There are 2 things that really KEEP me motivated during the Holiday/Winter months.
One is a PURPOSEFUL challenge. I mean an honest to goodness body/mind/heart challenge. Luckily, my friend Heather just started one this week! It’s called the MOVE HAPPY challenge. Basically it’s finding out what gets you moving and makes you smile in the process. It also is a chance to give thanks for your body’s ability to do so as well. You must check it out! She will have some pretty amazing prizes to go along with it, including Healthy Bites!
The Second thing that keeps me motivated is new gear! More specifically, run gear! I know I know, I should wait till Christmas but I always ask for my run gear presents early so that I can enjoy them ALL month long. There’s nothing like putting on a new pair of running shoes and going for a run. That feeling is just plain AWESOME! Yes, I am a run dork!
And speaking of new run gear, I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary pair of the new Wave Rider 17 Mizuno shoes to try out for myself.
The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are my own.
I’ve been wearing the Mizuno Wave Sayonara since early summer so when I had the chance to try out another new and improved neutral Mizuno running shoe, I had to jump at it! Although both are Neutral running shoes, the Wave Rider 17 has a totally different fit.
Here’s whatcha need to know about the Wave Rider 17:
- New U4iC midsole that is 30% lighter than standard foam, still great absorption though! I have high arches and small heels so fit is crucial for me and so shock absorption/responsiveness
- The New Wave Rider 17 has a new blown rubber (versus the previous carbon)outsole that helps reduce the overall weight of the shoe (8.8oz). I think it’s almost a whole ounce lighter than the 16’s. That’s light! Also note that the new outsole offers just as much traction as the Wave Rider 16.
- Mizuno also made an upgrade to the upper. Now more sleek and seamless, again to reduce the weight. To me, it’s similar to that of the Wave Sayonara, very comfortable upper. Not bulky.
- Super flexible.
Okay, so now that you know the details, how about the run?
I ran part trails and part road/hills in the Wave Rider 17 this week, about 5-8 miles each time. Very springy and light. My foot easily adjusted to the new fit. I especially liked their feel while doing hill repeats. The lightness of the shoe sure did help my turn over while powering up hill. Well, at least I like to think that! That’s some serious motivation right there.
The Wave Rider 17 will be released December 5th and retails at $114.95 MSRP. Perfect Christmas/Holiday gift to keep you MOTIVATED during the winter!
While I received the Mizunos on behalf of my partnership with Fitfluential LLC, my review/opinion is of course my own! Cotter Style.
What keeps you motivated during the winter? Are you motivated by new gear like me?
Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!