Mizuno Wave Sky 3 Shoe Review
Running, Running Reads

Mizuno Wave Sky 3 Shoe Review

Mizuno Wave Sky 3 Shoe Review

I haven’t found a Mizuno shoe I’ve liked as much as the Mizuno Wave Engima in quite some time. A few weeks ago, I went for a group run with our Mizuno rep and he let me run a few miles in the Mizuno Wave Sky 3. I couldn’t believe how much I liked them and it was a shoe I was looking for. A high cushioned, neutral trainer, that could take the pounding of easy runs.

While I’m familiar with the previous versions of the Mizuno Wave Sky, I haven’t run any significant mileage in them.

The Mizuno Wave Sky 3 is different from traditional Mizuno models like the Wave Rider and Wave Inspire. The Mizuno Wave Sky 3 lacks the Mizuno Wave Plate and I’ll get into that later.

Mizuno Wave Sky 3 Shoe Review

Mizuno Wave Sky 3 Quick Facts:

Weight: 9.3 oz

Drop: 10 mm

Mizuno Wave Sky Waveknit 3 Fit:

Mizuno has gone to the “Waveknit” upper in many of its models. I reviewed the Waveknit R2 and Waveknit R3 (the Mizuno Wave Rider but a different upper).

The Waveknit upper in the Mizuno Wave Sky 3 makes the shoe fit and feel different. The knit construction gives the shoe a lightweight structure and a more streamlined fit. It doesn’t feel constricting but allows the foot to breathe. According to Mizuno, the waveknit upper construction provides a comfortable fit with natural movement.  It does feel slightly tighter than the traditional upper and I typically recommend going up a half size.

Mizuno Wave Sky 3 Shoe Review

The Waveknit Upper uses an open-knit pattern, which allows sweat to evaporate. With the removal of a few overlays and the Waveknit mesh upper, it’s about .2 ounces lighter.

Fit wise; the Mizuno Wave Sky 3 fits fairly true to size. From time to time, a Mizuno shoe is too narrow for my foot. In running shoes, I wear anything from a women’s size 10-11 wide and I’ve found the size 11 to fit perfectly.

Mizuno Wave Sky 3 Shoe Review

Mizuno Wave Sky 3 Ride:

The Mizuno Wave Sky 3 uses a brand new cushioning that removes the “Wave Plate” altogether. What is the Wave Plate? Why does it matter?

Mizuno’s Wave Plate is in almost all of their shoes. It’s a thin, rigid piece of plastic between the layers of the midsole. It’s what gives Mizuno shoes that firm but smooth transition while running.

Without the Wave Plate in the Mizuno Wave Sky 3, the shoe is much softer and plush experience. So if the Mizuno Wave Sky 3 doesn’t use the traditional wave plate, what does it use?

The new midsole of the Mizuno Wave Sky 3 uses a combination of XPop PU Foam and Mizuno u4icX midsole (Mizuno foam wave that delivers a softer underfoot feeling).

Mizuno Wave Sky 3 Shoe Review

Another component I appreciate of the Mizuno Wave Sky 3, is the durable carbon rubber outsole. The first run I did in the Mizuno Wave Sky 3 was in the torrential pouring rain and I didn’t feel like I was sliding at all.

Mizuno Wave Sky 3 Shoe Review
Lets just ignore how dirty my Mizuno Wave Sky 3 are. I’ve put over 100 miles in them in the last month before getting hurt

I’ve done a few different types of runs in the Mizuno Wave Sky 3, including speedwork, long runs, and easy runs and I’ve found it to be best for easy runs.

Mizuno Wave Sky 3 Conclusion:

I am pleasantly surprised by the Mizuno Wave Sky 3 and I will continue to wear it until I’ve used the life up. The Mizuno Wave Sky 3 has quickly become one of my favorite shoes and I appreciate the cushion for easy runs days.

Current Rotation:

Easy/Daily Runs: Mizuno Rider Waveknit 3New Balance 1080 v10Diadora Mythos Blushield Blushield Hip 5, Hoka One One Arahi 4Asics Cumulus 21

Speed Work: New Balance FuelCell RebelReebok Float Ride Run fast ProNike Pegasus Turbo 2

Long Runs: Brooks Ricochet 2 Shoe ReviewNew Balance FuelCell RebelAltra Escalante 2.0, Hoka Cavu 2

Races: New Balance Fuelcell 5280Nike Next%,  Reebok Run fast Pro 

You Can See All Current Shoe Reviews Here.

