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July 31, 2014

LINDSAY FLANAGAN AND SHEREE SHEA JOIN MIZUNO RACE TEAM

Norcross, Ga. (July 31, 2014) – Mizuno USA introduces two NCAA Division I All-Americans to the Mizuno Race Team roster – Lindsay Flanagan, University of Washington Husky, and Sheree Shea, Loyola Marymount Lion. The two join a strong Mizuno family of brand ambassadors, including Serena Burla, Christo Landry and Craig Leon, who exemplify the Mizuno [...]

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July 23, 2014

The Planet Wave: Take Two Man Pills and See Me in the Morning

by the Mizuno Shoe Guy   Noted philosopher Yogi Berra, the 20th century’s version of Aristotle, once supposedly said: “Half of baseball is 90 percent mental.” So is running. Actually, sometimes it feels like half of running is 100 percent mental. Maybe it was all in my head, but just a couple of months into summer, [...]

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July 11, 2014

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions–July

by the Mizuno Shoe Guy Do you have a shoe-related question? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Include your address.) If we pick your question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy to answer, we’ll send [...]

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July 11, 2014

To Trail or not to Trail? It’s all about the shoe!

It’s no secret that running has shown an exponential growth over the last decade or so. Race options abound, run clubs are popping up everywhere even beyond the “local” running establishments. More people are lacing up as they realize that running is a no fuss, convenient option to getting fit, setting race and / or [...]

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July 10, 2014

The Fartlek: A Quick, Effective Workout for Anywhere!

Mizuno Athlete Craig Curley provides a quick workout that is also highly effective for when you are short on time!  As a runner I look for simplicity in training. Whenever I’m in a bind on time or not familiar with the area, I prefer to do a Fartlek run. Fartlek is Swedish for “speed play”. Why would I Fartlek? First [...]

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July 08, 2014

MIZUNO BRAND AMBASSADOR CHRISTO LANDRY WINS THE 2014 AJC PEACHTREE 10K

National Championship Title Extends Lead in USA Running Circuit Standings Norcross, Ga. (July 7, 2014) – Mizuno Brand Ambassador Christo Landry bested the field of elite runners at the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race with a time of 28:25 to win his third U.S. road championship this year and deliver a road 10K personal-best. The [...]

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July 01, 2014

Racing Nutrition: Pre and Post Race

Mizuno Athlete Leah Thorvilson shares her favorite recipes for a pre-race meal and a bonus post race smoothie   When traveling for races, unless you have a mobile kitchen, options can sometimes be limited for pre-race meals…but when you are running a race right in your hometown, do you have a “go to” meal you [...]

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June 27, 2014

The Tools of Transformation: Shoe Rotation

Mizuno Athlete, Patrick Rizzo talks racing flats. Sometimes we take our experiences for granted. We assume that everyone knows what we know because…well, WE know it! I ran into this issue this month when asked about racing flats and when to use them. Somehow I didn’t have a formulated answer. I had to actually think [...]

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June 25, 2014

A Mizuno win at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

I raced this past weekend at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon. It went well, as I was able to get the win, in a time of 1:03:51. A summary of the day’s events with a few photos can be found here. I decided to race here in Vancouver shortly after the Ottawa 10k. Training was going [...]

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June 25, 2014

Using the Pool for Cross Training and Rehab

Spring and summer are my favourite times for outdoor running. I love the heat. I look so forwards to wearing sunglasses at 6 a.m, putting on a tank (Mizuno of course!) or if hot enough just a sports bra and short shorts and heading out for a good sweat. Unfortunately, this summer will not running [...]

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June 17, 2014

Summertime Healthy Recipes

Summertime eating and meal preparation should be the simplest of all seasons.  Do nothing recipes that allow us to kick off our Mizuno’s (after a long warm weather run of course) and refuel with little kitchen fuss or “cooking”.  The following recipes are loaded with flavour, take minutes to prep and will keep your belly [...]

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June 16, 2014

The Planet Wave: Summer’s Here, So Is Fall Marathon Training Season

All across the country, fall marathoners are getting set to begin their three or four-month training programs. It promises to be a long haul, but the rewards waiting at the finish line far outweigh the many miles we will run this summer. One of the many commonalities we are faced with are the same questions, [...]

