Miss Zippy http://misszippy1.com Mom. Runner. Coach. Writer. Fri, 22 May 2015 04:59:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Five for Fridayhttp://misszippy1.com/2015/05/five-for-friday-5.html http://misszippy1.com/2015/05/five-for-friday-5.html#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 04:59:30 +0000 http://misszippy1.com/?p=6214 This has been a scattered week and will be an even more scattered weekend, so how about a scattered post? 1. I flew into Ohio Wednesday afternoon and back home again today so that I could see my mom on her 80th birthday. We had a nice dinner out with her/my dad, my brother and […]

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Celebrating my mom's 80th birthdayThis has been a scattered week and will be an even more scattered weekend, so how about a scattered post?

1. I flew into Ohio Wednesday afternoon and back home again today so that I could see my mom on her 80th birthday. We had a nice dinner out with her/my dad, my brother and his family. I’m feeling very lucky to still have both my parents at my age and theirs.

2. Speaking of milestones, my son has his confirmation this Sunday, but not before he first goes up to Gettysburg for a soccer tournament. Mr. Zippy will take him there while I’ll hang back with my daughter for a tournament here in town. It wouldn’t be a normal weekend around these parts if we didn’t jam pack it.

3. I’ve been hitting the strength training harder than ever lately and I’m really pleased with the results. I feel stronger than ever and have found that I enjoy pushing myself with classes like barre, home HIIT sessions and the occasional boot camp class. I also feel less vulnerable to injury and it doesn’t hurt that my clothes fit better either!

4. I’m thinking I’d like to run a couple of 5ks this summer because it has literally been years since I have run one for time–these days they are usually with my daughter at her speed. I think the strength work will fit in beautifully with this idea.

5. Rumor has it temperatures are going to hit close to 100 this week. I’m thinking we’re going to have one heck of a hot summer to balance out that awful winter. Works for me!

What do you have on tap for Memorial Day weekend? 

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What I’m doing over summer break…http://misszippy1.com/2015/05/summer-break.html http://misszippy1.com/2015/05/summer-break.html#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 04:25:46 +0000 http://misszippy1.com/?p=6205 Also known as “facing my fears.” Allie did a great post on Monday about tackling fears head on, which prompted me to put this one down on paper. Or screen, as it were. This summer break I’ll be going on a mission trip with my son through our church. We’re headed to a tiny corner […]

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Also known as “facing my fears.” Allie did a great post on Monday about tackling fears head on, which prompted me to put this one down on paper. Or screen, as it were.

This summer break I’ll be going on a mission trip with my son through our church. We’re headed to a tiny corner of Virginia in the heart of Appalachia to make home repairs and hopefully a difference in some lives. This is the first year my son has been old enough to go, and I’ve been looking forward to the opportunity to work alongside him and do some outreach like this.

Before I get into why I’m fearful, let me talk about the small things that are going to stretch me: It’s a 9-hr. drive down there and riding in cars for long kills my body. We’ll be sleeping in a high school gym (no AC of course!) with a lights out time of 11 p.m. I kind of love to be asleep by 9:30. I’m an introvert and we’ll be on a buddy system–no venturing anywhere without your companion. Like all of you, I love my healthy food, yet everything we eat that week will be prepared by others and completely out of our control. We’re required to wear long pants and sleeves in the heat of summer. And of course, running is not an option while there.

But these are all discomforts and I am a big believer that mission work should come with these. What are these small discomforts that I’ll live with for a week when the people I am there to help live with REAL discomforts all year round?

What I’m fearful of, quite frankly, is my ability to help my crew and pull my weight. Because folks, my crew leader, who I just met last week, is nicknamed Dale Gun. You know why? Dale Gun can drive some fast nails. He also informed me, upon meeting, that his crew always puts new roofs on houses. As in, climb up big ladders and work very high off the ground and watch my son do the same. I am a paranoid, nervous mama when it comes to my kids, just ask them.

At training last Saturday, we had to practice our skills by building a small wall frame. I have no such skills. Dale Gun threw around the electric saw and drill like child’s play. I, on the other hand, was tentative and slow. I think Dale Gun is going to want to throw me from the roof.

