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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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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February 27, 2014


“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


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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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March 27, 2013


I find myself running the wrong way from the starting line when the gun goes off. I am frantically trotting with one foot in my Mizuno Wave Ronins and the other in my Nirvanas. I am not even sure if they are tied. Somehow I catch up to the field only to find myself running through a stairwell. My legs get so tired that I have to pull myself up with a rope, and several times I stop to talk to people I have never seen before

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March 19, 2013

Serena Burla and Clara Grandt Kick Off 2013 Racing Campaigns With Strong Performances

Mizuno Racing Team Member, Serena Burla, placed 13, 4th place US Woman, in the New York City Half Marathon this past Sunday. In cold and windy conditions. Serena’s time was 1:11.24. This was Serena’s first race in 2013 and was a good tune up for the Boston Marathon next month. Also, competing for the first time this year, was Clara Grandt, who placed 5th in Shamrock 8K (4.97 miles) in Virginia Beach on Saturday. Clara’s time was 28:03 (5:39 per mile). Next up for Clara is the USATF Women’s Cherry Blossom 10 mile Championship in Washington DC on April 7.

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January 17, 2013

Ski Touring Rogers Pass

It’s nice to put away the running shoes for a little while in the winter and go on some adventures. I love trail running in the summer – getting out into the mountains and enjoying the peace. Ski Touring in the winter is much the same. You just chug along for hours at a pretty reasonable pace, enjoy the scenery, and (unlike running) normally get a pretty sweet downhill run at the end of the day.

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January 14, 2013

Q&A With Mizuno Brand Ambassador, Dayna Pidhoresky

2012 has been a tough year for you, injury-wise. What have you been dealing with?

Initially I was diagnosed with a sacral stress fracture. After that had healed up (within 6-8 weeks) I was dealing with a lot of soft tissue inflammation in my shins, making it near impossible to run without limping.

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October 15, 2012

Renee Metivier Baillie Shocks The World (But Not Herself) at Chicago Marathon

Two nights before the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Renee Metivier Baillie and Austin Baillie, met some friends for dinner. The couple had just flown into Chicago that evening from their home in Bend, Oregon and Renee was absolutely bubbling with excitement that she was ready to nail what would be her first marathon.

Over a huge slab of beef, Metivier Baillie spoke openly of her goal on Sunday: She wanted to break Kara Goucher’s American record of 2:25:23 for the fastest debut marathon.

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March 21, 2011

New York Times Article on Mizuno Race Team Member Serena Burla

The New York Times recently published a feature article on Mizuno Race Team Member Serena Burla. Burla had a cancerous tumor removed from her right hamstring in January of 2010, following her second place finish at the US Half Marathon Championships. The cancer threatened to end her running career for good, but a “Never Settle” spirit has seen her return to competitive racing. Burla’s story is truly inspirational, and the New York Times does an excellent job of portraying Burla as the fierce competitor that she is. Needless to say, this is a must-read.

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November 29, 2010

Team Mizuno’s Serena Burla Beats The Odds; Runs New York City Marathon

Last January, Serena Burla was having so much trouble with her right hamstring that she briefly considered not starting the Houston Half Marathon which served as the 2010 USA National Championships. The hamstring had been chronically sore, but as Burla warmed up for the Houston race, it tightened and became so painful that her coach suggested that she not start the race. But Burla decided to gut it out and amazingly, finished second to Shalane Flanagan in a personal best by more than a minute in 1:10:08.

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