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June 12, 2014

Travel Training- Make the Most of Your Time on the Road

Mizuno Athlete Alissa McKaig weighs in on how to handle travel and training and keep striding strong! Anyone who has ever traveled anywhere knows that even the best laid plans go awry. Pretty sure that is why that saying took off, because you can plan your travel day down to the minute and I promise [...]

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June 09, 2014

Mizuno 2014: Which Is The Right Type of Shoe For Me?

  Finding the absolute perfect shoe for you (hopefully, a Mizuno) isn’t always easy. When you go into your favorite running store in search of the ideal shoe, you will be confronted with a huge wall full of all sorts of different brands and colorful models. There are so many that it can be somewhat [...]

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June 03, 2014

Dealing with BIG Injuries

June 02, 2014

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions — June 2014

Do you have a shoe-related question? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Include your address.) If we pick your question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy to answer, we’ll send you a beautiful Mizuno DryScience [...]

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May 15, 2014

The Planet Wave: Are You A Running Addict?

Words are just words, but two of the words I detest the most when referring to you and me are “joggers” and “addict” (as in running addict or even worse, “running junkie”).   I’m not a jogger—I’m a runner pure and simple—and recoil whenever I am labeled as such. Jogger is bad enough, but what really [...]

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May 13, 2014

Mizuno Brand Ambassador Christo Landry Ties American Record and Wins the USA 25 km Championships

  Mizuno Brand Ambassador Christo Landry turned in a record setting race on Saturday, tying the American 25 km record of 1:14:18 set in 2013 by Mo Trefah to win the 2014 USA 25 km Championships. This marks Landry’s second U.S. championship win this season having taken the USA 10 Mile title at Cherry Blossom [...]

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May 08, 2014

Roasted Asparagus Squares with Walnut Crust *Gluten Free

Other than blooming daffodils and early morning runs in lighter clothing, nothing screams springtime like homegrown asparagus.  This pencil shaped veggie is another green you should be adding to your grocery cart or picking up at farmers’ markets.  Asparagus is low in calories, only 20 calories per eight spears, contains vitamin C and Vitamin A. [...]

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May 06, 2014

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions–May 2014

Do you have a shoe-related question? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Include your address.) If we pick your question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy to answer, we’ll send you a beautiful Mizuno DryScience [...]

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April 30, 2014

Cross Training for Runners

  Cross Training………..? You mean you should cross train on top of all the running you do? Who has time to add more to the schedule when there may also be a job, family and other life commitments? I regularly speak to clinic members at the local running establishment here in North Toronto and have [...]

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April 08, 2014

Mizuno Racing Team’s Christo Landry Wins US National 10-Mile Championship

Christo Landry of the Mizuno Racing Team earned the USA Men’s 10-Mile national Championship title on Sunday by placing as the top American in the 42nd annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom race in Washington, D.C. Landry, the 27-year-old who grew up in nearby Falls Church, Virginia, set a personal best of 46:41 to finish sixth [...]

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April 08, 2014

Countdown to ’14 Boston Marathon: 10 Fun Facts About the World’s Greatest Race

That the Boston Marathon is the greatest race in the world is pretty much indisputable. Every runner in the world aspires to run Boston at least once. It’s the Holy Grail of running and has been so since the very first one in 1897. This year, on April 21st–Patriots’ Day in Boston—nearly 35,000 marathoners will [...]

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April 01, 2014

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions – April 2014

Do you have a shoe-related question? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Include your address.) If we pick your question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy to answer, we’ll send you a beautiful Mizuno DryScience [...]

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March 31, 2014

In Training Craving Truffles

As you start upping your mileage for spring and early summer half and full marathons do you find yourself always hungry?  Personally speaking, as I start clocking more K’s in my Mizuno’s, the HUNGRIER I get!  My mid-day cravings are often for something sweet, and not the: apple-a-day type of sweet, something more decadent.  I [...]

