I received a pair of Mizuno Wave Elixir 7’s as part of the Mezamashii Project and as a FitFluential Ambassador just over a week ago.
As of today they have 50.8 miles on them. 50 Miles is usually a good point to do have found out things that you like and dislike about a pair of running shoes.
The Elixir’s are promoted as a light-weight supportive trainer, that could also double as a racing shoe for some.
They are not a minimalist or low-drop shoe, like most of the shoes that I have run in this year. They are a traditional running shoe with a 12MM drop, however, comparing how I run in them versus other lower drop shoes, I really don’t notice that much of a difference. The Elixir’s to me feel lower than their published stats.
So how have the Elixir 7’s done for me?
Very, very well, they have the potential be a very special running shoe in my shoe rotation!
Over the course of the week I have run three training course records and even a personal best for 13.1 miles, which surprised me, since I hadn’t started out with the idea of trying to go very fast. I feel that I am running faster in these than I do in other shoes. Also I run quietly in the Elixir’s, I don’t slap the ground with them, which means that I am running more efficiently.
They have done well on the variety of running surfaces that I have used them on so far – tar, dirt roads, non-technical trails and the shoulder of the roads up heah in my area. They don’t accumulate rocks like other shoes have, but I did manage to wedge an acorn in the heel cut-out, so that could be an issue with rocks and stuff getting stuck in there now and again.
They have provided good traction and protection on the shoulders/ditches, when I have to get into them pretty quickly as a vehicle flies by, which is an important consideration when there is no place else to go.
Of all the shoes that I have tried this year the Mizuno Wave Elixir 7’s have had the best first 50 miles. The Mizuno Elixir 7’s is that they run the way that I run. I don’t find myself forcing a certain stride or landing style – instead I have been able to focus more on just running and that is what I need right now.
To just run.
I am learning that you have to look beyond a shoe’s published statistics i.e. drop, stack height, etc. and just run in a shoe to see how they work for you.
If you are looking for a light-weight running shoe, with some motion control features that could double as a race shoe, take a look at the Elixir’s, they might be what you are looking for. So far they have been what I have been looking for.
Thank you Mizuno for selecting me to be a part of your Mezamashii Project, otherwise I would not have had the opportunity to run in the Elixir 7’s and found out how good a shoe they are and how much I am enjoying running in them.
I hope I feel the same way at 300 or more miles.
Disclaimer: I received these shoes as a free media sample and a FitFluential Ambassador participating in Mizuno’s Mezamashii Project. All comments and views about this shoe are my own and I did not receive any other forms of compensation for doing this review.