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October 21, 2014

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. Although I was compensated for this review, all thoughts are honest and opinions are my own!

Hi guys! Wow. I have been spending a lot of time reading through your responses to this morning’s reader survey and I am ecstatic!

It sounds like the majority of you all are on board with the idea of making some changes on the blog front and that makes me so happy to hear.

It’s very comforting to know I won’t lose your readership throughout the process. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your opinions and also for the encouragement for me to do what I believe in.

Ya’ll really are the best, and I am grateful for each and every one of you!

Quick note…

I decided to include a section on sponsored posts into the survey because I have kept busy collaborating with what seems like several different brands in a short amount of time this month.

I want to make it clear that I don’t say yes to everything I am approached with, and in fact, I only agree to work with a small percentage of companies and products I’m prompted by. I reserve the “sponsored post” label for things I would honestly go buy myself, and in many cases I do!

I hope you understand that I am very true to my word in my reviews. I don’t gain anything different by giving a positive or extremely positive or just “okay” review. If I come across something I just don’t like, you probably won’t even see it on the blog.

I have never been in that situation before, but if I was, I would be sure to contact the company and reassure them that they probably don’t want the review to happen if that was the case.

(The end.)

That said, now you can trust me when I tell you these shoes are the ish.

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 shoe review


The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 might just be my favorite running shoe to date!

(No but really.)

I had the opportunity to review the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 last year, and I still use those in my shorter run rotation. (I always suggest buying a couple pairs of running shoes to anyone training for races and continuously rotate them to extend the wear!)

I thought I would enjoy these shoes just the same, and didn’t have high hopes for them past that. I figured they would be great, but would end up being just another addition to the running shoe rotation collection.

Two weeks ago, I laced the Wave Rider 18 sneakers up for the first time and completed a quick three miles around the neighborhood.

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 review

I really liked them! They were the perfect blend of comfortable and supportive, so I put them on for my next run too.

I was still a big fan after that run, and wanted to put them to test by wearing them on my 11 mile training run the week before my half marathon.

I was actually pretty nervous about this. Mizuno has been my go-to long distance running brand for several years. For the past two, I have sworn by my Wave Enigmas and put them on my feet any time I feel more than five miles coming on.

It’s always been a complex for me. Long run = Wave Enigmas because that is what the kind people at Track Shack specifically put me in to train with years ago. Whenever I need a new pair, I hop on Amazon and replace that exact pair with a new version.

Knowing all of this, you can probably understand when I say that I don’t have super high hopes for any new running shoes that I come into contact with. They have to be pretty darn special for me to pick them over what I am already comfortable with.

After my 11 miles in the Mizuno Wave 18 running shoes, I was in love!

Mizuno waverider18 stretch

I put my running sole inserts in them, and wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

What I got was a comfortable run that was easy to get through without the slightest bit of knee pain or sensation of numb toes.

That almost always happens with anything over eight miles for me, even in my trusted Wave Enigmas.

I kept my inserts in my Wave Rider 18s and wasn’t sure which pair I would end up running my half marathon in. Do I really love the Wave Rider 18 sneakers that much to race in them? I mean… that’s kind of a big deal.

Well… the answer is yes.

Detroit Free Press Half Marathon Hope Water Project 2014

I went off of my good feelings about the 11 mile run in them and decided to try them out for the 13.1!

I experienced a slight discomfort (pain on the bottom of my foot) around mile 12, but really… that was to be expected. I remember my feet hurting about eight miles into my first half.

Logging in over forty miles in these bad boys, you can definitely say I have given them a fair try. I absolutely love them!

Here are some of the features of the Wave Rider 18:

• a neutral running shoe with enough support for a wide range of runners

• provides the ideal balance of fit and performance

• smooth ride in a sleek, light running shoe

• U4ic midsole delivers optimal shock attenuation, resiliency, responsiveness and superior ride that is 30% lighter than AP+

• Dynamotion® Fit™ relieves the stress the foot naturally places on footwear which can help in eliminating distortion

• Mizuno Wave Technology® provides a stable ride from landing to toe-off and features a Double Fan Wave with articled forefoot Wave Plate for the optimal blend of shock attenuation guidance and lightweight flexibility

Mizuno WaveRider 18 running shoe review

The Mizuno Wave Rider 18 is now on sale and retails at $119.99.

