Sunday, April 01, 2012
Strap on a pair of Newton running shoes for the first time and you know that you have something radically different on your feet. They feel like a pair of super-charged Earth shoes--remember those? The fronts of your feet were on a higher plane than your heals. I loved Earth shoes--they weren't stylish, but they had a wonderful no-pinch wide toe box and were soooo comfortable. But the Newtons--they are stylish!
Running in these is not as simple as running in my Brooks. The Newtons actually come with a set of instructions. You step lightly on the balls of your feet, which should be directly over the the middle of the actuator lugs (sounds hi-tech, doesn't it?). This requires a much shorter stride and a higher knee lift. It feels so strange--I'm not sure I'm running correctly in them. Though people were giving me a very strange look during my 12-minute test run, so I'm obviously not running "normally." This is definitely going to take some time to figure out.
I think I'll check out YouTube and the Newton running site to find some
video to learn more.