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Are Newtons the Next Running Craze?

   I have a confession to make. I’m a sucker when it comes to neon workout gear. So when I saw the latest issue of Runner’s World and its article on Newtons running shoes with all the glossy, brightly colored photos of brand spanking new shoes, I was a goner. Utterly. Hopelessly. Done for. I am that person that advertisers hope to attract. The raccoons of the human race. The ones that see something bright and shiny and must have it. Ok, maybe I’m not that bad, but that was my initial reaction. And that coupled with my interest and intrigue with the concept of minimalist running, made me want to read all about Danny Abshire and his neon shoes.

Without reiterating the entire article, Abshire wanted to make a shoe that would “Make you run like you were born to run” (a slogan on the Newton website). After years of research and development, Abshire made the latest addition to the Newton family of shoes, one that has a lower heel-to-toe drop that promotes a forefoot strike. Ideally, one should run on her forefoot not her heel which, developed properly, will make you more efficient and less prone to injury.

One of the problems of transitioning from a cushioned shoe to a minimalist one (be it a pair of Vibrams or Newtons) is that users are often still running with the same gait as before and therefore not running more naturally and still run the risk of injury. But if a shoe can almost force your gait to change, like the Newton heel drop design, then maybe that’s a good thing. I’m not convinced one way or the other in regards to minimalist shoes vs. more cushioned running shoes, but I do think that Newtons are going in the right direction. Maybe my next pair of running shoes will be a pair of neon Newtons. 😀

Happy running!

 

 

Fun with Yaktrax

  I had a great weekend! I got a chance to take my new Yaktrax out for a trial run. So much fun! 🙂

Yaktrax are well, exactly like you see in the picture, steel coils attached to a rubber frame that fits snugly over your shoes. They’re designed to provide extra traction on ice and packed snow. Not just for running, they also are ideal for walking and hiking.

We had just gotten a influx of snow on Saturday, so Sunday, once I knew the snow had been packed down a little, I strapped on my Yaktrax and headed out to my favorite nearby trail. The weather was beautiful and there were only a few other people out on the trail including a bunch of cross country skiers – so want to try that sometime!

I ran five miles although it didn’t seem far because I was enjoying it so much. It took a little while to get used to running on the snow as the terrain was uneven and my foot stride was different from normal because my feet would sink into the snow more so than during my typical asphalt runs. But once I got used to it, my pace picked up a bit.

I did see a couple other runners during my snow run who didn’t wear Yaktrax and seemed to be doing fine, although I didn’t stop to ask. 🙂 I would recommend them to someone nervous about snow running or wanting a more sure footing when they headed outside for the day. Next up: trying them out on ice! 😀

Happy running!

New Shoes!

  I’m always interested in products that are interested in reducing, reusing and recycling as part of their product-making philosophy. For example, Toms Shoes donates a pair of shoes to a child who needs them for every pair you purchase. So cool!!!

This past week I found Sanuk and, more specifically, their Yoga Mat Sandals. They’re made out of recycled yoga mats and feel heavenly on my barking dogs after a long day of work. Sanuk is Thai for “fun” and combines funk with function (according to their website). They use innovative materials like yoga mats and indoor/outdoor carpeting. Crazy!

It makes me feel a little less hesitant to have retail therapy when I know I’m supporting a quality company. 🙂

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Running Barefoot

“The typical human foot is an anatomical marvel of evolution with 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments. Like the rest of the body, to keep our feet healthy, they need to be stimulated and exercised.”

Thus sayeth Vibram Five Fingers. Well, thus their website sayeth.

A friend of mine swears by these shoes for her running needs and eschews all other running footwear. I remain skeptical. Vibram’s Five-Finger foot offerings go beyond running to meet all other footwear needs. The idea being that we need to keep our feet healthy and to do so we must forsake comfort and cushion and return to the barefooted roots of our ancestors. I think it’s all the latest gimmicky fad, but have never tried them either.

The jury is still out for me, but I want to know:

Have you ever tried Vibrams or know someone who has? If so what do you think of them?