These are my uber-expensive (in my experience) ultralight running shoes. They have a funky ridge on the sole just under the ball of my foot, so landing anywhere other than fore-footed is really not an option. Not a mid-foot striker's shoe. Definitely not a heel-striker's shoe. Not a walking shoe. And it takes some getting accustomed to stepping on uneven ground, because the sole interacts with the ground in a way I did not anticipate. (A few near ankle twists stepping up and down on curbs and the like.)
I ran 5 miles on Thursday afternoon after a long tough morning workout split between swimming, pool-based leg exercises, and weight-room leg exercises. My legs were toast but I wanted a few miles running. It was not easy.
Some guy pulled up next to me in his SUV, two kids strapped into the bench seat next to him. He said something garbled, which I assumed was "get the f__ off of the road." Keeping my poise (a rare result -- congratulations, me!), I asked "I'm sorry?" He: "You're a really good runner!" Now I'm taken aback. Me: "Thank you!" He: "No, I'm serious."
Forgive my relating what cannot come out humbly. Too, for all I know this guy has never seen anybody run before. He certainly was not wearing Team USA garb!
Today in Indianapolis I had planned a longer (10-ish) run. My legs were still toast, exacerbated by the long drive yesterday. I was dreading it. I thought "just a few miles and I'll loosen up. If I only go 5 that's okay too." Not wearing the Newtons, but remembering the form they caused me to have, I started out -- and felt phenomenal. It made no sense. My quads and calves were killing me standing still, but running felt comfortable, even easy. I could feel the glutes taking all the stress of the stride. I rolled comfortably, even quickly, for 10 miles.
Here's the rub: at the end, my quads and calves still hurt. It is not as if I loosened up and had a good run. It is as if I ran with different muscles entirely.
This is a lot to load on one short run with a new pair of shoes (recall that today's run was back in my trusty Asics Hyper Speeds). But maybe the Newtons were the light-switch I needed?
A note: the catalog says these run 1/2 size small. A full size small is more like it.