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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
My Elixirs are my racing shoes.
They got me a PR at the San Francisco Marathon a couple of months ago.
Most recently they got me 3rd place in my age group at the AFC Half Marathon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I changed my shoes of course. Then I had to change back to continue our adventure outside.
We made one refueling Starbucks stop along the way to our next destination.
Oh yes, my favorite Starbucks drink was a must.
The we found ourselves downtown San Diego for some new scenery.
We cut our run a little short because we didn’t want to miss our chance to take the ferry.
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.
Speaking of new shoes, I was recently sent a pair of the newly released color of the Women’s Wave Nirvana 8 shoes.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.