Last week I received the most amazing email. Thank you Katie!
If you haven't heard about The Mezamashii Run Project here's a little summary. Mizuno is giving away thousands of running shoes and relying on runners to spread the word about their brilliance instead of spending gobs of money on advertising. You can learn more on the website.
When I came home from my trip to Cincinnati, I found the box waiting for me.
I already have a couple pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 15s that I absolutely love.
Yesterday I tried on my new Wave Inspire 8s. Awesomeness!
The Wave Inspire 8s are a support shoe compared to the neutral Wave Rider 15s, but appear to be just as lightweight yet offer a little more cushioning in the heal base. I selected the Wave Inspire 8s to use on my longer training runs.
I tested them out on a 6 mile (mostly trail part road) run. The first thing I noticed when I put them on was that they felt a little roomier in the toe area. I was worried that too much room would cause some rubbing, but everything felt good during my run.
During my run, I was pleasantly surprised to feel some air on my feet. I've never noticed this with my Wave Rider 15s, so I thought I might be manufacturing some fabulous new quality. I was not. The sensation continued throughout the run, and after a thorough inspection I noticed that the Inspire 8s do not have the thin layer of material on the outside.
Even though the Wave Inspire 8s are a support shoe, they are not the heavy clunkers that we typically envision. Mizuno shows us that you can have stability without adding extra weight. In fact there is only a .2 ounce weight difference to the Wave Rider 15s.
The Wave Inspire 8s will be my new go-to shoe for longer training runs.
What running shoe do you wear?
Do you change up your shoes for short/long runs?
*FYI - I was given a pair of Mizuno running shoes as part of the Mezamashii Project. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.