Find Your Mezamashii- Another Giveaway

 

Holy cow friends. It’s October. That’s just not okay. Might I add that it was also about 100 degrees here in San Diego yesterday. That’s just not okay either.

I still can’t believe I have the Nike Women’s Marathon in less than two weeks and then the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival the following week. Yikes. To say I’m a little nervous and anxious is a bit of an understatement.

Although I haven’t quite been training as long or as hard as I should, I do have a little jump start on getting my fill of carbs before the big races.

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Ha ha.

The ultimate pear breakfast salad with an apple instead of a pear and some chia seeds sprinkled on it. Oh yeah, and that darn Trader Joe’s bread (the whole wheat pain pascal from the other day) with different nut butter combinations on each piece.

Nice.

I also used my nerves to create another cookie last night which is a mix of the calm me down low carb cookie and the no grain microwave cookie.

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Oh yeah, can’t wait to share that little sucker. I feel a big photo dump food post on the way friends with so many things I’ve been teasing about, including that protein coconut cookie dough crumble.

Not today.

This post is about running and giving you some invitations.

Oh, which reminds me, if you’re on the east coast, I really think you should come to the Runner’s World Festival. There’s a 5K, 10K and a half marathon. All the information is here and if you use BLOGGER37 when you register you can get 10% off any or all of the races. Go ahead, register here. Then we can hang out in our cool shoes!

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Wait.

Shoes.

The only shoes I will ever run in.

The shoes that I’m convinced changed my life and my running years ago. 

The shoes that have brought me so much joy, logged hundreds of miles, led me to many brilliant runs, have given me the gift of experiencing Mezamashii and will hopefully lead me to amazing things in the future.

Mizuno running shoes.

 

I’ve professed my love for Mizunos many times, especially in my original Mizuno Mezamashii project giveaway post.

 

At the moment I have three pairs I switch up using depending on what kind of running I’m doing.

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My Elixirs are my racing shoes.

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They got me a PR at the San Francisco Marathon a couple of months ago.

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Most recently they got me 3rd place in my age group at the AFC Half Marathon.

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My Inspires are my little secret weapon that are usually stuffed in my gym bag. I like them because they are lighter than the Nirvanas, yet still really comfortable and give me just the right amount of support.

Last night I even put them in my gym bag in case I felt “inspired” to get on the treadmill for a bit before I left the gym.

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Wouldn’t you know, I was super tired, but these little guys were giving me a guilt trip filling up my bag like that so I slipped them on for a few treadmill miles.

*Tip- If you put your shoes in your bag or on your feet, you’re half way there. It’s not easy walking back to your car with unworn shoes staring at you or wearing these running shoes and not really going anywhere in them.

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My Nirvanas log the most miles. Whether it’s pushing the stroller, going on long training runs, or just living up my priorities with my boys, they accompany me pretty much anywhere and everywhere.

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I keep an old pair of these in my car at all times just in case we get the opportunity to explore or I get a few extra minutes to fit in a run somewhere new.

Aside from my long run last Friday after my visit with my best friend Bob (which I still need to recap), my Nirvanas took the boys and I on a seriously long adventure the other weekend.

We set out to complete 20 miles throughout the day. We only got to a little over 18, but we had a heck of a time together.

The first 8.5 were with the stroller.

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We ran from the gym (best idea ever) so then I got a few more miles (8 or so) on the treadmill while the boys got to play at play care.

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I changed my shoes of course. Then I had to change back to continue our adventure outside.

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We made one refueling Starbucks stop along the way to our next destination.

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Oh yes, my favorite Starbucks drink was a must.

The we found ourselves downtown San Diego for some new scenery.

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We cut our run a little short because we didn’t want to miss our chance to take the ferry.

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It was so worth it. It was one amazing day.

That’s the thing I really love about running.

It can be done anytime, anywhere and with anyone. It’s even free. That just might be STUFT Daddy’s favorite part about my love for running.

Well that, or the fact that I shared the Mizuno love with him and he got his own pair of Wave Riders.

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He he.

Speaking of new shoes, I was recently sent a pair of the newly released color of the Women’s Wave Nirvana 8 shoes.

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How beautiful are these?

To be honest they are still in the box. I’m always a little scared to take new shoes on the first run. I don’t want to get them dirty. Ha ha. Usually when I’m extra hesitant I step in a big pile of doggie doody or something. That’s how my life works friends.

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Okay, time to really share the Mizuno love with you all.

I’m going to get a little sappy with you first.

 

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been struggling a lot lately trying to find that balance in life in between my training for races, teaching classes, business stuff and being a mom who is in the moment. Finding that balance is why I started this blog in the first place.

This month, October, is the month.

It’s the month to take my Mizunos to some big events (whether I’m as prepared as I should be or not), it’s the month to tackle life head on and get my act together and my priorities straight. It’s the month to give YOU the opportunity to join the amazing Mezamashii running project.

 

I am more than honored to be one of the founding members of The Mezamashii Running Project. It is one heck of an amazing project that Mizuno has launched and I want you to be a part of it with me.

 

Find your Mezamashii.

 

I have to say, I know if you’re not a distance runner the whole running for 20 miles thing sounds crazy. I used to think the same thing. Somewhere along the way in the past few years things changed for me. I realized that God has given me this gift. I run because I can. I run because I love it. I run because I think someday I may have a little potential to actually get more competitive with my times. Gosh darn it I’m not going to give up until I win that money STUFT Daddy keeps asking to see. (He told me he wanted to melt my one and only trophy I won to see it it was worth anything. Ha.)

There are few thing in life that when I’m doing them I feel like I’m doing exactly what I should be doing. I’m always rethinking things, feeling guilty about something, wondering what choice I should make, etc.

Running for me is different.

Running is my therapy.

When I run I have this overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and feel like I’m doing exactly what I’m meant to be doing.

Who the heck knows where it will take me or how much longer my body will let me do it, but I’m going to keep running my heart out while I can.

 

I think everyone has that “thing” in life that gives them the same feeling. It might not be running, it might be something totally different, but when you find it, it’s amazing.

But……I also think anyone can become a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you go, but that brilliant run is out there.

Running might not be your thing just yet, but unless you try it or you try these amazing shoes, you may never know what’s in store for you.

Who knows, you might fall in love or find a new passion. Right Sarena?

There are so many opportunities out there and you are capable of so much more than you think. Sometimes you just need the right shoes to discover it.

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Here’s your chance.

I have 10 more invites to give away to you to join me in the Mezamashii Run Project.

 

All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment here either telling me one of the following:

– your favorite thing about running

– what inspires you

– what else in life gives you that Mezamashii experience

 

You can tweet the following for an additional entry.

Join @stuftmama on the quest to find #mezamashii. Win an invite and a pair of @mizunorunning shoes for that #brilliantrun that’s awaits. http://ow.ly/e9XTc

 

Feel free to “like” our amazing Mizuno friends on Facebook also.

Mizuno Running Facebook page

 

Giveaway will be open until 11 pm Thursday, October 4th. The 10 winners will be announced Friday morning. *Open to US residents only.

 

Mizuno USA compensated me for this campaign. All opinions and my obsession with Mizuno shoes are my own.

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    I love so many things about running, but probably most importantly, that it’s my time. It’s my time to clear my head, honor my body, and just run. However fast or slow I want to.
    (also tweeted) 🙂

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    Alisha Trapp says:

    Running makes me feel strong, powerful, accomplished. I also feel this way after a tough weight lifting workout. I used to hate running! Like I would rather punch myself in the face than run! But now I appreciate the fact that I can run, for as long as I want, and I am proud that I pushed through and found joy from something I initially disliked.

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    Love the scenery. And seriously, how is it October???? Runny is most definitely my therapy. I think it’s when I feel most alive.

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    My favorite thing about running is the extreme sense of accomplishment I feel when I have completed a long run. There is nothing like being outside running and thinking to myself, “a few months ago I couldn’t run 3 miles without feeling like I wanted to die and now I’m on a 12 mile training run and feeling amazing.” There is NOTHING better!

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    Running is an outlet for me. A refreshing, energizing, pick me up! When I’m feeling bloated, tired, worthless, “fat”, frustrated a run usually does the trick and by then end I’ve got a smile on my face :).
    I love being productive, especially killing two birds with one stone. Running does that for me!

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    Melissa says:

    Well, this post just inspired me! I’m training for my first full marathon, and honestly, I’m feeling a little lost–like I suddenly don’t love running any more and I don’t know why. You reminded me that running is just for me. It’s the only time in my day where I get to do exactly what I want, when I want, how I want. With the crazy lives we all lead, it’s so important to have that. Why would I ever want to give that up?

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Melissa- I think we all go through time like that. I know I’ve been there too, especially after races. Hope you ind your happy place again. 🙂 It’ll come back.

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    Oh, what doesn’t running do for me? It’s my therapy, my alone time to gather my thoughts, my time to chat with running buddies about everything and anything, my time to take in this beautiful Earth….I could go on and on.

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    Christine says:

    My favorite thing about running is pushing my body further and harder then I ever thought possible, 6 months ago i thought running 3 miles was insane and now I am going to run my second official (4th overall) half marathon in two weeks! I love love love running, its my therapy and it makes me a better mom!

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    Kristen I just bought my first pair of Mizuno’s this weekend after joining the #mezamashii project and I am in love. I run because everyone always told me I can’t! I was too heavy to run! After losing 140 lbs I now run because I CAN! I’m not fast, but I am consistent and my greatest accomplishment was finishing my first half marathon. I won’t stop now , and thank you for inspiring all of us!

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    I love running because it reminds me of how far I’ve come and how strong I really am. Every time I run (whether a race or just a few miles around the neighborhood) I feel unstoppable. Even the “bad” runs are amazing.

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    I also tweeted. Couldn’t get it to fit exactly b/c of the character limit, so I tweaked it just a little. 🙂 https://twitter.com/Fight4Wellness/status/253175115284615168

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    Christine says:

    I tweeted too!

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    Tara says:

    I enjoy the time alone with my thoughts and that I’m setting a good example for my children.

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    Tara says:

    I tweeted the link!

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    Emily Drew says:

    Running allows me to recharge my batteries and do what I need to do to make it through my crazy life. Some days, I crave solo runs so that I can clear my head, work through my problems, plan my schedule for the day/week/month, etc. Some days, I need the companionship of a training partner to be there to encourage me through hard workouts and mostly just provide the friendship that we all need sometimes.

