweeted about the giveaway! (@Danica_ipnp)

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    I tweeted!! Tweet Tweet!! Will tweet some more for new shoes!!

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    Recently being diagnosed with Celiac Disease I plan on moving mountains in my new Mizunos. My main goal is to get my health back on track and improve my pace. Running is a gift and I am blessed with a body that is allowing me to put one foot in front of the other. One of my brilliant runs is from the Tinker Bell Half Marathon January 28, 2012. Besides it being a RunDisney event, which are my favorite races, this race was right before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and I was very sick the morning of the race. Despite being sick, I put on my tutu and laced up my running shoes and walked to the start line. I pushed through and accomplished my goal of finishing. Since being diagnosed, crossing the finish line and earning my Tinker Bell medal means even more to me as I learned a valuable life lesson: when life knocks you down, get up, brush yourself off and keep going!!

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    Annie McGee says:

    I’d use the shoes for my upcoming half marathon and full marathon in Indianapolis…
    What does running mean to me…..running to me is my chance to set an example…it is time to be me and really practice what I preach (PE teacher)! How can I expect my students to believe that being healthy and active is the key to a fulfilling life if no one is there to set the example. EVERYTIME my students run in class, Mrs. McGee is right there with them (even if that means logging more than 10 miles in a day throughout classes). Running to me is how I am a leader not only to my students, but my family. Running to me is being able to ALWAYS say yes when I am asked if I can play tag, basketball, catch, or go on a walk….as Mrs. McGee…but more importantly as MOMMY!

    • 94.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Annie- I was a PE teacher for 10 years too. (I still teach on Fridays only.) I always felt like that. Like it was our job to be an example. LOVE it! Keep doing what you’re doing. 🙂

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    Joy says:

    I run for so many reasons, but one of the main ones is how it makes me feel after I finish. I love feeling clear-headed, accomplished, like I pushed my body, and like I’m striving for or achieving a goal. Nothing else but running can do all that for me, which is why I love it.

    Thank you for another chance to win!!!

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    I tweeted…although I encouraged the rest of humanity not to enter 😉

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    I would love to tackle some hills in a new pair of Mizuno’s. Now that I’ve got my groove with running, I’ve been trying different shoes rather than my old stand by stability shoes. 🙂

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    Michelle says:

    What would I do with a brand new pair of Mizuno shoes?
    Well, first of all I would be very thankful that I got them and then I would wear the h*ll out of them and look totally cute (and cool!) doing it!!
    I am a brand new runner. This is the beginning of week #5 for me. I ran my first 5k on the 4th of July and finished in 34:37…
    Ok, not even close to being satisfied with that! LOL…
    6 weeks ago…I was telling people that I wouldn’t need to hire a trainer, I would just need to hire someone to chase me with some sort of weapon…Because that was the ONLY way I was going to run!!
    And now?
    I am a runner! I don’t love it every time I run, but I love that I am able to!
    My 2nd 5k is in 3 weeks 🙂
    BTW…I used to live in San Diego (for many years) and I LOVE your pics and miss it there!
    My son was born in Chula Vista and I worked in La Jolla, just a block from the beach (across from Jack in the Box-if it is still there!)

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    Another chance to win these?? I soooo want to try a pair! I wish someone would pick me! I would have a brilliant run every day that I wore these darn shoes! I run for fitness, to get away from my kids for some quiet time, sometimes I run to be with my kids while they ride their bikes! I run because I can!

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    I tweeted! @ltlindian

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    swayze says:

    So I just started running at the beginning of the year. I have officially worn out my first pair of running shoes! I’m pretty pumped about needing a new pair due to using my old ones too much! I am loving running and exciting to be getting back into shape (i was a gymnast and cheerleader for forever then quit working out altogether after college, bad idea!) Thanks for another chance to win!

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    1)Tweeted——by Pounds To Miles;

    2) would love to have a pair because I am runner. I would run in them till the bottoms fell off! Why do I run. Simply put I run to be. I run to be sane, to be powerful, to be clear headed…….just to be a better version of me.


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    Alexandra says:

    YIPPIE!!! Another chance to win some HOT kicks! I swear, if I win these shoes I WILL sign up for my first marathon…I have run 2 halfs in the past and both times when I finished I could not imagine doing that whole thing over again – seriously thought i was going to die after i finished my first half…and then somehow I signed up for another one soon thereafter. Its a sick love/hate relationship but I am truly determined to run a full and these shoes would be FABULOUS motivation!!! P.S. Your blog rocks! You are such an inspiration!

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    Alexandra says:

    Tweeting as we speak 🙂

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    Erin says:

    You’re seriously too cute! I would love to win these shoes so I can get my butt back on the treadmill. It’s been WAY too long!

