Monday, July 9, 2012

Mizuno Mezamashii Run Project & Giveaway!!

Currently, Mizuno has this awesome campaign going called the "Mezamashii Run Project".  In Japanese, "Mezamashii" means "eye-opening" or "brilliant" and the purpose behind Mizuno's campaign (besides to sell shoes of course) is to " create a more euphoric running experience - a more "brilliant" run - for more runners everywhere. "

You should know that I'm a sucker for anything running (big surprise, I'm sure).  This is especially true when it's running matched with cool scenery/music/calming voices.  I don't know that I always buy into advertising, however, I'll admit, the following video really makes me want to put on some shoes and run through the woods and in the rain and up some steps and through some puddles... really it just makes me want to run anywhere and run fast and maybe even run in a pair of Mizuno shoes.

Mizuno feels that "mezamashii" is "...a word that captures the euphoric feeling of a brilliant run."  They also "...believe their shoes can help runners achieve this mezamashii feeling more often..." I have never run in a pair of Mizuno shoes, so I cannot tell you if that is true.  I am however, about to find out because the kind folks at Mizuno have chosen me to be one of the first 600 founding members of the Mezamashii Run Project and will be providing me with a free pair of Mizuno running shoes!!  I was super excited to receive a hand addressed invitation in the mail inviting me to redeem a code for a free pair of shoes.  When life gives you free shoes, you take them and say thanks because, hey, free shoes, what's better than that?!

So, I spent a lot of time (and by time I mean days, really weeks) on Mizuno's website trying to figure out which pair I would like to try out (partially because they have a lot of sweet looking shoes to chose from, but mostly because I tend to be a tad indecisive).  I finally decided on the new Wave Precision 13, because I think everyone should own a pair of bright pink & neon yellow shoes (technically the colors are "electric/lime punch/dark shadow"), that and they seem like a pretty decent lightweight performance shoe.  (They're currently on back order, but as soon as they come, you better believe I'll take them for a run and let you know what I think.)
I'm really excited, and you should be to.  You should be excited for me, because you like me so much and you're happy for me and my free shoes... but really, you should be excited for you because Mizuno and their Mezamashii Run Project want one of you lucky readers to have a free pair of shoes too.  Unfortunately I only get to give one pair out, so I can have only one winner and you can't all be lucky, but it doesn't mean you can't try.  You can however, visit the Mezamashii Run Project website and apply for an invite of your own.

Because it took me so long to choose my shoes and I didn't even realize that I had an additional pair to give away time is of the essence... the free shoe coupon will expire on July 15th, so we best be getting busy.  To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a haiku describing what you consider to be a brilliant run.  Really anything goes as long as it is in the haiku format of 5,7,5.  For example:
To qualify, you must, must, must follow the format.  5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second and 5 in the third.  Check it several times... say it out loud, clap the syllables... do whatever you need to to make sure you've got it right.  This will not be a random drawing.  Incorrectly formatted haikus will be disqualified. (Hooray, I finally feel like I am putting my English degree to good use.  Ha!)  I will have a panel of non biased judges (most likely my oldest two children and my husband) chose what they consider to be the winning haiku.  The contest will end at midnight (PST) on Tuesday 7/10, and the winner will be announced, on this blog, Wednesday 7/11.  Again, the code must be redeemed by the 15th, which is why time is of the essence.  Good luck,  I can't wait to read your poems.

Disclaimer:  I have not yet received free shoes from Mizuno but I will receive a pair shortly.  I have also been given the opportunity to give a pair away. I am not being compensated in any other way for my review and my opinions are strictly my own.


Michele said...

All alone, quiet
Thoughts escape me as I dream
Running cures my heart

RunningLaur said...

Feet on the trails
Covered in mud, sweat, and bugs
This is living life

Mom_2_Pippa said...

Poet I am not,
Mother Runner, yes I am
Running when I can


Christi said...

A beginner's chase
For my own euphoric high
One step at a time

Jody, RD said...

Alone with my soul
Breath and legs providing fuel
My own therapy

Maureen said...

Pitter patter feet
On soft leaves beneath, makes my
Heart pitter patter

Erica said...

Can't hear my panting
Forget to check my Garmin
Just me and my thoughts

Marci said...

Mas que tarea
Sana cuerpo y alma
Correr is ganar


Much more than a chore
It heals both body and soul
To run is to win

(Words are coming a little better in Spanish right now. Thanks for the fun challenge.)

mom of four monkeys said...

seventy degrees
No kids, no wind, just me, free
Happy as can be!

Jennifer said...

The run I manage
Despite my many children
Makes my heart sing free!

Jennifer (mom of a 5yo, 3.5yo and 2yo twins)

Nikki said...

Calm Blue Ocean Waves
Running While the World Sleeps
Sand Beneath My Feet

Elizabeth said...

Running there is pain
My lungs burn but I embrace
Propelled to greatness!

Heather said...

Entry for Doug...
Alone at Hayward
My own Olympic Moment
4 laps, One Mile, Gold!

moonsword said...

up before sunrise
honeysuckle breezes blow
new shoes cheer "let's rock!"

Holly said...

kids have fun with dad
long run full of laughs with friend
post-run mocha...YUM!!

Margie said...

Up before the kids
The woods welcome my footsteps
Running is my rest

JazznJenna said...

Not too hot or cold
I hear birds, see butterflies
My body loves me!

Thanks Laurie! And congrats on being chosen for such a worthwhile project : )! Ah makes me very happy, but only when I do it...and I wouldn't do it if it weren't for inspirational people like you : )!!

Jen said...

Cool crisp light fall air
Pushing sleeping baby girl
Lost in my daydreams

me/mom/NANA said...

I don' know haiku
But I need to start running
If I had some good shoes...

Grandkids say this is a haiku? Thanks for the chance to win a birthday pair if shoes!

amy said...

Running fast, faster
Smiling kids, triple stroller
Pushing self and kids

I may be crazy, but i love taking my 3 kids with me on runs. There is something about hearing them sing and yell mommy faster that makes my runs wonderful.

amy said...

Running fast, faster
Smiling kids, triple stroller
Pushing self and kids

I may be crazy, but i love taking my 3 kids with me on runs. There is something about hearing them sing and yell mommy faster that makes my runs wonderful.

Heather said...

Okay, now submitting my entry (yesterday submitted Doug's) and I have to say I think you picked the most AWESOME color combo of shoes for your pair--so cool!

Highs, lows, pleasures, pains
a love/hate relationship
I am a runner

Anonymous said...

Awesome shoes!!! Ok I am totally not a poet but here we go:

Running and Running
In the misty morning rain
Away from my pain

This summarizes my run today!