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March 25, 2014

Self Recovery Techniques for Runners

Spring has sprung, well at least on the calendar if not in the forecast! Runners are itching to get out and start to shake off the winter cobwebs, increase their distance, prep for goal races take on new challenges. However along with each of these comes the potential for injury. Injury happens with any quick [...]

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March 17, 2014

Christo Landry Takes 4th In USA 15-K Champs

Christo Landry led the Mizuno Racing Team on Sunday at the USA 15-K Championships by finishing fourth in 43:59. The US Champs were held as part of the 37th annual Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida. Landry, a 27-year-old William & Mary graduate who now lives and trains in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has had great [...]

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March 12, 2014

Exercise in the Great White North

March 10, 2014

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions–March

Do you have a shoe-related question? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Include your address.) If we pick your question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy to answer, we’ll send you a beautiful Mizuno DryScience [...]

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March 06, 2014

The Planet Wave: What If Everybody Ran?

I’ve never been much of a Neil Young fan, but one of his early songs has always resonated with me: ‘Long May You Run’. Actually, it’s just the title that has meant a lot to me as the song has nothing to do with running as much as a metaphor for what his life has [...]

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March 04, 2014

Spiced Citrus & Almond Soaked Morning Oats – Vegan

Start your day off with a flavourful bowl of plant based protein packed oats.  Many of the ingredients in this dish you likely already have on hand, and because this recipe requires no ”cooking” it is a great excuse to have little hands help with.  Measure, stir and voila – a healthy, wholesome breakfast for the [...]

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February 28, 2014

Jump Into Spring Training the Safe Way

Jumping into Spring Training the Safe way   I have a feeling that not a single person in the Northern Hemisphere could debate that this was likely the worse winter on record. We learned of many new weather terms : frost quakes , polar vortex, ice storms……..And I would go out on a limb and [...]

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February 27, 2014

Placitas

“Auuhhh!” that’s what involuntarily slips out of my mouth (or is it from my muscles?) as I announce the first of eight strides following a run at a loop I’ll call Placitas in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The next seven strides feel better, but drills, stretching, and consuming recovery drinks is done in silence. I am [...]

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February 21, 2014

Olympic Spirit

If you have been watching the winter Olympics (and I hope you have), you have already witnessed the glorious moments where the culmination of four years of hard work turn into victory.  These moments are meant to inspire greatness in our everyday lives.  Whether you are an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, we can [...]

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February 21, 2014

Belief

80 minute run done. Sweaty, smelly, red faced, tired, satisfied; I enter the women’s locker room.  Yup, just like many of you, this winter weather has forced me to visit the local gym and hop on the treadmill (I’ve also heard dreadmill used by many a runner- ok myself included, but hey it sure beats [...]

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February 07, 2014

Curried Cauliflower and Kale Salad with Cashews and Dried Cranberries

Poor cauliflower, the lonely vegetable left on crudité platters at baby showers and potlucks. So often walked past in the produce section as most grab its green neighbour. But did you know? Cauliflower contains vitamin K. Vitamin K helps your body heal wounds, maintain your blood vessels and keep your bones healthy. A super important [...]

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January 29, 2014

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions, January, 2014

Do you have a shoe-related question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Please include your address.) He’ll pick five questions a month to answer and if he picks your question, we’ll send you a [...]

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January 28, 2014

Transform

I work for a running company where I get to talk shoes, gear, and training all day, everyday. I run 80+ miles per week in rain, snow, heat and humidity, I even hop on the treadmill when needed. Yet, some mornings start the exact same way for me… I just don’t want to go run. [...]

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January 23, 2014

A Love Note to my Shoes

Dear sweet Hitogami, You just entered my life, but already I don’t know how I ran so fast without you.  From the first moment, you felt like you were a part of me…an extension of myself during every step we take. We were made for each other – you make me a better runner.  I [...]

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January 21, 2014

Mizuno 2014: Finding The Right Shoe For Me?

At Mizuno, we strongly believe in the power of running. By that we mean, running isn’t just a great way to stay in shape and have fun. Running is more than that. Running has the power to transform. And not just you and I. We all know that running means a healthier, happier, fitter person. [...]

