What am I doing in a pair of Newtons? These are way outside my price range, and enough of an engineering enigma to probably be a poor choice for somebody who only buys one new pair of running shoes a year. (Fifteen months this time, actually.)
But when I saw a table of these $175 shoes marked down to $95 outside Human Motor Works, I couldn’t resist at least trying them on. They didn’t feel as weird as you might think, given those lugs protruding from the midfoot sole. So … even though I probably should’ve gotten a nice safe pair of shoes before our 90-mile run/walk, I pulled the trigger.
The instructions say you should get used to them gradually, 1-2 miles at a time over a couple of weeks or so. I took them out for a mile test run Sunday and they felt great. Granted, this may be because I was running on sproingy padding for the first time in months. Still, this mysterious twinge that’s been flickering in my lower leg didn’t make a peep.
So now I’m tempted to try them on one loop of today’s planned 20-mile run/walk. Stay tuned.