Last year in late October and early November I had a scary incident involving my migraine medication which forced me to discontinue using it. For the past few years I had been getting migraines after every long run, (as well as at other times), and I was desperate to find a way to run without suffering from the pain of those terrible headaches afterwards.
I like to think that I’m a fairly seasoned runner, I mean, I’ve been doing it for over 35 years now so I’m fairly confident in my abilities and I read everything that I can about the latest and greatest in running gear so I was surprised when my physical therapist told me that along with some other strategies I probably needed to change running shoes.
For those of you who don’t know, I also suffer from scoliosis too and the physical therapist felt that running in the shoes I had been running in for the last few years were contributing to the problem. He said that when I got tired my hip would drop on one side therefore affecting my entire posture thus contributing to my migraines.
When I was given a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 21’s in October in exchange for my review I added them to my rotation immediately.
I hadn’t had a pair since the Wave Rider 16’s and I loved those so I was really looking forward to trying the 21’s. I’ve spent the past four months testing them in all types of weather, on different terrains, on long runs, tempo runs, and speed workouts and while I don’t use them for every run, they have become my long run staple.
If you’ve ever worn the Wave Rider’s then you probably have a good idea of how they fit but if you haven’t I can tell you they feel snug but not tight. The 21’s have a bit more room in the toe box which I really like. It wasn’t lose and it wasn’t narrow either, more like firm but true to size. I wear a 7.5 and they fit me perfectly.
The one thing that stood out for me as different from their other versions is how breathable the 21’s are. It’s pretty hot in Florida and I need a shoe that can breathe, the Mizuno Wave Rider 21’s were awesome in that regard. Since most marathon training takes place in the summer, these are my new go to shoes.
The Wave Rider 21’s are lightweight but provide all the cushioning need. The embedded Wave plate adds firmness to the cushioning and this also makes the shoe supportive so you never feel like your landing on a worn out pillow. These shoes guide your foot smoothly and efficiently from heel strike to toe off. I feel like that’s helped me keep my posture in check.
The Mizuno Wave Rider 21’s also worked well for me on tempo runs, progressive runs and during speed workouts but this shoe has become my go to for long runs. I’ve already put over 300 miles on these shoes so I just purchased another pair in preparation for training throughout the spring and summer.
While wearing this shoe isn’t the only change that I made to help with those dreaded long run migraines, it certainly has played a part. I’ll be telling you about a few more things throughout the next few weeks as well.
Do you wear several types of running shoes or are you prone to just wearing one brand and style?
When is the last time you had your running gait analyzed?
This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Mizuno written entirely by me. All opinions are my own.