Happy Monday! It doesn’t feel quite like a normal Monday to me because we are soaking up our Christmas vaction.

We had our first Christmas party yesterday and had a blast!


We played outside in 70 degree weather! What is going on?! Please don’t make fun of my Erie paleness, I normally do not see the sun this time of year. Oh, and there was a 4 year old there we didn’t just go to the playground for the heck of it.


We hung out with family and simply enjoyed the time together.

Wes and I

The original plan was to go to the gym do some light walking and weights this morning but my mother-in-law’s car wouldn’t start so we opted just to go for a 45 minute walk. It was the perfect day for it! It was a nice break, but I will be back in the gym tomorrow!


I have a special treat today.

Remember when I mentioned that I won a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 17’s from Jacqueline’s blog?

I got to try them out last Saturday! To be honest, I have worn them for every workout I have had since then. Can you tell I really like them? 


A long time ago I tried a pair of Mizuno shoes and really didn’t have a good experience. I don’t remember the type because it was probably 6 years ago, but I had stayed clear of them until recently.

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A couple months ago I bought a new speed shoe from Mizuno, but it also happened to be around the time I got this little injury, so I never really got a chance to try them out.

When I won these I got really excited. I won’t be wearing speed shoes anytime soon so this gave me an opportunity to try out Mizuno again. 


Feel/Support: 5 out of 5

When I first tried on the shoes they felt amazing. It was probably because I haven’t had a new pair of shoes in quite a while. The heel felt a little higher than I was used to, but once I started running I didn’t notice it anymore.

They added just enough support without making them a heavy/clunky shoe.

The shoe itself is about 8.6 oz and is a great every day trainer in my opinion. I wouldn’t race in them but I would use them for every day training runs and long runs.


Color: 4 out of 5

The female version of the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 comes in three different colors:

White – Dark Slate – Dewberry



Dark Slate – Cabbage – Raspberry Rose

Dark Slate


Sugar Coral – Aurora – Dark Slate

Sugar Coral



I was given the White – Dark Slate – Dewberry.

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I love the colors and they are very classic, but I have to admit I have been really eyeing the Sugar Coral – Aurora – Dark Slate as well.

Overall I think they have a great variety of colors.


Since I do have a few male readers out there, here are the men’s colors:


White – Black – Fiesta

White mens


Black Slate – Bright Marigold – Columbia

Slate mens


Olympic Blue – Cyber Yellow – Dress Blue




Fit: 5 out of 5

I had fallen in love with shoes before I had even tried them out. However, I know from past experience sometimes when I actually try out new running shoes they don’t feel as good as they look.

My Mom always tells a story about when I was little and I didn’t like my shoes I would say: “these shoes haven’t gotten used to my feet yet.” There are shoes that work for my husband that just don’t work for me. Point, everyone has different preferences.

I was a little nervous as I always am when I run in a new shoe, but these did great!

They felt loose enough to where they didn’t rub and cause blisters, but they also stayed snug and were the perfect fit.


Overall: 5 out of 5

This will be a shoe I return to in the future.

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I have to say I am glad that I got over my fear of Mizuno and gave these a shot. They are going to be a great addition to my running shoe collection and I can’t wait to be able to use them on training and long runs in the future.

I would highly recommend these! You can check them out on Mizuno’s website.


Have you ever run in Mizuno?

Are there any shoe brands that don’t work for you? 

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