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Mizuno Loves Me. A Giveaway

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Ok, they love me and approximately 600 other people. and anyone who purchases their shoes. but we’re going to talk about me and Mizuno.  and then we’re going to talk about how that can benefit you.  before all of this crazy running talk commences, we are going to talk about the
Workout!
Very uneventful. cross training day.  I’ll give you 3 guesses what I did.  It starts with stair and ends with master and lives in my basement. We got cozy for about an hour doing the speed interval setting. Love.  add on 10 minutes of strength in the driveway while my crazies harassed each other and covered themselves in chalk at 6:30am. Happy Tuesday morning.
Back to Mizuno.  Remember I said I might have an opportunity for you to get some sneaks?  Well, it all started with this…
Mizuno sent me this very personal, thought out, hand written invitation….along with 599 other people. It still felt personal.
The Mezamashii Project


Mezamashii means brilliant in Japanese.
According to their invitation, Mizuno is
‘on a quest to deliver more Mezamashii — more ecstatic, electric, wind  in your heart running.
More brilliant running  

Man, who doesn’t want THAT kind of running?!?!?

They continue on in the invite by saying,
‘Instead of spending millions of dollars on advertising to talk about our shoes, we’re putting our money where your feet are — by giving you a free pair.’

Mizuno, you are so smart. I could not agree more with your marketing logic.

See.  They do love me. And I love them putting their money where my feet are.
I am going to share the Mizuno love by putting their money where YOUR feet are.
Every one deserves some more Mezamashii in their run.  Everyone needs a little more brilliance in their training. Mizuno wants to make that happen for you.
Mizuno was my first real pair of sneakers. I wore them for my first marathon. I loved them. After over three years, I’ve come back to them.
I’ve since started running in a more minimal shoe. I LOVE the Musha for that.
Musha to the right. Precision to the left.  
I am also currently loving the Wave Presicion and the Wave Rider 15. 


Wave rider

 
Wave rider pre run
I might also have just gotten the Wave elixir.
 Those are pretty sweet too.  Mizuno has definitely figured out how to make a brilliant shoe in performance and appearance.
I want you to experience the brilliance.
Here’s the deal my friends…
2 lucky readers will be chosen to each win any pair of Mizuno sneakers up to a $149.99 value

To Enter:

1.  Mandatory- Leave a comment telling me you want a brilliant run:) you don’t have to say that exactly, just tell me you want some Mizuno money where your feet are for a fantastic running experience. Or something like that. You can really impress me if you tell me which Mizuno sneaks you want and write a short excerpt explaining why.  Kidding on the excerpt part. You can tell me which ones you want though.
Extra Entries – Leave a SEPARATE comment for each and every extra entry on this post:
1.  Follow me on twitter, msfitrunner, and Tweet about this giveaway and/or shout it from the rooftops of your blog and send your friends over here. one extra entry.  Leave one extra comment
2. Follow @mizunorunning on twitter. Leave another comment telling me so
3. “like” Mizuno on Facebook and tell me. In yet another comment
4. Subscribe to my blog – over yonder on the right side of the page – you’ll get a nice little email letting you know when some juicy new reading material is up.  Not only would this make me oh so happy, you get an extra entry for doing so. Leave another comment. 

Let’s do the math my friends – that’s a total of up to 5 separate entries to win some sneaks. TWO winners will be chosen. 

This giveaway will run through next Wednesday June 20th at midnight. I will pick two winners through random.org
You will have until Friday the 22nd to get back to me so I can hook you up with some free sneaks – if I do not hear from the winners by Friday, backup winners will be chosen
Have at it my friends!!!
*edited to add – because I’m so tech savvy, this posted twice, don’t ask why – comments are closed on the first post, but comments that are on there will be counted in the giveaway, not to worry:) they will be counted in the same order they were made, but all comments will now be posted on THIS post.  Thanks!!

Claiming It

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Workout – chasing Luke around at 5am.  I am claiming that as my workout.  done.

other things I am claiming as my workout –

Staying up far too late last night enjoying the company of a very best friend and wine, and dinner, and flourless chocolate cake, and another bday celebratory cocktail – peach flirtini.  I can’t pass up the peach.  that’s a workout.  in some convoluted way, totally claiming that as a workout.  fork to mouth.  repeat.  work it girl.