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January 20, 2014

Mizuno’s Serena Burla Dominates USA Half Marathon Championships

HOUSTON—Serena Burla, the 31-year-old mother who resides in Falls Church, Virginia, has twice finished runner up in the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston. On Sunday, Mizuno’s Burla avenged those second-place finishes with a runaway victory in the USA Half Champs which also was good for her first national championship. Burla defeated a deep field [...]

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January 15, 2014

Dylan Wykes Sets His Sights on a Positive 2014

It’s been a tough year for Dylan Wykes, but thanks to a little patience and a lot of positive thinking, things are looking up for 2014. When 2013 began, Wykes was recovering from a stress fracture; in March he developed a second one. “I got pretty down,” he admits. But the key to staying positive [...]

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January 09, 2014

The Planet Wave: A Running Debate: To Run With Music Or Not

There are times when I feel like my running world is neatly divided into two distinct camps: Those who run with music on a daily basis and those who don’t. Let me state right off that I love music (rock, country, bluegrass-roots) and listen to it all day while working. (Thank you Pandora.) Just not [...]

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December 30, 2013

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions – December 2013

Do you have a shoe-related question? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Include your address.) If we pick your question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy to answer, we’ll send you a beautiful Mizuno DryScience [...]

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December 27, 2013

Is It Worth It?

Out of the thousands of runs I’ve done in my life, some have stuck with me for one reason or another. Runs that were unique, inspiring, terrible, and some that just seemed plain old ordinary have been imprinted in my precious bank of running memories since I began lifting my feet off the ground. When [...]

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December 26, 2013

A PET Scan Race Day

Today I had a routine PET scan, a must as a cancer survivor and I realized that I approached my scan in a similar manner to how I approach my races.  I wanted to talk to my family the night before for a vote of confidence and the morning of I was in a zone [...]

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December 22, 2013

Tis the season for inclement weather!

It sounds like nearly every part of the country has already seen its fair share of snow, ice, freezing rain, or frigid temperatures.  While this kind of weather certainly makes heading out for a run more challenging, it (usually) doesn’t have to stop you from getting your mileage.  Additionally, slippery, wet, and cold conditions greatly [...]

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December 20, 2013

The Planet Wave: Running Group Dynamics Are Transformative

I’ve never heard of Jim Rohn until I recently saw this quote from the late entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Evidently, Rohn had a lot of great things to say, but what really resonated with me was this pearl: “You {we} are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Surround yourself [...]

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December 17, 2013

Dear Santa…

Dear Santa, In my last blog I suggested inviting a friend to go for a run for a holiday gift idea.  I truly believe this is one of the greatest gifts you could ever give, or receive.  Runs with others provide an opportunity to solve the world and personal life’s problems, to share stories, laughter, [...]

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December 17, 2013

Competitor Magazine Honors Ascend 8 with the “Fit Feel Ride” Award

Mizuno USA’s favorite trail shoe, the Ascend 8, was recently awarded the esteemed “Fit Feel Ride” Award from Competitor Magazine! Because of its versatility, the Wave Ascend 8 was chosen for both the “Cushioned Cruisers” and the “Rugged Mountain Runners” categories, setting the shoe apart as an obvious choice for trail runners. Each year Competitor [...]

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December 16, 2013

Mizuno Running 2014 Q&A

Every company has sales meetings, right?  Once or twice a year they all get together to look at spreadsheets, crunch some numbers and sit through boring presentations.  At Mizuno Running, we do it a bit different. Sure, we have bi-annual “sales meetings”.  Of course we talk numbers, goals, dollars, and ok… we even look at [...]

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November 22, 2013

Excitement In November

Leaves crunch and crackle under my Wave Riders.  Wind whistles past my ears as I break through the air.  I follow a path that twists and turns with the copper tree lined Monongahela River.  As I turn around in anticipation of a tailwind, I’m greeting with a chilled blast in the face.  How does the [...]

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November 18, 2013

Getting The Most Out of Yourself

What helps you dig deep when you feel like you have nothing more to give?  What can enable you to transcend expectations from both yourself and peers?  How do you get the most out of yourself, when you don’t even know what that is? I am talking about that extra ounce of energy, that last [...]

