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My Current Shoe Line Up

My Current Shoe Line Up


Weekend Workouts:

Saturday- Taught boot camp then took the rest of the day off.

Sunday- Ran 7 miles on the treadmill at the gym. Followed it with 10 minutes on the stairmill because I’m pretty sure it was missing me after logging so many hours on it while I couldn’t run. Ha ha.

So the run. I’ve been having to switch up running days with my Runner’s World Challenge training plan because of all the classes I teach and my crazy schedule. Since I didn’t get a run in earlier in the week with some miles at MP (marathon pace) I did it yesterday.

I was nervous because I just really haven’t run hard or fast since the LA Marathon in March. With my MCM training plan my MP is 7:27. My run was supposed to have 3 miles at that pace.

Whelp, I made it. I even felt okay enough to do 4 miles at that pace, but it’s easier for me to keep a good pace on the treadmill than it is outside on my own. (The fact that I had very limited time before the boys’ swimming lessons with a new teacher helped kick my bootie a bit too. Any motivation helps, right?)


I did 1 warm-up mile, then 4 at MP and then 2 cool down miles.

The run was hard mentally though. I had to keep talking to myself (in my head you know). It’s tough coming back from a injury and tackling a run that used to be easy, but isn’t anymore. I have to keep reminding myself to take it slow and it’s okay to not be as fast anymore. I have pretty severe hip dysplasia so the fact that I can even run again right now without pain is quite a big deal just on it’s own.


Oh…. the mental games of being an athlete…….

Anyhoo, kept my Elixir 8s on to sit and watch the boys a bit with their new swim instructor and get a little Runner’s World motivation.




Since my last post was pretty much all about food, we’ll talk shoes and races this morning, yes?

I’ll just show you one roasted kabocha boat picture because, let’s be honest, those never get old.


That was from yesterday. I’m out of kabocha at the moment so no boats today. It might be a rough one. Ha ha.


Moving on.

Before we talk shoes today is the last day to get in on the Pro Compression summer sale. Here are my newest additions to my sock drawer (if you care).


Get 40% off all items on their website. Today is the last day of this sale, so if you need some Pro, take advantage of it! ‪Use coupon code JULY at checkout.


So, reader Krystle asked about the different shoes I wear for  different runs, etc. Since I’m finally back in running shoes for running instead of time on the elliptical I thought I’d touch on shoes a bit.

Not to mention Mizuno came out with some pretty cool new colors of some of my favorites just last month that I’m adding to my wish list.

My go to shoes in the rotation are these at the moment.


Here’s the line up.


From both sides.


I’m not the shoe expert. I’m just obsessed with Mizunos, know that once I started running in them years ago my life was changed and have learned a thing or two about the different shoes so I’ll share what I wear.

Depending on the run I’m doing, I switch it up. I’m overpronate so all the shoes I wear (with the exception of the new Wave Sayonara) are in the “support” category.

If I’m going for a long training run or just a casual easy run outside I wear my Inspire 9s.


They are here on the website. I used to do long training runs in the Wave Nirvana, but as my mileage increased over the past few years I found that they were a little too supportive for me so the Wave Inspires have taken their place.


When I’m doing a faster training run or for my races I always wear the Wave Elixir 8.


They are lighter than the Inspires, but still give my the right amount of support. They have been my go to racing shoe for the past few years. I love them. And…… they have a new color out that I really want. Have you seen these?



The new Wave Sayonara that just came out is even lighter and faster than the Elixir.


These are in the “neutral” category, so not as supportive as I’m used to, but I really love them so far. I haven’t put too many miles on them as I’m still getting back into things and don’t want to risk additional injuries, etc., but they may replace the Elixirs as my racing shoe sometime soon.


Before I got injured, I did quite a few on my speed work treadmill runs in the Wave Musha.


They are considered  “performance support”. They are the lightest in the
support” category and pretty flat and fast.

