Mizuno Wave Elixir – Shoe Review

May 30, 2009

I recently started wearing the Mizuno Wave Elixir. Over the last 2 to 3 years I’ve consistently run in the Mizuno Wave Precision. After my injury earlier this year from overuse and stress one of the things I decided to do given the imbalances and weaknesses in my legs was try some shoes with greater stability. Changing shoes is always an tough thing to do. Once you find a pair of shoes that work getting another pair that don’t feel right or worse still stress your body in manner you’re not used to and possibly cause injury is a worry.

The Elixir is not very different from the Precision, it feels a little softer (more cushioned) and has a little more stability. The “wave” on the inside of the Elixir is different from the Precision and the cushioned part of the heel extends to the middle of the shoe instead of stopping right 1/3 of the way up the shoe like the Precision. In all the shoes are so similar I think it was a good move and a good choice. The Elixir even weighs less than the Precision which surprised me.

For more cushioning (if I want to stick with Mizuno) the Inspire or Nexus would be options as well but they are over 11 oz and 10 oz respectively while the Elixir and Precision are under 10 oz and I like the feel of lighter shoes. Of course, I may change my mind as the mileage adds up and the feet get sore from the pounding and go with something with a little more cushioned. The other thing with the next level of shoes like the Inspire or Nexus is they aren’t as flexible or responsive so I’ll try and stick with the Elixir and Precision for now.

Compare the Wave in the Elixir to the Presision Below

Compare the Wave in the Elixir to the Presision Below

Compare the Wave in the Precision to the Elixir

Compare the Wave in the Precision to the Elixir


5 Weeks of recovery running under the belt

May 25, 2009

It’s been a slow five weeks of recovery, well if you count my time off it’s closer to 8 or 9, since I called it quits for the Boston Marathon this year. It was the right thing to do, and I managed 50 miles this week. Since the middle of April I’ve been adding 5 miles a week to get up to 50 this week and then get up to my eventual weekly target of 80 miles a week. I do have some tightness on the outside of my right leg so don’t think the root cause of the tendinitis is completely resolved so I have some work left to do.

Some other things of note over the last two weeks of training with Team Rogue. A few new things have been instituted which I think are a great thing to make us more balanced and in general stronger to handle the rigorous training. They include:

  • Pre-run stretches, there should be video’s soon with Darren Brown illustrating these that I’ll link to. You can read about Darren, who won the Boston Invitational Mile this year in his blog and also this recent runners world article. Darren religiously performs these stretches from what I’ve heard so it can’t hurt us mere mortals đŸ™‚ After a half mile warm-up we do these stretches and then after each run with the group also do a slightly altered version.
  • Big 12 strength exercises. 12 push-ups, 12 crunches, then 11 each then 10 each and so on down to 1 each . A few people are throwing in some pull-ups to mix it up (Keith and Jon thanks for making us look like pansy’s).

The pre-run stretches have been very good, I find I’m much looser on the run and and also after the run don’t feel as tight during the day. A few other things I glad I’ve been able to stick to is my twice a week workout at the gym for over a month. The workout was put together by Mark at South Congress Athletic Club (which just expanded by the way) and I’ve been able to tell the difference at points on my runs between my right and left side and made adjustments based on the “feel” Mark has been trying to instill with the exercises. Hope this all helps keep me injury free. Next thing to focus on is nutrition since the other parts seem to be routine now.

Current Wins: Running regularly, not missing cable,

Current Losses: Vacation plans not set, blog posts

The high tech of running

May 8, 2009

I was reading an article on Paula Radcliffe’s return from surgery and her plans to race in Berlin this Fall. One of the things they mentioned in the article was the G-Trainer. It’s a $35,000 treadmill that let’s you run with a reduced body weight, maybe one day this will be what us mere mortals will be using instead of aqua jogging or biking.

Excited about getting back with the team but with some sadness

May 6, 2009

Team Rogue starts training again next Tuesday, it’s been month and a half since I stopped training with the crew for the Boston Marathon. I’m excited about running with everybody again, since last week I’m run a few times with Mike, Ken, Damon, Jason, Mus, John, Jon, and others and it was energizing. Last year early into training with Team Rogue I wrote about the “team atmosphere”, at that point I don’t think I realized how truly great training together as a team for the same race and with such a challenging regimen would be. So yes, I’m very excited about spending hours on the roads every week with everybody.

This new training season does come with some sadness though, that is that we’re loosing part of the Team. I heard recently he North Group is no longer going to be part of Team Rogue. Karen is going to take people to a different marathon and it looks like the training regimen will also be different. I had many runs Jim and others in the North group last year and would have liked to have continued that but I guess the North group wants to run a different race and take a different approach. Good luck to the Northies, we’ll hopefully get to see you on some long runs.

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