    Recently, I’ve started pacing friends in local races as I prep for a marathon and that’s been an amazing experience. Just being out on the course and pushing them to their goals can honestly fulfill me more than running the race myself. I remember what it was like when I started and to be able to pay forward the support, advice and encouragement I received is all part of being a true runner.

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    Tammi says:

    I love the way I feel while running and the second I am done. That sense of accomplishment, and empowerment. It gives me a chance to clear my head, a bit of alone time, and to enjoy the simple things in life.

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    Mollie says:

    I love how running makes me feel, both mentally and physically. I feel proud, strong, powerful, centered, disciplined, and too many other positive emotions to mention!!

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    Rhonda says:

    I love that running allows my mind to wander. I’m usually very focused, very driven. Running gives me time to just breathe.

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    Beverly Swanson says:

    Running makes me calm,makes me sweat and feel good.my family inspires me to get fit and healthy. 🙂

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    My favorite thing about running is that I CAN. When I was little I was told I would walk with a limp and never run. This summer I completed the NYC Triathlon and even though it wasn’t the speediest of runs, those six miles meant the world to me – it really was my most brilliant run. Next year, I am planning on doing a IronMan 70.3 – so really I need to get cracking on upping my run distances!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Maggie- you are awesome!!! I was told I’d never be able to really run before too (back problems, hip problems). Isn’t it crazy how life works sometimes? Good luck with your Ironman training. 🙂

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    Anna says:

    For the longest time, I said that I was not a runner. Like I would run a block and then give up. While on vacation awhile ago, having no gym forced me to run. I learned that I could run farther and faster than I thought, I just had to push myself mentally telling myself that I was doing great. It really made me realize that running is more about the mental aspect.
    Now on weekdays, I go for a run after work. I stare at a computer for eight hours so its my time to regroup after a long day. I just set out and enjoy my town. I unwind, enjoy the scenery and notice all of the things that I miss when I’m speeding along in my car. It’s me time and it’s fantastic.

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    Cassie B says:

    My favorite thing about running is feeling strong. I don’t run fast, but the feeling that I get during/after my run is amazing. I feel so strong and amazed that I am ABLE to run. I’m a bigger girl, trying to get in shape. I know people doubt my running ability, my friends, my family, but to be able to see what my body is capable of doing is simply amazing.

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    Jessica Jones says:

    My favorite thing about running is that I’m actually good at doing it:) I was never super book smart I got by in school but running was something I was always proud of myself in. I love the fact that I’m out there doing something I love, something great for my health, and it’s a great way for me to think about my goals in life. It’s the one thing when I begin to loose hope in my dreams that gets me to snap out of it , and realize I can accomplish my goals it just might take time. So overall running is my free therapist and I love it:). Hope I win!!

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    Cassie B says:

    I also tweeted about the giveaway (@CEB82)

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    stephanie says:

    When I run, I feel like all the ideas, thoughts and problems that are tumbling around in my head find homes. Running gives me peace of mind.

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    Maggie says:

    My favorite thing about running is how it s an awesome way to distress and just get lost in your thoughts.

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    Lizzie says:

    i love the natural high i get after finishing a run…especially when its a distance i’ve never done or a challenging course. i love the feeling of satisfaction i get from telling myself i can do it and then actually doing it. i love how i feel totally cleansed and re-energized while being covered in sweat and totally disgusting looking. and i love getting to eat a lot after a really long run. basically i love everything about running.

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    I love running because it makes me feel free and inspired. It has given me an opportunity to meet some of the most fun and motivated people I’ve ever met!!

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    And I tweeted about it! @NeonRunnerKat

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    Becca says:

    I agree with everyone else so far – I think the feeling of accomplishment when I finish a run I didn’t know was possible!

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    BrittneyT says:

    I love running as its my me time. With two kids and a husband that’s gone with th military my running is what keeps me sane.

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    Hannah says:

    Running has come to mean so much to me but out of all the wonderful benefits and side effects of running, the one that means the most to me is the escape. Running allows me to escape into my own world and focus on one thing- me. Sounds self-centered, but in this day and age, we all need to be a little more focused on our physical and emotional health and running helps me accomplish that!

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    Jeffrey says:

    My favorite thing about running is it make me a happy person and a happy father to my six kids who in turn are inspired to run with me because it is something Daddy does to work out problems and stress. I love how no matter how tired I am after a run it clears my head and I am able to give the focus each one of my kids deserves and requires. A side note running is a free activity that is such an awesome thing when you have six kids. 😉

    What inspires me is the fact that my wife and kids always cheer me on when I am running through our neighborhood or at an actual race. That makes me run harder and faster because I am no longer running for myself but for my family.

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    In honor of my late mother’s battle with colon cancer, I’m running 12 half marathons in 12 months (my 3rd race is Sunday!) as my way of giving back to the VCU Massey Cancer Center. My goal is to raise $10,000 for research on Massey’s behalf.

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    Hannah says:

    …and I tweeted! 🙂

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    Suzanne says:

    I love how running makes me feel (mainly after)-powerful and strong!

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    Suzanne says:

    I also retweeeted (@SuziSchin)

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    Emily says:

    My favorite thing about running is the release it gives me from a hectic day. I’m definitely not a distance runner, but am trying to improve!

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    Emily says:

    I tweeted your giveaway! Thanks!

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    Beth Petrassi says:

    You know you are speaking to me with the words regarding struggling to love running. I have glimpses of the passion, but they are fleeting. Sometimes on a run I feel really positive, but more often I feel like “I can’t wait till I am done”. The glimpses keep me going though, because I didn’t have that before – it is an improvement to the past hating the idea of moving off the couch. Inspiration comes from you and others who are able to be vulnerable enough to share their struggles and triumphs and give us in the early stages of the process hope for better runs. Still waiting for my Mezamashii moment during a run, but maybe with some new Mizunos I will attain that goal:)
    Thanks for always inspiring!!

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    Kylie Fouts says:

    I love that running gives me a goal to reach for, and I love the feeling I get when I achieve that goal! Running makes me feel strong.

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    Katie Lee says:

    I am just finding my love for running. My friend and I signed up for our first half marathon in January!! I am so excited but the 13.1 miles definitely seems a little daunting. We signed up for the marathon because we both wanted to get back into shape- we were both using the busy college student excuse for not exercising. But as I’ve been training I am finding so many more reasons why I love it! I love the runners high I get and it’s such a great stress reliever!:) I go to sleep so excited knowing I get to run the next morning, it’s the best way to start the day:) something else that gives me that mezamashii experience is (as weird as this sounds) is spending time with my family! When I a super busy nothing is better than playing with my niece, cooking with my parents or shopping with my mom!:)

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    Jen Ressler says:

    I love running because it completes me.

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    Stephanie says:

    Running has put me in touch with a lot of really cool men and women that I’d never have met otherwise. So in addition to keeping me sane and fit, it helps keep me social!

    Not too much else is as rewarding as pushing myself. But I do have a part time job helping people make healthy lifestyle changes, and that’s pretty awesome, too. It also has helped me meet a great group of people that I’d be lost without!

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    I’m not the biggest fan of running but I do love sprinting! It makes me feel powerful and strong. My inspiration for working out is being strong. I just want to be able to feel and look strong and healthy, no matter what!

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    Miki says:

    My favorite thing about running is the relaxation it brings you. I can be having one of the most stressful days and the minute I lace of my shoes, put the music in my ears, and my feet hit the pavement, my worries for that day are taken away. Running makes me realize that life is much to short to stress about the small things. Running is my little friend that helps me get through this hectic of a world we call life.

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    Marcia says:

    Running gives me peace of mind. Let’s me think outside the box. Oh, and then I think of “what am I going to wear today”, “what will I pack for lunch”, etc.

    Marcia. :o)

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    Kathy says:

    I don’t have the body (or hip) to run half marathons or full marathons. However, I can run 5-6 miles at a time and feel completely taken away for the moment….free, happy, energetic, and brilliant!

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    My favorite thing about running is how it challenges me to push my limits… and not just with running… when I first ran 7 miles, I felt amazing. Then I wondered if I could do that – what else could I do? I can blog. I can sew. I can create. I push myself in every area thanks to the confidence that running has given me.

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    Jessica Drake says:

    I would love to win these! My birthday is this month and it’d be great to get some new shoes for my bday!

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    Jessica Drake says:

    I also tweeted!

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    Maria says:

    I can’t say why I love running because I LOVE the IDEA of running! I do sprints and a mile here or there, but to be honest, running is sort of my nemisis.(SP?) I have always been jealous of the people who could run long distances. I want to be able to do it, but the whole time I run, I am thinking of when is this going to be over, not anything else. Maybe these shoes will motivate me to get out there and conquer my enemy! THANKS!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Maria- I used to feel the same way. Seriously, 8 years ago I hated it and just looked at those runners and wondered how they could make it look easy and like it so much. I have no doubt you can conquer your enemy if you really want to. 🙂

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    Christine says:

    Like you said..running is therapy. I use it as my coping mechanism. No matter how stressed, worried, or sad I am feeling after a run I feel better! Running is the only time I have to be free with my thoughts and let my mind wander….I LOVE it!

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    Tom says:

    I love running because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. I also love that in the time I’m running I can clear my head and its just me and the road.

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    Christine says:

    tweeted

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    What I love about running is if I’m having a bad morning it always clears my mind and I ALWAYS come home in a better mood. It’s so relaxing.

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    Amanda N says:

    Clearly Mizuno really loves you back if they gave you 10 more invites to give away! So wonderful that you’re sharing the love with us 🙂

    What I love about running is that you can really make it your own. It’s different for everyone. It can be an individual sport or a team sport. You can run for competition or run for fun. You can make your muscles hurt and run hard or take the scenic route and run slow. It can be your workout, your therapy, your escape, etc. It all comes back to be yours and making it your own. That’s what I love about running!

