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5/7/13 11:40 A

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Second question first, why did I try them? My BIL and SIL are big fans of Newtons. They have adopted the "natural" running form and claim that the shoes have helped with their form and speed. They are pricey, though they do have a generous discount to military, police, fire, and EMT personnel, which is nice. Even with the discount, they were still more than my last few pairs of shoes (mostly Nike's recently, I was in the lunarlos which I like).

First question, what is the verdict so far? I like them. The first two weeks I worked them into the rotation on slower runs. Newton's advice is to ease in over a few weeks and focus on Land-Lever-Lift (land on the forefoot with the foot directly below the hip, absorb the impact by flexing the calf, then lever off the forefoot and lift the knee to raise the foot. Shorter stride lengths and faster foot turnover while avoiding overstriding). My transition was relatively smooth, I did not have any particular calf discomfort. I have been better about landing on my forefoot with my foot under my hip rather than heel striking. I don't know how much that is due to the shoe and how much is due to the heightened awareness.

The large forefoot pad did feel a bit strange on the first few runs, but I have gotten used to that and don't notice it anymore. I have increased the pace and distance on my runs with them. I did 3 runs in them over the past week. The runs were mostly on pavement with some dirt road, track, and sidewalk mixed in. On Friday, I did 2 miles on the track at a fast (for me) sub 7 pace. On Monday, I did a 10 mile moderately hilly run at an average of 8:10 pace. Then this morning, I did a 10k at a 7:40 pace. My feet and legs were happy with the shoes.

Now that I have a few miles on them, I am looking at the wear. I appear to have the most wear on the forefoot lugs towards the outside (closer to the little toe).

I am happy with them. The cost is not that much more than the Nikes. I will probably try them again when they wear out.

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4/29/13 8:47 P

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What is the verdict so far? And what was your reason for this choice? Just curious.

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4/16/13 10:08 P

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let us know how it works out for you!

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4/15/13 6:31 A

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I decided that I am going to try out a pair. They arrive this week. We will see how they go.

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At a running expo, I tried on all their models but just couldn't get past the prices. It didn't help that they didn't feel particularly different than my current shoe (Mizuno WaveRider) but maybe I'm just not sensitive enough to their key features. On the other hand, the Newtons were remarkably light.


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1/24/13 10:33 A

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I wear Newtons as well. I love them, but I do think they aren't for everyone. They really are a different feel from what you're running in now.

That being said, I found the transition fairly easy. I took them out for short runs for a few weeks in the middle of half marathon training, and then stepped it up to my long runs about 4 weeks before my half.

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1/24/13 10:21 A

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Hi,

I have worn Newtons for almost 5 years now--long before you could find them in stores and before they even offered clinics. They are the only shoe for me, even though I am currently dealing with an injury, I do not blame the shoes--injuries happen--just ask Ryan Hall, Deena Kastor and Desi Davilla, but I do believe that wearing a shoe that does not consistently change the shoe last has helped me become more efficient in my running.

I do recommend that you make the transition slowly into these shoes, even if you wear a minimalist shoe now.

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1/24/13 10:17 A

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I am considering trying Newton running shoes. Does anyone have any experience with them? How did the transition go? Did you transition on your own or use a running coach or clinic to help you make the change? What are the pluses/minuses? It is hard to find objective information!

I currently run about 20 miles a week at a 7:30 pace for fast runs and a 8:30-9 min pace for LSRs. I am currently in Nike lunarons, which I like. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law wear Newtons and are very enthusiastic about them.



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