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hitting my stride with Mizuno Wave Rider 18

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.

Earlier this summer I found myself in a totally new (and horribly uncomfortable) situation. I experienced my first running injury with a hip that wouldn’t allow me to stride forward without excruciating pain.

I made a few rookie runner mistakes like not being smart about how I increased my milage or taking good care of my body post-run, but I think the biggest issue was my lack of knowledge about running shoes. I must admit that before now, my running shoes were chosen primarily by looks. Yep, I went for the prettiest pink pair I could find. And boy did I pay for it!

I decided to hit up the experts at Peak Performance here in Omaha to see what kind of shoe they recommended for me. They did a thorough gait analysis on me including a good look at my foot shape and arch type and determined I needed a neutral shoe. Much to my surprise, the shoes I had been running in were just one step away from being ultra-minimalist. Not at ALL appropriate for my body or my running goals.

Mizuno wave rider 18
As luck would have it, I was offered the opportunity to review the new Mizuno Wave Rider 18’s through my partnership with FitFluential. The Wave Riders are one of Mizuno’s most popular neutral shoes, and I’ve been hearing people rave about them for years. I couldn’t wait to give them a try!

Aside from “oo-ing” and “ah-ing” over the gorgeous colors, my immediate reaction to putting them on was how nicely they hugged my foot and how lightweight they were (thanks to that special Mizuno Wave Technology). I definitely prefer an unencumbered run!

Mizuno wave rider 18
I’ve worn the Wave Rider 18’s exclusively since I received them. From brisk fall runs, to the treadmill, to my October race, I’ve been incredibly pleased with the fit, feel, and performance. These are a great daily running shoe – let’s just say, I’m hooked!

Mizuno wave rider 18
Wondering if a neutral shoe is right for you?

I looked to the experts at Mizuno for advice on who should be running in a neutral shoe. A neutral shoe like the Wave Rider 18 is perfect for a runner who:

– has high or rigid arches
– underpronates or is biomechanically efficient (aka – not an overpronator)
– wants the highest level of cushioning
– isn’t overly concerned with stability
– needs a flexible and responsive shoe

Check out this post on Mizuno’s blog if you’d like to learn more about finding the perfect fit!

Finding the right shoe has made a world of difference with my whole attitude towards running. I look forward to heading out the door and don’t rush to get changed out of my shoes. I’ve definitely hit my stride with the Wave Rider 18’s!

I think even Eleanor is waiting for the day she can fit into her first Mizunos…

Mizuno wave rider 18
You can learn more about the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 on the Mizuno website and find them in stores nationwide!

Your turn:

What type of running shoes do you prefer?
Have you ever tried Mizunos? (How did I go so long without trying them?)

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