I'm a sucker for a good challenge. Something that I can commit to and will keep me on track. It's why I like to sign up for races and why I have a planner that's covered in goals and plans. Last year, I decided to commit to the Runners World Run Streak (run 1 or more miles a day, every day, from Thanksgiving to New Years) because I needed something to get me back into running. I was 3 months post baby #2 and I just needed some motivation! Plus, that new baby of mine wasn't a huge fan of the stroller yet, so I figured we could all survive 10 minutes or so a day. It ended up being just what I needed. I felt like a runner again after over 6 months of laying off, and the BEST PART!? Baby girl got so used going in the BOB every day that she stopped crying and actually enjoys stroller runs now!
Since that time I've raced in a 5K, 10K and a half and after my half earlier this month, I wasn't quite sure what was next. My running buddy and I were hoping to do another half later this winter but she is working through some injuries and I just wasn't mentally into long running. So the streak returned just in time.
I decided to commit once again - run 1 mile a day (or more!) from Thanksgiving to New Years. 40 days of AWESOME. And guess what arrived on my doorstep to try just days before the run streak started? These new beautiful, purple (to my 3 year old's delight!) Mizuno Wave Rider 21's!
I think it's hilarious and amazing that I'm going streaking for the Wave Rider's 21st birthday...what could be a better way to celebrate? I'm about 2 weeks into the run streak and I've been loving wearing my new Wave Riders. I currently am only running in Mizuno's (Wave Sky's and Catalyst) and am loving them all. Honestly, the Wave Riders have been the easiest to "break in" and I like the balance of being supportive and cushioned without being too heavy. They really are a great neutral shoe! The Sky's are bulkier for me but feel great on a recovery run, and the catalysts are super light weight but not as cushioned. So the Wave Rider 21 is the goldilocks in my shoe closet right now! I've found myself throwing them on for just about every run lately! Until I bought my first pair of Mizuno's this spring, I had always kind of thought of them as big time runner shoes. But I've come to learn that are great for any level of runner. I'm liking them on my short 1 milers and they held up great to my half marathon training too. They are super breathable (thank goodness...I run in Texas heat and humidity) and comfy enough to forget that I have them on after a run! I definitely recommend checking them out!
I'm really excited to see where this run streak takes me. I've really been enjoying shorter, faster runs and mixing it up with more strength and bleacher workouts!
What are your running plans these days? Ramping up for some big races? Run streaking like me? I'd love to follow your journey! I post most of my running and streaking updates on Insta