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    Stephanie says:

    O where to start! Running is my therapy; I prove to myself that I am stronger that I think and experienced that during my first marathon–boston qualified, and I will be running in Boston as well. I was NEVER a runner, or even someone into fitness, I used to write myself notes to get out of PE when I was in ELEMENTARY SCHOOL- how pathetic is that?! I took cross training in HS so I wouldn’t have to run, and I could barely pull off 9 min mile in HS. My marathon av mile was 8 min/mile…In college I hit a major slump and became very depressed my freshman year then struggled with an eating disorder/anorexia/working out (cardio obsession)…anyways long story short i am doing pretty darn good now. Healthy, running, swimming, and I prove to myself everyday that I am stronger than I could have ever imagined.
    So what inspires me? My own person drive to live up to my goals, be a great role models to my younger sisters (15 years older than them), and live a balanced life.
    What else gives me that mez high?! My horses, rodeo, riding, barrel racing! All my true loves!! Your inspirational stuftmama!!

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    Caitlin says:

    I love running because every run if new and different and challenges me. I fell in love with fitness my sophomore year of college via my bf ( now husband). He would go running and go workout and go to crossfit. I couldn’t keep up. I was not in shape but over the course of a couple years I realized what running has taught me. I has taught me commitment, dedication, and given me strength and focus. I now run every other day and I love it. Each run is different. I maybe sore, tired, not motivated, busy with life..but fitness and running is has become my “me” time.

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    hensley says:

    Im inspired by my mama! I love to run because you can do it anywhere, and it serves as so many functions- a form of exercise, a release, a measurement of success… although I admit spinning is a close second 🙂

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    Rachel says:

    I love to run because it’s my therapy. When I’m happy I can run. When I’m frustrated, running helps calm me. When I’m upset, I can usually get over it by the end of a run. It’s my go-to method for dealing with my emotions.

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    Lindsay says:

    So excited for the opportunity to win some Mizunos! After reading your glowing description, I think I need to try a pair ASAP!

    What I love about running is that it makes me feel strong and accomplished. When I finish a tough run, I feel like I can do anything! There is no better feeling.

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    Blakely says:

    My favorite thing about running is the ability to forget. While you are on the road all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other. Whether I am running 5 miles or 20 miles, for that time I don’t have to worry about anything else that is going on in my life.

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    I love running because it makes me feel like an athlete; and then I become one!
    Nature, haikus, documentaries like Half the Sky and my family inspires me.
    Writing and volunteering also give me the Mezamashii experience.

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    Blakely says:

    I also tweeted about the giveaway.

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    Cross Country says:

    I love running!! It has been my passion for the past five years. Not only to push yourself to score points for my school, put to push myself to keep improving. I’m on my 3rd pair of Mizuno’s this season only!! My feet keep growing. lol My favorite are the Wave Rider 15. The price is killing my parents, but they know the importance of excellent shoes.

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    Jamie A. says:

    I think most “mother runners” out there would agree that is the only time of day that is truly your “me” time. It is where you can do so many of the things your body and mind need to to be the person you want to be. I also do it because I can!!

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    What inspires me is my blog friend Alex. She runs 55-65 miles a week and I can’t help but be in awe.

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    Angie says:

    I love running for several reasons. First it was the only type of exercise I ever noticed that changed my body. To be able to run all you have to do is go out your front door. No gym memberships, fancy equipment etc. Running is good for my body physically and mentally. I can clear my head, think, and take in the beauty of the outside. Running gives me time to enjoy peace and music! And running gives me a break from the dirty house and being a mommy. It makes me a better mom!

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    Abby says:

    I love to run for many different reasons, but the main one is that it is my “me” time. It is my therapy. I love that it is easy to do anywhere, anytime, any place.

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    Elizabeth G. says:

    I, like everyone else, love running for so many different reasons. But I think mostly because it makes me feel strong. I feel like I can accomplish anything when I get back from a run. And it is also my time to clear my head or work out any problems without all of the other “noise” of life.

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    Laurel C says:

    I love running for the freedom it gives me. It makes me feel strong, powerful, and have peace of mind. It is much cheaper than therapy, and I love the running community! I would LOVE to win Mizuno shoes so I can finally have one of those mezamashii runs!

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    I am DYING to get in on the Mezamashii project! I started running for one reason: to lose weight – to prove it can happen for me. What I didn’t expect was to find that it had changed everything about my life. It’s SAVED my life. I’m a better role model for my girls. I’m a better wife. I think clearer. Most of all, I believe in myself. I found a passion that won’t subside. I push my limits rather than fear them.
    I bought a pair of Nirvanas (the same ones as you!) back in April, and they’ve gotten me to the finish line of my first half marathon, and that was BIG – I NEVER thought it would happen for me, but it did. That’s what running can do for someone.

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    Jess says:

    I love the feeling I get before, during, and after my run. No other workout compares to that!!!

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    Jerry Remington says:

    I love to run after work. It is a wonderufl way to clear my head from a stressful day. My family inspires me to run. I have a beautiful wife and five wonderful children. Since I started running I feel so much better and know that being healthier will help keep me around longer for them. I love that part of my run when I’m several miles in and the feeling comes over me that I could go even farther than originally planned. I need some new shoes and would love to get the Mizunos you will be giving away. What a great blessing that would be. Thank you!

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    Natalie T. says:

    My favorite thing about running is having time to myself. My mind is instantly cleared and it’s just me and the miles ahead. I love it.

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    Kayla says:

    My kids inspire me. They showed me I’m good enough. Good enough to have goals for myself and to push myself. After the birth of my oldest, I was inspired. I ran my first 10k then half marathon and finally a marathon. I cried and cried when I crossed that finish line. That was my moment.

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    EriGates says:

    I also love running for SO many reasons. But mostly I love that it is the ONLY time I am alone anymore in my life. I, too, am a mother of 2 little boys and a wife and an elementary school teacher-so when I run I am truly taking some much needed time to myself. It keeps me sane amongst all of the insanity that be my life. Not too bad what it does for my body too! Another passion that I have is teaching young children. I am a 1st grade teacher and have a passion for reading and teaching others to read!

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    I am so glad to be back into running! It is my therapy… the way I clear my head. It makes me feel strong and alive!

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    melissa says:

    I run for me. As a busy mom to 4 busy boys its the one thing that is for me. Finishing a race is such an amazing feeling its something I can do for myself no one else can do that for me!!! I live for it!! I love running!

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    Lori says:

    My favorite thing about running is the mental strength and clarity I’ve gained. Physical strength doesn’t hurt! 😉

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    Even though I am not a runner, when I do run, it allows me to unwind and let my mind wander. My son inspires me to still obtain my health and fitness goals, while being the best mom possible for him!

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    bethp262 says:

    My favorite thing about running is that I know I will always feel good after a run. Even a “bad” run is good!

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    Alexandra says:

    Running keeps me sane! It is my drug of choice 🙂 I love running because its my “me” time – my time to clear my head, reflect on the day, what things I need to change or do better and focus on the important things in life. No matter how long or short, how fast or slow, how ridiculous or mismatched I look I ALWAYS feel better after a run! Thanks Kristin!!

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    Alexandra says:

    Liked Mezamashii on FB!

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    Lisa says:

    I have never regretted a single run! In the heat of summer or frosty winter, it has never let me down. It gives me strength, clarity, the early morning power to face my day!

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    Elsa says:

    Running makes me feel whole. It makes me relaxed, amazing, makes me happy, and makes me a better wife and mama once I finish a run. I completed my first Ultramarathon this summer and I am already craving my next long race. 🙂

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    Casey says:

    I never used to be a runner but now I just love it! It allows me to clear my head…focus on my breathing, form, etc…

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    Andrea S says:

    My favorite thing about running is the amazing feeling of being free…..no computer, no cell phone, no television. Just me and the open road. Sometimes it’s exercise, sometimes it’s therapy, and sometimes it’s me racing a personal best. No matter what it is almost always awesome in some way.

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    Stephanie says:

    My favorite thing about running is that I don’t have to share it. With four children, I share my food, my time in the bathroom, soon my clothes, but running I cannot share. It is my time to be alone to review, renew, or relax and think about nothing at all.

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    My favorite thing about running is the feeling after each run…It’s pretty rare that I enjoy the run during the run, but finishing those miles or crossing a finish line is a feeling that can’t be found anywhere else.

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    tweeted about the giveaway! (@Danica_ipnp)

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    Brandei says:

    My daily goal is “balance”. As my mind races most of the day ensuring I meet my daily goals/ balance on life, I find that I unconsciously meditate when I run (time disappears and I don’t need to check my watch). I’ll tweet as well 🙂

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    My favorite thing about running is that it is “me time” and it makes me feel calm and confident. I never regret a run!

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    Kerri says:

    I do love to run…but only after the first mile! Seems like it takes me forever to warm into it!! Then the next 5, 10 or 15 miles I am in my stride! Honestly, it burns the most calories in the shortest amount of time. But it is also my stress relief! My four children inspire me everyday. I love how they embrace life, love freely and aren’t afraid to roll on the grocery store floor in the middle of a big belly laugh!! They are awesome.

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    Amy W says:

    I love running because I love the feeling of getting faster and stronger with each run! Plus, I always feel much better emotionally after running, even the bad runs – running keeps me sane.

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    My Nirvanas are my running buddies! I leave them out in the bathroom so when I get ready, they are there for me to slip on! Love them! I’m so jealous of your new shoes! They are beautiful! I really want to get a pair for Tony. He is seriously killing this running thing and about to lap me!!! Love, love, love my Mizunos!!!

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    Amy W says:

    i also tweeted – @amytube

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    Samantha says:

    I don’t run as much or as far but what I always love about running is the rhythm of it. There is a steady reassuring pattern. I feel the same way about a steady hike.

    When I am in the right mood I swear I am inspired by everything, and I try to access that part of me when I can. I think one of the bigger “kicks” to my life was an extremely active, strong, and older woman I knew that died from an accident at only 62. When I think of her I remind myself to honor this strong body so it will stay with me as I age.

    You are amazing to do this again! With so much going on. Loved the photo with the bird for them to pet. 🙂

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    Angela W says:

    how awesome that you get to run in 2 fantastic races!!! i’m so excited for you! i’m sure you will do an amazing job 🙂
    one of my favorite things about running is that i get to decide where i go, how fast i go, and when i stop. i almost always talk to myself during a run…”we’re gonna do this!” or “where to today?” haha, too much info? 😉 it’s me, myself and i!
    inspiration for me comes from different sources. inspiration comes from my family. they are always encouraging me, listening to me go on and on about training and support me at races. they inspire me to be my best! inspiration also comes to me from runners who run at different levels. it reminds me we all have challenges to overcome to get to our next level 🙂 …see, i can be sappy too 😉

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    I love the bizarro combination of loud music and serene nature that I get on my trail runs. I know, I’m a bit …different?

