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Some of you probably already know this, but I signed up to participate in The Mezamashii Run Project. Their “quest” is to deliver a more brilliant running experience to dedicated runners everywhere. Essentially anyone can sign up just by registering here and then some lucky winners will actually get a FREE pair of tennis shoes to try out. I was fortunate enough to be one of these winners! I don’t know how or why I was picked but I was so I cannot give you any helpful pointers on how to register or who to contact- I was simply signed up by my friend Ashley and then an e-mail came that told me I was the winner of some free shoes!
YAY for me I suppose!
So as a heads up- these shoes were free to me but I was not given them in hopes of doing a review or even mentioning it on the blog. I was not paid for this endorsement at all. I simply like the shoes a lot and know we talk a lot about fitness and fitness gear on this fine site so I thought I would share a new finding with you!
So after I received by e-mail from Mizuno USA I logged on and took a look at the shoes they had to offer. I had heard of Mizuno running shoes before and everything I had heard was good. But like most people that are stuck in their ways I was in love with my Asics and not willing to branch out. Especially for a pretty penny.
Why do good running shoes costs so darn much? AHHH.
Ok back to the point. So I logged online and browsed their shoes and was honestly a little overwhelmed by all of the varying “types” of shoes they had. For someone that wanted to get into running, I made the mistake of never really getting my feet checked out to determine what “type” of shoe I needed in terms of support. Luckily, Muzuno has a great way to find out right online! If you don’t know what type of support you need I HIGHLY recommend you click here right now (well if you are at home and able to do a few weird random things). Essentially their “precision fit” test will test how you land, whether or not you have a natural pronating foot, and will determine which type of support shoe is best for you. It will take about 10 minutes or so and like I said, do it at home, or you will look a little silly.
So after I took the little “test” I was somewhere between the control and the support running shoes. Since I was getting a free pair of shoes I wanted a pretty sweet looking pair so I took that into consideration as well. In the end I originally wanted the Wave Ascend 7 trail running shoe but those were out of stock so I got the Musha 4 running shoe and well, I am in LOVE.
Here are those babies when they first arrived.
And here they are pretty on my feet!
So for the first 2 weeks I did Crossfit in my new shoes. This was wearing them about 1 hour at a time in conditions where I was jumping and jogging but not doing for a 5 miles run or anything. I eventually ending up taking some longer walks and even doing some sprints in these pretty shoes when I realized how fast my little Molly dog is.
This past weekend I completed the Hot Chocolate 5K in these babies and my feet felt great. What I loved most about them during Crossfit was how light they felt. Easy to jump the box but still enough support to jump off the footboards for rowing. While I was running I also loved how light they were but I loved the comfort even more. I knew they were there, which is critical for someone that depends on shoes for support, but they didn’t mess with my stride, slow me down, or speed me up. It was as if they sort of just melted into my foot and became part of my run.
Compared to my Asics I would say they felt much lighter and more like a part of my run and less like a shoe. mind you the Asics I made the CHOICE to get are the ones that offer quite a bit of support and I know that Asics has a large variety to chose from so I am by no means saying which one is a better shoe. I do truly believe that you have to test multiple shoes to determine which one is best for you and your run and chances are good your neighbor next door will have a completely different opinion. For me, I really like these new Muzunos and they have certainly made a fan out of me *the whole point of the free shoe right?- well played Muzuno- well played* and chances are even better I will buy another pair and start paying attention to them more.
I’m not giving up on my Asics but these shoes have certainly broadened my horizons a bit. So if you are looking for some shoes- give these a try. I love them. If you are looking for free shoes, sign-up and keep your fingers crossed you get them!
P.S. They also have super cute apparel- that I don’t even own one piece yet so I can’t speak to the quality or whether or not it lives up to what it says it does. But it’s cute. Really cute.
The title today definitely has double meaning. 1) weekends truly go by so much faster and for the life of me I can’t figure out why 24 hours feels like 12 hours on the weekends but like 100 hours during the week at work… it’s truly a weird phenomenon I hope to be able to explain some day and then 2) I had a great run this weekend I am excited to share!
Saturday morning was the PERFECT morning for running. The sun wasn’t beating down and the air was cool but warm enough to run in shorts and a t-shirt. So I threw the hair up in a messy pony, pink Nike shorts on, Asics laced up and ready to go, and lululemon Headband in my hair and I knew I was ready to rock and roll.
My goal was simple…
Beat last weeks run
And so I did!