I have decided–and excuse me for going a bit spiritual on you–that God wants me to stretch in grow in every way possible on this trip. I’ve led a pretty easy life and will continue to do so post-mission trip. So for this one week, I will get comfortable with the uncomfortable, take a deep breath, and face my fears. And pray that I don’t let down Dale Gun.


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Wildwood, NJIf you’re a parent in May, you know how hard it is to carve out quality family time in this month of sports, end-of-year concerts, picnics, projects, and ceremonies. When the nice folks at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, NJ, offered me the chance to come down, run their half marathon and stay overnight, I did hesitate. Could I squeeze this into everything else we had planned? And then I decided–it doesn’t matter. It’s a chance for the four of us to get away and have time to ourselves without all the other noise we have going on in our lives right now.

So after a few of those morning activities that couldn’t be missed, we got in the car and headed east, arriving just in time to grab my packet. We spent the remainder of the day on the beach and then grabbing dinner before crashing at the Star Lux hotel, which the race organizers comped for us. If you know Wildwood at all, it’s a kitschy little patch of Jersey shore hailing back to the doo-wop era. The Star Lux is a boutique hotel that has pulled off this retro feel beautifully. And it was only one block from the start/finish line of the half, so I couldn’t have asked for a better locale. Can we talk about how nice it is to slip out the door and walk across the street to a race?

The race itself was a steamy one. It had rained overnight and the skies were still overcast when we started, although the sun tried to push its way through. The start time temperature was in the upper 60s. NOT my ideal conditions by any stretch of the imagination, especially when we haven’t had a consistent two weeks of heat to feel acclimated. With this in mind, my plan was to go out by feel, conservatively, and see how I held up in the conditions.

Wild Half Marathon CollageThe course was beautiful, starting with a stretch through Wildwood Crest and then hitting the boardwalk before hugging the coast and heading into North Wildwood. We had views of the ocean at several spots and headed up and over a few bridges, which was a nice change from the constant flat. There were over 1,800 people in the race, which I consider a great size–not too crowded but never lonely.

So how did it go for me? I was definitely feeling the heat and perhaps started just a tad ambitiously given the conditions. I had a GI cramp around mile nine that lasted for about a mile, and I know I slowed here, but then felt better around 10 and started to get my pace back up. My final time was pretty ugly for me: 1:43 (:01–seriously??), BUT I still won my age group, first out of 107, so I think I wasn’t the only one feeling the humidity. The wheels never came off my bus, and I ran the best I could on the day. I worked hard to pick off the two potential master’s ladies ahead of me. I did get both of them, but it turns out there was still one I didn’t catch. I’m still pretty happy with that–any time you can win our age group when at the oldest end of it feels good.

Post race, I rejoined my family for breakfast (Uncle Bill’s Pancake House–a shore favorite for us) and then we hit the Morey’s Piers amusements so that the kids could use the free passes that came with my race bib. Speaking of having the family with me: you’re never going to do things right for a race when your family is along. I had pizza and ice cream on Saturday night, walked around too much the day before the race, etc, etc. But guess what? Family time trumps a good race time any day of the week as far as I’m concerned!

A big thank you to Morey’s Piers for inviting me down, providing the race bib and hotel. We’ll be back for sure!


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A final word on running in the heat as you age–it has seemed to get tougher for me the past few years and I researched the topic for Runner’s Connect. Turns out it’s not my imagination. It does get harder once you’ve crossed over the 40 mark. Read the details here.

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Off to the Wild Halfhttp://misszippy1.com/2015/05/wild-half.html http://misszippy1.com/2015/05/wild-half.html#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 04:10:01 +0000 http://misszippy1.com/?p=6179 Tomorrow, post lax game, soccer game, and mission trip training, I’ll be headed off to the Jersey shore to run the Wild Half. I’m so looking forward to a little shore time. I’m hopeful the race will go well, but I have been under the weather this week and the temperatures are looking steamy for […]

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Interested in running a race at the beach? Here's my line up of the best the East Coast has to offer.Tomorrow, post lax game, soccer game, and mission trip training, I’ll be headed off to the Jersey shore to run the Wild Half. I’m so looking forward to a little shore time. I’m hopeful the race will go well, but I have been under the weather this week and the temperatures are looking steamy for Sunday, so that’s kind of a crap shoot at this point. Regardless, it’s going to be so fantastic to have a short break in the schedule and get away. May is an all-too jam-packed month if you have school-age kids, as I’m sure many of you can appreciate.

