I was running with my Newtons Gravity Trainers for a few weeks so far. But I was not able to run with it as often as I want to since it has been raining during my scheduled runs. I was able to run with the Newton for only 16 kms as of last week. Two short and slow 3Ks to break in and two 5K speed interval.
With that mileage, I was scared to wear them for the Kenny Roger’s Urbanite Run. During the first 3Ks I had, the Newton Gravity Trainers gave me some pain as I try to adjust to the shoe. But my last 5K was a great run that made me decide to use it for a 10K race. No pain at last. I think I was ready to take it further.
My first race with my Newton Gravity was during the Kenny Roger’s Urbanite Run. I started at my usual 6:00/km pace and dramatically slowed down to 6:20/km going up and down McKinley Hills. But, going out of McKinley the last 1K was a 4:44/km for a 57:17 finish. I was happy to sustain a strong and fast 10K finish with the Newtons without pain or injury.
Here is my review of the Newton Gravity Trainers
- Great teacher. I have never seriously considered running on midfoot since I wore the Newton Gravity. The design will really helped me in midfoot or forefoot striking.
- Plenty of resources. Before taking them out for a run, I had to visit the Newton website and read the notes there and watch all the video to help me maximize the benefits of the shoe. Very informative.
- Lightweight and breathable. Very minimal design to make the shoe light. The mesh have big holes on them to provide the maximum air flow on the shoes.
- Comfortable fit. The shoe was wide and fits my foot well. But I have to wear thin socks for this. My usual thick cotton socks doesn’t go well with the shoe.
- Slave to the shoe. As I read with other blogs, I agree when they said that instead of the shoe adjusting to you, you adjust to the shoe. If your are not able to adjust to it, you will risk some injuries.
- Early Discomforts. My shins were slightly painful on the first 3K. The hamstrings were next on the second 3K. It took time until I got use to it. I had to be patient to myself as I learn how to use the shoe properly.
- Too fast, too old. I don’t find the shoe to be that durable. With less than 30km, the wear was very visible already. I wonder if it will last more than 400kms like my other shoes. I heard that the new models to be released will be more durable this time. You might want to start saving for those.
For fast runners and naturally midfoot/forefoot strikers, I think you can easily maximize the benefits of the shoe. More efficient runs, faster PRs.
For heel strikers, this shoe can teach you to start midfoot running. Start slowly with the first runs and be patient. Although, I find it more practical if you start practicing running midfoot with a racing flat that is less expensive before getting a Newton Gravity.
Where to buy
Newton Shoes are available here in the Philippines at Runnr Store, Bldg B3 Bonifacio High Street, Taguig. Visit their website at www.runnr.com.ph.
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