Friday, October 10, 2008

Missed My Mizunos

David and I have had a funk since vacation. Mine started as a sore throat, went away, then came back as a sinus/allergy crap. His started with the sinus/allergy bit. It hasn't been horrible, but not comfortable by any means. We kept putting off running for this reason. We knew it was "safe" to run, but given we didn't have to, and felt like crap, we took a few days off. In all honesty we're still not 100% but I knew I needed to get out for a run. Not having run since last Saturday I was dreading it. I've found that my body doesn't just kick back into place after a hiatus. Yes, it's been less than a week, but I've found anything more than 2-3 days tends to get me off kilter. It sucks, because let's say you hurt yourself and need time off. You do so, but seem to be back at square one when starting back up.

So I set my alarm yesterday morning to get up. It went off and I didn't get up. I needed another hour of sleep. However, I knew I had time after work and I'd run then. I dreaded what was to come all day. Don't get me wrong, I still love to run, but when you go from being satisfactory, to sucking again, it's a bummer. I got home, laced up the Mizuno Wave Riders, and headed out. As usual, by the end of the block my legs were burning. This is something that has never gone away. I just run through it and find that either it goes away or I put it in the back of my mind not to think about it. After that I was surprised by the run. For the most part I felt like I was floating on air. Floating to the point that instead of just breaking myself back in with 2 miles I went for the 3. With the exception of my legs chaffing, for some unknown reason, the run went way better than expected.

Boy, did I miss my Mizunos. I took my Asics Gel Nimbus on vacation due to trying to reduce my luggage load. I can wear my Asics for running and day-to-day wear. The Asic's are great shoes, but nothing like my Mizunos. It's not something you notice when you're not wearing them, but something you notice when you wear them. It's also something you don't notice from day-to-day wearings. But when you go off of them and then go back to them, you notice it. For instance, on vacation my runs went fine. The only "issue" I had was running on a treadmill. I think I may be one of the few people that don't care for running on a treadmill. I feel like it takes me forever to go my distance and my mind isn't stimulated enough. But other than that I didn't have any unexpected problems. But, when I slipped on my Mizunos yesterday it seemed to make a world of difference. Yes.

I flippin' love my Mizunos. I remember going into Second Sole and trying them on for the first time. I knew they were "my shoes." They fit my foot perfectly. I usually have problems with shoes having a big toe area, given my feet are so narrow, but the Mizunos followed the form of my foot. They may not be as sexy as other running shoes, but they fit my needs. I can't even describe how much I love these shoes. I'm on my second pair and don't see myself changing anytime soon .

1 comment:

Randy Hammons said...

I am on the same page as you when it comes to treadmills. We recently renewed our membership at the YMCA after a very long spell of not going, and I had high hopes for using the treadmills they have after seeing how far along I came this summer running on the nights and weekends around the city. For the first few weeks I gave the treadmills a valiant effort, but I just can't get used to not ground running. I'd either bore fast and feel like I wasn't getting enough out of it, or I'd cramp up because of the artificial feel and posturing you create from trying to make it feel more like you're actually running. Now, aside from a 45 minute uphill power walk, I've pretty much given up on treadmills, though we're still getting our money's worth - just using the stationary bikes instead of the treadmills.