The Wild Half has lots going for it, which is why I included it in my East Coast shore race round up recently for Run Haven. Here’s the full line up if you’re looking for a surf side race this summer. You can find the West Coast roundup here.

Morey’s Piers’ Wild Half Marathon
Location: Wildwood, N.J.
Date: May 16-17, 2015
Distances offered: Half marathon, 8K, 5K and kids’ one-mile beach run
Why we love it: It doesn’t get more quintessential Jersey shore than this. The course traverses the famous Wildwood boardwalk, and your race entry earns you tickets to the Morey’s Piers’ amusement rides for the entire weekend.

Shelter Island 10K
Location: Shelter Island, N.Y.
Date: June 20, 2015
Distances offered: 10K running race/5K walk
Why we love it: For the novelty of running on this beautiful island off the coast of Long Island alongside 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi and Olympian Joan Benoit Samuelson.

Beach to Beacon 10K
Location: Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Date: August 1, 2015
Distances offered: 10K and kids’ fun run
Why we love it: This is Joan Benoit Samuelson’s hometown, and the race is her creation. You get a scenic course complete with an elite field.

Falmouth Road Race
Location: Falmouth, Mass. (on Cape Cod)
Date: August 16, 2015
Distances offered: 7-miler and the Falmouth Mile
Why we love it: The tradition. This will be the 42nd running of the famous race, which brings together 12,000 runners, including speedy elites and back-of-the-packers, for a good time. The course offers glimpses of old Cape Cod as it winds its way point to point from Woods Hole to Falmouth.

Bottle and Cork 10-Miler
Location: Dewey Beach, Delaware
Date: September 12, 2015
Distances offered: 10-miler and 5K
Why we love it: What better way to finish off the summer than with a race at the beach? And because the headline sponsor is a popular local bar, the post-race party can’t be beat.


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I’ll be tweeting and instagramming from the shore, so look for that over the weekend. Full race report to follow on Monday. Anyone else headed to this race or any of the others listed?

Note: I originally wrote this post for Run Haven. Used by permission of MOKO.Mobi, Inc.

 

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Speed workout rounduphttp://misszippy1.com/2015/05/speed-workout-roundup.html http://misszippy1.com/2015/05/speed-workout-roundup.html#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 04:20:36 +0000 http://misszippy1.com/?p=6144 I love running speed work, whether it’s on the road, on the track, or in the form of hill repeats. There’s something about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and knowing that you’ll be stronger for it afterward. Right now I reserve Tuesdays for speed and keep the rest of my runs at an […]

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I love running speed work, whether it’s on the road, on the track, or in the form of hill repeats. There’s something about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and knowing that you’ll be stronger for it afterward. Right now I reserve Tuesdays for speed and keep the rest of my runs at an easy pace. This seems to be a happy place for my body, while still producing results.

That said, every Tuesday I need to come up with a new workout for myself. Sometimes I just wish I had a book of go-to workouts from which to choose to take the thinking out of it. Since I don’t, I’ve come up with the next best thing: a round up of speed workouts from me and some of my favorite bloggers. I hope it helps you keep the variety flowing and remember that I have more where these came from on my Pinterest board related to all things speed. Enjoy! (You CAN enjoy speed work, I promise!).

