This is the third in a series of posts about my experience with Newton running shoes. In case you're wondering what they're all about, check out my first post to learn a little bit about the shoes!
Oops, didn't mean to leave you for so long! I don't know why I have felt so behind lately, but I think I'm back ;) A few things have been going on in the running front, so here's the last installment of my trial with Newton running shoes. I didn't take as detailed notes the past few weeks, but hopefully you'll get the idea!
Week 3: I went back to running w/o my orthotics as things felt better that way. I tried out some intervals on the treadmill, as I didn't feel like doing them in the rain. I could definitely tell I was landing on my mid-foot and tried to focus on form, but I can't wait to get outside as I appreciate their lightness :) A minor hiccup came when I tried to add in my longest run to date in the shoes... my 6 miles may have been a little ambitious, as I started to feel my calves get tight after 4.5 miles. I kept running, as I still had to get back to work, but they have required more stretching and rolling out.
Week 4: I took it a bit easier this past week but got in a few good runs, including a 5+ mile jaunt through Central Park.
A piece of the puzzle: At the end of Week 3, I started going to PT for my hips. Turns out that they're tight (both sides, opposite places) causing my alignment to be off. I had hip dysplasia when I was still in a crib, so it's not all that surprising. I've got a lot more stretching on my plate now (both before and after runs), along with a whole new set of exercises to strengthen my hips. My PT also added in exercises to strengthen the muscles in my feet that support my arches, and recommended that I keep my runs in the Newtons to no more than 4-5miles. He does support my use of the shoes, and will take a look at my running form in upcoming visits to ensure that things are in the right place ;)
So... where does that leave me? Optimisitc. I'm definitely keeping the shoes, and think my body will continue to adapt as I continue with PT and incorporate more speedwork and bricks to gear up for some summer races. Hopefully they'll help me meet some of my goals this year!