(Photo Courtesy of Chad Cerveny)
A little over a month ago, maybe longer, I posted a review for the Mizuno Wave Rider 15 running shoes, and my experience running in them. Well, I’m here to review my newest addition to my Mizuno running shoe collection, the Wave Elixir 7.
After my successful review of the Wave Rider 15 and the incredible response it received, I received an envelope in the mail from Mizuno inviting me to join an exclusive, invitation only, run project, the Mezamashii Run Project. Mezamashii, in Japanese, means eye-opening or brilliant, and that is what Mizuno wants you to find with their shoes, your own brilliant run. I can definitely say, I have found mine.
Everybody has their own interpretation of a brilliant run. For some it is running a personal best in time or distance. For me, any run I complete uninjured, standing, and still breathing is a brilliant run to me. It means I can continue to keep having those brilliant runs again and again. I have Mizuno to thank for that.
As part of the Mezamashii Run Project, I was fortunate enough to receive a pair of shoes of my choice, and after some research, and some expert advice from Seth Hasty, I settled on the Wave Elixir 7, and boy am I glad I made that selection.
(Photo provided from the Mizuno Website)
The Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 shoe to me is a revelation. It is fairly lightweight, about 9 oz., and is engineered for those that have some moderate over pronation. It is definitely not as bulky as the Wave Rider 15, but it is also not a minimalistic type of shoe. I would describe it as a transition shoe. It has ample cushioning in the heel of the shoe to absorb any heel-striking, but it also has ample cushioning in the mid-foot and toe box for a mid-foot strike.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have run in these shoes for close to 30+ miles now, and each run, the shoes get more comfortable, and seem to help me perform better.
Until I got my Wave Elixir 7 shoes, I had never run in a shoe that was designed to help with over pronation. I don’t know what I was missing, and I really think that this type of shoe is exactly for me.
With other shoes, and occasionally with the Wave Rider 15, I tend to get a stitch of soreness that will run up the outside of my calves, and will cause me to become sore, especially after runs. With the Wave Elixir 7, I have had no such pain during or after runs, and running in the Elixir 7 to me feels like I am running on pillows in my shoes. They are so soft to run in and extremely comfortable. When I get through my stride and am pushing off, I feel a nice spring in my step, and on landing, the impact is absorbed by Mizuno’s excellent technology in their shoes. Find out more about Mizuno’s innovation here:
In summary, it has been heaven-sent to have been able to team up with Mizuno, and be selected to the exclusive Mezamashii Run Project. I will now and forever continue to find my #Brilliantrun with a pair of Mizuno shoes on my feet, and as long as I’m running, it will always be brilliant.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts, and I look forward to running in more Mizuno shoes.