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November 12, 2013

The Planet Wave: Why Women Are Better Marathoners Than Men

I don’t know how to break the news to all you guys, but in the never ending battle of the sexes, women are winning.  That is, at least in running women have become better than men. That’s not to suggest that the fastest women sprinter is going to beat Usain Bolt any time soon. A [...]

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October 30, 2013

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Question, October 2013

Do you have a shoe-related question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Please include your address.) He’ll pick five questions a month to answer and if he picks your question, we’ll send you a [...]

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September 13, 2013

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions, February 2013

Do you have a shoe-related question? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. He’ll pick five questions a month to answer and if he picks your question, we’ll send you a beautiful Mizuno tech T-shirt.

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September 13, 2013

Beautiful shot tweeted to us from a loyal Mizuno Runner today! Lil bit of Wave Precision love!

September 13, 2013

Wave Elixir 8 is Competitor Magazine Editor’s Pick for Best Lightweight Stability Shoe

The Wave Elixir 8 adds another award to the Mizuno Running list of accolades – it was selected as an Editor’s Pick for Best Lightweight Stability by Competitor Magazine.

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September 13, 2013

The Planet Wave: Ditch Training, Play Instead

I hate training. I really do. While I’m at it, I also despise working out and absolutely never run workouts. Never.
Don’t get me wrong: I love running. Probably just as much as you do. What I hate is the “training” word. Maybe it’s a case of semantics, but I equate training and working out with…work.

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September 13, 2013

“is there such a thing as too many Mizunos?” … No @yogaterry74 there is not.

September 13, 2013

Christo Landry and Craig Curley Place 5th and 7th At USA 15K National Championships

Billed as the largest 15K (9.3 miles) in the United States (over 17,000 registered runners with 15,569 finishers), Mizuno Racing Team Members, Christo Landry and Craig Curley opened up their 2013 competitive road race campaigns with very solid efforts, as Christo placed 5th with a time of 43:46 (4:42 per mile) and Craig Curley was 7th in 44:04 (4:44 per mile). Christo, who was the 2012 USATF Road Circuit Co-Champion and runner-up at this race last year, was very pleased with his performance as his time was almost a minute faster than last year and he was only 8 seconds behind the winner. Craig Curley, who ran a personal best time, was only 18 seconds behind Christo.

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September 13, 2013

Another Award for the Wave Rider 16

Wave Rider 16 has racked up another award this spring – selected by FitnessMagazine.com as a top road running shoe that provides a “surprisingly well-cushioned ride.” Spring styles. in Men’s and Women’s. are available today with cool color schemes tto add some flair to your running style. The shoe is available at most sporting retailers and online at mizunorunning.com.

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August 15, 2013

Peach and Almond Granola Squares Recipe

Nothing screams summer like homegrown peaches. Juicy and sweet this fuzzy fruit comes in at ONLY 40 calories (for the average size peach), contains 2 g of fiber and is a source of vitamin C. They also contain about 10 g of carbohydrates-a perfect hydrating snack before a lunch hour or after work run.

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August 15, 2013

Strength Training For Endurance Athletes

Strength training is something that most runners shy away from for many reasons. Most commonly I hear, ‘I’m afraid of becoming bulky,’ ‘I just don’t have the time,’ or ‘I’m not interested in the gym.’ Strength training is all about becoming more balanced and stronger. Not necessarily bulkier. It’s not essential to spend lots of hours in the gym either, as body weight exercises are often challenging enough and can be done nearly anywhere.

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August 15, 2013

Exercise of the Month: Angled Barbell Squat

Click to see the video demonstration for this exercise. How to: Set up a barbell in a Land Mine attachment or on the floor against the bottom of a bolted down machine or squat rack. Place some weight on the “free” end of the bar. Hold the “free” end of the bar in front of [...]

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August 12, 2013

Grilled Peaches with Greek Yogurt and Balsamic Drizzle Recipe

One thing I commonly hear from friends, family, and clients is that they want to reduce their sugar intake, but still have a raging sweet tooth. This recipe satisfies the need for something dessert-like after a meal, minus all the added sugar and fat of things like cake and ice cream. Instead, it’s naturally sweetened with fresh juicy peaches, which are in their peak season. It’ll even provide you with a nice protein boost, thanks to the Greek yogurt. Enjoy!

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August 12, 2013

Mizuno Racing Team’s Daniel Tapia To Tackle World Champs Marathon on August 17th

When Daniel Tapia stands on the starting line of the World Championships Marathon on August 17th, he’ll have a brief moment to reflect on how far he’s come.

A year ago, he was just another runner, struggling to get in his training while working days at his family’s restaurant and going to law school at night. Tapia had won a couple of marathons in California—Big Sur and Cal International—but had never quite made the breakthrough on a national stage.

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August 06, 2013

Running Yoho

Since I live in Golden and most of my running buddies are east of me in Canmore, I have been trying to set up some runs in the Field and Lake Louise area. It FINALLY came together this weekend, and I experienced my first run in Yoho National Park.

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August 01, 2013

Rustic Summer Tomato and Peach Salad Recipe

Add this refreshing and NO dressing required recipe to your August salad repertoire and serve with grilled beef, chicken or fish off the grill. For a tasty appetizer, finely chop all ingredients and serve on thin slices of sourdough baguette and serve as bruschetta.

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July 29, 2013

Dill and Cucumber Salmon Patties Recipe

You’ve probably heard over and over again that most people fall short on omega-3 fats, but why are they particularly important for runners? One of the biggest reasons is that they help reduce inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation is linked to all sorts of nasty things, including diseases like asthma and even cancer. While inflammation is caused by a number of things including poor dietary choices and environmental toxins, it also happens when we exercise. Sounds strange right? We know exercise is good for us, yet it still does us harm?

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July 25, 2013

Pro Style

Summer is a great time to buckle down and get in some good, solid training. I’ve been racing each month since since March this year, and after the Tamarack Ottawa Marathon I had to shut down the hard training and recover. From then until recently, I had fun supporting West Virginia running at the Clarksburg 10k and was proud to be wearing the Mizuno singlet in Atlanta at the Peachtree Road Race.

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July 22, 2013

Planet Wave: How to Make Good Runs Great

What makes a great run truly great? Clearly, that differs from runner to runner, but even so, a great run tends to be fleeting. They come and…go. A great run doesn’t happen every day and is as difficult to duplicate as a great dream. If it was easy to replicate on a daily basis, there would never be any exceptional, memorable runs—they’d all be the same.

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July 17, 2013

Try Before You Buy

Last month, I performed an informal wear test of the Mizuno Wave Creation and Mizuno Wave Prophecy in Kelowna, BC. Nearly 20 participants came to test out these shoes, give their opinions, and go home with a new pair kicks. This study was special because it investigated what slower runners thought of shoes engineered especially for them. And yes, participants poked a bit of fun at me and pretended to be insulted when I labeled them as ‘slow,’ but hey, I gave them a free pair of shoes, so they forgave me pretty quickly and accepted their status!

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July 16, 2013

Why I Love Training in Vancouver

Vancouver, a city of 600,000 people, is where I really found my stride as a runner! I credit the great running environment in and around Vancouver for my successes over the past few years.

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July 16, 2013

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions, July 2013

Do you have a shoe-related question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Please include your address.) He’ll pick five questions a month to answer and if he picks your question, we’ll send you a beautiful Mizuno tech T-shirt.

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July 14, 2013

Breakfast in a Glass: Banana Blueberry Recovery Smoothie Recipe

If you’re an early-morning runner, you’ve probably got a few go-to breakfasts in your post-run nutrition routine. But are you covering all the bases to maximize recovery and prepare your body for your next run? In my years of experience as a runner, I’ve found that the easiest way to do this is with smoothies. Not only are they quick to make, but you can also add all sorts of ingredients that promote healing and recovery. This Banana Blueberry Smoothie is one of my favourites, and before we get to the recipe, I’m going to break it down and explain why I’ve included each ingredient.