I hope to some day transition into racing in these (you know, when I get really fast and stuff). I don’t do any long runs in them just yet, but I like using them for speed work. If all goes well, I’ll be getting into more speed work in the next few weeks.



So, there you have it.

If you’re not sure what shoe is right for you it’s a good idea to check out the Mizuno Precision Fit Analysis. It will help you figure out what type of support and shoe would be best. I also recommend going to a store that analyzes your running on one of those special computer treadmill things. I’m sure that’s not the technical term, but they help.

Oh, and one more big tip, once you’ve worn through your shoes and are looking for new ones, take your old ones in so they can see where and how your current shoes have worn. They can tell if you might need a shoe with more or less support depending on how the shoes are worn on the bottom. Pretty cool, huh?

If you have a shoe question that needs some expert advice, you should probably ask an expert. This guy knows everything. I do not (obviously).

Do you have a shoe-related question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Please include your address.) He’ll pick five questions a month to answer and if he picks your question, we’ll send you a beautiful Mizuno tech T-shirt.



Happy Monday! Here’s a little Runner’s World Monday Motivation for you!



What about you, do you wear different shoes for different types of running?

Are you a “support” shoe person or a “neutral” one?

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  1. 1
    Joy says:

    This is so, so helpful! I’ve recently been trying to figure out if I should be wearing more supportive shoes for my longer runs (I usually wear neutral shoes) and this is helpful. I love all the colors! Mizuno makes beautiful shoes.

  2. 2

    Definitely support..I don’t switch out “types” of shoes..just colors 🙂 I buy the same shoe in different colors and rotate them.

  3. 3
    Natalie says:

    We are shoe twins!! I have all of those shoes except the Musha. I haven’t taken the step to trying the Musha just yet.

  4. 4

    I tried to get a kabocha squash last night for my mid-morning snacks (to mix with eggs), but my grocery store said it’s a fall thing for them. Darn! I went with butternut squash instead, which was still pretty yummy.

    And I’m a stability shoe person, since I overpronate (mostly on one side). Injury free is always my goal and I know how important shoe support can be. 🙂

  5. 5

    Love that quote at the end…I need a reminder like that every once in a while…thanks for sharing : )

  6. 6
    Kim says:

    Love the shoe line-up – Mizunos are my favorite brand.
    And, I have to admit, after the fit and comfort – I will always pick shoes based on how they look – I love bright colors!!!

  7. 7
    Laura says:

    Nice shoe line up 🙂 I want to start switching to different shoes for different types of runs. I am thinking about trying to rotate in the elixirs. I do like support, but my beloved creations are in the neutral category. Though I am a long-time mizuno lover, I do wear brooks pure flows for lighter shoes, and cascadias for trail running…i tried the sayonara, but they were too narrow and didn’t fit me right.
    And a word of advice…if you ask Bob the shoe guy a question, and get picked for a shirt…go up a size. I asked for my normal size, a small, and it’s tiny. I don’t think I have ever worn it (sad).

  8. 8

    May I please have one of each of those shoes?!? I’m in need of a new pair of Mizuno’s & just found out mine are discontinued. Guess it’s time to start testing some out. Love the company as a whole. Happy Monday!

  9. 9
    Sheena says:

    Sock question! I have a pair of Pro sleeves, so no real size concerns were evident since I didn’t have to consider shoe size. I want to get a pair of compression socks now, and their size chart doesn’t put my worried mind at ease. An XS is up to womens size 7, and a S/M is size 7-11. I’ve never seen a size guide where womens 11 was considered just a medium, or size 7 was an XS!

  10. 10

    Hey! I am Mizuno obsessed too! My go to shoe are the Inspires for the past 5 or 6 years. LOVE THEM!!! I have the Eliixirs as well and was able to test out the Sayonara’s a few weeks ago–loved them! Those are next on my list. 🙂 Keep up the great work— so happy that you are on the mend! 🙂


  1. […] There’s one specifically talking about the new Wave Sayonara, the Wave Elixir and the Musha which are all part of my current shoe line up. […]

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