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me running winning 18.12 challenge
Running, Running Reads, Training, Training Sub 1:25

I Got Hurt Running in the Next%

This post is a lot of thinking out loud, rambling, and just sharing my thoughts and experiences. Be Warned. 🙂

I’ve run marathons in questionable shoes. I raced my first marathon in the Nike Waffle. A spikeless version of my cross country spikes. Why? I didn’t know much better. I didn’t get hurt. I probably should have had an issue, but I didn’t.

Several years ago, I raced half marathons in extremely lightweight racing shoes. I loved them.  They weren’t designed to run more than a 5k, but I liked them, they worked, and I ran well.  In fact, I PRed in everything. Could I possibly be more suited to the minimalist running shoes and never know it? Maybe.

me running winning 18.12 challenge

Which leads me here: How on earth did I get injured running in the Next%? Is it the Next%? Am I the only one?

In the last two years, I’ve run, but I haven’t been all in to the sport. The good thing about that is you don’t risk a lot, so you don’t suffer the injury consequences.

I was selected to run the Big Cottonwood Marathon. Throughout the summer, I strung some decent weeks together, and it was enough that I was confident I would be able to run down a mountain without injuring myself. My training cycle wasn’t great, but it was good for where I was in life. I was proud of it. About two weeks before the race, I ran the 18.12 challenge in the Nike Next%.

I won. I ran faster than I thought I had in me. I shocked myself and I felt confident I could run well at Big Cottonwood Marathon. I had run other races in the Next% but nothing above 10 miles and nothing that fast.

Two days later, I found myself with excruciating pain in my hamstring. I had no clue where it came from. It just hurt. I couldn’t sit still. I couldn’t walk, and I couldn’t run. So I DNSed and I was bummed. I had skin in the Big Cottonwood Marathon Game and I felt like I failed.

I also had no idea where my hamstring injury came from and to be honest, I didn’t even think it was a shoe problem. I’m not prone to muscular injuries. In fact, I’ve had maybe 3 muscular injuries in my entire running career and they usually haven’t lasted more than a few days.

I chalked it up to running a long race harder than I had in a while, then privately flying home (a 2 hr, small aircraft flight).

After rest, PT and seeing a sports doctor, I recovered and I was able to use my training to reach my goal of starting and finishing New York City Marathon healthy and strong. 26.2 miles.

Why is that important? I ran in the New Balance Fuel Cell Rebel. One of my favorite shoes to train in, no carbon plate and a lower stack height than the Next%. After that, I recovered and began training for what I called: “get back into shape.” There is no timeline and there is no goal race, but darn it, I’m going to get back into shape. (This is where I am now).

Training in December, January, and some of February went well. Too well. I hit the paces of one of my last workouts perfectly a few weeks ago. I felt amazing. Then I raced the Hilton Head Half Marathon in you guessed it the Nike Next%. While my opinions of the Hilton Head Half are another topic, I ran decently but didn’t feel like I ran to my fitness. I still ran faster and longer than I have in a while.

Two days later, I found myself in excruciating pain. This time in my Achilles. Not just one Achilles, but both Achilles. My left is worse, but the right hurts as well. Two ankles, same spot…that’s when my running store employee hat was put on.

With both feet, it’s probably a shoe problem. Last week, I tooled around running. I knew something was wrong. My body wasn’t thrilled running, but it wasn’t thrilled doing much of anything else either. I didn’t run anything hard or fast. I wasn’t thrilled to put any weight on my ankles that now looked like cankles.

It wasn’t until last weekend, I tried on the Nike Next% again (not to run, just to put on my feet) and I realized my inflammation matched the exact outline of the Nike Next% shoe…in both feet. Will I say, it’s absolutely a shoe problem? No. But will I say, both muscular/tendon injuries happened two days after I ran 13.1 miles in the Next%? Yes, yes, they did.

The amount of stack height and cushion alters anyone who runs in the shoe’s form. For me, I believe it caused me to land more on my heels and harder. Doing that for 20,000 steps caused muscles to work that don’t usually. It caused muscles to irritate that don’t usually. That force probably caused my muscles to develop microtears, which lead to an injury. This is not the most serious running injury and my hope is with proper rehab, PT, and flushing out the inflammation, I’ll be healthy in a few weeks.

So Anyway, where does this lead me now?

