This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.
December is often a difficult time of the year for keeping up with fitness. Most people see their calendars more filled than usual, with holiday parties, time with family, and the time needed to prepare for various celebrations. I also have the added stress of planning for and hosting a birthday party for my toddler this month, whose birthday is just two days before Christmas. Needless to say, I, like most people, have a lot on my plate this month. Just because I’m extra busy does not mean that I want to let my health and fitness go to the wayside.
So what’s currently keeping me motivated to make sure that my health and fitness remain a priority during this busy month?
1. Making up for the time that I lost in November
If you read my December goals post last week, then you’ll recall that November was an incredibly challenging month for me. Between stress at work, a week long migraine, and then getting sick, I lost a lot of precious time for working out. Trying to make up for the time that I lost last month is helping push me out the door. I really want to make December count when it comes to my fitness.
2. The desire to reach my goals
Not only am I trying to reach my December goals, but this is also my last opportunity to work on reaching my 2017 goals. I don’t want to feel like I’ve failed at reaching those goals, which is giving me the extra drive to really push myself this month.
3. My next races
The next races that I will be running are the Princess Enchanted 10k and Princess Half Marathon down at Disney World at the end of February. Even though I will be running both of these races with the only goal being to have fun, I don’t want to injure myself by not being physically prepared, especially for the half marathon. So even though I’ve cut back on running in order to have more time for other forms of exercise, it is still important that I do maintain some running each week.
4. Not wanting to gain weight
With the flurry of holiday activity this month, there’s lots of temptation with holiday treats and beverages while celebrating with friends and family. Since I do want to enjoy myself, keeping up with my fitness and healthy eating during non-celebration times will help ensure that I don’t pack on any unwanted weight this month.
5. New shoes
I always find that a new pair of running shoes helps give me that extra motivation to work out. Last month I received a complimentary pair of the Mizuno Wave Rider 21s as a way to help celebrate the Wave Rider’s 21st birthday. Although I am a loyal Mizuno running shoe wearer, my usual running shoe is the Wave Inspire, so I was excited when I found out that I would be receiving a pair of the Wave Riders to try out. Unlike the Wave Inspires, which are stability shoes, the Wave Riders are neutral running shoes, meaning that they are lighter weight and provide less support than stability shoes do.
I’ve now run a couple of times in the Wave Rider 21s, and I can definitely feel the difference between them and my usual Wave Inspires, mainly when it comes to how lightweight they are. I often feel like I am “running on air.” From a fit standpoint, the shoe itself has a very similar structure to the Wave Inspire, and thus when I’m not running I don’t notice a difference between the two Mizuno shoes. To me, they fit exactly the same.
Since I usually run in stability shoes, I have been a bit cautious and careful when running in these neutral shoes, but despite them being neutral shoes I still find them to be quite supportive. I am excited to have added these to my shoe collection, and plan to continue wearing them on some of my shorter distance runs.
QOTD: What is currently motivating you to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle?