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Shoe Review: Mizuno Wave Prophecy

Finally, it has arrived!  The prophecy has been fulfilled! 
Two months ago, I was one of those lucky enough to be given a pair of running shoe by Mizuno.  I first used Mizuno Wave Creation 9 in 2008. I never had any problem with it.  The feel of wearing Mizuno pair seemed like wearing a pair of high-heeled shoe which to me a plus factor. 
The updated model, Wave Creation 11, became my running shoe even during my initial attempts with ultra distance running.  In fact, I used it in my 21K races, ultra marathons—PAU 65K and the first 50 kilometers at the Bataan Death March (BDM) 102KM race—and during my training prior to BDM 102.  I was planning to buy a new pair of the same model but luck is with me, I guess, when I finally received Mizuno’s newest top of the line, Wave Prophecy.

Breaking in shoes – 10.02KM – August 2 – drizzle to rain shower
Training (flat to slight uphill) – 12.58KM – August 9 – Dry
Training (flat to slight uphill) – 5.5KM warm up + 1.5KM drill – August 12 – Dry
Training – 840m warm up + drills + 150m x 10 speed work + core training + 1.5KM cool down – August 17 – Dry
Race (Run United 2) – 21KM – August 21 – Dry
The first time I wore the pair, I had blisters on the back of my ankles. I had myself to blame for I wore a pair of low cut socks instead of ankle-length socks. Also,  I felt a slight pain or pressure across the middle of my foot and it was uncomfortable.  To remedy, I just adjusted the shoe laces to prevent lace pressure.  I like its red hot pink color (even though green is still my fave color) and the bouncy feel when running. I didn’t have any problem with its weight since I’ve been used to wearing Mizuno shoes for the past three years.  Overall, I would say that these two shoe models–the Creation and Prophecy–work for me.  

Finding the right pair, as mentioned by famous runner/author Jeff Galloway in his running book, is like looking for the Holy Grail.  Truly, I couldn’t agree more.  

Tip on Shoe Shopping
Please read Chapter 23, Jeff Galloway’s Book on Running, 2nd ed.



Many thanks to Mizuno, Jai, and Timmy for fulfilling the prophecy!  

Nike Lunar Glide for Women : a Review

Here is my personal running review and evaluation of the Nike Lunar Glide for women.

Number of days tested: 5
June 9
June 16
June 14
June 19
June 21

Distance: 38.8 km during LSDs

Weather: under heavy rain and during good weather conditions

Pros

Nice color combination
Snug fit
Roomy toe box
Good cushioning
Offers stability
Very light
Does not get dirty easily
Good for speed work
Good for pronators like me
Good for cemented as well as asphalted pavements

The Story Behind

An e-mail that didn’t get through my inbox caught my attention. I thought it was just one of those spam e-mails that one normally gets. It was an invitation from Nike for a trial run. I replied immediately to confirm my participation.

Arrived at Bonifacio High Street seeing some Happy Feet friends, coaches, takbo.ph forum runners like i2runner and Runningninja, and fellow bloggers. Weather condition that day was cloudy and with 90-percent rain. It poured later. The test run was postponed. Then we were given the new pair of Nike Lunar Glide shoes. Great! Nothing is sweeter than to get them for free!

Tony Atayde of Nike then briefed us about their newest running shoes. With me located at the far side of the tent, I didn’t get much of what he said except when I heard him say, “Write about the shoes. Use it. Do your own review. We can give you some materials about it if you need them. It will be out in the market by July .”

First time to use Nike running shoes and I found them pretty good for me!

(Group Photo Courtesy of i2Runner and Bullrunner)