A lot of you may know that I am a Mizuno lover. Even before I was lucky enough to have the support of Mizuno providing me with excellent kit, I was a dedicated fan. Besides from the very first pair of trainers I had, which I quickly dismissed as they didn’t work for me, every pair of trainers I have had since then has been Mizuno, and this isn’t an exaggeration. I have been a Wave Rider girl since day one. So, I thought it might be helpful for some of you if I wrote about what shoes I wear for what, and why I wear them. It can be difficult to find the right shoe for you and a brand that suits your style, but for me, a neutral runner, these are my go to shoes on a daily basis.
Easy runs and long runs
My go to shoe for everything easy is the Wave Rider. Whether I am going for an easy 30 or a 90 minute long run, I will always have Wave Rider’s on my feet. For someone like me they are the perfect balance between being cushioned whilst also being light weight. I’ve worn the Wave Rider for a long time, but the Wave Rider 24 with the new Mizuno Enerzy technology is another class. It is such a smooth shoe to run in and feels so much more responsive than the previous riders. It is definitely a shoe to try!
I have recently turned to wearing the Wave Rider Neo for all my sessions, whether they are on track, road, longer tempos or shorter fast reps. The Neo differs to the regular Rider as it has the Mizuno Enerzy technology running throughout it rather than just in the heel. It is lighter and more springy which makes it perfect as a session shoe when you want to feel that forward drive when you’re working hard. I also like having a different shoe to session in, which isn’t a race shoe, as it puts me in the headspace for a session but whilst providing me with more cushioning than a race shoe.
I personally think the Wave Rider GTX is a revolutionary shoe. How often do you go for a run, step in a puddle a few minutes in, and for the rest of your run your feet are soggy and grim? I do it literally all the time! However, the Rider GTX has a waterproof lining so when you step in a puddle, your feet stay dry. When I wear these shoes I don’t even try to avoid any puddles, I just run straight through them. It is even more fun when you feel invincible as you know your feet will be cosy and dry.
This is one of my favourites. Mostly because it means racing and we definitely haven’t been able to do enough of this in the past year. For road races, I wear the Wave Aero. These are a much more traditional racing flat in comparison to a lot of present day racing shoes, but they are springy and fast. They glide your foot off the ground and are incredibly light weight. They truly help get me in the zone, as they are a lot lighter than my training shoes, so I feel like I can go so much faster.
I consider myself very lucky as when it came to finding the right trainers for me, I only tried one other brand before I realised Mizuno suited me (and this was nearly 17 years ago!!). The shoes above all work for me and I think you'll like them too.
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