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itri Expert 48 posts since
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Nov 9, 2007 12:34 PM

Newtons?

My friend just got his Newtons and swears by them, says he is faster since they promote a forefoot strike. I am not exactly a forefoot striker (close), but during a longer mid week run I tried focusing on forefoot striking in my traditional shoes, and, I found I was about 20-30 seconds faster per mile. I know many people say this is the more efficient way to run, but has anyone tried the Newtons and do they really help keep you striking the fore foot? Or do I save $175 and just focus on it more?

  • niemsco Legend 189 posts since
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    1. Nov 9, 2007 8:36 PM (in response to itri)
    Re: Newtons?

    I've been using Newtons for almost two months, even ran the Chicago Marathon in them, the stability pair, Motions. I was a midfoot striker before, not sure if I could be classified as a "forefoot" striker. Overall I like them, they are definitely different from every shoe I've tried, and I've tried them all. I actually found they get better after a 100 miles. They are better now than when I ran the marathon which at that point I had about 50 miles on them. I'm definitely going to continue with them and use them in IM Arizona next year. As they state on their web you may be a bit sore in areas where you were not before because they will change your running style if your are not a true forefoot runner to begin with. My soreness has worn off and I like them much better than I did three weeks ago in fact.

     

    Do they make you faster? I don't know, I won't know until I enter the 08 racing season. I ran Chicago just a month after IM Wisconsin and Chicago was 90 degrees and I still finished in 3:40, and I didn't plan to break any records. Considering I hadn't recovered from IM Wisconsin yet and it was hot as hell, it was probably one of the better marathons I ran... But that could have been other factors such as IM fitness, so I'm not sure. But I will stick with them.

     

    But again like their website says they wear out differently. They wear out from the outside in, so the outside of my shoes really look like s&*t right now, but they are getting more comfortable. They say this is normal, so I'll just believe them for now because it seems to work. I originally got them because a lot of people at IM Wisconsin seemed to be wearing them and they had a good presence there. I had to see what all the hype was about. I'm very satisfied as of now. Hope this helps.

  • jhdtri Rookie 2 posts since
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    3. Nov 14, 2007 4:37 PM (in response to itri)
    Re: Newtons?

    I am on my 2nd pair and do swear by them. I was not a forefoot runner and was trying to be and these shoes make it happen,  My run splits in my later season races were faster than ever before and not a big training change.  I was able to become a more efficient runner with the Newtons and take time off as well, You really cannot be a heel striker, the shoes will not allow it.  Plus they feel great.  The are pricey, but for me, compared to my bike and my cycling gear, they are not much and well worth it,

  • jdtri Rookie 1 posts since
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    5. Nov 15, 2007 11:26 AM (in response to itri)
    Re: Newtons?

    exactly- they are cool and functional

  • Trish18 Active.com Staff 457 posts since
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    6. Nov 15, 2007 12:48 PM (in response to itri)
    Re: Newtons?

    Even more in-depth info on Newtons in niemsco's latest (and insightful) blog post:

     

    "[To make a long story short I think these are the best shoes invented and I realized this on Monday.|http://community.active.com/blogs/niemsco/2007/11/13/newtons-to-the-rescue]"

     






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  • mitch@strideuk Rookie 1 posts since
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    7. Jan 21, 2009 6:53 AM (in response to itri)
    Re: Newtons?

     

    Hello itri, I work with professional runners to improve their performance by using Video Gait Analysis, we recently got sent a pair of newtons to tryout, and as a rear / mid foot runner, admittedly, I was sceptical at first. However, once my body settled to the mid / forefoot 'actuator lugs', I did find that my running style did improve for the better, I did find initially that it gave me more vertical lift which i soon tamed by shifting my centre mass forward more, my hamstrings also seemed to produce more responsibility towards my newly adopted running style. From a bio-mechanicasl perspective  - the aim of good running technique is - shorter ground reaction time, (mid - fore is a lot quicker process than heel / toe.)  Less ground force resistance (the lugs create less mass on the ground .)   Utilise gravity and body weight  ( lean forward, and let your Newtons lead the way!) (well knees actually!!)   5 stars to Newtons. But train yourself up slowly into them. More eccentric calf work is a must, and invest into a 'foam roller' to stretch them out after.

     

     

    Keep running

     

     

    Mitchell

    Performance Analyst

    StrideUK.com

     

     

     

     

     

           

     

     

  • jojo7 Amateur 27 posts since
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    8. Dec 9, 2010 8:00 AM (in response to mitch@strideuk)
    Re: Newtons?

    Totally agree with your friend. I have also gotten a pair of Newtons a few months ago and have PRd a couple of times. They definitley promote forefoot running which is fantastic for me beacsue I was a bad heel striker. I have also gotten rid of any of my pains I used to have during training. Definitley try them out!!! You will love them!

     

    Happy Running!

     

    JoJo

     

    www.MyRaceRagz.com





    JoJo


    www.MyRaceRagZ.com


    "What will you WEAR on your next RACE DAY???"

  • jojo7 Amateur 27 posts since
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    9. Dec 9, 2010 8:01 AM (in response to itri)
    Re: Newtons?

    Totally agree with your friend. I  have also gotten a pair of Newtons a few months ago and have PRd a  couple of times. They definitley promote forefoot running which is  fantastic for me beacsue I was a bad heel striker. I have also gotten  rid of any of my pains I used to have during training. Definitley try  them out!!! You will love them!

     

    Happy Running!

     

    JoJo

     

    www.MyRaceRagz.com





    JoJo


    www.MyRaceRagZ.com


    "What will you WEAR on your next RACE DAY???"

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