I’m also claiming walking up and down the aisles of DSW shoe warehouse looking for the perfect pink pump.  found.

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all this nonsense talk the other day about needing comfortable shoes for my hard working feet.  eh.  not today.  fashion over comfort.

 

and the perfect wedge.  found again.

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someone needs to dress this girl up and take her out.  I might sleep in those tonight.  my 4 year old would.  one on each foot.  husband, do you see a problem with that?  I don’t see a problem.

actually, that little wedgy beauty is from the aisles of Marshalls.  an equally dangerous shoe haven.  I never knew I needed these until they jumped out at me.  scary actually.  even then, I held in my hands another basic, linen wedge saying to my girlfriend, I really want to be that (insert stripy fun wedge shoe) girl, but I’m really more of a basic linen wedge girl.  and she says, as any bf would, you know what, you will never be that (insert stripy fun wedge shoe) girl if you always go for the basic linen wedge.  I see you as the stripy fun wedge.  I’m a stripy wedge.  who knew. 

With a lot of things, I see myself one way, but want to be a different way – step out of my comfort zone, different, better, challenged.  I hold myself back because I tell myself, self, you are definitely not that person.  well, I can imagine why you’re not that person smarty, because you tell yourself you’re not and you keep doing things like buying basic linen wedges when you want the stripy wedge.  the linen wedge that keeps you being the linen wedge.  get the freaking linen wedge out of here and add a little stripe!  and patent leather!  and sass!  just a little.  take a baby step.  take a baby chance.  grow. 

and I’m so happy with my stripy wedge.  I don’t wish for one second that I had bought the linen wedge.  embodying the stripe.  linen be gone.  but for all I know I’m missing the trend entirely and linen is the most “in” thing right now.  besides the point.

I used to do this with running.  Oh, you’re not a runner.  you just run.  and you want to be a ‘runner’, but that’s for those other people.  and oh, you can’t run a sub 1:29 half marathon.  that’s for fast people.  I want to be fast, but those fast numbers are for fast people.  but I am a runner.  whether I run a 2 hour half or a 1:25 half.  and I am fast.  sometimes.  and I took little steps to get there.  out of my comfort zone.  and I will never win the olympics, or even get close to the olympics, but I’m claiming myself as a runner.  and anything else that I want to be that I tell myself I can’t be.  taking baby steps to get there.  like buying a stripy wedge instead of a linen one.  or buying a wedge at all.  there’s no reason for this 5’9.5” (yes, claiming that 1/2 inch as well) girl to be wearing a 4inch wedge.  but I want to.  so there.  life lessons in shoes.  be who you want to be.  or at least start trying to get there.  put down the linen wedge there stripy.

 

So if you count today, it’s 4 days until Marathon #5.  If you don’t count today, it’s 3 days until Marathon #5.  either way, it’s close.  What have I done to get ready for it today? 

Nothing.

that’s a good thing.  no working out.  no Lululemon stalking shopping.  no Fleet Feet run ins.  no pace calculations.  calm.  cool.  collected.

But, I had a massage yesterday.  that was….interesting.  chatty hatty massage therapist.  but I wasn’t really going to relax – I was going for her to massage the heck out of my legs and make them happy again.  this particular massage therapist was described to me as ‘a large woman who can get the work done’.  oh my.  230lbs of large kneading into my glute and hamstring.  that’s painful.  they wouldn’t budge.  tight is an understatement.  I might be slightly bruised today, but I do feel ‘looser’ in the leg area.  I think.  I’ll get back to you on that in a couple days when I can feel my legs again.

She recommended that I take an epsom salt/hydrogen peroxide bath a couple times before the race.  is she talking out of her bum?  I’ve heard of taking them after a race, but I guess taking one before couldn’t hurt.  Thoughts?

 

What is the last pair of shoes you bought (not sneakers)?

Do you like to get massages?

Have you ever taken an Epsom salt bath?  Beneficial?