I did it. I really did – I ran for 3.487 miles with my friends Cindy and Deana and my faithful sidekick, Cherry Berry. It was my first real run in the Newtons, albeit a slow one, but my first thought was: Did I step in dog poop?
After I got over the stepping in poop sensation, I felt like there was a cushy, padded bump under the balls of my feet. For such lightweight shoes, I was surprised at the amount of cushioning and the cush was in just the right place – under my metatarsals, rolling my foot forward. (See 3rd picture below)
I know forced is probably not the right word here, but I feel like my foot was forced to land mid-sole. Maybe guided would be a better term. As a matter of fact, Cindy and Deana told me I looked like a beautiful gazelle running through the forest. Okay, maybe not gazelle, but they confirmed I was running mid-sole.
I have to break my feet into these shoes, so I’m going to save my complete impression until I have 25 or so miles done, but quickly, here are a few other things I noticed:
- I have no actual proof, but I felt like the cadence was higher and I was leaning forward – like I was sprinting, but not.
- My calves cramped a little toward the end and are now sore.
- My feet were cold – the shoes are very airy, which will actually be great for the Texas summer.
- The balls of my feet were a little achy with a burning feeling after the run – and I have a very small blister on the ball of my left foot – nothing major, at least not picture-worthy.
So far, I’m liking the shoes. More later. Maybe even tomorrow after I run in them. Take that bike.