*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mizuno and Fit Fluential, but as always, all opinions are my own*
I haven’t always been a runner, so I will admit that when I did start running several years ago, I had NO IDEA what to look for in running shoes, I just wanted them to be pretty. I figured that all running shoes were the same. BOY WAS I WRONG! I’ve tried many brands and models and endured shin splints, pain, and stress fractures in the process. I truly thought that there was something wrong with me because none of my other runner friends seemed to be having these same issues with any of their shoes.
Fast forward a few years and while I still wouldn’t dare call myself an expert, I absolutely have learned a few things. I’ve learned that I’m a neutral runner, and I prefer my running shoes to feel solid, supportive, responsive and cushioned. I have found ALL of these characteristics in the new Mizuno Wave Sky.
I have 3 pairs of Mizuno shoes in my current rotation (a fancy term for my stash of shoes I get to pick from for various training/running situations). They are my go to for all my runs these days so when I was asked to try out the new Wave Sky the answer was a resounding YES!
I tend to be a heel striker when I run so one of the first things I noticed is that the heel is super responsive and has great cushioning. The mesh in the forefoot is extremely breathable and the toe box is nice and roomy.
It’s one thing to take new shoes for a quick trail or treadmill run, but I wanted to put the Wave Sky to the ultimate test. What better way to put a shoe through it’s paces (pun intended) than to subject them to over 8 miles of concrete stairs, ramps and other bootcamp style funishment at the Spartan AT&T Stadium Sprint. **Note: The course was just over 4 miles according to my Garmin but I ran it TWICE!**