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Love the Run: Mizuno #Waverider17 Review

**The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.**

Yesterday I completed an insanely sweaty 45 minute run while watching Love Actually. I am obsessed with zoning out during treadmill runs, by the way. I’ve been loving the Cardio Cinema room in the gym lately, so I finally propped up a TV in our home gym. It’s basically a hand-me-down dinosaur on top of a cheap table from K-Mart. Whatever works.

treadmill running


I had my training run planned out on my phone, but I had to cut the cool down extremely short so I could get some things done around the house. In my head, 45 minutes sounded like a good cut-off, I guess? I swear I could have stayed on there and watched movies all night, though. Definitely loving having a TV in there. Kim told me I needed one, and she was right.



Another great addition to my running has been the new Mizuno Wave Rider 17. I’ve never run in Mizuno shoes before. Shocking, right? I hear they are all the rage, and now I see why.

I’ve always made it clear that I prefer minimalist running shoes. The more “stuff”, the more I hated them. The problem with that mentality is that I lost a lot when it came to cushioning. For shorter runs, this was never an issue. Now that I’m tackling double digit runs every single weekend, my knees are screamin’ for some foot pillows, ya know?

I’m, like, 99% sure that Mizuno created the Wave Rider 17 model just for me. I hear it’s very similar to the previous Wave Riders but slightly more lightweight and flexible. They managed to do that while still creating a great cushioned, neutral shoe. Hello. That’s exactly what I wanted for my long runs. Thanks, Mizuno. We’re total BFFs now.

I’m basically crediting these shoes for salvaging my half marathon training. I wore them for my first long run after getting sick, and I swear it gave me the biggest mental and physical boost possible. The week before, my body pretty much shut down on me while I was feeling ill. I’ve never in my life experienced anything like that during a run, and it scared the crap out of me. I was nervous to attempt my long run the following weekend, thinking the same thing was bound to happen. Thankfully, a mix of feeling better and the cushioned Wave Rider 17s saved my life. (Mezamashii, much?)

half marathon training


I’m being a bit dramatic, but honestly that first 10 mile run in those shoes might have been the best run of my life. I’ve never felt so much relief. I have since used them for another 10 mile run and a handful of 5-6 mile runs. I plan to keep using these shoes on any run over 5 miles, for sure.

mizuno wave rider 17 review


In a nutshell, the Wave Rider 17 is: Neutral. Flexible. Cushioned. Smooth. Cute (hey, it counts for something). Great for longer runs.

The Wave Rider 17s will be available for sale starting today for $114.95 MSRP. I have a feeling they will be on many runners’ Christmas lists this year. ;)

Mizuno Wave Rider 17 Review


Tonight I have an “easy” three miles to run according to my plan, but I also have to go to a Christmas event at school. Hmm. I hope I can squeeze it in!


Question 1: Have you run in Mizuno shoes before? If so, what’s your favorite model? I have to admit, I’m down to start a collection.

Question 2: Loyal Mizuno Wave Rider runners, do you think you’ll enjoy the changes they’ve made to the 17s? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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26 Responses to Love the Run: Mizuno #Waverider17 Review

  1. Cute shoes! I wish out gym had a cinema room!
    Tamara @ The Workout Mama recently posted..#TheWorkoutMamaBootcamp FREE Online Session!My Profile

  2. I have a pair of speed shoes by Mizuno but never tried these! I actually won these today on another blog and I can’t wait to get them and try them out!
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  3. Ive been running in the wave inspires but I really want to try the wave rider 17s
    Ashley @ BrocBlog recently posted..Up For A Challenge?My Profile

  4. Having a TV to zone out makes all the difference for me personally. I don’t stare at the clock that way!

    I’ve only been running a year and had 3 pairs of shoes. All 3 have been Mizuno Wave Inspires. I kinda have a thing for Mizuno.
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  5. I’ve never run in Mizuno before but I like the way these look. I am definitely NOT a fan of minimalist shoes. I want to be but my knees and ankles require the cushion.

    And I don’t know how you do long runs on the treadmill. I ran for 35 minutes on mine today and had to cover up the time and distance because I swear it was creeping by sooooo slowly.
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  6. I just got my first pair of Mizunos last week. Its crazy how light they are!
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  7. Thanks for the thorough review! I’ve been running in Wave Riders for over a year now and I LOVE them! I though the 16s were great, but the Wave Rider 17 is even better!
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  8. They are super cute! I’ve never heard of those shoes before!
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  9. Damn, 7.8 on the treadmill?! That’s so fast! Are you on an incline? I did 7.0 yesterday for 3 miles and just about died.

    I have a pair of Mizuno’s (Wave Rider 16) and I plan on putting the 17s on my Christmas list. I think the best part about them is the custom inserts I got put in – makes all the difference for my high-arched feet!
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  10. I love Mizunos and cannot wait to try the Wave Rider 17s. Just when I think they can’t get any better, they do. I am pretty sure I will love them.
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  11. I’ve never run in these nor had a “proper” pair of running shoes. I’m looking into investing and setting another long-distance race goal. I’ll have to give these shoes a try!
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  12. Random question…my boyfriend and I are looking at treadmills for our Xmas gift to ourselves. Do you know what type of proform you have? We’ve heard if we plan on running on it that we’ll need a treadmill with a 3.0 motor. Thanks in advance for any feedback :)

    • I tried to find the exact model we got online but I don’t think they make it anymore. We got it at Sports Authority about 2 years ago on sale. They told us the same thing about the motor, and I think that’s pretty true. The salesman also gave us a 20% off coupon that day, which is practically the only reason we left with a treadmill! I’d say make sure you get the good motor, but shop around for a deal first. :)

  13. […] mile 4, so the last two miles were with soaking wet feet. Speaking of feet, I didn’t wear my Mizunos and I regretted it. I felt like my Brooks matched my outfit better, which is sound reasoning in my […]

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