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    Laurel C says:

    There are so many reasons why I run…….for my health, sanity, social connection, “me” time, and simply because I just love it. There is no better feeling than how you feel after a run, and I never regret lacing up and going for a run!

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    Stephanie Z says:

    I would be the strongest and best relay anchor (running) for my Rev 3 Wisconsin Dells HIM relay (team MOM ~ i.e. Moms On a Mission) in a new pair of Mizunos!

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    Katie says:

    What would I do with a new pair of Mizunos? Run…run…run! I have been battling plantar fasciitis for several months and have not been able to run. I have been contemplating trying a new brand of shoes…what a great way to see if Mizunos could be for me! Why do I run? For several reasons…my sanity, stress reduction, my sweet tooth:), for my health, for the children I hope to have…the list goes on. Running is such a simple thing that has made such a huge impact on my life and I haven’t really given it much thought until I couldn’t run. Thanks for sharing such a great project!

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    Angie says:

    I would run in my new shoes and not get blisters! I have a hard time taking care of myself, the kids come first!

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    There are a bajillion reasons I run… to be healthy, to have endurance to chase around my kids, to feel less guilty about eating dessert (every day…), but honestly, the number one reason I do it…. I love it 🙂

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    I use running to literally run away from my genetic short-comings and keep my heart healthy. I am training for my very first full Marathon and I only train in Mizunos, so I would love an extra pair to keep my feet happy while I log those miles!

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    Ryan S. says:

    I run to prove to myself that I can. I doubt myself a lot but that is hard to do when you are pounding out miles every week!

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    I would work by butt off and never stop in those new Mizunos.
    I would be unstoppable. I would run faster and do more in those shoes.

    I need those shoes 😉

    You are too adorable! Now I think I am going to try to go to Midwest Mania. I forgot how motivating conventions can be!!

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    Liz says:

    Ok, so I’m comment #102 but I just had to tell you why I run…
    Running makes me a better mama, wife, friend, teacher, and person. I run because I CAN, because no other workout helps me feel quite as happy as 5 miles. I run by myself in the dark at 5 am or in the hot sun pushing a 50 pound stroller at 3 pm because it keeps me sane and it shows my daughter that her mama is strong and healthy. I know the Mizunos won’t make me as fast as you my dear friend, but I don’t mind, they will still get me to the finish line!
    Miss you and hope to see you soon! Can you fly into Oakland instead of SF? You gotta get to the SF marathon 🙂

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    Meg says:

    Running is both what grounds me and what helps me escape. With new running shoes, I will begin gearing up for my first marathon! Agh!

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    I would do a whole lot of SWEATING in a pair of Mizuno shoes!!!

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    Megan S. says:

    I run because I love it and it keeps me sane! I would use new mizunos for my fall marathon training.

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    Tweeted the giveaway like good little “brilliant” bird.

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    i run because it makes me feel awesome, at least 95% of the time it does 😉

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    Stephanie says:

    With new shoes I would run, run, and run! I run because I love it and because it is cheaper than therapy! 🙂

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    I run because it keeps me sane. It’s some me time on the road, er pavement. It allows me to step away from everything that is around me and just exist. At the same time, it allows me (if it’s one of THOSE runs) to work through all my problems. To analyze and review all options and take the proper steps (ha!). And just as a kicker (ha, again!) those Mizunos would look super sweet on my feet running across the Golden Gate Bridge

    Tips for running the SF Marathon — 1. drive! Yes, it’s an 8-hour drive, but cheaper than flying. 2. Stay in the East Bay, much cheaper and with a really early start, traffic getting in is minimal. 3. If it was 2 years ago, I would have offered my futon and ride to the start, but that room belongs to the baby and the futon is in some dorm room in Chico (thank you craigslist).

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    Monica says:

    Ah, the elusive Mizuno running shoes!!! With a pair of my very own I would explore uncharted running territory! Or at least new-to-me territory. I would also wear them during my upcoming first-ever half marathon, because I fully anticipate that being one of my most memorable & brilliant runs 🙂

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    Monica says:

    I tweeted the giveaway via @runbangrun 🙂

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    Jenn says:

    I run because it gives me a sense of accomplishment and because it gives me the energy to chase after my children (sadly though, I think my 5 year old is already faster than me). If you decide to DRIVE to SF, you can use our place as a 1/2 point on your trip. 🙂

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    maggie says:

    I would use the new pair of mizuno shoes for my rock n roll half marathon i am training for! Also, I run because it is a major stress reliever and a great way to just let my mind wonder and be free for a little bit of the day.

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    Meg says:

    I love, love, love Mizunos! So I just had to enter this contest.
    What would I do with a new pair? Definitely put them through a couple hundred miles of running, hopefully at the SF (2nd Half) Marathon and at some (or all) of the races I have coming up this fall. Maybe they’d even join the hubby and I are on our (belated) honeymoon next month. Pick me! 🙂

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    Bethany C. says:

    I run to have some “me” time. I am a stay-at-home mom with a husband that travels a lot. Running gives me time away to think and decompress.