Mile repeats with a twist (MissZippy)

Track attack: ladder workout (Happy Fit Mama)

10-20-30 training for 5ks (Snacking in Sneakers)

Burn out session for the track (MissZippy)

Mile repeats (Runner’s Recipes)

Hill repeats (Hello to Fit)

Off the track interval workout (Coach Debbie Runs)

Coach Brett Zinger’s track workout (RunWiki)

Track workouts to run faster (FitFluential)

Mix it up track workout (MissZippy)


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Harper’s Ferry Half Marathonhttp://misszippy1.com/2015/05/harpers-ferry-half-marathon.html http://misszippy1.com/2015/05/harpers-ferry-half-marathon.html#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 04:48:25 +0000 http://misszippy1.com/?p=6163 Cruel and unusual punishment. That’s how one might describe the course for the Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon. But you know what? I loved it. The race is the creation of friend Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, and it’s a runner’s race. You get a mix of trails (my favorite part), cross country (on the battlefields no less), […]

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Running in beautiful Harper's Ferry, WVCruel and unusual punishment. That’s how one might describe the course for the Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon. But you know what? I loved it.

The race is the creation of friend Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, and it’s a runner’s race. You get a mix of trails (my favorite part), cross country (on the battlefields no less), and then those never-ending hills. Challenging but incredibly scenic as you pass through history and natural beauty. This was one of those races like childbirth–the minute it’s over, you forget the pain and are ready to sign up again for next time.

With RD Dr. Mark Cucuzzella

With RD Dr. Mark Cucuzzella

Mark warned us in advance of the long hill at mile 12, but I think it was the mile 7 hill that was toughest. Or was it the one after? Or after that? And of course, what goes up must come down, steeply at that! All in all, you get over 2,000 feet of elevation change. For an East Coaster, that’s quite a bit.

It’s all good. As you know, I went into this one as a training run because I have the Wild Half coming up this weekend, which I’d like to race. I traveled over to beautiful Harper’s Ferry with my friends Lisa and Julie, with only Julie looking to race the course–she did a great job, too. Lisa and I took off our chips, didn’t set a watch, and just ran at a reasonable pace, but even that was hard on the legs. Had I attempted to race this course, I’d never make it into next weekend with race ready legs.

Before we knew what was coming!

Before we knew what was coming!

The finish line area was complete with a beer garden, pizza and lots of good vibes. No one was there to set PRs, collect bling, or listen to bands. It was all about a warm spring day in incredible surroundings, doing the thing we love to do most: run.


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Who’s in for next year? 

Just a note: I’m guest posting over on Fine Fit Day today while Carly enjoys her new baby boy–hop on over!

 

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Dogs and kids are smarter than adultshttp://misszippy1.com/2015/05/dogs-and-kids.html http://misszippy1.com/2015/05/dogs-and-kids.html#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 04:04:10 +0000 http://misszippy1.com/?p=6137 At least when it comes to running. Let me explain where I’m going with this. As the weather has heated up the past week or so, I’ve noticed that Tori is dragging a bit on our runs. No matter how much urging I give her, she is not going to run her “normal” pace with me, […]

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Is my running partner smarter than me?

Is my running partner smarter than me?

At least when it comes to running. Let me explain where I’m going with this.

As the weather has heated up the past week or so, I’ve noticed that Tori is dragging a bit on our runs. No matter how much urging I give her, she is not going to run her “normal” pace with me, at least not on the leash. I’ve also noticed that when she is off leash and has spent some time sprinting after other animals, she then desperately tries to lick all the early morning dew off the grass as she passes by–she’s thirsty from her efforts. When we get back from our runs right now, she is ready to call it a day and take a nap.

Tori isn’t acclimated to the heat just yet and I think there’s a lesson we humans can learn from this. Because Tori doesn’t have the intelligence to override her central governor, she’s doing exactly what her body tells her to do: slow down. Drink water when thirsty. Rest after her run. Did I just say she wasn’t intelligent?

The same goes for kids, I’ve noticed. My daughter recently hurt her foot in soccer. She complained about it for a couple of days and then I took her to the doctor. He diagnosed her as having sesamoiditis and she’s benched from soccer and running for a couple of weeks. While it’s a tough blow for her and she’s definitely a little moody about it all, she’s not trying to override her doctor’s orders and push through the pain.

The other day, she mentioned to me that she’d been jumping on the neighbor’s trampoline, which made me cringe. That’s not exactly rest, is it? But when I asked her if it hurt her foot to do so, she responded with “Of course not! I wouldn’t do it if it did.” Exactly.

