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Negative Steps, a LOVE Drop, the First Purple Potato and The New Wave Rider 18

Negative Steps, a LOVE Drop, the First Purple Potato and The New Wave Rider 18


This morning’s run was pretty craptastic, so I’ll spare you details. I thought it would be great and intended on doing some speed work. I even went to bed at 9:45 pm last night.

But I was wrong. I wasn’t feeling it from the minute I got up. My motivation was just getting the run done. I’m already looking forward to my rest day this week. Ha.

Nala was there to greet me though.

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Doesn’t it look like she’s saying “just get to work”?

Then Taye Diggs was there to greet me during one of the New Girl episodes I watched. Ha ha.

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I stepped off the treadmill way too many times yet again. Dang that’s a bad habit I need to break, but just don’t know how to. I was really happy when the run was over.

It’s good to have not that great runs every once in awhile so you really appreciate the good ones. Right?

Breakfast is always better after a tough run too.


French Toast today. (This basic French Toast is the same as Pumpkin French Toast, just without the pumpkin- 1/2 cup Silk and 1 cup egg whites.)

I’ve been wearing my iFit active yesterday and today and for some odd reason my steps from yesterday were in the negative.

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How does that happen? Weird right?

Not sure about that total calorie burn either. How does that happen with negative steps? Something is off.


Yesterday we got a pretty awesome LOVE DROP from Love Grown Foods.


So many amazing goodies all in one package.


We’re all about the love over here right now.

Today is picture day for the boys. They picked out their own nice shirts (the “secret pocket shirt” and the “hawk shirt”), did their own hair and then powered up with some Power O’s.

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Hmm…… hope it went well.


I made my first baked purple sweet potato last night with one we got from Frieda’s to go with dinner.


I know, not even one from my huge box from Sprouts yesterday. I baked it too long of course, but topped with a little garlic salt it went perfectly with a huge turkey taco salad.



Moving on…..

You’ve probably heard the buzz about the brand new Mizuno Wave Rider 18 that comes out next month. They are pretty snazzy looking.


They are on the website here:

Mizuno Wave Rider 18

I was sent a pair to test out. I’ve heard a lot about the Wave Rider shoes as the majority of other Mizuno runners I know prefer the Wave Rider over other shoes. They are a neutral shoe for people with medium to high arches.

My go to outdoor running shoe is the Wave Inspire because I pronate a bit, but I was excited to give these a go since I’ve heard so much about them.

Here’s a great video that explains a little more about the changes and upgrades Mizuno has done on this popular shoe.


Directly from the Holabird Sports website is the description of the updated shoe.


The ideal fit and performance balance of Mizuno Wave Rider 18 running shoes make them a top choice for runners seeking a smooth ride in a sleek, lightweight daily trainer. With an ideal heel fit and secure midfoot embrace, these shoes will feel like they are a part of your feet. Brand new color schemes with a polished Japanese name plate near the heel on the lateral side complete the updated look.

Upper: Lace-up front offers an adjustable fit. Padded tongue and heel collar enhance comfort. Mesh provides ventilated flexibility. Dynamotion FIT™ moves with your foot seamlessly throughout your stride, eliminating stress points and bunching for a more comfortable run.

Midsole: U4iC midsole provides resiliency and a smooth ride at a fraction of the weight of traditional midsoles. Wave Technology® dissipates impact forces away from the foot for a smoother, more cushioned feel on every step. Removable insole.

Outsole: X10® durable carbon rubber outsole allows for longer wear in high impact areas and supplements traction at heel strike. SmoothRide Engineering™ minimizes the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the foot during transitions, creating the smoothest ride possible.



The Wave Rider has always been one of Mizunos most popular shoe. I know some Wave Rider runners didn’t love the 17s that came out last year as much as the 16s they had previously. Mizuno has made some changes to get back to they style and feel that many runners fell in love with.

Among other advancements, they brought back the traditional mesh, improved the material in the weight plate and a more secure midfoot fit.


Little things I noticed right away were the Wave Rider symbol on the side and the Mizuno logo around the ankle. Pretty cool.


The laces are shorter on these just like they are on the new Wave Sayonara 2 shoes.


I’ve run in them a good handful of times. I haven’t worn previous versions so I can’t really compare these to them, but they are very comfortable and lighter in weight while providing a smooth run.


I know a lot of people are anxiously awaiting the release of this popular shoe. These are the shoes Mom wears. I better give her the scoop on them. Ha.


I’m probably sticking with the Inspires for my longer runs since that’s what my flatter than flat feet are used to, but these are impressive and I can see why those who don’t have pronation problems fall in love with them and why they’re so popular.


I just saw that you can pre-order them now from Holabird Sports here and get your hands on them before they’re released to everyone else. They say they ship early from there. Just passing it along because I want you to be the first to know. He he.


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Have a wonderful day!


Have you ever gotten a negative number of steps on an activity tracker? Does anyone know how that happens?

Who runs in Wave Riders? What were the main differences between the 16s and 17s if you do?

Have you gotten your hands on any purple sweet potatoes yet?

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    Funny, I’m a pronator (or was? no am. yes. i think) and LOVE my Wave Rider’s. Do they make Inspire’s in a wide version? Maybe that’s why I love the wave rider so much. Anywho, I need someone to send me the address to a mizuno fairy because dang, I’m definitely going to need those now that I’ve got a couple few races coming up again!

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    Erika says:

    Never tried the wave riders. I have super flat feet and pronate so I’ll never know the feeling of a light, neutral shoe :(. I may have to give the inspires a try. I tried the paradox, got injured and sadly they fell apart super quick. I was devastated. Especially with the $135 price tag! Anywho, is there a local store in North County that sells love grown oats? I’d really like to try them out. My kids love cereal and I’m always on the hunt for healthier options. Thanks!

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    Sam says:

    Maybe you were walking backwards? I’ve never tried an activity tracker (though I’m dying to, the OCD numbers geek in me is itching for that data), but weird technological gremlins always seem to follow me around. My phone has started taking pictures and posting them to instagram from inside my pocket without my permission. I worry that if I wear a tracker I’ll somehow get tesseracted back in time and space to King Arthur’s court.

    Those Wave Rider 18s are PRETTY! I rock a pair of 16s for the majority of my long runs. The clerk at the shoe store told me that the 17s are similar in character to the Sayonaras (which was my race shoe of choice for this past spring).

    That photo of Nuala is priceless.

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    I love the look of those! I wear the Inspires too but have always been interested in trying out the Riders for shorter runs.

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    Allyssa says:

    I have never had a purple sweet potato but they look fun!

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    Loving the 18s. had a great run in them today.


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