I plan on wearing mine on a rotation with my other running shoes, but that is only to make them last longer. I might need to evaluate the next time I go to replace my “normal” long distance running shoe!

Overall, they felt perfectly supported and extremely lightweight.

Thanks for the chance to test out the goods, Mizuno!

October 13, 2014

Half-Marathon Training Week 5

I legitimately cannot believe that my half-marathon is less than a week away! I remember signing up for it back in May, thinking it was sooo far down the road. Does anyone else feel like this year has absolutely flown?

I am currently in my final week of training and feel great. I ran my last long distance run (11 miles) over the weekend, which is the longest I have ever run solo. It really wasn’t all that bad!

I’m actually getting the itch to sign up for another half. I mean, I’m already trained… so why not? We shall see.

Week 5 was the first time I completely skipped a training day. Instead, I pushed my run to the next day and combined it with my strength training. It all worked out just fine. Here’s how the rest of the week went!

Need to catch up?

Half-Marathon Training Recap: Week 1

Half-Marathon Training Recap: Week 2

Half-Marathon Training Recap: Week 3

Half-Marathon Training Recap: Week 4

Half-Marathon Training: Week 5 Recap

Please keep in mind that this is a six week half-marathon training plan I came up with on my own, specifically catered to what works best for me. Feel free to take a look in the archives for my first half-marathon training plan (you will find the section under the Fitness Page) that lasted a duration of ten weeks if you are looking for something closer to a beginner level.

The plan…

6 week half marathon training plan

What I did (Week 5: October 6 – 12, 2014)

• Monday – REST

I wanted to get out there, but decided to stay productive indoors and push my run to the next day instead.

• Tuesday –  3 miles + at-home circuit workout

I wasn’t in too much of a hurry on this one. I took Roadie with me and made our standard loop in and out of the trails. The weather was gorgeous!

trail run with roadie in fall

Can you please just do me a solid and stay like this forever, Michigan?

fall foliage on trails

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 30:19 mins.

Pace: 10:06 min./mile

When we got in from the run, I took a fifteen minute break to stretch and roll around on the floor with Roadie (he always pummels into me and goes crazy when I am on the floor) before starting this dumbbell circuit workout in the basement.

(If you read last week’s WIAW post, you’ve already seen it!)

Cardio + Circuit Workout

I purposely chose one that included cardio at the beginning and only required an additional 20 minutes of work.

at-home circuit workout

I had been at least a week since I had done any kind of squats or lunges, much less with the added weight of dumbbells. Whoops.


I quickly dove into a Subway 6-inch I picked up earlier in record time.

subway turkey with veggies and cheese on wheat

Turkey, American cheese, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, banana peppers, jalapeños, black olives, and pickles sprinkled in pepper and drizzled with oil + vinegar on wheat bread.

I also ate my fair share of these Popped Wheat Thins Scott brought home.

wheat things popped chips

(You must try them!)

• Wednesday –  4 mile tempo run

I was excited to see my tempo run miles went down to 4! This gave me a pep in my step to knock ‘em out and I had an enjoyable trail run.

tempo run intensity on my PolarFT60

I thought I did a good job at the tempo, however, my intensity records hinted towards me getting a little too pace happy. Now that I think about it, I don’t ever remember slowing down my pace once I sped up after the 12 minute mark. Oh well!

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 36:12 mins.

Pace: 9:03 min./mile

Quick and easy.


I had just about two seconds to grab something after my shower before Scott and I needed to get out the door to attend a mid-week service.

I brought a Lemon Larabar with me and ate it on the way. (By the way, that flavor is amazing! If you like lemon meringue pie, you’ll be a fan too.)