Why then, do we adults have such a hard time listening to our bodies? Why do we ignore signals to slow down when our bodies send clear messages that we should? Why do we ignore the warning signs of an impending injury and continue to run through pain? I’ve been guilty of both and it’s really kind of embarrassing to admit it.

We have a highly developed brain that sends us all the signals we need when it comes to running healthy. Maybe it’s time we take a page from the playbook of dogs and kids and started paying attention.


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The difference between fit and fasthttp://misszippy1.com/2015/05/fit-or-fast.html http://misszippy1.com/2015/05/fit-or-fast.html#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 04:09:29 +0000 http://misszippy1.com/?p=6124 You all know I run with a group of ladies (and sometimes guys, too–check out my article on the topic) and that we almost always do our races together. With many years under our belts like this, we’ve been all over the place in terms of where we all finish or place in a race. […]

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Running will ebb and flow, often due to your fitness levelYou all know I run with a group of ladies (and sometimes guys, too–check out my article on the topic) and that we almost always do our races together. With many years under our belts like this, we’ve been all over the place in terms of where we all finish or place in a race. One event might see one of us at the front, while another a few months later might have a completely different outcome. The nice thing is that we don’t get competitive with each other or compare–we can all be genuinely happy for those who have good days and have compassion for those with the occasional off day.

Are there different talent levels among the bunch? Of course. There’s a difference, too, in who does better at one distance vs. the other. I, for instance, tend to take the role of last one in when it comes to the marathon! I’m generous like that. But all things aside, there’s not a huge disparity from one of us to the other when it comes to speed–it’s one of the things that brought us together in the first place.

When it comes to race day results, then, the disparity can usually can be found in current fitness levels, and this tends to be the case with most people on race day. There’s a difference between fast–natural ability, and fit–effort level or time available for training.

When you toe the line on race day, your natural ability is of course going to play a role. But I’d argue that more important is fitness level. Someone who has been working extremely hard, gunning for a PR, is setting up for a great race day. That’s fit.

The opposite can be true. You can be very fast naturally, but life has gotten the way of training (don’t you hate that?). Family, work, and other commitments squeeze out the time available for training sometimes, and you don’t arrive at the starting line in your fittest shape. Or you’re just not there mentally to want to invest in the hard training.

Obviously, one is not exclusive of the other. The very best athletes are those who are both naturally talented and work hard to be fit as well.

Point is:  When you race, many factors will play into how the day unfolds. Don’t get down on yourself if you’re not racing to your natural potential, especially if you have been unable to put the training time in as you’d like. Life ebbs and flows and if you stick with it long enough, you’ll have periods of fit and periods of not-so-fit. Enjoy those great days when it all comes together–when your training has been spot on, when the weather gods smile, and everything falls into place. And when they don’t? Know that there will be plenty of chances in the future.


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Top 5 Running Momentshttp://misszippy1.com/2015/05/top-5-running-moments.html http://misszippy1.com/2015/05/top-5-running-moments.html#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 04:52:04 +0000 http://misszippy1.com/?p=6109 I’ve seen these top five running moments posts floating around lately, in particular over at Love, Life, Surf and Happy Fit Mama (you do read these ladies, right?) and really enjoyed them. For someone who’s been running 17-plus years, this was kind of challenging to nail down–as was finding pictures from some, which I did […]

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My five favorite running momentsI’ve seen these top five running moments posts floating around lately, in particular over at Love, Life, Surf and Happy Fit Mama (you do read these ladies, right?) and really enjoyed them. For someone who’s been running 17-plus years, this was kind of challenging to nail down–as was finding pictures from some, which I did not manage 100 percent. I put some thought into my favorite moments, however, and here’s what I came up with:

Sydney5 0041. Willy 2 Billy Bush Run (Australia): We had the amazing opportunity to visit Sydney, Australia in 2010, when Mr. Zippy had to go over for work. Whenever I travel, I look for a race to do because it heightens the experience for me. I did some research and found this 35k trail run in the Blue Mountains and knew I had to try it. The race was definitely a challenge for me both mentally and physically, but it was in AUSTRALIA. What’s not to love about that?