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    So excited to enter to win some amazing shoes from a great company! I love running because it’s so therapeutic and a wonderful workout. I have recently fallen in love with running as a past time/hobbie and I am now training for my first ultra marathon in September, do these shoes would help me train brilliantly!


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    Justine says:

    The lifespan of my current Mizuno Wave Inspire 8’s (my third pair) is coming to an end and I am currently in full training mode for the Falmouth Road Race in August. A new pair of Mizunos to end an extremely successful summer of training would be amazing! I really just love my Mizunos and how they create a great running experience every time i hit the road!

    Happy Running!

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    Cait says:

    What would I do with a new pair of Mizuno’s? Continue training for my first marathon this fall! I know I’m going to need another pair sometime soon.

    To me, running is a chance to endure. It’s a way for me to metaphorically live my life through my soles. I know that if I can train hard, beat an old PR, or finish a distance, then I can do anything in life. My soles teach my soul.

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    Samantha says:

    I am afraid to make those damn doughtzels because I KNOW that is going to be an eating situation. 🙂

    Anyway, i hope you get the SF thing figured out. Ironically I stress about money all the time and won’t buy practically anything but I am always the first to tell people we get to go through this life one time…enjoy it. I know you will figure out what is right and maybe if there is a inkling that this race isn’t worth the budget load than that is your answer. Which decision makes your gut calm.

    I will think sponsor thoughts for you.

    I am not much of a runner and when I do run I am a trail runner. I run because of the mental escape and the feeling. I run to see my puppy up in front of me. I run because I still can and because I know enough bodies that can’t or lives lost that used to be runners.

    Have a great day. Sigh. I will make the damn doughtzels.

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      Samantha says:

      PS. is it poor form to say that I will then have to run because of eating too many doughtzels? Somehow I think that isn’t the spirit they are looking for.

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    I run because I love food! Haha my role model runs everyday and it seemed like she enjoyed it so I decided that maybe I should give it a try. One I started running I couldn’t stop! Right now all I have ran in a race was a 5k but I’m going to do a 10k in a few months. My goal is to do a least two marathon before summer time next year! I want to do the White Rock Half Mararthon ( or now name Dallas Marathon, I think) , and the Rock N Roll Half Marathon!

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    Cassandra says:

    If I won the Mizuno’s I would register for another marathon before the end of 2012 and use them to do some hard core training!! I really would love to beat my PR of 3:34 and these shoes would most definitely help me get there 🙂

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    I tweeted it @Changing_For_Me.

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    Jen says:

    I run for my sanity. Right now, at this very moment, the kids are killing me. I think I need another right now!

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    Vanessa says:

    Gosh your posts are always so inspiring to me when it comes to running! Sorry, just had to say that! I love love love to run…for me there is no better feeling then after I complete a run, and it’s the hard ones that always make me feel the best—because those are the one’s that I always want to give up on, but don’t. So any-who, I decided to sign up for my first 1/2 marathon in Philly this september and started my training plan yesterday! 🙂 I am so nervous/excited…and that being said, I just ran the color run in Philly on Sunday and really need a new pair of shoes 🙂 Winning them would be awesome, and some sweet motivation to get running!

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    I run to feel accomplished & strong! Love Mizuno!!

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    Natalie K. says:

    Woohoo for another giveaway! I own two pair of mizunos right now, they are always in my shoe rotation. I just finished a marathon so I’m running right now to maintain fitness (and sanity). Thanks for the giveaway!

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    I would wear Mizounos to run my first ever marathon! Chicago 2012 this October! And I run because it’s calming, relaxing, great me time, and it makes me feel confident!

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    I would run the fastest tempo run I’ve ever run. I would hit my splits on the track more often.

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    Def. just tweeted that up

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    Running is my therapy! It clears my head and makes me much less stressed. 🙂

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    Brandei says:

    Beginner runner here; incorporated speed play /interval training into the mix and hit a new PB last week (8.22 minute mile avg for 3 miles)!

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    Becca says:

    If I had a pair of Mizunos I would run with confidence. I’m training for my 2nd half marathon (sept. 1st) in Indianapolis and my 3rd October 20th in West Lafayette. I defiantly need a new pair of shoes but can not afford them.

    The reasons why I run: for my health, to stay in remission from my Graves Disease, I run to feel good about myself, I run to challenge myself and to challenge others, I run to motivate, I run to drink wine and eat cookie dough dip, but more importantly I run because I can. Running is my therapy and reminder that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. Running reminds me that I am a strong woman.

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    Crystal says:

    My most recent pair of Mizunos is just about ready to be retired. Now would be the perfect time to win a new pair.

