New Year, New Kit by Mizuno

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I haven't spoken about my running on the blog for a while due to the horribly lacklustre nature of it. But new year, renewed focus and all that! My trainers were looking very sorry for themselves and I'd planned a cheeky new purchase in the sales but, as luck would have it, I was offered a pair of Mizuno running shoes just before Christmas by Millet Sports. To me new trainers are like new shoes - they make me want to get out there and strut my stuff. I can't say there has been much strutting - more enthusiastic jogging, interspersed with some breathless walking, but I'm getting out there none-the-less.


The trainers I picked were the Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Ladies Running Shoe. I liked the pattern and colour combination, but most of all I liked that they are light weight and allow feet to breathe. I hate clunky feeling trainers and hot feet more than anything.


They feel light when running (and I use the word running in the loosest sense of the word) but they have good grip too. I run on uneven ground a lot of the time and have been known to slip but these felt really safe (I'm not saying I'm not going to fall over again, because I will). I wouldn't say that these are trail trainers but they feel pretty steady underfoot. The breathable material means that they aren't waterproof, so icy cold puddles can feel pretty, erm, refreshing, but I'd take this over hot feet any day.

The above photos are the fresh out of the box shots, they look rather more 'rural' now. Having been running in them a few times, I can say I'm really pleased with them. Since July I'd been running in Nike trainers, but I think I prefer these Mizunos for fit and for the terrain I run on.


Mizuno isn't a brand that immediately springs to mind when I think of running shoes but I'll definitely give them another look when I need a new pair. What shoes do you run in? Any favourite brands?

Thank you to Millet Sports for sending me these items to review. All opinions are my own.

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12 comments

  1. I run in Mizunos! I use the Wave 10 ones I think - because I'm a massive flat footed freak. Once I changed to those I stopped having so many issues with shin splints so am convinced the trainers fixed me. I wouldn't go back now!

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    1. That's impressive, it's amazing the difference your trainers can make. My first trainers where useless for trail running, I was slipping all over the place!

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    1. Currently in the sale Lizzie... ;)

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  3. These look great. I'm in need of a good pair of running shoes I think. I've somehow been coaxed into doing a 5k in July even though I've never run before.

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    1. Oh good luck! I'd definitely recommend these Mizunos

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  4. I like light trainers too - I have some Nike Free Runs which I keep going back to even though I've had another pair of trainers since then. I am still hopeless at running, though.

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    1. I always think that good trainers should somehow transform me into a competent runner but sadly they never do... *sigh* I'll just keep plodding on.

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  5. I get like that too when I get new kit, I'm suddenly psyched up for the gym! :)

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    1. Putting on trainers makes me feel (momentarily) fit!

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  6. I have been wearing Asics for as long as I can remember, but these sound great!

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  7. I had never heard of this brand, but they looks great. I definitely need to get out and do some runnin (once the weather warms up!)

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