Running Shoe Review: Mizuno Wave Rider 17



Today’s Run: None (Rest Day)

After yesterday’s 8-mile run, I thought that I would be really sore, but apparently the right amount of stretching and icing worked. I was a tiny bit tired today (had a really difficult time getting up for a Monday), but overall, it wasn’t too bad! I always plan my rest days after my long run, but despite taking the day off, I still had trouble getting as much fuel as I would have liked.

Yesterday, I had mentioned to JP that I’d like to try implementing Meatless Monday’s into our routine. We could both use some more vegetables. Epic fail on all accounts. Maybe next week will be better.

A sampling of today’s diet:

Breakfast: Coffee with 3 tbs International Delight Creamer (my all-time favorite is Almond Joy) and a banana

Lunch: Turkey Burger on a bun

Dinner: Homemade pizza on a honey oat crust (I thought this was OK, the crust was a little too sweet for my liking, hubby wasn’t crazy about it at all…he also chose to add some bacon to his personal pizza…)

Moving on to the Mizunos. I’ve been holding out on all of you because I hadn’t gotten a chance to really break in my shoes. Up until yesterday, I had only worn them on the treadmill, and I couldn’t go ahead and give a shoe review without testing them out on the pavement!

When it comes to running shoes, my first true love was the Mizuno Wave Inspire. I tried those babies on 5 years ago, and I’ll admit, I never knew comfort in a running shoe until I started wearing them. I believe those were the Mizuno Wave Inspire 7s. Then the 8s were out, and they were completely different, all wrong. If you check out Mizuno’s website, that’s what a lot of people are saying about the Wave Riders. So if you’ve always been a fan of the Riders and have yet to set foot in the 17s, be prepared. You might not like them. Maybe it’s the fact that I haven’t worn them previously, but to me, it’s like I’ve stepped inside my first true love again.

There are so many things that I love about these sneakers: the sheer lightness of them, their cushioning that makes me feel like I’m running on marshmallows, or the way that they feel like they’re made for my feet.

You know you’re in love when you only plan on running four miles in a pair of shoes and you end up running the entire 8 miles in them because they feel so good, you don’t want to take them off.

And they’re easy on the eyes, too. I actually own the slate gray ones, but since I’ve posted photos of those with you in the past, I thought I’d post the sunset colored ones for you to drool over. I think I’ll buy a pair I’m every color!

It’s official; I’ve finally become a believer in the Wave Rider.

What pair of running sneakers were you’re first love?

And which pair are your true love?


6 thoughts on “Running Shoe Review: Mizuno Wave Rider 17

  1. Heather

    I love the look of the mizunos….they are all beautiful!

    My first love was the asics 2170. LOVED them πŸ˜€ They are now discontinued. 😦 But, I found an even bigger love…the asics kayano. By far the most compatible shoe for my foot.

  2. Jessica @ RunYourMuttOff

    My first true-love shoes were Asics. I ran in them for 4 years thru high school, several years on-and-off thru and after college, and for my first half marathon training cycle. I switched to the Mizuno Inspire 8 last year and loved them! I just bought the Inspire 10s and Wave Rider 16s and I love them both! My running store suggested the 16s over the 17s for me as a more gradual step down transition in terms of support. I’ve been trying to run another 50 miles ore so in the Inspire 8s before I retire them because they have it left, but I’m so ready to be in the new shoes full time!

  3. Marie Oliveira

    I’m so glad you did this review! My favorite shoes that I love love love are the Mizuno Wave Precisions. I recently found out they aren’t making a new version! And the version I have is sold out everywhere! Mizuno suggested I try the Wave Sayonara, but they don’t seem like what I want at all. I love my Precisions cause they are light but cushiony. So I’ll have to try out the Wave Riders next!


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