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July 04, 2013

Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Squares Recipe

Need a healthy post-workout snack that satisfies your sweet tooth at the same time? These Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Squares will do the trick! The lemon zest gives them a zingy, refreshing lemon flavour, while the yogurt packs them with extra protein and creates a dense, cheesecake-like texture. Enjoy!

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June 28, 2013

Mizuno Responds to Recent Women’s Wave Rider 16 News Attention

Hello Mizuno Running fans!

Mizuno was surprised by the sudden spotlight focused on our flagship running shoe, the Wave Rider, earlier this week when Wendy Davis wore a pair during her filibuster in Texas.

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June 26, 2013

Running On Waves

I love my Mizunos. It was about three years ago when I wore my first pair of Mizunos, and since then, my shoe rack has been filled with the fun and bright colors of Mizuno trainers and racing shoes that could only be outshined by my husband, Jason’s, shoe rack of Mizunos, because he wears bigger shoes than me. As runners, our shoes are the most essential pair of equipment, and runners usually become very keen to what shoes work best for them and will get them through each step of their training run with the smoothest landing and most powerful push off.

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June 26, 2013

The Planet Wave: Run Free (Toss Your GPS, iPod and HRM)

One of the aspects of running that I like the most is its simplicity. All I need are shorts and shoes and I’m good to go. Nothing else is needed.

That’s why I rebel at all the extraneous gadgets that now litter our sport. I don’t have anything against running with a (choose one) GPS, iPod, heart rate monitor or any other doodad, but they just aren’t for me. Nor is utilizing MapMyRun a necessity to see how far I went and I don’t feel the need to go to my computer to log my run.

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June 21, 2013

Embracing the Pressure

I was recently interviewed by a newspaper, and one particular question has resonated with me ever since. It really made me stop and think. The question went something like this: “Do you feel more pressure now that you are among one of the fastest female American marathoners? If so, how do you handle that pressure?” Well, okay, that’s technically two questions, but you get the gist.

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June 20, 2013

Running Shoe Durability: How Many Miles Can you Expect and How To Extend The Life of Your Running Shoes

Folks who work in running shoe stores invariably hear a lot of the same questions over and over again, but the two most frequently asked questions that are heard everyday are very simple: How many miles will my shoes last and how do I tell when my shoes are worn out?

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June 19, 2013

Big Girl Undies

Today my husband and I were discussing my upcoming race, the U.S. Half Marathon Championships in Duluth June 22, when my son blurted out, “ Mom races in her underwear.” Since I have called my bottom racing attire many different names throughout the years, I simply chuckled and agreed. The statement seemed fitting, for the past few weeks my running motto has been, “Time to put on your big girl undies.”

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June 13, 2013

Asparagus & Crab Pasta Salad Recipe

Celebrate the beginning of summer with local asparagus, and fresh herbs from the garden in one simple to prepare, healthy and delicious pasta salad recipe.

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June 13, 2013

Are You Recovering?

As runners, we know how to work hard in training, but do we know how to recover in order to reap the benefits of our efforts? When it comes to running, more intensity is not always better. Dr. Neil Eves is an Associate Professor in Exercise Physiology at UBC Okanagan and has worked with multiple Canadian national teams. He has extensive experience monitoring how elite endurance athletes recover from the stresses their training imposes on them and has lots to share to help the average runner succeed in achieving proper recovery.

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June 06, 2013

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions, June 2013

Do you have a shoe-related question? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Please include your address.) He’ll pick five questions a month to answer and if he picks your question, we’ll send you a beautiful Mizuno tech T-shirt.

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May 24, 2013

The Planet Wave: The Heat Is On, but It May Help

Summer is nearly here which means lots of different things for different people, but for folks who are planning to run a fall marathon or half, it also means plenty of hot, humid long runs. Undeniably, one of the least appealing aspects to running a fall marathon is training through the summer for it. Depending on which part of the country you live, running the race is easier than slogging out 20-milers in July and August. Suffice it to say, summer is not exactly the ideal time of year to train for a marathon.

