Mizuno Wave Sayonara Review

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.

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As you can see, I’m a bit of a Mizuno fan. From the Wave Rider 15s to the Wave Inspire 9s, their sneakers have seen me through both of my half-marathons and one of my relay races, and the training for each, without a single lost toenail. I call that a running miracle!

When I got the opportunity to try the brand’s new Wave Sayonara sneaks right before they hit stores tomorrow, I jumped at the chance. Since I’m such a Mizuno maniac and am training for the Million Dollar Marathon, it seemed like the perfect fit! Plus, the mezamashii movement they are discussing with the Sayonara’s release, all about each individual finding energy and meaning through running, is something that I will think of often as I check off the miles on July 21.

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Besides the bright color (does anyone else think shoes and other accessories are the perfect ways to add personality to a neutral workout outfit?) the first thing that stood out about the Wave Sayonaras was the weight. The women’s shoes clock in at 7.1 ounces—more than an ounce lighter than either of the other pairs I’ve tried from Mizuno. For me, the fit was spot on, with ample room in the toe box and no heel slippage.

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Last week, I took them for 4-mile (in 90° heat) and 7-mile training runs, and also laced them up to run the mile to and from my morning group fitness class. Despite being lightweight, my steps felt stable and they performed as well as cross trainers during the strength circuit which included jumping rope, plyometric lunges, burpees and more.

Runners who prefer less attention-grabbing shoes might not dig the hot pink (or for guys, bright blue), but otherwise I can’t think of any other downsides! These performed similarly to my other favorite Mizunos, but the weight difference made me feel like a slightly speedier version of myself.

Inspired by that, try my fun fartlek workout that will make time fly—and might help you have your own brilliant/mezamashii run. Integrating this heart-pumping routine into your training might allow you to “Wave Sayonara” to the other runners at your next race! :)

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