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    hensley says:

    I’d use these to run-duh!! and to represent mizuno alllllmost as well as stuftmama can!

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    Christy says:

    I have been wanting to make the leap to a more minamilist shoe for awhile, but am still a little nervous, so a new pair of shoes would serve as my poke in the butt to take the plunge! Plus as much as you love the mizunos, I really feel like I need to try some!!! Thanks!

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    Suzy says:

    I would love a new pair of alchemys! I have terrible feet and I pound through the edges of the alchemys and need a new pair about every two months. Training for Philly 26.2 starts now and I could really use a new pair!

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    Suzy says:

    I tweeted!

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    Stephanie says:

    Goodness, I am comment #158!

    Running to me is my victory over myself. When I was in high school, I was an out of shape asthmatic who had her mom write her a note to get out of running the mile in gym class (which by the way, don’t get me started – we never ran in gym class, and then all of a sudden I’m supposed to run a whole mile for time??). Now, as a 38 year old, I’ve run 5 marathons and countless half marathons, and generally run to have a good time. I cannot believe that!

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    Tara says:

    To me, running is life. Running is the best way to wake up in the morning, deal with a problem, or clear my mind. With a new pair of Mizuno shoes I would train for my first marathon (the Hudson Mohawk River Marathon – I’m currently on the waiting list!). I run for me and the energy to keep my optimistic personality ☺

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    Ashley smith says:

    I would run like crazy of course!! And probably hike in them too! and also take TONS of pics of my awesome new shoes with FLAT KITTY!

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    Ashley smith says:

    Oh yeah and I tweeted!!

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    Ali says:

    I run because it relaxes me and helps me think

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    lindsay says:

    my advice? Pray about it. You can run marathons anyday, look at you! hehe. No but really, if God wants this for you, HE will make a way. Just be patient. and please send me your muscles. HOLLY MOLLY! BUFF and SEXY!

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    I would train for another half marathon in them, I only wear Mizunos so I would be in heaven.

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    amanda daley says:

    well, Im training for my very first full marathon so a new pair of shoes could REALLY come in handy 🙂

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    amanda daley says:

    tweeted your post!

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    Emily says:

    I hope a pair of Mizunos would help improve my running. I’m definitely not a natural born runner. I’m slowly learning to enjoy running instead of dreading it.

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    I’m taking a little hiatus from running at the moment, but a new pair of Mizunos would be lovely for walking in 🙂

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    Robin L. says:

    I love running because it’s all about just you!

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    Charissa says:

    Ooh, I’m checking out that protein cookie dough recipe!

    And I’d love to win these shoes! I’m in a bad need of a new pair of shoes for gym and training!

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    Mollie says:

    Why do I run?!? Tough question to answer in just a few words, but here goes. I run because it makes me feel strong, confident, young, powerful, less stressed, free, and most of all ALIVE!!

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    Suzanne says:

    I would love to try a pair of Mizuno’s running shoes as I never have worn a pair of them before but I love to run!

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    Sherryrk says:

    I run because it is soul cleansing and is a total mental boost!

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    Jennifer Murphy says:

    Running is therapy. The endorphins have become a necessity to my emotional health as well as physical. I may be slow, but running makes me feel alive.

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    Tiffany says:

    With a brand new pair of Mizunos, I would use them to train and run my first marathon! I’ve been wanting to run a marathon, but haven’t had the guts. Running is what keeps me going and what keeps me sane. I run because it frees me.

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    Phebe says:

    My last brilliant run was this past Sunday. I’m marathon training, and after being sildelined by shin splints for 3 weeks I was finally back on my feet for a long run. I had to take it slow, but even at an easy pace I felt like I was flying. I am still on a high from that run! My mind, body and soul missed running more than I ever imagined, and now I appreciate even more how much running can do for a person.

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    Danielle says:

    I run to have a time where I can escape from the craziness of my life and just think. Like countless people have said, running can be the cheapest form of therapy.

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    nik says:

    Running is my respite, my refuge, my strength and my freedom. It’s where I find my courage and potential and thankfully, my serenity. 🙂

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    Emily says:

    Everyday I manage to fit in a run is brilliant! On too many days I wake up and instead of a morning run, convince myself I need to get into work an hour early (as if that extra hour will make the difference between success and failure). But when I run instead, the rest of the day is so much better, as I am sure everyone who reads this knows. I just need to keep reminding myself of that every morning, hopefully I’ll start to listen to myself more often 🙂 I have some 1/2 marathons and a triathlon coming up later this summer, I know some new kicks would help me hit the predawn pavement rather then the predawn lab work!

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    Emily says:

    I tweeted your post!

