The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.
Mizunos were a thing when I was running cross country in high school. My teammates--some of whom are still my best friends now--and I coveted them, always excited about the newest version of Wave Riders as we prepared for races; matching green uniforms and pink bows tied around our ponytails. They were bright and shiny and made us feel like we could do anything, and that, paired with a fabulous coach and summer two-a-days made us a team of pretty respectable runners.
A stress fracture kept me from running in college, but I have continued along since then on my own. Running has gotten me through every season of my life so far. Several of my high school girlfriends and I still run today, which always makes me smile to think about us in three or four cities across the country every morning, lacing up our sneakers and singing Disney princess songs in our heads. You never know what's going to connect you to the people you love later in life.
I ran our annual Thanksgiving race--another running tradition that's dear to my heart--in these Mizuno Wave Rider 17s the other day, and they were fabulous. The 17 is the lightest Wave Rider ever, and it features a Seigaiha wave pattern outsole to provide optimal flexibility. They're light, bright, ultra-smooth, and fun--just the way I remember them.