I saw Dr. Craig with Dr. Kemenosh, who worked some of the inflammation out of my cankles. I’m resting and letting my Achilles cool off. I am bummed because I finally thought I was making good progress, fitness-wise. I am also bummed because a shoe that seemingly “works for everyone” may not work for me. Will I ever get the 4% advantage? I don’t know and honestly, I don’t care as much as to be healthy.  My career isn’t based on being 4% faster. (Nothing I do in life is affected if I’m 4% slower or faster in a running race).

I’m also not bitter but I wanted to share because I cannot possibly be the only one who hasn’t had “the best results ever” in the Nike Next%.

It’s hard for me to admit that I might be in the small population the shoe just doesn’t mesh well for their gait and form. While my Achilles is slowly getting better, my mind is trying to process through an injury and also process why a shoe “made for everyone” may not work for me. Typing out loud seems silly, because I’m the biggest proponent of not everything works for everyone.

Anyway, that’s where at there. It’s not the most serious injury but it has taken me out of running until I feel better.

Kudos Coasters
Gear Review, Running

A New Way to Display Race Medals with Kudos

As many people know, my New Year’s Resolution of 2020 is to get rid of things not serving me in a positive way. This could be tangible or not. If that interests you, you can follow along on Instagram @2020trashthetrash.

Anyway, one of the more significant tasks I’ve come across is Should I keep medals? Should I keep all of them? Some? Hang them on the wall? There are so many options out there.

Recently, I discovered Kudos, which is a unique way to turn your old race medals into coasters.  You don’t need to be a runner to use Kudos and you can turn any race medal, photos, artwork, or seashells. I think my next set of Kudos Coasters might be photos of my cats.

Kudos Coasters

The Kudos History:

Believe it or not, Kudos Coaster Plus was designed in five years. The founder, Ryan, started in a dimly lit basement and has evolved from there. He has since hired product designers to help morph Kudos into the coasters they are today. While Kudos is a common phrase (by runners on Strava ), meaning praise for an achievement, Kudos2U.com  is where you can find the coasters.

Kudos coasters also have tru-fit inserts so you can get a personalized fit and feel to the coasters. You could even design or paint your own.

Using Kudos as Coasters:

I’ve seen some creative displays of Kudos, but my favorite way is to display them as coasters. As a coffee and hot cocoa drinker, I can tell you the Kudos 2 U Coasters have to withstand both my coffee and hot cocoa with no issue or damage. Plus, the beveled lip makes it easier not to spill a beverage. The Kudos are designed to withstand 300-degree temperatures, so you don’t need to worry about them melting.

Kudos Coasters
Kudos Coasters are Stackable too

Can Kudo’s Store All Medals?

Obviously, some medals won’t fit into a Kudos Coaster, but for most of my medals fit. Sometime’s the ribbon is too large or bulky, so I cut them off. Or some medals make it easy to remove the ribbon without cutting it. I would say in the roughly 200 race medals I have; Kudos Coasters can accommodate 180 of them. It’s the custom medals or oversized medals that don’t fit in Kudos (like from the She Power Half).

Kudos Coasters

The Kudos Coaster Plus will fit any medal up to 0.5″ thick and 3.75” wide. If you find you need a little more thickness, you can remove the tru-fit insert. (I found this works well if you want to keep the ribbon inside the Kudos Coaster too).

Kudos Coasters

How Else Can You Use Kudos Coasters to Display Old Race Medals?

Using Kudos Coasters as Wall Decorations:

Kudos are fun because you can display on your wall without a medal rack. You can display your custom race medals and award medals on the wall without worrying about the ribbon taking up room.

Using Kudos as Refrigerator Magnets:

I got this idea from the website itself, but I use a few Kudos as big magnets.

Kudos Coasters
Taken from the Kudos Website

One thing that I appreciated is when I reached out to the founder, Ryan, to see if he would be interested in offering readers a discount, he replied himself! It’s awesome to talk 1-1 to the company founder.

I was lucky enough that Kudos is also offering 10% off to FueledbyLOLZ readers by using the code “FueledbyLOLZ.” You can find Kudos in many local running stores too (including RunningCo. of Haddonfield). Plus, shipping is free, which is awesome!

They make great gifts for the “runner that has everything,” which is what I’ve found myself getting a lot of runners lately.  I’ve been enjoying sharing more running related products that aren’t shoes and you don’t even need to be a runner to get use out of Kudos.

You can see more product reviews here.

Questions for you:

How do you display your finisher medals and racing bibs?