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    Whitney says:

    Wow! awesome giveaway!
    I run because it makes me feel awesome when I’m done — and I usually feel super powerful and awesome when I’m doing it (except when doing hill workouts. ugh. hills. 😉 )

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    I’m all about second chances – and Mizunos – these days. 🙂 Seriously! I haven’t own a pair of Mizunos in awhile but I got fitted for new shoes last week and Mizunos were the top recommendation. Sadly, I didn’t have the cash for them at the time…so winning a pair would be fantastic! 🙂

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    kalli says:

    I run because it clears my mind, creates a sense of accomplishment and peace, and makes me realize how lucky i am to be living and moving and feeling the pain 🙂

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    I love the outfit, too cute! I would definitely take those babies for a run if I got them! I’ve been running inside on the treadmill since it’s been so hot out, but I’ve been itching to get outside!

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    Jessica says:

    I would run my first full marathon (Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll in November) with a brand new pair of Mizunos!

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    Jessica says:

    I retweeted too!

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    Sara says:

    If I had the shoes, I would run happier 🙂 My advice–see if Vitalicious will sponsor your trip to San Fran! I think it would be an experience of a lifetime. Make some Flat Kitty t’s to purchase. I’d buy two.

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    Harold says:

    I run because I can and that I love how I feel when I am running 🙂 I tweeted 🙂

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    I am just starting in my running journey and know I would step it up if I had some real running shoes 🙂

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    Casey says:

    I run for so very many reasons. I run because I have two year old triplets. I run because it gives me energy. I run because it makes me happy. I run because it keeps me healthy. I run because it makes me think more clearly. I run because it makes me feel strong. Ultimately, I run because I can.

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    I run in my Mizunos because I can!! Would LOVE a new pair!!!!!!

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    Blakely says:

    I just started training for my second marathon (Marine Corps Marathon) and would love a new pair of Mizunos to carry me to the finish line! I run because I love it and can’t live without it. Running is like my own personal fix-all drug – it give me “me time” when I’m stressed, friend time when I run with others, and magically kicks any bad mood in the butt.

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    Blakely says:

    I also tweeted about this giveaway! @thehuskylife

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    Keekes says:

    I started running after watching the NYC Marathon. People of all shapes and sizes and ages were running 26.2 miles, so why couldn’t I? The next year, I volunteered at the finish line of the NYC marathon and gave out the foil wraps to keep the runners warm. Again, I saw that all kinds of people could accomplish the marathon so why couldn’t I? The next year, I signed up, trained and ran the NYC marathon. Oh yeah, and I cried as I crossed the finish line not from pain or exhaustion, but from the overwhelming feeling of accomplishing something great!

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    i just recently started running again and it amazes me how “free” i feel. there is just something so refreshing about a run. im gonna need me some new shoes!

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    i tweeted! @accidentlydlish!

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    I would ruuuuuun like the wind! (Ok, sorry nerd alert.) I’ve just gotten my running legs back after taking a 6-month running hiatus so I would love a new pair of Mizunos to kickstart my running!!

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    Claire says:

    I run because it makes me feel strong!

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    I run because it clears my head and makes me feel peaceful. I lovmizuno and it would be great to win!

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    Gerard D says:

    Running is what I do to keep in shape, to help me feel good as I get older.

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    Gerard D says:

    Just tweeted, too.

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    Sabrina says:

    I run, to feel the mind in my hair and the sun on my face! I run to OUTRUN the attack squirrels that patrol my favorite running route and I bet I’d run faster in MIzuno! (just sayting! 🙂 )

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    Jamie A. says:

    I never ever win anything so I’m leaving my comment only because I love your blog (I would of course run run run with new Mizunos).

    My husband would say I run because I am such a cranky/not fun/bad word when I don’t. My boys would say I run because they like having a mom who has enough energy to play with them on the playground. I would say I run because I can, I should, and I love the way it makes me feel!!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Jamie- My husband wold say the exact same thing. 🙂 LOL. Cheesy- but it totally just made my night that you left a comment even though you say you don’t win anything. I bet you’ll win the lottery or something someday. 🙂

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    Dona Carberry says:

    I run because it makes me feel like a warrior. I’m not fast, but I can keep going. Running has given me the confidence to know that my body will do what my brain tells it to do. Your giveaway is awesome and I can always use a new pair of running shoes! Thanks for your blog, I love it.

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    teabagginit says:

    i run because it’s my therapy, my release, my escape out of my internal thoughts and into the wider world. i run because i can and to deny that gift is to deny myself.

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    teabagginit says:

    i tweeted (@teabagginit)

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    Linda says:

    I run because I get that runners high and nothing compares to that great feeling of accomplishment. The new Mizunos would become my racing shoe and my times will get better and better!!

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    CRAusmus says:

    I’ve been logging 40 miles a week for the past couple of months and for some reason, either time or soreness, I can’t seem to get over the 40 mile hurdle. So hopefully with a new pair of Mizuno’s I could finally eclipse that 40 mile a week mark.

