I’m Ready

If you’re active on Twitter or read a fair amount of running blogs, you’ve most likely heard of Mizuno’s latest ad campaign, The Mezamashii Project.

Mezamashii Project

As explained by Mizuno:

Mezamashii is the Japanese word for eye-opening, or brilliant. The Mezamashii Run Project is our
quest to deliver a more brilliant running experience to dedicated runners everywhere.

Runners around the country are provided with a pair of running shoes, free of charge, to take out on their own brilliant run. Mizuno is so confident in their product that they’re leaving the advertising to the consumer. I think it’s an AMAZING concept. Honestly, I’m more apt to purchase a product reviewed by a fellow runner than be influenced by a marketing campaign. I love that they’re letting the shoes do the work for them, and don’t doubt runners across the country will be happily ticking away the miles in their new Mizunos.

A few weeks ago I won an invitation to the Mezamashii Project on Hit the Road Jane’s blog. I currently run long in Wave Riders, so I was tempted by the lighter version: the Wave Precision.


They were super light, but didn’t fit as well as I would have liked. Thankfully Mizuno was incredibly understanding and wasted no time helping me order a replacement pair. Since I do still pronate slightly (the inserts I bought help correct that), I ended up with their high-cushioned support shoe: the Wave Nirvana.





And if I’ve learned anything from Ashley, it’s that every pair of running shoes needs a pair of neon laces. Because they make you faster. And I don’t argue with fast.




The Nirvanas feel cushioned, but firm – which I really didn’t think was possible. They hug my feet in all the right places and have plenty of room in the toe box. I’m really excited to take these out this weekend!

Mizuno Wave Nirvanas

I’m ready for my brilliant run.

These shoes were provided to me for free by Mizuno as a part of The Mezamashii Project. I received no further compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What do you think of the Mezamashii Project? Have you ever run in Mizunos?

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  1. Those are sweet sneaks! I’m breaking in a new pair myself with bright pink laces 🙂 I’ll keep the neon laces rule in mind 🙂

  2. I’ve been running in a pair of Waverider 15 for a couple of weeks. Great so far!

  3. I do NOT put enough thought into the sneakers I choose/purchase for running vs. other workouts. Your post is definitely eye-opening!!! PS- those kicks are sweet!

  4. OK this is what I tried to write before when my phone deleted it..

    What type of shoe is the inspire? How much does it weigh?

    Yesterday I spoke to a RRS rep about my 8 week long indecision regarding the Ronins and Precisions. She told me that the Ronins were actually the lightweight ride of the Wave Riders (which you know I am a loyal subject to). The Riders are 8.7oz, the PRecisions are 8.0oz and the Ronins are 6.0oz. I figured 0.7 oz wasn’t that much lighter so I believed her and bought the Ronins. But now I read your post and am afraid she lied to me 🙂

    I guess either way, I am PUMPED to try my new shoes!

    • The Inspire is a support shoe, 8.9oz vs the Nirvana at 9.9. If the Nirvanas work out, the Inspire might be a good option for next time to replace my Wave Riders (which still have many, many miles to go). We’ll see how much I like the extra cushion vs lighter shoe.

      Well she didn’t lie to you, the weights are correct. But the Precision seemed like less of a shoe from the Wave Riders (which, wait, you love them?! no idea). I’m surprised that’s the weight difference. That being said, I didn’t think they were as light as the Kinvaras, Considering I already have 2 pairs of lighter shoes for speed workouts & short races, it prob wasn’t in my best interest to try out the Precision.

      Anyway! You’re going to love the Ronins and you’ll be fast as hell – even faster than you are now!! TrackTimeTuesday won’t know what hit it 🙂 woohoo!

      • I have no idea where Inspire came from. I meant to write Nirvana. But thanks for the answer 🙂 I hope I don’t sacrifice too much of the shoe with the Ronins! And yes, i really hope they help with the speedwork. My Riders felt super heavy in the last few weeks so I am ready for a lighter pair for that type of training!

  5. I love Mizunos more than all other running shoes. I was in the Wave Creation 11s forever but I’m afraid to move to the newer models because I heard they are too different. And the Wave Riders gave me blisters. I’m trying to find my way back to Mizunos. If you let them go and they come back to you, it was meant to be, right?

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