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    Meagan says:

    I think this quote sums it up!

    “I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”
    -Jesse Owens

    *And I love the competition!!!

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    Katherine Randall says:

    I just discovered your awesome blog via a search for a no bake cookie recipe…..and got so much more! Wanted to share that i will be wearing my Inspire’s for the chicago Marathon this Sunday! Such a great summer of training and running around the world and the country!

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    My favorite thing about running is the feeling of leaving all your problems/stresses/worries behind you in the dust. It’s the best stress relief to be outside and free!

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    Sharon says:

    My absolute favorite thing about running is feeling in touch with my body and the world around me!
    And the sense of accomplishment is my second favorite.

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    Melissa says:

    I have always struggled with my weight. As a member of the armed forces I had to do something especially after having my two girls. I started running about two years ago and have continued ever since. I now help people pass their pt tests. This is amazing because I used to hate it. Now more then ever I want to set a good example for my airmen and my children. I have struggled with going more then three miles and in January 2013 I would like to run a half marathon. Running is what gets me through my work weeks!

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    SarahRuth says:

    I love that running shows an aspect of who I am that might not show up in other places. During the day I am a wife, employee, daughter, sister, friend. But when I go out for my early-morning run, I am a runner who challenges myself, sweats a lot, perseveres through hard runs, celebrates my improvements and sets personal goals. I feel like being a runner makes me better at every other area of my life. I am inspired by my dad who is a runner at 70 – we’re doing the same marathon in a couple of weeks!

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    Bethany Lee says:

    I love running because it means everyday I get a chance to physically outrun the wimpy girl inside of me who tries to hold me back in life. Each morning, I get to win that race. 🙂
    I tweeted and liked too!! 🙂

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    Derek says:

    Running brings out something in me that I never though was there. It is transformational in that it transformed me from a completely sedentary person into an endurance runner, which was completely unthinkable only a little over a year ago.

    Running gives me the freedom to do things that I never thought were possible, even outside of the run. The run took me to the finish line, and the finish line took me to places beyond my imagination.

    Running, and finishing the previously impossible, has allowed me to dare to do the unthinkable with my art of photography. I can think outside the box, create without limits, and experience the beauty of a brilliant composition.

    Running? That’s just the beginning!

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    Monica says:

    My favorite thing about running is the sense of inner peace and growth I receive from it. It has changed my life and made me a better, happier person and I am forever greatful!!

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    Lana says:

    What do I not love about running…. I’ve wanted to run since high school, but was always the fat girl and was too afraid of being laughed at. Then one day a few years ago during a walk, after making sure no one was around, I gave it a try. “Just a few steps” I told myself “to see what its like.” And I fell in love.

    Running makes me feel powerful and free. Once I start going, all my troubles flow off me like I just ran through a waterfall that rinses me clean and makes me pure again. It makes me feel strong and powerful. And I know that no matter what happens in my life, I’m going to be okay, because I am strong. That is my favourite thing about running.

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    Ever since I was a little girl, I have admired runners- sprinters, endurance, track, XC- didn’t matter. I loved watching them run because they always looked so light and free. Its almost magical to see them move with such deliberate grace. I always wanted to run but was afraid and insecure. Then, in 2010, I decided I would give it a try. I started out running for only 30 seconds at a time- gradually building up to a 5k, then 10k, and then a half-marathon last January. My next goal is to finish the full!

    SO I love running because when I run- I become some I admire. Someone free and light and full of grace. I feel magical. No, not always. Sometimes I curse the whole run and swear I’ll never do it again- but I get back out there because I’m always on the lookout for the next Mazamashii 🙂

    Also, I tweeted!!

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    Allison says:

    I run to feel empowered! I love the feeling of just being out there with one of our puppies or alone then coming in checking my time and getting to say I ran this many miles today before work. It is the best feeling in the entire world- knowing that you and only you accomplished something for the day. Everything seems just a bit easier at 5am while running!

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    jennifer says:

    I have never been athletic so I love running because for once in my life I feel like an athlete! I love the feeling of going. Farther and faster than I even thought I could!

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    Ashley says:

    I am going to double up on this answer. I am inspired by other runners. I read stories and blogs of runners’ journeys and I can’t help but be motivated to better myself as a runner! I see runners push themselves during training runs in Central Park or in a race and it gives me the extra motivation to run further or faster in my training fun or in the race that I am in. I ran the Ragnar Adirondacks this past weekend and I have never had to dig so freaking deep in my life to get through the Ultra distance. I would never have been able to do it without my teammates rooting me on or without seeing them push just as hard! It is an amazing sport and I am so happy to be a part of it! That is my absolute honest answer 🙂

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    jennifer says:

    I tweeted

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    stacey says:

    I run because it gives me that since of accomplishment and fulfillment that I love. I also run to be the best mommy I can be for my boys and to set a great example for them!

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    the feeling of accomplishment i get when i’m done 🙂

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    Christy says:

    I love how strong it makes me feel, and also how it can completely turn your day around. I got up and ran 3 miles yesterday early(which were NOT fun), kind of didn’t get much else really done all day and was not feeling good about it. So I decided to run again during daughters gym class…World of difference! Felt great, improved my mood, and made me feel better about my day. Running is just pure magic some days!!

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    Steph says:

    I love running because every time I take off, I feel like I’m headed on an adventure! I love the feeling of being able to take off to explore a new city, or just a new part of town =)

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    Danielle says:

    my favorite part about running is the fact that i can do it! i know so many people who can’t run, for one reason or another, and when my runs get hard, i do it for them.

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    Sharron says:

    I so want to be a runner, but never get passed this certain point. I start, then my knees and ankles start hurting. I then go back to being a walker, but feel that really isn’t the most I’m capable of.

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    Katie says:

    I love running because it’s like nothing else exists but you and the road/track/dirt beneath you

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    Becky Przy says:

    My daughter inspires me to be a better person. I want to be the best example I can for her. One of the reasons I run is to set a healthy example for her. Plus running is my stress relief, therapy and ‘me time’. Even though she is only 2 1/2 she loves ‘racing’ in the yard with me, but she also knows when I run by myself– I will come back a much happier mama!

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    Elena says:

    My favorite thing about running is the selfish me time to de-stress while doing something good for my health. It also doesn’t hurt to go in to work having bragging rights of “I already ran 8 miles this morning” – LOL! Plus then I feel like no matter what else happens with the day I started it right and have an accomplishment under my belt.

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    Jen says:

    I started running just to escape. Now I lead young girls to do the same with Girls on the Run.
    I love giving my time to kids who just don’t have the support at home.
    Several of my girls have parents in the system, and for the two hours a week I have them I help them see just what they can be.

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    Abby J says:

    My favorite thing about running is the fact that I can. It has made me appreciate my body so much more. I never knew that it was capable of such amazing things. Every time I run I thank my body. I know it sounds cheesy but I spent so many years hating running and not thinking I could do it until I put my mind to it. It’s a beautiful thing and I think so many people take their bodies for granted but if you really try, your body will surprise you, I promise.

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    Elena says:

    and I tweeted @ElenaDSM.

    BTW – You are awesome!

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    Alicia says:

    I may not be the prettiest or strongest or fastest but gosh darn it I am awesome when I run!

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    My favorite thing about running, is that you don’t have to compete with anyone but yourself. Since I am NOT competitive, I really enjoy only having to beat me, myself, and I on a run 🙂 I love the experience of running races, but I don’t do them to win. I just love running 🙂

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    debbie says:

    Running is my peace! It’s my balance! It’s my “me” time!
    It’s my therapy with myself, my fuel to keep going, it’s my inspiration to keep going, it’s my “drug”, my “high”, my joy. After I run I’m at peace!
    It’s a necessity in my life!!!!
    I’ve never found anything else that can do all of this for me other than running. I NEED IT!

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    I tweet tweet tweeted! @NicoleCleveland

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    Vanessa says:

    Wow, well every day that I leave clinical I realize that everything I did that day made a huge impact on someones life–that feeling is overwhelmingly uplifting and makes me realize that my choice to go back to school for nursing was the best decision I ever made. Throughout the craziness of my current schedule, running is how I stay grounded and am able to really appreciate all that I have-including the ability TO run. So ALL of this inspires me…every…single…day.
    🙂

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    amanda daley says:

    The best thing about running to me is the alone time I get. Its the only time during the day I can let go fully and clear my head. It has changed my life completely!

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    amanda daley says:

    tweeted! @daleymom

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    Ashley says:

    My favorite thing about running is that it’s my time to escape from the stresses of the day and just have some “me” time. No one is asking for anything and I can zone out for a while.

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    Tracey S says:

    Reading the stories of other runners totally inspires me. I don’t care if they run farther or faster than me, just reading about their races and miles pushes me to do more.

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    I love to run because it fives me time for myself and time to think. I have always been overweight and would always say, “I can’t run”. Well, guess what! Anyone can run. I have been looking for some good running shoes.

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    I tweeted your giveaway

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    Cathy says:

    What I love about running is the simple fact that the end goal is completely up to you. I can decide I want to do a distance run today OR do a timed run ORa set number of intervals OR a set speed. Either way I win! It’s the one activity where I can set a goal then move on…I don’t dwell I don’t fret I don’t worry. It is what it is and whatever it is IS. I appreciate it and love the way you appreciate that simple ability too. You’re awesome!

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    Lena says:

    My favorite thing about running is how it makes me feel. I know that no matter how terrible or horribly stressful my day has been, I will always feel better after a run. I can leave all that anxiety and stress on the road, breaking it off with every foot strike. My runs are my release and the time to spend some quality time with me.

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    Lena says:

    I tweeted too! 🙂

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    Tara K. says:

    I love running because it gives me time to think about all the incredible gifts in my life – my family, my friends, my health, and the beautiful town I live in.

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    Jessica Tan says:

    I live outside th US but I would love to share about my testimony… I run slow but pretty long most days of the week. I used to hate running and rather do more crunches and weight lifting to compensate for it. Decided one day it’s a much flexible option vs gym training and I have not turned back since, I did stopped for a while as I hurt my back carrying a heavy box, and was in much pain and couldn’t walk for more then 5 to 10 mins each time, one day after hearing faith being preached on Sunday, I started my run the next day and clocked about 5miles and the day after that 8miles. The pain is totally gone because I am healed by His stripes and I didn’t manifest the healing till I ran! Every time I go for the run, it’s a testimony of how God healed me!

