Mezamashii by Moonlight
Recently I was contacted by a Mizuno Rep who liked the story I wrote about my parents. If you haven’t seen it, it’s the Mezamashii Memory Run. She had noticed that I was from Maine, and how it was beginning to get colder out and I didn’t have any winter running gear, as this is my first winter running outside. She offered to send me some gear with no strings attached. I have had contact with her since, and she was also the person that set me up for the Mizuno shoe giveaway. Much thanks to LoriAnn. 🙂
What were my thoughts as I headed down the road? First of all, I LOVE running at night. The fact that you really don’t see that far ahead of you is a GOOD thing. I found that I wasn’t stressing over the hills or the distance in front of me. I was just running for the minute. I took time to enjoy the bright sky, the stars were so brilliant that night.. definitely a Mezamashii sky. I spoke to my parents as I ran. I let them know how much I love and miss them, especially now as we are heading into the first Christmas holiday without them. I did shed a few tears that night, but it was a healing sort of time for me.
Once I turned the corner and headed down into the village, the streets were a lot quieter and I focused on my run. I paid attention to my footing, in that I try hard to not heel strike when I run. I have been having issues with my neck lately, so the less jarring, the better. A forefoot/midfoot strike has much less impact going up through the body, so I do pay attention to my gait. It’s much easier to do this when wearing my Mizuno Wave Universe 4’s.. as they are minimal shoes, that allow you to “feel” the ground when you’re running. (Very flat, and very thin sole.)
This winter I am going to try and transition into a pair of Wave Ascend 7’s. These are a trail shoe with a rugged sole that should be good for running in the winter outside. Recently a neighbor of mine was given a pair through Mizuno, and she loves them. Not to be outdone, I got some for myself. 🙂
I was so blessed by the quietness of the night as I ran. The occasional car had no issue seeing me, and all moved over to the right when they saw me coming. I felt safe and secure running that night. It just felt “right”, if you know what I mean. I wasn’t cold at all. The Breath Thermo gear is amazing! On a 35* night, I was toasty warm with just the shirt and light jacket, and the tights. The only little bit of me that was cold were my butt-cheeks, hahaha… For some reason they always are cold when I’m outside. You would think with all the “excess” I have, that wouldn’t be possible! 😉 I will fix that by wearing my Aspaeris shorts underneath them. Problem solved! By the time I got home, my clothes were completely drenched, but I was still warm and not chilled at all. If you are looking for winter gear and aren’t sure what to wear, take the time to try out the Breath Thermo line. You wont be sorry.
I want to take the time to say thank you to Mizuno for giving me the opportunity to try their amazing product line. Again I have to say how much they listen to the running community and care about us, both for safety and for comfort. I have yet to find another company that goes out of the way like Mizuno does. 🙂