    Running is that part of the day I don’t have to be in a hurry to get somewhere. I settle into my stride, let the sunshine and the music wash over me, all while looking out for cars and other traffic, and coast through my loop. Then the craziness starts as I prepare for the rest of my day in which everything has to be done by a certain time.

    I run, because I can’t fly. Although if I could fly, I’d probably still run.

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    andrea says:

    I run to clear my head and reduce stress a lot of times. I would use a new pair of mizunos to continue my marathon training. 66 days away! Can’t wait! Good luck in deciding whether to go or stay. That is a hard one for sure.

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    Christine says:

    I run for my sanity! I have two little boys(2.5 & 1) so running give me alone peaceful time to sort my thoughts! Plus I love pushing myself faster/longer!

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    I run because it gives me time to think and enjoy music. And I’ve weirdly never owned a pair of
    Mizunos. What planet am I from?!

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    And I tweeted! @yomommaruns

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    Meagan says:

    I would use my new running shoes to kick off my final year at college! Woo!

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    Meagan says:

    Tweeted! @vivalameaganx3

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    Stacey says:

    I am at a total crossroads with running shoes! I am recently coming back from an injury after running Boston and my choice of shoes has changed! I purchased a pair about 1 month and half ago but now they make my feet unhappy! So I could definitely use a new pair!!!

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    Stacey says:

    I’m tweeting now!!

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    Stephanie J. says:

    I run because I can! This is what I think to myself every time I run. I appreciate what my body can do and I would love a pair of shoes so that I could finally rotate my shoes like you “are supposed” to do. I can never afford to buy 2 pairs at once!

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    Running is a huge part of my life, and the feeling of finishing a run/race can’t be beat!

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    Alex says:

    I run because it is the BEST stress reliever that I can think of! It makes me feel alive and free!! I truly think that being able to run is a gift because so many people cant for physical reasons. I am blessed to have two strong legs to carry me through my runs! I have heard so many great things about Mizunos that I think I am going to suck it up and go buy some if I dont win this giveaway! :):)

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    Erica Marlin says:

    Like many other mamas have said I run for clarity, sanity and inner peace. Running gives me that special time I need to not think about diapers, nursing, schoolwork, making dinner, laundry or any of my daily actions for everybody else. It’s me time, and when I get that I am a much better wife/mother/friend/human being!

    P.S thank you for all your inspiration to get out there and hit the pavement (or treadmill)! Somedays it’s tough but i see what you accomplish and it reminds me what I am capable of too.

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    Catey says:

    I run because I love how it makes me feel! The long slow easy runs that let me think clearly and relax, the short fast runs that push me to that good hurt…all of it makes me a better person.

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    Jennifer Mykytiuj says:

    Do the marathon! Drive up or take the train?? Also I run because I am addicted to it! Love that I can run and feel great doing it!

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    Kelly R. says:

    I run because it’s just me and the road/track/treadmill. There are no obligations when I’m running. You have time to think, to plan, to make decisions, or just to clear your mind and not do any of that. You can do it rain or shine, hot or cold, inside or outside, and no matter how you feel before you run, you always feel better afterward. I think that running makes me kinder, more conscientious, and overall a better person.

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    angela says:

    I use to hate running! Then i did my first 5k & got hooked! I saw how i could push myself in a way i had never done before. And now, 5 yrs later, i’m still running & challenging myself. I love how fulfilling it is and i’m so thankful that i can do it! At my races, i hear my friends yelling “run, Forrest, run!” Heehee 🙂

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    I am in desperate need of a new pair of tennis shoes!!! i love to run because it relaxes me and i am able to clear my mind. not to mention it gives me crazy endorphins!!!!!

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    Jeffrey says:

    With a brand new pair of Mizuno shoes I would continue to marathon train to prepare myself for this fall. I run because I like the way I feel before, during and after. Running, in particular marathon training, to me is a challenge of the mind and body.

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    Wendi says:

    A new pair of Misunos? I would run in the rain!! I would run all summer long! In Sept. I’d run the colormerad race. In Oct, I’d do a zombie run. I would stay healthy and fit! I would make my heart stronger.

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    Wendi says:

    Just tweeted 😉

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    Amy C. says:

    Running to me is a way to let go of what the world throws at me. It’s “me” time and a chance to really relax….although I know that sounds weird! I love my Mizunos and all the freeing runs they have taken me on! 🙂

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    Janet says:

    I would <3 a new pair of Mizuno's to run my first 1/2 Marathon in October! It's never too late to try something new- at 47 years old!!! Come on and give the old lady a chance! Love & blessings to you and the boys!

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    Tiffany says:

    Just tweeted @ you! What’s with you and roasting all kinds of veggies???
    I suck at it!