After church, my tummy was rumbling and I was happy Scott suggested getting dinner at Noodles & Company. I craved pasta and ordered the Penne Rosa with shrimp.

noodles shrimp and pasta

I was surprised (but not really) when I ate everything on my plate!

• Thursday –  3 miles easy pace

To be brutally honest, the last thing I wanted to do Thursday was run.

My legs were extremely sore from my circuit workout earlier in the week and I could barely power walk without looking ridiculous.

(Note to self, lay off the squats until after race day.)

It was probably a good thing I had Roadie as an excuse to stop every now and then…

Training Run in Mizuno WaveRunner18 sneakers Thursday

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 29:19 mins.

Pace: 9:46 min./mile

I somehow made it through three miles, but I felt like a turtle crawling through peanut butter. Seriously. It was so hard!


Another day, another stop at Subway in the afternoon to save for dinner later. Shocking, I know.

This time I mixed it up (kind of) by asking them to put onions on it before they toasted the turkey and cheese. It warmed them up and brought out the flavor. You should try it!

subway 6 inch healthy

Turkey, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, banana peppers, onions (toasted), black olives, and pickles sprinkled in pepper and drizzled with oil + vinegar on wheat bread.

• Friday – REST

I spent my entire day cleaning and studying, then joined some friends for a girls’ night in with pizza and wine. It was a perfect Friday night for this grandma.

• Saturday –  11 miles

I strategically planned to run in the late-afternoon Saturday.

The weather predicted to be the highest and sunniest around 3 p.m.

It’s crazy how my planning has done a complete 180 since moving out of Florida! (I always used to plan to run during the coldest hours without the sun there.) (Obviously.)

Saturday’s weather and views were beautiful.

running path in the fall

It was the first time I set out to run 11 miles on my own, and since I didn’t want to carry anything with me I planned two 5.5 mile loops with a stop back home for water and a Gu chomp.

(I also ate one and chugged water before I left.)

Mizuno waverider18 stretch

Distance: 11 miles

Time: 1:37:39 mins.

Pace: 8:52 min./mile

I paused my fitness watch every time I got stuck at a light to cross the street and also when I briefly went into the house. I know I won’t be stopping on race day, but I was really happy to see my time when I finished!

I have been loving my new Mizuno Wave Rider 18 shoes I am currently reviewing (more on that later!) and felt great. I spent a good ten minutes stretching and then went straight for this pumpkin donut staring at me before a shower.

pumpkin krispy kreme donut

The last thing I wanted to do was cook when I got out, so I turned to another Pacific soup ready and waiting in my pantry for me. While it was heating up, I threw a couple of corn tortillas with cheese on the stovetop and made mini cheese fajitas.

vegetable lentil roasted red pepper soup and corn tortilla fajitas

I ate two servings of soup and also dipped a couple generous handfuls of blue corn tortilla chips into it once my fajitas were gone. I will definitely be repeating this combo!

• Sunday –  REST

More stretching, foam rolling, and short walks with Roadie, naturally.

Week 5 Thoughts

I missed a training day this week. Well – technically – I didn’t miss it, I just moved it to another day. To be honest, I am doing the same thing this week. Sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do, and aren’t always going to be able to stick to a plan one hundred percent of the time.

The point of me sharing my training weeks with you is to show you exactly that! I put the plan together, so you’d think I could follow it to the tee. I could, but I didn’t. I came close, but as always, life happens. You learn to roll with it and can’t beat yourself up for not being perfectly trained.

I have a lot of confidence going into the race this weekend. I know I will be fine and think (er… hope) it will be an enjoyable run alongside a lot of inspiring people!


Question of the Day

• Do you have any specific goals that pertain to racing?

I do! I have shared them before on my Fitness Bucket List and fully plan on crossing as many things off the best I can. I don’t necessarily have PR goals, but I do have a dream of running at least five half distances before we start a family. I’m hoping to sign up for a third sooner than later, just in case you are wondering when that will be. We’ll have to see how the year (and freezing weather) goes, but I have an itch to sign up and run a couple more before the summer!

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