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    Joanna says:

    what I love about running? I can walk out my front door and go for that run! no need to get in the car – unless I want a change of scenery. Although, I’d get a change of scenery if I just ran further…hmmm… 😉

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    Tess says:

    I know this sounds cliche but “The great outdoors” is inspirational, relaxing and calming for me. I love to just go outside! I love shoes too! So I feel the need for running shoes, walking/hiking shoes, strolling shoes and socializing shoes 😉

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    Tracy says:

    What do I love about running? Its my total and complete “ME” time when I can completely zone out, watch my guilty pleasure TV shows, work up a great sweat and feel amazing afterwards!

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    Shannon Moran says:

    Running is my “RESET” button. Whether its long or short, fast or slow, early or late – I always return more balanced and refreshed.

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    Christine says:

    My favorite thing about running is that I can run anywhere and it involves no equipment. It makes me feel great afterwards and I feel energized for the rest of my day.

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    Amee says:

    I inspire myself to run. I used to be 100 pounds overweight yet I didn’t start running until I was about 10 pounds from my goal weight…only because I thought I couldn’t run – It hurt my lungs – parts are too wobbly, excuse after excuse. Four years ago, I started out to prove myself wrong. Now, I’m getting ready to toe-up to the start line of my third marathon on Sunday morning. I still can’t believe that I’m the girl that used to not be able to even run a half a mile!

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    Gabby S says:

    My favorite thing about running is that it’s ME time with a view. I forget about all the little fires that life brings and just enjoy the changing scenery in front of me. Most of the time picking up details that due to the insane pace of that thing called life, most people don’t get to enjoy. I realize how lucky I am that I get to enjoy those details and hope that everyone else that runs gets to enjoy them as well.

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    Gabby S says:

    My family, my friends. I have been surrounded by extremely strong, tough as nails, have been through h3!! and came back with a souvenier women. The one that inspires me the most though, is my mom, single mom, that having been brought up EXTREMELY old school, in a very religious family, from another country, went through what was for many considered a no-no and divorced my dad with the support of her own father, raised me, fought for me, and has supported me and my much more “progressive” lifestlye, compared to how she was raised. She has been able to do all of this despite limited resouces & education, the one thing that was never limited was Love. She inspires me to do my best and be better each and every day, knowing that I may be down for a little bit, but that just means I’m pooling my energy to come back better and stronger than ever.

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    Len L says:

    My favorite thing about running is that it directly affects my state of mind, body, and soul. It is different depending on how I’m feeling: In times of stress, it gives me wings – a feeling that I’m getting away from the things that are weighing me down; In times of problems, I always find a moment of clarity to make sense of it all; In all other times, the runner’s high is more than enough of a reward for a great run.
    Many things inspire me to run: I love to feel great and in shape, I am looking to qualify for Boston within the year, I’m always looking to become faster, and I always love to share my running experiences with others – especially with those who are new to running or have not tried it.
    In my remaining spare time, I love to make music – it is my other outlet in which I find my Mezamashii. Composing a piece out of nothing – from notes to lyrics – and creating something harmonic, especially something others can enjoy, is amazing to me.

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    Gabby S says:

    I get the Mezmashii experience when I’m working on projects that are gifts for other people. everytime I knit a blanket, I think about the life that it will bring warmth to and hope that they can also feel the love that went into making it covering them as well. When I make bath salts & fizzes, I feel the Mezamashii experience hoping that the people that I give them too enjoy them and get to forget about their troubles for a while to enjoy them. Doing stuff for others is what makes me feel the Mezamashii experience.

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    Amy says:

    My favorite thing about running is the challenge. Its a challenge within myself to push through a tough run, keep going up a hill and not giving up. In the last ten months I’ve gone from not being able to run for 30 seconds to running 8 miles without stopping. I’ll be running my first half marathon in December.

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    This is what I love about running: we make the world better by making ourselves better. Running makes me stronger, healthier, and more in the moment. And it keeps getting better. It’s a lesson in discipline and knowing that when you cheat, you are really cheating yourself. In that way, running is a reward. I run because I can… and there are those who can’t who wish they could.

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    Amy says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway as well 🙂 Fingers crossed I win! I love my mizuno wave rider 15s

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    Alex says:

    I am inspired by people like YOU who have jobs, kids, busy schedules and STILL find the time to log in so many amazing miles!! Running is truly the only time when I am alone and have time to clear my mind and reflect. I often make excuses and talk myself out of running because I feel bad that I am taking time away from doing things that need to be done (i.e. cleaning, working, spending time with the hubby, walkign the pup etc.) but I need to remind myself that I am my BEST when I take care of myself and my needs. Running is the biggest relief and I would be honored to be a part of Mezamashii – what a great program!

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    @joyful447 says:

    This might be one of the best things i’ve ever read: “There are few thing in life that when I’m doing them I feel like I’m doing exactly what I should be doing. I’m always rethinking things, feeling guilty about something, wondering what choice I should make, etc.Running for me is different. Running is my therapy.” This post was amazing. I am favoriting it right now, i will be back to read it again! I love running because it just makes me feel good and you’re right, you can do it anytime, anywhere. matter of fact, i’m going for a run RIGHT NOW.

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    Claire says:

    I love how I feel after a run. It keeps me sane, mentally and physically. My family inspires me to best the best person I can be. Running helps me do that.

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    sophie says:

    i love that for the time i’m running, i don’t have to worry about anything but running

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    Stephanie says:

    Hah! I’m in awe that I saw you several weeks ago on bobharper.com and now stumbled across your blog! It was very surreal reading your latest posts and then saying, “OMG I recognize her!” .. you’re famous. ; )

    Anyway, I’m a recently converted runner. There is nothing more satisfying than completing a great run and knowing with each run you are improving. I’ve still got a long way to go but I’m training for my first half. I’ve trusted my Brooks shoes so far but am MORE than willing to give the Mizuno’s a try! I’m sure I would love them given your knowledge and experience with the brand. Thanks for the give away and for being a constant source of motivation for us.

    Stephanie

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    Sherry says:

    I love running because it makes me feel stronger. It also helps clear my head and helps me be a better mommy. My children inspire me. I want to be the best I can be for them.

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    Eric says:

    Running can be therapeutic. It allows me to empty my mind of the worries of the day. It energizes my body. Each step is also meaningful in my recovery from knee surgeries.

    Tweeting to my limited # of followers too 🙂

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    Janice Ellis says:

    My favorite thing about running is that it is a challenge. (and for me, a really big challenge). I keep trying though. I love the feeling I get when I finish a run. It is the feeling of accomplishment. My goal is to run a 30k with my significant other, but I am a long way away from that, someday!!! What gives me that Mezamashii experience?? Running the bases during a softball tournament. I love playing ball and hanging with my girlfriends during a weekend long softball tournament. I love my mizuno cleates, bat bag and glove and they have served me well during my many years of softball. Now I would love to try the mizuno running shoes to keep me going on a new athletic adventure of running.

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    Bridget says:

    I run because I can gain 5 lbs overnight if I don’t!!!!!

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    Joanna says:

    forgot to say I tweeted last night too…but, I’m not very good at the tweeting – I’m definitely doing something wrong…it wouldn’t let me post unless I deleted the link (???) – as if there were too many characters/my tweet was too long..so strange!

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    Holly says:

    Super fun to give away some Mizunos!! I am a die-hard Mizuno fan now after literally running through other brands, only to have tons of probems. I switched to Mizunos and never looked back. I can slap on a new pair and run 10 miles without a single problem…that has NEVER happened to me before. What inspires me to run…because I can. Because I am healthy. Because it sets a good example for my kids and even inspires people around me. Because I am blessed to have a lifestyle that allows me to take time for myself to exercise. Whenever I get in a funk, I try to remember to run with gratitude. Works every time.

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    Lauren says:

    Once I tried Mizuno, I never looked back. But with a new college grad’s budget, I can’t just buy Mizunos right and left! If I could, I’d own every pair. I love to run because it clears my head. It changes my attitude, no doubt about that. And who doesn’t love running with a four-legged friend? I am inspired when I see people out logging miles — whether walking, or jogging, or pushing a stroller up a hill mid-sprint — because runners come in all shapes, sizes, and age groups, and I love to see that. I’d love to be a part of this project because I would like to take my running to a new level and experience #brilliantruns in my the best kicks you can find.

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    Lauren says:

    My favorite thing is a solitary Saturday morning run. so peaceful.

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    Erin "Big E" says:

    Running is a profound expression of an exuberant life. It’s my preferred mode of being and interacting with the world.

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    Mary K says:

    Holy Moly, what a great product to win. I first started to run b/c it was always a challenge to me. I wZnted to master it. But the I realized what a stress reliever it was and how sanity would grace my brain when I could get a run in. And the rush when I know I’ve done we’ll is awesome. I guess I’m always on that quest for “the shoe”. I would love to have a pair of Mizunos and find my mezamashi moment of my own. I’m not going to lie- I also enjoy running b/c I LOVE to eat. It’s either get out and run or roll around. I’d rather run. 🙂 please pick me 🙂

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    Lauren says:

    Tweeted about this giveaway!

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    Mallory Russell says:

    Baking and giving away my baked good also gives me that Mezamashii experience

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    Kim Hodges says:

    I was always an outsider to running, after all I have had four total dislocations of both knees(two each) , I have adult onset scoliosis, asthma, and carried a few extra pounds. But this year I decided to work past the problems and just run! I used C25K and have ran two 5K’s this year and am now working on speed, I am kinda slow! 😉 but the feeling of accomplishment I have gained is worth it all! Running is hard but it makes you so strong! Plus I’ve lost 31lbs! And my Mizuno Prophecys sure have helped! 🙂

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    Isaac says:

    My favorite thing about running is that, once I’m running, and I’m in that zone… everything else just melts away into the pavement. It becomes me and my thoughts and that’s it. No distractions (except maybe the oncoming cars), no outside voices, just me. It’s extremely theraputic in a sense, a 1-on-1 session where I’m my own personal trainer, my own motivational speaker, my own doubter, my own fan.

