As soon as I got there I saw Darlene, a fellow SRM. It was great to see her since I really haven't had a chance to catch up with her since she injured her ankle last year. I think the last time I saw her was in the spring at the Freihofer's Race.
The Newton rep gave us all shoes to wear and gave us some background on the shoes and how they could help us improve our form. The shoes felt strange at first but not in bad way. They were very lightweight and because of the way they are designed it felt like you were standing differently in them.
According to the Newton website they are:
"designed with a minimal “drop” – or height difference – between the height of the heel and the ball of the foot. A more level-to-the-ground platform positions you to support a natural running motion."
Also instead of a foam base they use a:
"biomechanical sensor plate, which allows you to sense the ground so you can stride more efficiently and lightly – some might even say intelligently, the way nature intended."
The rep took us outside and went through some drills with us on proper running form. I found this part extremely interesting. He talked to us about shortening our strides and showed us the difference between an optimal running form and an incorrect running form. I've never taken a form clinic before so this was all very helpful. We did some drills like high knee drills and butt kicks and a very funny skip step drill that made us all look ridiculous but was helpful in demonstrating the points he was making.
Once we put all of it together and ran I could really see how the shoes could help improve form so I decided to get a pair. I am due for new shoes and since I'm not really in training mode right now it's the perfect time to try something different. I can always go back to my trusty Asics.
They fitted me for the Lady Isaac's. They are considered a transitional shoe as opposed to other models like the Gravity. They are the recommended model for making the first switch to Newtons. I took them out for a short run today to see how they felt and so far so good. Both the rep and Jenny advised me to break them in slowly so we'll see how they feel after the next few weeks and I'll give you an update on how I like them.