Currently I do all my long runs in my Wave Creation, my mid-distance runs in the Wave Rider, and my Wave Sayonara are my speed work shoes for short distances and treadmill work. (I am sure you realize by now I am a huge Mizuno fan.) I thought I had it all figured out – until I met the Wave Hitogami.
The Wave Hitogami is Mizuno’s newest release, a racing flat constructed for a fast run! Compared to the Wave Sayonara it has less of a heel to toe drop, and it weighs in at almost a full ounce lighter than the Wave Sayonara, making it by far the lightest shoe I have ever owned.
However, I must admit that I initially thought – Why in the world do I need a racing flat?
I am not a super speedy runner, I am never contending for age group prizes, heck most people would not even consider me a racer, more like a jogger. So how exactly do shoes like The Wave Hitogami fit into the rotation for an average runner like me?
The first time I put the Wave Hitogami on I was shocked by how well they fit; it felt like I was wearing a pair of slippers. I started to think maybe there is something to these shoes after all. With the lower heel to toe drop they worked great as a cross training shoe, and I happily powered my way through Body Pump in them. Now I know why all the lifters prefer lighter shoes, I felt way more connected and grounded when squatting than I normally do in my big old Wave Creations (my long run true love).
Okay, so these bad boys were great for weight/strength training, but what about running? For years I only ran in shoes with maximum cushioning like my Wave Creation. I have been so injury prone that I was reluctant to run in anything else. However, over the past year I have been able to work in the Wave Rider and Wave Sayonara which provide different levels of standard/mid cushioning. This has worked out really well for me, but I have been very careful to listen to my body and what types of shoes it can handle on each type of run. I must admit I was really worried about introducing the Wave Hitogami into my running mix. I knew I loved the look, the feel was amazing, and these have become my perfect strength/lifting shoe, but when I stepped on that treadmill – I was scared! I figured I owed it to you all, and to Mizuno, to try it out, but I was worried, this is a racing flat with minimum cushioning. What if running in them hurt?
I jumped on the treadmill slowly, even for me, at first and jogged my way through a mile. The shoes felt great, light as a feather and comfortable. I continued on and slowly cranked the speed up a bit. In the end I was shocked – I only ran a few miles since I am still in recovery mode, but they were the fastest miles I have run in a while. I was so happy with the shoes (and myself a little bit). I was really impressed, with the lower level of cushioning I thought the run would hurt my feet and legs a lot more, but I felt just as good as ever.
So what does this mean for me:
The Wave Hitogami will be in my rotation for sure. I will use them for all me strength/lifting workouts, but I am happy to report that I will run in them too. I never thought I would be the one to own a light-weight, low drop, racing flat, but I am happy I do. I am planning on using these along with the Wave Sayonara for speed work. The Sayonara will probably do more tempo runs, while the Wave Hitogami and I will be together for lots of my shorter, faster, treadmill speed work. I also think these would be great shoes to run my 5K series in. With my own injury drama, I might bump up a bit and run 10Ks in the Wave Sayonara. For someone who is less injury prone, I think the Wave Hitogami could do even more work, and longer distances.
Have you owned a racing flat before?
Would you be interested in one?
How would it fit into your rotation?
These shoes were provided to me through my blogger/ambassador partnership with Mizuno Running; however, all opinions on the blog are always 100% truthful and completely my own.