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    I’m coming back to running soon after taking a break to work on some health issues. I would love these shoes to get started!

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    Jen Ressler says:

    I run because it is my time. Time to think, reflect or just be.

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    Jessica Drake says:

    To win the mizuno running shoes would mean no more swollen ankles and blisters from other running shoes for me!!

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    Jessica Drake says:

    I also tweeted! 😉

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    Valerie says:

    I love your new outfit! I never even heard of Lorna Jane, but I’ll definitely go check her out.
    I run because it travels well. All you need is a good pair of (Mizuno) running shoes and some open space and you’ve got a workout.

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    Valerie says:

    I also tweeted 🙂

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    Kristin says:

    Im in a bit of running rut because of foot and IT band pain. I want these shoes to Jumpstart my training so I can run a respectable time marathon in the fall.

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    Kristin says:

    I tweeted

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    Carly says:

    I can’t believe you are holding a second giveaway! That’s so exciting(: I run because it fuels me. It makes me feel refreshed and powerful and I love the feeling of crossing the finish line with the crowd cheering (okay maybe only at the races) and filling up with some food haha.

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    Carly says:

    And of course I tweeted too(: (because you know I really want to win hah)

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    Beth says:

    I run for my ‘me’ time – and for the feeling you get after pushing yourself 🙂

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    Beth says:

    Tweeted! (@bethad5)

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    i run because it gives me SUCH a sense of accomplishment when i’m done!

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    jennifer says:

    Running is my therapy….it helps me keep my sanity!

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    Sherry A says:

    I run to clear my head and feel better. If I won I’d use them to train for my first marathon.

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    debbie says:

    I could seriously use those while training for my Chicago Marathon in October.
    Would be a perfect time to wear in new shoes. Please, Please, Please pick me.
    I run to be a kind person & feel great.
    Usually works.
    Also, so I can eat loads of peanut butter or pb2, love the stuff.

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    Denise says:

    Do I dare write a post for something I USED to do competitively? Run. Ouch. But I loved it. Bad knees, tough feet, boobs really get in the way and oh yeah…I have gained some weight. So my Brilliant run MIGHT be inspired if I win these shoes! I did look at the website and liked the way they help you design the best fit for you and I bet they would feel fabulous on my feet…when I finally get to walk….then walk and jog….then jog….and perhaps sprint a bit! You are my inspiration Kristin and I do appreciate all that you do! Even for a wanabe runner like me!

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    Melissa K says:

    I run to clear my head and get away from daily stresses for 30 mins+. If I need a quick calorie burn here at home, I hop on the treadmill and catch up on some DVR’d shows:) Nothing beats a good ol’ sprint interval workout!!!

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    Suzanne says:

    I run to be a better mom. It gives me the “me time” so that I”m focused and fresh as a parent and all the demands that go with it. It keeps me healthy and sets that example for my kids.

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    Lindsey says:

    I run because I love how it clears my mind while I’m doing it. It’s not always easy to lace up and get out there, but once I get started… brilliant. And I love the strength I feel when I’m done.

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    Amanda L. says:

    What would I do with a new pair of Mizuno shoes . . . use them to help me train for my first half marathon in the spring! I am new runner who is excited for this journey of running my first half!

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    J.T. says:

    I just finished my last season of running competitively for my school. After four years, I’m at a cross-roads: Where do I go next? Half-marathons? Get my mile time down? Keep going with the 5ks and 10ks? I don’t have the answer yet.
    I do know that I’m going to keep running. It keeps my mind (and my arteries!) clear. I am so incredibly thankful for the fact that I *can* run right now: after eight months of injuries (albeit minor), four months of unhindered running has been a breath of fresh air.
    It’s funny, though. Through those injuries, one of the things I noticed was the importance of my peers. Before, I ran for myself. But after I’d been injured for the entirety of a season, and my team was counting on me to “show up” for the championship race, I had to look beyond myself to “find the run” in me–in us. That is why I run.
    PS: I’m a poor college student, and I need new shoes 🙂

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    Zach says:

    I run as part of my New Years Resolution. I commited myself to running at least two miles a day, everyday for an entire year. I was barely able to run that first two miles on New Years Day but I stuck with it. I’ve been up every morning and now I’m running between 4-5 miles every day on the week days and between 8-13 a day on the weekends. I’ve actually become competitive in races. I finished in the top five percent of the last race that I ran (over 18,000 people). I’m running my first half marathon next weekend and will get a marathon under my belt soon enough. Running is now how I clear my head and I actually enjoy waking up and heading out every morning!

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    Zach says:

    I just tweeted about this as well!

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    Doni says:

    As our Relay team name implies — for me running is Cheaper than Therapy. It’s a chance to catch up with my BFF. To step away from “real life” for a moment. To stay healthy. Been a Brooks wearer for most of my running days. Would love to try some Mizunos to see what I’ve been missing out on. 🙂

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    Jess says:

    Im not a very good runner, but I’m training for my first 1/2 marathon and so I’d loveeee to win a pair of these sneakers to help motivate me to finish strong!