2. The 10k at the end of the Columbia Triathlon (year???): I think this was probably the second out of five or six times I’ve raced the Columbia Triathlon, so I’m maybe talking about 1999 or 2000. The Columbia course is just a beast, both on the bike and on the run. But something that day absolutely clicked for me and I found myself flying through the run, passing people left and right, and having a big, huge smile on my face the entire way. I think this might have been one of those first moments where I realized how much I loved running.

3. The NCR Trail Marathon, 1998 (my first): I was so nervous going into my first marathon. Would I hit a wall? What kind of time could I do? I was very conservative on the front half of this race and it paid off as I nailed a huge negative split and came in with a time of 3:39. That qualified me for Boston, but I didn’t really care (nor did I go) because I was hugely triathlon intensive back then. But I loved the marathon and knew I’d want to do another someday.

Running with my son4. Running a Turkey Trot 5k with my son when he was nine. He’d already done a few 5ks at this point but he really wanted to push it on this one. He did a phenomenal job and I was so proud of his effort level. He has no interest in running races these days, but he still runs to support his other sports, and sharing this with him is still one of my favorite things to do.

Running with my daughter5. Running the Rudolph Run 6k with my daughter this past December. This was her first race beyond the 5k and she just ran beautifully, keeping a super steady pace while still pushing herself outside of her comfort zone. I love racing with her so much–we have our system down completely now and I look forward to every opportunity to share the road or trail with her.

What’s not on the list, surprisingly? My PR race at the marathon, my Boston Marathons, and my Ironman marathon. All great days, of course, but not the moments that truly shine for me, which is interesting. In fact, I’d go so far to say these days, it’s the every day runs–in beautiful weather or environments, with friends, with the kids or the dog–that I cherish most.


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Shoe review: Newton Ahahttp://misszippy1.com/2015/05/newton-running.html http://misszippy1.com/2015/05/newton-running.html#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 04:11:08 +0000 http://misszippy1.com/?p=6099 I’ve spent the past six weeks participating in a campaign sponsored by Newton Running Shoes, along with Timex. As part of the campaign, Newton gifted me a pair of the Aha model shoes (disclosure), so I thought it was time I shared a review of them. This isn’t the first pair of Newtons I’ve owned. […]

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I'm reviewing the Newton Running Aha shoe modelI’ve spent the past six weeks participating in a campaign sponsored by Newton Running Shoes, along with Timex. As part of the campaign, Newton gifted me a pair of the Aha model shoes (disclosure), so I thought it was time I shared a review of them.

This isn’t the first pair of Newtons I’ve owned. Years ago, when I first started transitioning to less shoe, they were one of the first pairs of natural running shoes I tried. With that first pair, I came to the conclusion that there was more cushioning than what I preferred, and moved on to other models and brands. This is the foreshadowing, by the way.

Over the years, I’ve tried so many shoes and while I am still not 100 percent any particular brand or model, there are a few things I know about my preferences. I like a minimal heel-to-toe differential, usually in the 4-mm to 6-mm range. I like a wider toe box. And I like low cushioning.

The trend these days with shoes, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, is toward more cushioning, which doesn’t leave me with lots of choices. Where does the Newton Aha fall in this spectrum? Not Hoka cushy, but still a fairly substantial platform with what Newton calls its POP3, which includes a foam filled chamber . The heel drop is 6 mm, and the lugs on the bottom are less pronounced than others from the Newton line.

How did they work for me? Fine but not my perfect shoe. I like how lightweight they are, I like the feel of the heel-to-toe “rocker” sensation that has been part of Newton for years, but the amount of cushion is just too much for this runner. I felt out of touch with the ground and found that my feet would almost fall asleep in them. I need to “feel” the road in order to get a comfortable ride–maybe because I live the rest of my life in my bare feet or barely there shoes?

Since the trend is toward a more cushioned shoe, I’m sure Newton is probably meeting a market demand with this model, and I wouldn’t discourage anyone from giving them a try. If you’re already a Newton fan, you can still get in on the #runitfeelitspellit challenge for one final day today, where a lifetime supply of the shoes is up for grabs.


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What about you: more or less cushion? Have you tried Newtons? 

 

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