    What inspires me is seeing other’s finding alot of joy and fulfillment in running. Running isn’t something that requires alot of money or equipment. You just go and run. It’s pretty simple. It’s a very universal thing. There’s no language barrier. The voice of joy, the voice of accomplishment finnishing a race, a 10k, a marathon, it’s universal and a huge victory for every runner who finishes across the line. Other runners are my inspiration to keep going and push on.

    My faith in God gives me that Mezamashii experience.

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    Angelina Campbell says:

    your favorite thing about running:

    that I can rock out, daydream, relive the past all while on the move!

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    Greg says:

    My favorite thing about running is how it allows me to leave behind whatever it is that might be on my mind. Any difficulty I’m facing at work/school, any feeling of inadequacy that inevitably results from being new at something, and any little aggravations that I ordinarily might not be able to shake are so easily cast off when I slip on my running shoes and head out for a run.

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    Sara says:

    What a wonderfully written blog post – thank you for sharing your thoughts! I run with friends – a group of people who came together over many years, from different places, differing opinions, of all shapes and ages. This group I consider my closest friends, many of us get together outside of running to attend church, gather at each others homes, etc. The one thing that brought us all togehter was running – I met the best people in my life that inspire me, encourage me, lift me up and never judge how I look before or after a run are these runners. They all have different strengths and bring different things to the table. If it were not for running I would not have these amazing people in my life. I came to this page for a chance to win another pair of my favorite shoes (I run in the Riders, a newbie, and LOVE them too!) and your post made me think about why I love it and how much I love these running folks of mine!

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    Jeffrey says:

    My favorite thing about running is being able to take my body beyond what my mind believes is possible, pushing myself farther than I have ever gone, feeling that rush when I arrive at a new “destination”.

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    christie b says:

    Running Inspires me to be a better version of myself, keeps me motivated to stay on top of my health, weight and hydration. Gives me the confidence to do things I never dreamed I would be able to accomplish. Reminds me to be patient and good things well come; and keeps me from loosing my “cool” which one occur way to often if I didn’t get my daily dose of endorphins.

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    Tracy Finn says:

    Why do I run? So many reasons, for the health benefits, for the mental health, for the cool shoes I get to wear!! But probably my favorite reason to run is because so many people look at me like I’m crazy when they find out I run (especially 26.2 miles!) I love being ‘different’, love the fact that with a pair of Mizunos in my trunk, I can run anywhere! I love driving down a road and saying “I’ve run this road before”, or “I should add this road to one of my runs”. It’s good to be different!

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    Amy G says:

    My favorite thing about running is that I’m actually pretty good at it! Track was the only sport I was ever good at in school & I even ran cross country in college. I took several years off & now have a 2 year old daughter. I wanted to get back in shape & of course running is what I went back to. I have never had a good pair of running shoes before. But when I started back running, I began to have pain that I didn’t when I was younger. LUCKILY I was introduced to Mizuno. I now have the Wave Enigmas & have been running brilliantly ever since! My feet love them. I have been doing really well in my 5k races, setting new PRs (even better than in college!)
    I always use time & my daughter as an excuse not to run further than a few miles at a time. But your blog has really inspired me! Mizuno shoes make me want to find time to run more. Explore new places, all while improving myself. My health & stress have been improved tremendously since I started running again last spring. I want to keep improving myself & set a good example for my daughter. And to be a part of the Mezamashii Project would just give me that much more of a push to go farther. Thank you & Mizuno for the opportunity & encouragement! (My feet really thank Mizuno!)
    (I’m also tweeting now :))

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    Kori says:

    I’m a full-time mom. I’m a full-time wife. I’m a full-time homemaker. I have a full-time job. My me time is at 4:30am, with my iPod & mace, running the roads come rain, snow, wind… Running empowers me. It gives me a sense of accomplishment. Running reminds me that I am in control of me. Sure, I struggle. I hit the snooze button. I’m human. BUT knowing that my boys watch me and my actions, I keep going and it all comes together when they ask to go for a run with me after school or after football practice 🙂 They inspire me to be my best me. It’s October and the leaves are falling. I plan my runs so I can run in those leaves! Gives me something to look forward to these dark mornings… 😉

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    Ron says:

    My son inspires me. He started running cross country this year in 7th grade and it has motivated me to start running again. Great way to spend time together.

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    Jeff Given says:

    I love the freedom running has given me. I used to weigh 200 pounds at 5’8″, now I’m a 158 pound 1:39 Half Marathoner / Half Fanatic. I love setting a healthy example for my kids (3). My 7,5,and 3 year old will run their first 5K Oct. 6 (though I expect to carry my 3 year old a little), they love running because Daddy loves running! I couldn’t have done it without my Mizuno Precision’s. I’ve been running in the Pre11’s and now I’m in the 13s. I train + race ANYTHING in the PRECISION!!! Thank You MIZUNO!

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    Erin O says:

    My favorite thing about running is the stress relief!

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    Jacob Coon says:

    What inspires me is is a who and not a what. My mom, at the age of 56 (last fall) asked me to train her for her first half-marathon (her previous farthest run was 5 miles over 20 years ago). I had only run one half and one full before that, but I used running to drop over 100 lbs and so she wanted to get in better shape too. Now my mom and I have run to half-marathons together and are training for a third. Even when she doesn’t feel like running she gets up at 5 AM to run with me and every day she perseveres. After her second half she said she wouldn’t run one again, but we are training for her third now and I don’t see it stopping any time soon. My mom will inspire me until the day I die and help me stick with running too!

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    Julie says:

    I run because of my overly competitive nature…. with myself! I believe inspiration comes from within. Yes, races are fun, but for me, I enjoy trying to beat my own personal best times, again and again. It’s such an addictive hobby & definitely makes me an all-around happier person. I, too, am a Mizuno junkie. I own 3 pairs – Nirvanas, Riders & Inspires. (I would love to try the elixirs & have had my eye on the new orange/blue ones, but my hubby would kill me if I bought another pair)! Coming back from an injury makes me realize that I won’t be able to run forever. I have to enjoy it now, while I can!! 🙂

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    I run because it makes me feel good about myself. My body has changed since I started running and I am loving it.

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    Kit Palmer says:

    – your favorite thing about running: The sense of accomplishment every time is push myself.
    – what inspires you: Beautiful music, A great novel & my oldest son ( http://wp.me/pn6kq-AS ).
    – what else in life gives you that Mezamashii experience: My children’s laughter.

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    I like Stuft Mama on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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    Grace Kim says:

    Running makes me feel free. Like I’m running away from the struggles in my life and towards a solution. Towards a better me. Getting stronger and faster with each step. I’m inspired by everyone around me. I’m inspired by competition; I’m inspired by self improvement; I’m inspired by life. A close second to running is hiking. The peacefulness of the woods, the scent of the fresh air, and the soft crackle under my feet give me that experience. I have the same inspires as you. I love them a lot. They’re my second pair of Mizunos. What can I say, once you go Mizuno you can’t go back.

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    Amber says:

    I know this is only open to US residents only, but I still wanted to have my say! People always ask me why I run and my answer is always the same “because I can,”. My inspiration is the world we live in….when I run, I see things differently…the trees are greener, the sky bluer and everything else around me at that time looks “happier”. I also have a 13 year old daughter is beginning her journey as a runner and I want to be a positive inspiration for her (in my 44th year of life”). So there you have it, I get no shoes

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    Cool moms like you inspire me. Tough, healthy, funny, and loving moms. I want to be a running mama too….I will get there 🙂

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    Katie says:

    My fave thing about running? The path running has taken me through my life led me to my future husband 🙂

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    I like Mizuno on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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    Stacie says:

    My favorite thing about running is that it’s the one guaranteed part of my day that I can control. Sometimes work and life in general can take you in so many different directions, but when I run its all up to me. I also love that running has helped me redefine my limits, physically and mentally, and makes me want to keep challenging myself to see what else I can accomplish!

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    Charen says:

    I love to run because I finally found a form of exercise that I have convinced myself it’s too much fun to be considered “exercise”

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    Sheryl says:

    My favorite thing about running – gee, it’s hard to pick just one thing 🙂 When I was younger I HATED running, and would pretty much do whatever I could to get out of doing it for physical education class. As an adult (actually about 3 years ago), I put on an old pair of tennis shoes and went out to run. I had gained some weight and wanted to lose and see if I could run. At first, it was hard and I really struggled with it, but I kept on pushing myself further and harder. I signed up for my first 5k and finished! Since that time I have grown to love running because it gives me the power to see how strong I am and how far I can push myself. I love seeing and feeling the progress I’ve made. I have posted on Facebook about how I picked up running and during that time I’ve had friends who were never runners, like myself, pick up the sport as well. Running on the trails is my time, my time to think, my time to relieve stress, my time to find myself. My self-confidence level has risen greatly since I started running. I’ve lost weight, I’m healthier and feel better about myself – all thanks to running. I would be honored to be one of your lucky 10 to receive a pair of Mizuno shoes. A brilliant run is hopefully in my near future!

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    Robert L says:

    My favorite thing about running is that moment when, after fighting the pain for miles, one merely gives in and embraces it, almost even cherishing it. It is at this point when one acknowledges that nothing worthwhile is easy and affirms that nothing so trivial is going to hold one back. It is somewhat zen-like: bringing something to the front of your consciousness only to then cast it from thought.

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    KAITLYN says:

    I’m inspired to run by those who cannot. I run because I can. For now, for this moment-until some one or something takes it away from me.

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    Catherine Anne says:

    My favorite thing about running is that it’s my escape from all the craziness of trying to finish up my PhD in chemistry. When nothing’s going right, I can take a break, put on my running shoes, and run off my frustration for a few hours. There’s nothing that will calm a disgruntled mind like a beautiful long run! 🙂

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    KAITLYN says:

    I tweeted it. @mtnkait

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    Carri Arrieta says:

    What I love most about running is it allows me to just be “me”….with 5 kids it’s hard to have my own identity. I’m always the “twins mom”, the “soccer mom”, the “football mom”, the “dance mom”, “track mom”, ect.. Running gives me MY own identity and allows me to be the person I strive to be.

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    Lestar says:

    Running has always been an individual endeavor for myself – another way to test my own physical limitations through physical activity. I enjoy getting to that serene moment when my feet hitting the ground & my breath laboring through the first mile is muted by the calm of the run. I’ve entered my runner’s zone and am embarking on an internal exploration of my thoughts. Running gives me a chance to connect and work through errant thoughts that have accumulated from the day.