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    Jess says:

    I tweeted @TwotriJess!

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    Sarah says:

    I would run!!! Y current goes are worn out and right now can’t afford a new pair. I am falling in love with running. It’s my relief from te day, it’s the thing I look forward to during worn as a time all to myself. It’s where I can push myself for improvement always. Running is becoming part of my life and I am constantly thankful for those runs. I’m trying to train right now for races in te fall and would love a new pair to get me there. Hoping to do my first 10k ever by the end of the year

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    Chris Athey says:

    What would I do with a new pair of mizunos? Why replace my old beat up asics of course!

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    Cellabella says:

    With a new pair of Mizuna’s I’d start working on my tempo runs!

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    Melanie says:

    I would love, love, love to win these! I am 10lbs into my 100lb weight loss journey. I have started C25K as part of my weight loss journey. I am a slow jogger, concentrating on building endurance. I love the alone time to clear my head. I am currently a treadmill runner but plan to take it to the streets very soon. My husband & I will be running our first 5K in the fall for my birthday! These shoes would be a great birthday gift!

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    brieanna says:

    Working out keeps me sane! It totally changes my attitude for the day and puts me in the best possible mood! I’m about to do a biggest loser type competition and would definitely put my new Mizunas to good use! I’ve been trying to run more outside and a new pair of shoes might just help motivate me 🙂

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    Melanie says:

    I also tweeted it! (@savoygetsfit)

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    Lauryn V says:

    Running is ‘me’ time and helps keep me sane!

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    Erica G says:

    I would run more brilliant every day!

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    Katy W says:

    I run for me and to teach my kids how important it is to make yourself important. My four year old is so into it, that she tells me flat out to get on my treadmill if I try to skip a nap time date with the treadmill. How cool is it that I can count on her to hold me accountable?

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    Suze says:

    Well, if I had a brand new pair of Mizuno shoes, I would be stoked to replace my sad, worn out current pair of shoes as I kick up the gear on my training for the Women’s Half Marathon I’m running in late September! I run for the exercise, the space to be alone with my thoughts, and the way it makes me feel both during and after. 🙂

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    Suze says:

    I tweeted (@lasuze)!

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    Daisy says:

    I am in need of a #brillantrun!!! Kind of in a slump…:(

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    I run because I feel better from it and meet amazing people along the way. I would use a new pair of shoes to replace one of my other pairs of Mizunos during marathon training. Need a new pair of Elixirs.

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    Bebe says:

    Those sweet sneaks would help me get back into running!

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    Christina says:

    I run because it makes me okay with me. Its the only time when everything else in my world, good and bad, fades away and it’s just peaceful. It’s a feeling no other exercise or substance had ever given me and I am in love with it and with how my body feels when I run 🙂

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    Libby says:

    I run because it makes me feel strong! I can clear my mind, listen to my music and think about nothing but running!

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    Jessica says:

    Mezamashii is what is helping me get through my 4 weeks of not running. It’s that feeling that you get when your connecting with the world arou d you as you run. Your legs flying forward the rhythm you feel as your feet strike the ground it’s the elation when you finish better than expected. Because of recent surgery I am doctor ordered not the run right now but a new pair of mizunos would be a great way to help me to look forward to that next run that’s only 12 days away…but whose counting?

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    Carolyn says:

    Man oh man another giveaway! You are like the Santa Claus of running lately (not that I am complaining). I could SOOOO use a pair of new running shoes. I usually have to buy my running shoes on discount or sale and only get one pair every 6 months. I know I need to replace them more often as I run quite a bit but we just can’t afford it right now. With me home with my 3 little boys and my hubby working hard to support us most of the money goes towards the kidlings. Anywho, I hope I win cuz I will be running running running (while pushing my 3 kidlings no less:)).

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    Sue says:

    I run because it’s my chance to clear my mind!

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    I think it’s too late to enter but what the heck. I run for my family. I was never athletic growing up and definitely not into running. When the doctor ordered diet and exercise late last year I started dabbling a little on the treadmill. Not too long after I bought my mizuno wave mushas and that was the end of it, or the beginning I guess. Now, since March, I’ve got over 300 miles on those shoes, my kids are really starting to like running and I would love a new pair of Mizunos to use in my first marathon this November.

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    I don’t even know if it’s allowed, but I’d love to win my mama some mizunos. Poor dear runs in weird cheapies that can’t be good for your feet! I’d love to give her an awesome gift! Her bday is the 16th of August and she’ll be 48. 🙂

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    Candice says:

    I love to run because it is part of who I am and it makes any day a good day after a hard run.


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