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May 16, 2013

Fruity Vegan Breakfast Loaf Recipe

If you are the breakfast-on-the-go type who enjoys a touch of sweetness with your morning meal, the following recipe is for you! My Fruity Breakfast Loaf is vegan, full of fruit and has no added sugar (other than the vegan chocolate chips). This recipe is 100% kid approved and makes a healthy lunch box “sweet treat” or after school snack (my boys can polish off over half a loaf after a long day of learning).

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May 16, 2013

A’s, B’s, and C’s of Running

Before a race, you may see some runners performing hops, skips or jumps (also referred to as ABC’s) to help them prepare for the event. It looks strange, and not exactly like running, so why do they do this? Great question! Runners will give you a variety of answers – these ‘drills’ help improve form, or help you limber up, or perhaps they do it just because someone along the way told them to do so! It’s now time to clarify what this is all about.

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May 15, 2013

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions–May 2013

Do you have a shoe-related question? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. (Include your address.) If we pick your question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy to answer, we’ll send you a beautiful Mizuno DryScience T-shirt.

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May 14, 2013

Renee Metivier Baillie Selected to Represent The United States at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships

USATF has selected Mizuno Racing Team Member, Renee Metivier Baillie, to represent the United States in the marathon at the World Track and Field Championships this coming August in Moscow. Only 3 marathon runners were chosen to compete for the US, so this is an extremely prestigious honor. Renee was selected because of her performance at last year’s World Major Chicago Marathon where she placed 8th (1st American) in her debut marathon in a time of 2:27.17. Track and Field News ranked Renee 5th in the United States for 2012.

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May 09, 2013

Stages of Grief

Several years ago I was struggling through a track workout when a good friend of mine, Tim, started saying things to me during the workout that were kind of out of character for him. I remember feeling sorry for myself for an interval, getting really mad on another, and eventually finishing on a much better note. As we talked while I stretched he told me he saw me losing the workout and used the stages of grief to try and push me through. He said his thought process was, the faster I got to acceptance stage the more successful my workout would become.

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April 25, 2013

The Planet Wave: Is Running Bad For Your Knees?

How many times have you heard this one from some well-meaning, non-runner: “If you keep up with all that running, it’s going to ruin your knees. Pretty soon, you won’t be even be able to walk.” If I had a breakfast taco for every single time I’ve heard that, I could compete with Taco Bell.

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April 15, 2013

What It Takes To Fuel A Runner’s Body

Fueling your body is just as important as fueling your car if you plan to do any sort of distance. There is a ton of information out there on what to eat, how to eat it, and how much to eat. I, to be perfectly honest, am a little bit lazy and unmotivated when it comes to food, so I’ve come up with a few strategies to make my diet as good as it can be (given my personal constraints).

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April 11, 2013

Kale, Lemon, and White Bean Dip Recipe

Tempted by sugary staff room treats and/or a caffeine “fix” come 3 pm?

As runners, our afternoon snack choices play an important part in our training. Indulging in mid-afternoon sweet treats may be satisfying going down, BUT will leave you lethargic come 5pm and in most cases, unmotivated to get in a scheduled evening track workout.

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April 11, 2013

Is Stretching Bad for Runners?

Some runners love to stretch. You often see them breaking for a quick stretch in the park, limbering up for a race, or hanging around post-run chatting while posing in strange positions. Could these activities actually be harming them? Every once in a while, along with the latest training fad, you may hear “stretching is bad for you” or “you should only stretch dynamically” or “men can stretch before running, but women shouldn’t”…really?

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April 09, 2013

Spring Training

There are months at a time where I swear my biggest nemesis is the weather. Overall, Boulder has excellent weather year-round. Our winters are mild; our summers are sunny and dry; spring and fall are short but beautiful! I really can’t complain as this has spoiled me since leaving the midwest 3 years ago.

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April 05, 2013

Mizuno Shoe Guy Answers Your Footwear Questions—April, 2013

Do you have a shoe-related question? Or a running shoe question, specific to Mizuno for the Mizuno Shoe Guy? If you have a question you’d like him to answer, send it to Shoeguy@Mizunousa.com. If we pick your question for the Mizuno Shoe Guy to answer, we’ll send you a beautiful Mizuno DryScience T-shirt.

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