Running at Lunch

I don’t have a hard job.

When I say that I am not implying that my job is easy though. I still have to be there, do my work, deal with the insanity of local government and the feeling of entitlement that is pervasive in this culture.

But as far as what I actually do? Easy for me.

But it is still stressful. The position reminds me a lot of the military in a way. Take Desert Storm for example. There were about two hours of sheer terror followed by weeks of sheer boredom. This is how my job is. There is no “terror” per se, but the long periods of boredom are cut by the moments of information being needed RIGHT NOW or the whole county operations will cease to exist.

Not that it would be a bad thing.

The best thing about the position I am in right now is that it affords me a lot of autonomy, and it is located in an area of Tampa that has a nice, quiet neighborhood and sidewalks, so I can grab my bag at noon, change into running gear, and take off for an hour and escape the humdrum day.

I had gotten away from doing this in the past year, mostly due to a nagging foot issue that would not go away, but now that the weather is not as brutal as it is normally (80’s vs the high 90’s) I thought it was a good time to start doing this again.

But I needed new shoes and luckily I was selected to review the new Mizuno WaveRider 21’s and had received them just as I was deciding to start this again.


Sure. Let’s go with that.

I had never used Mizuno’s before but after looking at the specs (the drop specifically) I decided to give them a shot. The main thing about the product is I found it was not just meant for marathoners, but rather was built with the beginner runner as well. Perfect for me, although I am not a beginner I am still very very VERY slow. It’s also a neutral shoe, and with the drop being 12mm and the weight at 9 ounces, it seemed like a good shoe to get started back up again. If you’d like to check them out for yourself the men’s can be found HERE and the women’s HERE. Although I was provided these shoes to test you know I would not steer you wrong if I did not like them, so if you have not tried the Mizuno’s before give it a shot. The only thing I found a little troublesome was not on their part. I wear inserts due to the ongoing foot problem and I did notice they sat a bit off in these shoes than in others I have tried, but this is not a big deal to me, and certainly not an issue with their shoe.

All-in-all I was happy with the shoe and will continue to wear it. Personally, it will be a short distance shoe for me due to the insert issue, but the fit and the ride were comfortable and the shoe felt light on my feet, which is a trick to find both comfort and stability.


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all my own and are in no way influenced by Mizuno.

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