After 2 very miserable months off running, a lot of painful physical therapy, a tearful Marine Corp Marathon Deferment, and numerous slow/awful/sad runs the Charleston Half Marathon finally has me feeling a bit like my old self. A slower, more careful version of my old self, but boy does it feel great to be moving again. This really got me thinking about this whole injury and recovery process and the one person that kept me sane – my running buddy, T.
I knew I had to do something for her so I reached out to my favorite people – the geniuses behind Mizuno Running, and my beloved Wave Creations, and asked for their help.
Excerpt of my letter to Mizuno,
I switched to Mizuno a year ago after I lost toenails, got crazy blisters, and pretty much had miserable feet through my entire first marathon training. I have been beyond thrilled with Mizuno and will never go back. As both a customer, runner, and Mezamashii member Mizuno has been nothing short of amazing.
However, yesterday I was reminded of how my Mizuno love affair started. I have been running with the same training partner for the past two years, ever since I decided to tackle distance running. When I was having shoe problems she was the one who pushed me to try Mizuno. She is the true definition of a Mizuno addict. She began wearing Wave Riders about a decade ago and has not bought a single running shoe that was not a Wave Rider since.
That got me thinking – how wonderful would it be if I could get a new pair of Wave Rider 16s for her. This is a woman who has run beside me at every race even though I am much slower than her. When I got injured and had to defer the MCM marathon she instantly did the same so we could continue running and training together. When I wasn’t allowed to run for over 2 months she still called me to schedule walks on all our normal run days to keep my spirits up and then ran on her own later. She is the dream running partner and I feel so lucky to have her in my life. I am finally healthy enough and we are beginning our marathon training – we will be running the full at RnR Nashville this spring and Marine Corp this fall. I would love to surprise her with a brand new pair of Wave Rider 16s to begin our training with. A fresh start.
I wondered if you all would be willing to send me a pair of Wave Riders to give to her. I think this would be an amazing thing to do for the best training partner a girl could ask for, the one who introduced me to Mizuno in the first place, and the biggest Mizuno Wave Rider addict I know.
Boy did Mizuno deliver. T gave me the weirdest look today after our normal Saturday morning training run, when I reached into my car and pulled out a box for her. Okay maybe that is because said box was wrapped in Christmas paper, but that is all I had.
She asked, “What is this?”
I told her, “Read the card you’ll see.”
All the sudden she looks up with a huge smile, like holy crap I just PRed a marathon smile and says, “Are these Mizunos?” and begins ripping into the paper.
Needless to say she is ecstatic and I am beyond thrilled that Mizuno let me give a fabulous gift to the best brilliant run partner ever! Plus how amazing are the shoes they sent?!? – Too cute!
Thank you Mizuno!