I received the chance to try these shoes through my ambassadorship with Mizuno, but all opinions expressed are my own.
Check out my review below….
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I was very excited when I found out I would get the chance to try the new Mizuno Wave Rider 17. I currently rotate through three different styles of Mizunos and more pairs than I care to admit. I do my trail runs in the Ascend, my speed work in the Wave Sayonara, and all my other runs in the Wave Creation (which is my bread and butter running shoe). I was excited to see how the Wave Rider compares to the Wave Creation since I have lots of friends who marathon train in the Wave Rider and absolutely love them. The main difference I noticed when I slipped on the Wave Rider was that it is lighter than my usual Wave Creations (almost 2oz lighter), but it still had the same comfortable Mizuno fit I have grown to love. Just like the Wave Creation the Wave Rider is a neutral shoe that will work wonderfully for most runners. It has a good amount of support and cushioning so it will work not only for shorter runs, but also for longer distances.
I tried my Wave Riders out throughout the week last week. Okay, I had a bit of a strut as I walked around the gym in them. Hot new shoes make me feel awesome, I cannot help it. After some good treadmill workouts (which I am sure was the shoes and not me, I hate the treadmill) and a mid week run I decided these bad boys were ready to race. I laced my new Wave Rider 17 up and pushed myself to a brand new 5K PR at my local Reindeer Run. These babies may be my lucky shoes! Not only did they gave me a new PR, on top of that my feet still felt great post race. No pain, no blisters, all smiles – now that is a brilliant run.
I will definitely be working the Wave Rider 17 into my Mizuno running shoe rotation. I personally think I will stick to the Wave Creation for my longest runs as I am very injury prone, and while the Wave Creations are heavier they do provide a bit more protection. I will use the Wave Rider a ton on some of my shorter runs though, like the 7 miles I enjoyed tonight. I can also easily see how lots of people marathon train in the Wave Rider, if I wasn’t always so injured I would probably stick with the Wave Rider full time as it is an amazing shoe, a bit lighter, and about $35 less expensive than the Wave Creation which helps when you buy shoes as often as most runners do. This is an amazing shoe and one I would highly suggest you check out if you are looking for a neutral running shoe.
In the spirit of the holiday season Mizuno and I are giving away a brand new pair of Wave Rider 17s. Think of us as elves bearing running shoes.
However, this giveaway will be a little different than most – instead of keeping the shoes for yourself you will be entering to gift them to someone else.
For example if I was capable of entering my comment would be this:
I would gift the Wave Riders to Cecilia of MommiesRun because she trained so hard to prepare for her very first marathon last weekend only to have it cancelled because of weather. Instead of calling it quits she is right back on the wagon training for the full in NoLa. I bet some new Mizunos would be perfect for her.
If my comment was picked as the winner I would not be the one who got the shoes, they would be delivered to Cecilia as a Brilliant Run gift from me (and Mizuno) to her.
So, in the holiday spirit… time to gift some shoes! a Rafflecopter giveaway