Have you tried Kudos Coasters before? 


me running
Running, Training, Training Sub 1:25

Sub 1:25 Files…An Injury

After the Hilton Head Half Marathon, I thought it would jump-start my training. Unfortunately, it jump-started me to a minor injury. My Achilles are inflamed, and I have two cankles instead of ankles. They aren’t broken, but putting weight on them doesn’t feel great (running or walking..or living life).

I hesitate to call it “Achilles tendonitis” because my symptoms aren’t quite that. I’ve stretched my calves, etc. With rest, it doesn’t feel better. Running it doesn’t feel worse. My Achilles feels the worst when I wake up, and they feel better when I stretch them out.

I didn’t do anything fast last week, no long run or workout. I ran a few miles here and there and led a 4-mile group run on Saturday. I don’t foresee myself running fast until I feel better. If I feel the same by the end of this week, I’ll probably just stop running until it feels 100%.

Monday: Easy 6 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Easy 5 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Easy 6 miles
Sunday Easy 6 miles

As far as recovery, I’ve gone to see Dr. Craig with Dr. Kemonosh for Active Release Therapy on my Achilles. Active Release Therapy (Graston) is painful, but I do feel like it’s helping.

The other component is I’ve just been swamped. Sometimes I feel like adulthood is saying: “this is the busiest week ever,” one week after another. Lately, it’s been like that and next week will be just similar. After getting home on Sunday, I spent Tuesday-Saturday out of my house most of the time except to sleep.

I’m just trying to balance life while making time to recover from this injury. Is it an injury? Is it an inflamed bursa? Achilles Tendonitis? I don’t quite know. I have my suspicions of what caused it (somewhere along racing the Hilton Half Marathon and traveling home).

So yes, a boring training log and more or less me talking out loud. Don’t get me wrong; I’m pretty bummed that I finally started to feel like fitness was coming along and now this. Hopefully, it’s not too long of an issue. I’ve doing stretches, eccentric heel drops, and all of the basic Achilles rehab even though I’m not entirely sure that’s the problem.

Posts from the Week:

Saucony Ride ISO 2 Shoe Review

Hilton Head Half Marathon (1:31.13)

Koala Clip Review

Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport.

Questions for you:

Do you have any Achilles rehab tips?

How was your week of training? 

Fairmount Eats (Hackensack) salad

Fairmount Eats (Hackensack)

Fairmount Eats (Hackensack)

Recently I was in Hackensack, NJ.  I decided to stop at the Fairmount Eats.  I wasn’t hungry but wanted to wait out the traffic and heard the food was good. Hackensack is close to New York and the traffic is significantly worse than South Jersey so I decided to sit at a diner instead of sit in my car. I didn’t wait too long because the food was out in the blink of an eye.Fairmount Eats (Hackensack)

Fairmount Eats Atmosphere: A

Fairmount Eats resembles more of a bar than a diner. It’s located on the corner and has a small parking spot. Looking back, I should have verified there was parking before just stopping by. Anyway, there was a small lot. Inside has plenty of tables, a few booths, and an open kitchen to watch the chefs prepare the food. It’s a cute, modern building, and you never feel like you’re sitting on top of people.

Fairmount Eats (Hackensack)

Fairmount Eats Coffee: A

The coffee at Fairmount Eats was good. The waiter brought plenty of refills and it was brewed hot and fresh. Thankfully, because I was unusually tired that day.

Fairmount Eats (Hackensack) coffee

Fairmount Eats Food: B

The Fairmount Eats menu has plenty of options from breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are known for their lunch specials and salads. I decided to order the goat cheese and spinach salad with grilled chicken. The goat cheese salad came with candied nuts, bacon, spinach, and of course, chicken. It was a hardy portion of chicken too! The salad was good, but I do wish the dressing was mixed in.

Fairmount Eats (Hackensack) salad

Fairmount Eats Service: A

The waiter at the Fairmount Eats was great and the food came out fast. He was one of the best waiters I’ve had in a while and I couldn’t have asked for a better waiter.  I was in and out of the Fairmount Eats within 30 minutes.

Fairmount Eats Cost: $$

For the salad and coffee, it was $18 which was more expensive than I was expecting.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to Fairmount Eats?

I liked the Fairmount Eats and it was a good stop. While pricier than the average diner, it was fresh food and I would go back.

Atmosphere: B

Coffee: A

Food: B

Service: A

Cost: $12-20

Overall: B

You can see all 286 Diner reviews here.

Questions for you:

What’s your favorite type of salad?

Do you have a lot of traffic near you?