    Having amazing health is what inspires me to run. I enjoy being physically active and knowing that running helps me stay in shape, makes it worth every step.

    I stay in shape because I’m passionately in love with martial arts. Another activity that enables me to transcend my physical limitations to achieve things I’ve never accomplished – like achieving the next belt rank, or kicking high while jumping 360 degrees in reverse or simply controlling my strike as it moves to my sparring partner’s chest protector. It’s fun to know that continued training gets me there. Along with running and keeping my body in top health gives me the opportunities for pursuing this adventure and many others.

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    Running has always been a love/hate for me. I would hate it for the first mile and then love it for the miles after once I got into the rhythm. I ran at night as a college student to sort through ideas in my head. As a college student living in my parents house for a little while, I ran to get out of the house. I never cared about times or distance, I just ran. Until one day, I could only go about 5 minutes before having a debilitating headache that made me think “something isn’t right”. Well it wasn’t – a few CT scans/MRI’s later, and I was prepping for brain surgery from a congential birth defect where my cerebellum was herniating into my spinal cord. Doctors said running would probably not be feasible. But as a personal trainer & fitness enthusiast – “no” just means “work harder”. I had purchased a pair of Mizunos 3 weeks before I got that news of brain surgery; and it is now 2 years later and I’m going to be running a half marathon in November with my mind in the game to complete a full marathon. “Work harder” was an understatement but it’s OK. Now when I run, I don’t run “FROM” anything … I run “TO” feel alive. I run “TO” prove that I can and will do it. And I run “TO” honor those who physically can’t run.

    Thank you,
    Rebekah

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    Sheryl says:

    -Side note – I tweeted as well 🙂 Thanks for doing this giveaway! I LOVE Mizuno!

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    Melissa says:

    YES! Another chance to have a Mezamashii Run!

    I love running because it is just ME! It’s my therapy. It helps me clear my head, it helps me be creative, it helps me be healthy and all of this benefits me and my family. Not sure what I would do without running.

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    Melissa says:

    Tweeted! @adventuretykes

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    Roland Simon says:

    It helps keep me in shape. It has also helped to keep my weight down. I will be 62 in a couple of months and weigh about 20 lbs more than I did when I graduated from high school in 1969. It also relieves stress and makes me calmer. Long runs help me think.

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    Jamie B. says:

    I started running a few years after I lost my mom to MS… I decided to run because during the last years of her life she would have given anything to have been in control of her body. I have FULL control of mine, and I intend to use it. I think of my mom on every run and know she’s smiling at me from her place in the sky!

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    John S. says:

    My favorite thing about running is the ability to push away work/stress/etc. and completely get lost in an athletic pursuit that re-energizes and recharges and gives one the ability to take on life with gusto.

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    Tucker says:

    My favorite part about running is the feeling midrun when you forget everything that has happened during the day and everything that you have to do later that night.

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    susan higley says:

    I love running for many reasons. It is my time, to be alone, recharge, think,plan, pray or just to not even think at all but to just BE. No matter what is going on in my life I feel ever so much more optimistic when the run is finished.

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    Amy says:

    My husband inspires me to run. To see what he has accomplished over a few short years shows me that you can do anything you set your mind to. We just ran a half marathon together to celebrate our anniversary (13miles for 13years of marriage).

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    Janet says:

    Wow, these comments are amazing! I”m going to be totally honest. I never liked running even though I knew that it was great for thinning you down, physically. The problem was that I had never run longer than 5 miles which was a struggle for me all the way. While training for the Long Beach 1/2 Marathon that is coming this Sunday, I have been able to surpass my 5 miles and have 10+……and THAT is where I have fallen in love with running. It allows freedom from my thoughts – from my mind, basically. The first 2 I am fighting all the way physically and mentally, then 2-5 miles I am praying, thinking good thought about my children/family/blessings and things and then after that- I can just BE……I run……don’t think….I AM who God created me to be and running allows that place for me- Love & blessings! Janet

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    Dana Townsend says:

    I have this crazy ability to let everything else go while running. All I think about is how my lungs are breathing, my heart is beating, my arms are pumping and my legs are moving. It clears my head and leaves me at peace. No matter what is going on, peace finds me on my run.

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    Stephanie says:

    I love running because it has taught me that anything you want to accomplish is possible if you work for it. Whatever you put into it, you will get out of it. That simple. If you asked me a year ago i NEVER would have imagined i would be commenting about this. I could not run from one stop sign to the next without gasping for air. This past january i lost 30 pounds with a diet of clean eating and a 30 day shred dvd. But i needed some variety, and challenge to keep everything moving forward. So i started running and signed up for a half marathon. those first few weeks of training were unbearable, but i felt so accomplished! By week 7 or 8 I was completely hooked. I even signed up for a second half in the same month. After my first half, I traded in my new balance for the wave rider 15, as a birthday present and reward for my miles 🙂 I can truly say i have noticed a difference. My 2nd half was this past sunday and i beat my previous PR by 11 MINUTES!!! Running has given me a new lease on life. It has given me a sense of accomplishment, and a sense of peace. It has made me push myself to achieve things i never thought i was capable of. It has made me believe in myself!

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    Juliet Tufo says:

    As a 24-7 caregiver for my awesome husband who sadly is in the twilight of his life I take very little time away from him as each ‘one-more-moment’ is precious to me. Yet there are times when I need to refuel myself to be more there for him. My old waveriders help me to do that. Early in the morning before I start my day tending to his needs I tend to mine. Sure would be sensational to have a new pair.

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    Suzy says:

    Running is my therapy too and it makes me feel centered. I also love the role model I am being for my 4 your old little girl. I love to hear her talk about racing and lacing up her sneakers. Running is getting me through another anxious time right now too. I ran 3 marathons while waiting to adopt my daughter and I was signed up for another upon waiting for news of a second adoption. Got the news and now want to still run that marathon I have been training really hard for as a celebration of life’s blessings.

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    Justin L. says:

    Running helped me to define who I am. Running lead me to leave a family business behind and become a physical therapist so that I can help others. But most importantly running constantly proves to me I can do more than I ever thought I was capable….it propels me to look father and dream bigger daily. My heart drives me, but my feet carry me there.

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    Joy says:

    I run for so many reasons. It is totally my therapy–running has calmed my nerves countless times and made me feel strong countless times. It clears my mind and makes me feel better about myself when I need it most. I love how I can keep trying to get faster or go farther (or both) and therefore I always have something to work towards.

    As for inspiration…you’re one of my sources. You re so beautiful and strong and you love your family and what you do so much and I love that.

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      Oh Joy- this comment is WAY too nice. I hear you on the therapy. I would be even more of a basket case if I didn’t have it as an outlet. Thanks for inspiring me!!!

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    Carolyn says:

    My favorite thing about running is the sense of accomplishment I feel afterwards. . Running just makes me feel better both mentally and physically and makes me want to treat my body better as well.

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    Kaitlin says:

    Running makes me feel good about me. Its my brain and my body doing the best that it can in that given moment. Running brought me out of a very depressing time in my life. Running truly brought me out of a dark deep hole. Knowing that I can run is why I run.

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    Gerard says:

    My favorite thing about running is challenging myself to improve my fitness (and my times) as I get older. I’m inspired to run every time I run with my daughter’s high school cross country team.

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    Jill Morris says:

    My favorite thing about running… There’s so many! I love that it’s the only time I can just stop thinking completely. I love that it’s so easy to do any time, any place and like you said, FREE! 🙂 I love that it makes me stronger. I’ve lived with asthma since I was a little girl. Growing up wheezing all the time I never could have imagined I would be running long distances. Little by little I pushed myself, and what do you know, now my lungs are the strongest and healthiest they’ve ever been. It makes me feel unstoppable!

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    Jill Morris says:

    Tweet!

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    Diane says:

    My favorite thing about running is the feeling I get from it, it makes me feel like I can do anything!!!!

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    Vanessa G says:

    My favorite thing about running is that it makes me feel so happy!! I can be sad, stressed, worried, or just restless and running cures it all! 🙂 Alot of times I pray when I run, sing, think about my day, or just feel free. I’ve never reverted a run. Everyone is a gift. Its medicine to cure many rough days.

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    Deanne says:

    I run for me; I run for the feeling I get when I finish a race ; that feeling of Wow I Just did that!! Me I did that all by myself! The feeling I get when I am running; the Wow look at what I am doing! The I know I can do this! Feeling!

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    Vanessa G says:

    Tweet, tweet! 🙂

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    Melissa Witte says:

    Running is something new to me….I’ve always had knee issues (4 surgeries) and never thought I could run. This summer I decided to try. Guess what? At 42 I have become a runner! I am strong and feel great now. I have lost a bit of weight and have become healthier. I know I can do more and will continue. I have to for me and for my 3 year old daughter…..It’s even fun and therapeutic. I’ve applied for the project before and would love love love to get chosen. Thanks so much for the chance 🙂

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    Jolene Cannady says:

    My favorite thing about running is that all that I have to do is throw on my running shoes and head out the door. There is no membership fee or wait line. I just can go out there on the road and run. Just me, myself, and I. What inspires me are the children I run for. I run to raise money for childhood cancer research. Those kids are strong and fighters!! The other thing that gives me that Mezamashii experience in life is…………every moment I get to spend with my family. My children and my husband bring me so much joy. It is like being out on the road running, only a little less quiet.;)

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    Jolene Cannady says:

    I tweeted. I already like you on FB and like Mizuno too!!! Hoping to win this opportunity. I am in need to try a different shoe since I changed my form and Mizuno has been the best one I have tried on yet.:)

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    Tom says:

    I am a full time unemployed job seeker. Since I was laid off 6 months ago, running has kept me sane. When I get frustrated with the job hunt, I head out for 60-90 minutes of bliss. It’s great to have an outlet that relieves stress and restores confidence at the same time.

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    Joshua Grzegorzewski says:

    My favorite thing about running is that it has always been there for me; when I was a kid having fun in the summer or on the playground, in school on the track and up and down that basketball court, as a young adult just trying to get back in shape, as a newly minted distance runner chasing after new goals, and now as a busy dad trying to carve out some “me time” by hoofin’ it back and forth to work and then early weekend mornings out on the trails. I can’t wait to see where it takes me next.

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    Ttrockwood says:

    Im inspired by new dance music, a good nights sleep, clean fresh workout clothes and a challenge!

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    My favorite thing about running is being out there with nature and my own thoughts. It’s also my therapy. I get lost in my mind and my music and when I’m finished, I have this great feeling of accomplishment.

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    Heather Vance says:

    I run because I can…and because there are so many that cannot. I run in memory of my dad who died of lung cancer…I never want to take any breath for granted. I run so that my teenaged kids see that I am more than just a mom…for them to be proud of me, the same way I am proud of them.

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    Dan says:

    Wow, a chance for a free pair from my beloved brand! I love lacing up my Mizunos. They just simply fit. I run twice a week with a guy 10 years older than me and he puts me in pain. For some reason, I keep coming back. That fact that he is able to whip me inspires me to keep pushing. Hopefully, I’ll be able to receive a pair of Mushas as a result of your generosity. I think I can take him if my shoes are a bit lighter! LOL. Thanks.

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    Bridget says:

    My favorite part of running is that it is time for myself. Time to think, time to sort out everything going on in my life, my family’s life and it’s time for me to have a closer relationship with God.

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    Madeline says:

    My favorite thing about running is that it allows me time for myself in a healthy way. It gets me outside to breathe fresh air and appreciate the world around me!

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    Jen F says:

    My favorite thing about running is that it always makes me feel better, but that can be in so many different ways. Obviously there’s the physical benefits of running, but running also has the power to lift my spirits when I’m down and to calm me down when I’m upset or stressed. I can go for a solo run to relax and zone out, or catch up with friends (or meet new ones) at a group run. And now my son is getting old enough to run with me, and those runs together are even more special 🙂

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    Yi-Jou C. says:

    My favorite thing about running is getting that runner’s high and feeling invincible. It means a lot to me because of all the health issues I’ve dealt with throughout my childhood and part of my adult life. That feeling of invincibility keeps me coming back for more.

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    Yi-Jou C. says:

    I also retweeted. @n_v_x

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    Danielle says:

    My job currently has me working with refugees in Thailand for 12-months. This, of course, is wonderful, except. . . .I’m something like 8,000 miles away from my husband and our two kitty-cats who live in Washington, DC. This is not the first time work has kept us apart for extended periods. It is hard. Really, really hard. Running is my therapy when we’re apart. When I’m lonely or sad, I go for a run. One to two miles in, my mood improves, my energy rises. I find contentment in the simple things in life, full of gratitude for what I have (full functioning body)! I love my husband, I love my job, and I love running for keeping the distance manageable!

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    Tiffany says:

    My favorite thing about running is just being able to feel so accomplished. I love just pounding out miles and finishing and being able to be proud of myself. What inspires me is knowing what I can do and knowing that all these people are ready to run as well. I remember my first 20k race. It was just an amazing feeling to know that all these people have the same passion for running as I do. They all woke up early and are ready to run 12.5 miles. It’s so great.

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    I love running for so many reasons and the reasons change with the days and weeks. This week I love running because it makes me feel connected to the outdoors and the people enjoying it along with me. I love feeling at peace logging mile after mile in the cool fall air and enjoying the sights and smeslls that remind me of being a child (crunching acorns, walking to school, rolling in the leaves). And I love making a small connection with those I come across on the paths– even if it’s just a smile and a “good morning.”

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    Brian says:

    I run, usually in the evening on my way home from work, because it gives me a chance to relax and release the stress of a long work day. It’s therapeutic – just me, some tunes and the occasional wildlife as I take in the scenery and unwind. I also know that for every step farther I push myself, the better example I’m setting for my young boys and the more active I’ll be with them.

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    Katie says:

    I also tweeted message @ktrunning

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    Tiffany A. says:

    I love running because it’s the time I get to myself to clear my head.

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    Russian Runner says:

    I love running because it helps me stay fit and lets me feel younger when I compete in local races.

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    alisen says:

    Wow! You are such an inspiration to all! I am always reading your blog and trying to figure out all of your food concoctions…Haha 😛 like most mommy runners, I run for my health…physical and mental!

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    alisen says:

    I tweeted! @alisenasu

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    Ashley Smith says:

    My Family inspires me….and my “future family” with The Hubs. I started really trying to get in shape to have a baby, and i realized that fitness and a healthy lifestyle makes me HAPPY. I love it and I love being able to share it with others. We are still working on the baby side of things but until then…having that goal in mind keeps me going every single day. 🙂

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    Ashley Smith says:

    oh and i also tweeted @theNewMrsSmitty!

    <3<3<3

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    Jen M. says:

    My fave thing about running is that it helped me discover a part of myself I didn’t know existed until just 2 years ago… That I am an athlete. I am strong in ways I never realized. I am passionate and dedicated about something I once detested. How can I not love that?

    Thx for the awesome giveaway! 🙂

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    Leigh S. says:

    Kristin, as a writer (and generally long-winded person!), I could rave on and on about running. I ran CC & track in high school & loved it, but I was terribly burned out and quit for a long, long time. When I returned, it felt great to commit to the hard work needed to see if I could ever begin to approach my “old” times and, more importantly begin to believe in myself again–and, in the mix of training and racing, not only improving myself physically, but mentally and emotionally.. Running is my therapy and time to think, as well as write in my head, too. “Things” that inspire me and/or give me the feeling of a Mezamashii experience are foremost my family, but I also enjoy making people smile, laugh, or think and, I hope, go on to do nice things for other people (and animals); imparting enjoyment or information through my writing and editing; and experiences I have in nature or in learning something new, which is constantly, as a parent and a middle-aged human and runner.

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    Leigh S. says:

    Tweeted this, too: https://twitter.com/1WomanWordsmith/status/253931956973236225
    Thanks, and good luck, everyone!

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    kelly s says:

    i run to lead by example for my children…they are growing up in a very sedentary generation. I realized the best way to ensure my kids aren’t part of this growing trend was to ensure physical activity is inherent in our lifestyle, including parents :)….we are proud skiers, snow-boarders swimmers and runners

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    Annette Bailey says:

    I love running and hiking the hills. It gives me time to myself, time to enjoy the fresh air outside, and time to work off some extra coffee, chocolate, or other goodies I might have gobbled up earlier.

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    Leah Y says:

    I love running as the sun rises. It inspires me to starts the day fresh with a clear mind and positive perspective 🙂

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    Tod Krumenacker says:

    What inspires me and also gives me that mezamashii experience is watching my children learn to love running and exercise and knowing that because I have finally started on the right path, for my health, that I will be around to see my children love these things for a long time! Also, I just tweeted. 🙂 Thanks for another chance for the invite.

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    Doug says:

    I love the feeling of complete peace and serenity running gives me! It helps me become centered once again and more focused if not in that moment alone! It’s a great stress reliever and a huge passion I just recently acquired!

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    Stacy H. says:

    My favorite thing about running is how strong it makes me feel, I can’t wait till I’ve worked up to running farther distances. Also, it gives me time for myself to think, plan my day, go over what’s happened so far in my day, just the perfect me time! No one can take that time away from me.

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    Stacy H. says:

    I tweeted!!

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    Eric S. says:

    Running is my true passion. I am only 18, but I have years of running experience under my belt. I enjoy the fact that running embodies the notion of “you get out what you put in”. Anyone can run – which is a gift in itself – however, to become a successful competitor, it takes an unbelievably high level of dedication.

    Running has shown me the value of hard work. I’ve put in thousands of miles with my teammates and by myself over the past few years, in preparation for many races. And to know I can be confident in my physical abilities, and that I have put so much into my training, it is very rewarding to see what happens on race day and run well.

    There is nothing better to me than waking up for an early morning workout with friends, or ending the day with a nice long night run. Running keeps me focused and balanced. It has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people that have greatly influenced my life. And it inspires me to constantly work towards being a better competitor, better student, and a better person.

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    Melissa Witte says:

    I tweeted @melissawitte

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    Kira Campion says:

    I started running almost 2 years ago after giving birth to my son. I really really wanted to love it, but I mostly stuck with it trying to figure out what people were so crazy about. 10 months after beginning to run I completed a 1/2 marathon (rock n roll in Vegas Dec 2011) and hated almost every minute of it. I found the ONLY shoes I could run in were Asics 2160 anything else I got shin splints. Terribly. A little over a month ago I went to a running store and had a fit analysis done. I bought my first pair of Mizuno’s the wave elixer 7. My. FAVORITE. Shoes. I. Have. Ever. Worn. No contest, I get it now. I see why people run. I love it. I don’t know how a shoe can do that, but it can. I went on a run this morning, 4.25 miles and got stares from almost everyone I passed b/c I was so darn giddy and smiley and happy. I have found my mezamashii and I never want to lose it.

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    Nicole Smith says:

    I am a teacher and what inspired me to renew my love for running was a former student of mine. I had become content to live the couch potato lifestyle and was waiting for the “right” time to start running again. Every day I would come up with a new reason or an excuse as to why the conditions weren’t “perfect” and kept putting off that run until years had passed. The breaking point for me was when one of my students was severely injured in a car accident. She had multiple broken bones, several deep lacerations and was wheelchair-bound due to a fractured pelvis. I visited her during one of her physical therapy sessions and watched her as she struggled to recover and walk again. Her determination and that triumphant look on her face when she took her first steps really struck a chord with me. I realized how very fortunate I was to even have the opportunity to walk, let alone go for a run. That day I vowed that I would run no matter what because my struggles and fears about running paled in comparison to what she was going through. I run for myself but I also run for those who cannot. No matter how many excuses or how “busy” I am, I remind myself that I have been blessed with a body that has the ability to run and will not take it for granted anymore.

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    Beth says:

    As a newer runner, my favorite thing about running is training to feel those miles get easier and faster.

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    Beth says:

    I tweeted @litgirl84

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    Renee says:

    My 10 year old son inspires me. He thinks he is my personal trainer and running with him always makes me fill like a kid playing. I love it. I also enjoy my runs for me and god time. I love running more now that at I get to choose to do it for me than being forced to (Marines). My gunny told me I would love it some day and I thought he was crazy.

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    Christa says:

    Running is my “me-time.” I love that I can clear my head for a short time and not worry about dishes, work, or homework!

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    Ron says:

    Did I win? Did I win?????? 🙂

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    Holding my breath to see who gets a brilliant announcement this morning!

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