I completed 6 STRONG miles… I mean I was feeling really good almost all 6 miles. Of course I didn’t really hit my pace until 2 or 2.5 miles in but after that I felt great. The hills were hard and my breathing sounded closer to death than I wanted it to a few times but I felt great. My legs felt really strong and when my head started to go to that negative “I’m tired place” I simple said out loud (yes the cars thought I was talking to myself”) “you’re strong so be strong. be impressive” and I think I accomplished just that.
I will say it again and again, there is something so freeing about being on foot. Something that just makes you feel so independent and like the world you know doesn’t actually have a hold on you. It’s like saying look Murano I love you and you get me back and forth every day but check this out, look at what my legs can do.
The Murano usually laughs because she knows my legs can’t take me the 25 miles to get to work
Not yet Murano… not yet.
I think I just had a conversation with my car… on my blog… for all to read.
It sure is Monday, isn’t it?!
After my run I ran some errands. I had a legit panic attack when I thought I got lost trying to get propane for the grill (I WON’T be doing that again) and acted like a real pain in the butt when Tim didn’t answer his cell phone when I was lost haha. I explained to him later that the nice old man who filled up the propane (yes I eventually found it) saved his life… because he gave me a tootsie roll.
I went to the jeweler and got my ring cleaned so that it was nice and shiny.
Then I went to the grocery store and picked up some treats for dinner on Sunday.
Then when I got home, I painted my nails and I feel asleep on the floor in the living room haha. I used the excuse that I was letting my nails dry when Tim came home and caught me passed out but I think he knew the truth… I just like to take naps! Mind you this was the second day in a row I managed to pass out on the floor in the living room… Friday, after enjoying a cold beverage outside, I also fell asleep on the floor with the sun shining in… it was heavenly!
THEN I got ready for my first OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!
It is has become a ritual for Tim and I to go out to eat with Casey and Mark whenever it is someone’s birthday (and most other times just because we want to) and Tim and I had scored some Flemings gift certificates other the holidays and I heard their happy hour was amazing so we headed that way!
Casey and I both had a delicious White Cosmopolitan martini (okay I had two) and we also each had a Pomegranate martini (if you are counting that meant 3 drinks for me… haha I was a bit silly).
We enjoyed some appetizers and then each had a burger… which was DELICIOUS and HUGE but mostly just delicious.
It was a really enjoyable meal and we will definitely be back for such a killer happy hour! $6 martinis and a $6 hamburger? Yes please.
After dinner we headed to…. get ready for it…
MENCHIES (of course right?) where Casey and Mark were kind enough to treat me to a birthday Menchies trip!
I just love that frozen yogurt. With so many choices I found it hard to decide but in the end the Angel Food Cake won the battle (against the cake batter and sorbets).
Added bonus is that Casey and Mark got me a gift card to lululemon! So I can’t wait to do some shopping soon!
Birthday Celebration #2
On top of a fabulous evening out with the Juve’s, I also got to spend time with my bestest on Sunday wedding planning and getting another birthday surprise! Bestest has the best taste in clothes so I am just always thrilled when she decides to get any of the fashionable items on my birthday list! This year I got jewelry AND shirts so it was the best 26th birthday ever!
On top of the birthday surprises we also finalized almost all of the flower arrangements for the wedding which is a HUGE to-do to cross off the wedding to-do list!
YAY for birthday surprises AND wedding things getting done!
As usual, I try to use the weekends to do a little more cooking since during the week my schedule is jam packed with grad school and workout classes. So Friday night Tim and I enjoyed a simple but tasty recipe brought to us by Kraft.
Have you used the Kraft Fresh Takes yet? It comes equipped with some shredded cheese and essentially shake and bake in two separate baggies that you can combine for a simple meal. We put this on chicken and both really enjoyed it! I tend to like my food spicier now a days so I think next time I’ll add in some red pepper flakes or something but it was good.
You just put the two together and then spread it on the chicken… voila!
On the side we had some peas (good old frozen peas in a steam bag- makes my life better) and some parmesan cheese and basis Orzo. You may remember my initial Orzo experience which ended up in the first batch burned but the second batch becoming one of my favorite things to make. In this case I started to just kind of make up my own recipe. So I used
- 1 cup Orzo
- 1 can (smaller can) Chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon butter (or margarine if you want)
- A bunch of dried basil (fresh would be 10X better but I just didn’t have it)
- Few handfuls of Parmesan cheese (yea I’m not much of a measurer)Melt the butter in the pan then dump in chicken broth and bring it to a boil… add in the Orzo and let it cook until soft (only about 12 minutes) and then add in the cheese and basil.Stir it up and SERVE!
