Meet the new Mizuno Wave Sayonara.
I am really excited to be able to share my review of these shoes you with all. I am equally excited that I was given such a fabulous opportunity as testing them before they become available. I recently started running in Mizuno brand shoes (Wave Riders) for my long and easy runs but wasn't aware that Mizuno had a light weight shoe for speed type workouts until presented with the #WaveSayonara. I have previously worn a light weight shoe for speed work and racing and since wearing the Wave Riders I was thrilled when the #WaveSayonara showed up on my doorstep. I just started training for my 2nd marathon so I was happy to have another shoe to add to my rotation for my easy runs and speed work. You can also see that Mizuno continued with their fabulous design... these shoes are cute and colorful. Mizuno never disappoints there!
Here is what Mizuno says about the #WaveSayonara:
Our lightest everyday training shoe yet.
Speed is now more accessible than ever
and something that can obtain on a daily
Sayonara is light, low-to-the-ground, and
versatile so any run can be as fast as ever.
The euphoric foam midsole ensures the
proper cushioning without added weight
and bulk so runners experience a light,
smooth, comfortable, and responsive ‘ride.’
Now, running enthusiasts can wave
goodbye to slow and say hello to more
energized, mezamashii running.
These shoes are indeed light. Weighing 7.1 ounces and 8.1 for men (depending on size) they felt as though I had next to nothing on my feet. Since I am an endurance athlete/distance runner I have been use to sizing a half size up in my running shoes the last year. I did the same for the #WaveSayonara. At first, I was concerned about this because they felt a bit long BUT once I had my sock on and began running in them I was happy to have sized a half size up. I like the wiggle room for my toes and find that my toenails are less bruised with the distance I run. That being said, always always go to a running shoe store to be properly fit for YOU/your foot.
I am a neutral shoe runner (or at least since losing 90lbs and changing my gait/form) so I was extra happy that the Wave Sayonara is a neutral shoe. This shoe provided me with the cushioning, support and weight that is important for a great run. I've also been an injured runner. This was another point that made me a bit nervous about adding a new shoe to my rotation, so I took the shoes to my coach to look over before trying them on my first run. He has a friend that works w/Mizuno and sent him a picture of my shoe asking for info. He got nothing but a great review. Coach approved! So the next day I set out for my first run.
4 miles was on tap. Immediately I LOVED the #WaveSayonara which I had a feeling I would given my love for the Wave Rider. The #WaveSayonara is light, flexible and super comfy. I felt like I was just gliding along the road. I was hardly aware that I had on a new to me shoe. Typically I would have to break in a shoe when they're new but not this time. This shoe moved with my foot with so much ease. When my first run in them was over I was excited to be able to spread the word but looked so much more forward to my next run in them!
Despite the smug look on my face I had a great run, it's just flippin' hot in E. TN!
So far I have logged 20 miles in my #WaveSayonara and have a feeling that these are going to be a staple shoe in my running wardrobe and a huge part of my marathon training. I'm looking forward to more "brilliant" runs with my #WaveSayonara.
The best part for YOU is that fast is quickly approaching. If you are looking for a light shoe for speed work and racing get ready. Beginning July 5th YOU too can get your own pair of Mizuno Wave Sayonara. They retail at $119.99.
Learn more about the Mezamashii Run Project here.