Mizuno Wave Elixir 7–50 Mile Review

IMG_0081I received a pair of Mizuno Wave Elixir 7’s as part of the Mezamashii Project and as a FitFluential Ambassador just over a week ago.

As of today they have 50.8 miles on them. 50 Miles is usually a good point to do have found out things that you like and dislike about a pair of running shoes.

The Elixir’s are promoted as a light-weight supportive trainer, that could also double as a racing shoe for some.

They are not a minimalist or low-drop shoe, like most of the shoes that I have run in this year. They are a traditional running shoe with a 12MM drop, however, comparing how I run in them versus other lower drop shoes, I really don’t notice that much of a difference. The Elixir’s to me feel lower than their published stats.

So how have the Elixir 7’s done for me?

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What Does 12MM Drop Look Like

Are you as confused as I am about all this talk about stack heights, drop, zero drop, traditional, 4MM vs. 6MM vs. 12MM drop and millimeters? Yes I admit it – I do not think in millimeters, I think in inches and have a difficult time wrapping my head what all the hype is about.

From the conversations I have seen on Twitter and elsewhere, I am not the only one that is confused, bewildered and wondering if all the hype really makes a difference.

This post is not to take the side that one side is better than the other it is to simply give a picture of what the others are talking about when they are discussing zero drop, 4MM, 6MM, 12MM and different stack heights look like with images.

12MM Equals How Many Inches

For those of you more like me, who need more of a visual to figure things out, not just the numbers – this is what 12MM looks like compared to 6MM and 4MM.

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September 2012 Reviewed

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I don’t want to do a separate post on today’s run or the weekly summary so, I will do everything in this post since it is the last day of September.

Today’s Run

Today it was pouring rain and I don’t have confidence in any of my current rotation shoes to not cause blisters on my feet when they get wet, so I went out in the give away box to get out my old Nike Free 4.0 v2. I know that I can run in them in the wet and they do not cause any blisters. Continue reading

Skora Base–Initial Impressions

IMG_0512I was talking with a Skora representative on Twitter last week and was offered the opportunity to review the Skora Base running shoes.

They arrived this morning and I couldn’t wait to try them on (disclaimer: they were provided at no cost to me and what I write about them are my opinions about the shoe).

As TheWife would say they look like “Harold” shoes. The Base are slip-ons, that have a Velcro strap to tighten them if you need to. I really like the looks of the Base and couldn’t wait to try them on. Before I did, I looked them over very closely and found that the construction and the quality of the fit and materials was all great. When I tried them on they fit like a glove, but with plenty of room in the toe box, which can be a problem with a lot of shoes for me.

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A Challenge For Other Runners

P8040002I have a challenge for other runners out there.

Have you looked closely at some of your running buddies lately, students you know or even family members who run?

Are their running shoes starting to really look pretty darn tired?

With the hard times many people are having right now a lot of runners are wearing running shoes that are worn out or pretty close to it.

How does that affect you and I?

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It is Time to Stop Experimenting as Much

Barefoot Running 9-18-12Over the course of the next 13 months I am looking to start using running equipment that I will be using to train for the Marine Corps Marathon 2013 under 3:30.

There are new and not so new innovations that can help runners train more efficiently and effectively, as well as reduce downtime due to the little aches and pains we all seem to collect when training hard.

This past year has been about finding out what running equipment works for me and doing a lot of experimenting with different shoes, apps, clothes, socks, etc. It is now getting the equipment that I will be using to prepare for MCM2013.

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Running in my Newton Gravity’s Again

IMG_0309I have been not happy with my other running shoes and have had too many pairs of running shoes this year that have become closet shoes.

You know the shoes that runners put in the closet and might or might not ever see the light of day again. If they do – it is usually to become something other than running shoes or be thrown in the give-away box after while.

As a result, I have been researching what running shoes I want to try next. Isn’t that the story of my life as a runner – always looking for that “perfect” running shoe?

I found a pair that I really wanted to try and they were one of my Top 5 shoes to look at last February.

Small problem – life got in the way. The truck developed a leak in a transmission line and needed a new brake calipers, so getting a new pair of shoes is out of the question for now – TheWife is understanding, but the budget can only take so much. I had to come up with an alternative plan.

My alternative plan

Look in the closet to see what was still in there, that might be useable for about a month. I “found” my old Newton Gravity’s and thought about them.

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August 2012 Recap

Some great news happened this month, but unfortunately, I can’t share it with you until September 17th. Needless to say I am very, very excited by this opportunity and can’t wait until I can tell you more about it!!!!

I have battled discomfort in my hamstrings and right hip pretty much all month and the last 4 days of the month decided to shut it down and not run at all. It is helping a lot and my body definitely needed the down time. I only ran 21 days this month, it is the fewest number of days run in a long time.

I did get to cross off one of my Bucket List items – Running in Central Park. I had fun and enjoyed the run there, but as much as I liked Central Park, I still wouldn’t want to live in NYC. I am just too much of a country boy :-).

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First Run in Adidas Adizero Sonic 3

P8140007Today was my first run in the Adidas Adizero Sonic 3 running shoes that I bought today at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

I chose to do my first run in the Sonic’s to be a fairly tough run – My Middle Road Loop, which has hills, dirt roads and ditches to jump in to avoid vehicles.

I did this because it would tell me a lot about how the Adidas would treat my hammies and hip.

So how did they do?

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Buying Adidas Adizero Sonic 3

P8140005As a result of my long day of thinking about how I was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, I decided to go ahead and buy a pair of regular – non minimalist running shoes.

I find it both exciting and exasperating all at the same time to shop for new running shoes, because you are trying so hard to find that next perfect for you running shoe and you wonder if the shoe you chose was the right one and you don’t really know until around 200 miles the answer to that question.

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