Delicious with chicken for sure!
Then last night (Sunday) for dinner my mom came over before my soccer game and brought a serious slab of Salmon. I wish I would have snapped a picture of this before we cooked it up I did get it after we cooked it..
Was really simple but tasted great! Put some lemon herb seasoning on the salmon then threw it on the grill in foil for about 20 minutes. While the salmon was cooking I attempted to make some homemade sweet potato fries but well I burnt them so no success story there.
So I ate some Orzo summer salad on the side with some spinach cooked up with veggies.
Orzo Summer Salad (no clue what it is really called but The Mustard Seed Café inspired me)
- Cooked Orzo
- Olive Oil
- Cut up Olives (green for me please)
- Cut up tomatoes
- Feta CheeseMix it together and service cold! You won’t be sorry.For dessert (which I did not get to eat because I didn’t want to throw up on the soccer field) was Angel Food cake with fresh strawberries and fat free whipped cream of course! My mom and Tim’s both looked delicious and and I think I’ll be enjoying some before bed tonight!
P.S. We WON our soccer game and did AWESOME!
Well I hope you all have a FABULOUS week… I know I will because it’s birthday week for me!!! Happy Monday =)
Today’s post is truly all about RUNNING!
So last night after I got home from work it was a beautiful 68 degrees outside (yes 68 degrees in March in Ohio- a true miracle) and I knew that it would be a wasted day if I didn’t put on my Asics and get out for a nice run.
Plus, my mom had sent me a text message earlier that day that said she had run 5 miles at the park… motivation at its finest.
So after I walked in the door, checked facebook (of course) and texted Tim to remind him to pick up the birthday card and wine for Gary, I laced up my tennies and headed out the door.
Now, at this point my running had been capped out at about 4 miles. I had only run over that a few times and I hadn’t made a consistent part of my routine. Honestly, finding the time to run for more than 45 minutes can be a real struggle sometimes and on top of that the weather in Ohio is not conducive to running for oh about a good 4 months out of the year.
Although I am not complaining because it has been an AWESOME winter.
In any case, I promised myself that during that run I would break my plateau and go over 4 miles. I didn’t really care how much over 4 miles it was… 4.3 or 5 but I knew I just wanted to break it to see what it felt like.
To my utter amazement was something that caused me pure joy… after I hit that 4 mile mark I actually felt BETTER. There was something about achieving that goal that mentally made my mind so proud of my body. Without saying it out loud it was like my head looked at my heart, muscles, and lungs and said “Great job all of you, you are awesome!”
The last few runs I was really starting to feel like my 2 mile marker was my ready to go mark. The first 2 miles my breathing is heavy, my lugs want to quit, and my legs just quiver but after those 2 miles (and in the past for only 2 more miles) my body usually felt pretty good. My legs feel lighter, my lungs are less upset, and my head clears and all of those to-do lists and wedding planning that needs to be done disappears.
It is during those moments of clarity that I take a moment to be grateful for all that I have… including a strong body and a committed mind.
Here are my results… time isn’t something to write home about necessarily but it was pretty steady. I am hoping to get my time somewhere between 9-10min/mile by the time the half marathon rolls around in September but I’ think I’ll just try to get to the mileage first and then work on speeding things up!
I think I could have run a little longer than this but we had dinner plans to celebrate Gary’s Birthday!!
There was something about feeling so free yesterday- being able to run outside and go to so many locations on foot. It gave me hope that if I had to walk a very long ways to save my life that I could do it. I even explored a few new roads I have never been on so that was a nice adventure to go on.
Although at one point I was all turned around in this neighborhood I am unfamiliar with so I was pretty much lost. Lucky for me my girl scout instincts kicked off and I ended up just just following a few cars out of the neighborhood. Their greasy night out to dinner turned out to be my savior.
I even saw a fellow soccer teammate walking his dog- so apparently we don’t live very far from each other.
Have you ever noticed that what you consider to me FAR is only a couple of miles though? As I am running and my Run Keeper app is going strong I kept thinking I honestly would have thought that I ran 10 miles considering all of the places I had been but nope only ran 5.26. It’s just so weird to think about.
And then even weirder to think about how quickly I can put miles on my leased car.
hmm.. things to ponder.
Well hope you had a nice week and if you live in the Ohio area or the surrounding states I hope you enjoyed the nice warm weather and that you were able to get outside and play a little!
I am looking forward to another great run this weekend!