Thursday, April 10, 2014

Guest Post: Running For Your Life

Running For Your Life

By Leslie Vandever

Why run?

“It’s not only the feeling we get while running—forgetting about worries, and relieving tension, but it is also the feeling we get after a good run. The calm and focus, as if the world slows down and we have more time to think. Problems become opportunities and life feels better, even food tastes better.”

--Chris B., Zen to Fitness blog

There are all kinds of reasons to run, just as there are all kinds of runners. Reveling in the endorphin release—the “runner’s high”—is just one of them. And really, who wouldn’t like to have Chris B.’s “calm and focus, as if the world slows down?” Who doesn’t want “problems [to] become opportunity?”

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mizuno Wave Hitogami Review


A couple months ago, I reached out to Seth Hasty (formerly with Mizuno; now with Skechers) about trying out the Hitogami for my blog, especially since I haven’t run in Mizuno since about 2005. A month or so later, the Hitogami arrived at my door for Jordan and I to test out. The Hitogami is not a shoe I would normally consider buying given its heel-to-toe drop of 9mm, but…. it seemed like everyone and their mother-in-law was trying this shoe, so I figured Jordan and I should give it a shot, too. Why not? Shoes are just tools - there is no one shoe that fits all needs. 

The Mizuno Wave Hitogami is Mizuno's new mid/long distance racer, which replaces the Ronin and Musha racing flats. It incorporates Mizuno's new proprietary U4ic EVA foam midsole and, of course, the iconic wave plate. Mizuno graciously provided these shoes to Vagabond Running for review.