First things first.
I was lucky enough to win a pair of Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4 shoes, a prize for being voted “Runner of the Year” in Delhi – in the senior citizen category, before you all think I’m boasting. Basically, I am a shoe-in (pun intended!) for this award, since I have no competition in my age category, but that doesn’t stop me feeling ridiculously thrilled and excited at getting a trophy and a certificate and, oh joy of joys, a pair of new running shoes.
Here they are, my lovely Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4, still in their box, on Day 1.
According to the box these are men’s shoes, but I’m not quibbling.
I have big feet, so it’s all good.
I received the shoes at the beginning of May so, as I write, they are almost 3 months old, and in that time I must have run some 300Km in them.
And I am super happy with them.
I love their looks (does that make me shallow?).
The colour combo is great and if this doesn’t sound weird, I love the laces. Don’t ask me why, but I love the feel of them. The laces are flat and well, I like them.
The mesh look and feel of the shoes is superb, and makes for great breathability.
They feel lovely & lightweight as you run.They felt comfortable from the word go, and I never had a moment of needing to break them in. I like the feel of the toe box, which is most definitely there, but doesn’t feel in the least bit constrictive.
They have been washed many times, usually after a run through the monsoon-y slush and mud here in Delhi (where I live) & they come up look 100% as good as new each time.
Over the last 3 months, I have used them in a variety of terrains and weathers, and they have performed superbly.
From the dampness of London:
to trail running in Himachal Pradesh:
We have met countless dogs – and the occasional hen – on our runs:
We’ve run on road, and gravel tracks, on mountain trails and, both here in Delhi & during a very damp weekend in France, we ran in lots of mud:
We’ve also shared quite a few Instagram #coffeeandrunning moments:
Super happy with them.
Mizuno does not know that I review and blog, and I was under no pressure at all, at any time, from the organisers of the awards & the prize to blog or review the shoes. (Coach Ravinder Singh, a well-known runner here in Delhi).
Oh yes, we met our counterpart in France: