Instead we drove to scenic Shepherdstown. The kids were in a very silly mood and after making them sit in a store for an hour with me, Bill and I let them run around the block while I took pictures so they could blow off some energy.
I asked Bill to put them on the wall, but the bull horns are their own doing. Very silly kids.
In the doorway of a really pretty stone church. I took a bazillion photos of them at this spot but none showed the kids *and* the church quite the way I hoped.
Bill stopped in a coffee shop to buy some chickory coffee so the kids and I hung out and took more pictures. Ella suddenly became a little kid fashion model and was lounging this way and that and telling Hank how to pose. It was really cute to watch. So here's one of their 'serious' poses.
Oh! I forgot to mention the store we went to...Two Rivers Treads. You know, that groovy shoe store that does free gait analysis, specializes in minimal running shoes, and is owned by Mark Cucuzella who organized the injury prevention panel I attended in January.
I walked in the door really expecting to buy Newtons and be done with it, but I saw the new New Balance Minimus on Runblogger and wanted to give them a try as well.
True Confession - I am THE MOST indecisive shopper on the planet...especially with something like running shoes. It's not like I can just buy another pair if I don't love the ones I get so I want to try one every possible pair in the store. Painful.
First up, Lady Isaacs. Loved them, they felt great.
Next was the New Balance Minumus. Did not love them. I wanted to, but the strap/gusset thingy that goes across the top of the foot felt like it bunched right where my toes bend. And there is not a notch in the back at the achilles, instead it goes up and it bumped my achilles when I ran. Back in the box.
All set to walk out with the Newtons when I spy the Vivobarefoot Evos. All the cool minimal kids rave about Evos (and you can get over 1,000 miles out of one pair, talk about getting your money's worth!) so I tried them on. They had the same 'bunchy' feeling across my toes when I ran, but they otherwise felt really good. So good in fact that I tried on a pair of....
Neos. Yum! I went for a little spin down the street in them and they felt really good. Then the fun began (unless your name is Bill, Hank, Shane or Ella, or the poor salesman). Which one do I choose??
Talk about a tough decision. The Newtons have about a 5mm drop from heel to midsole. The Neos 0mm. I'll have to gradually transition into either shoe so I decided to get the Neo. It's not a pretty shoe and looks a little weird, but I think over the long run it will be the better choice for me.
I went for a .5 mile run in them when we got home and then a 5.6 mile bike ride -slow, fun ride with the fam. They were comfy and didn't rub my foot in any way.
The only thing I'm a little worried about is how breathable they are. The inside was a little damp when I got home from the bike ride - didn't sweat on the ride and the temp was around 45-50 so I dunno. I'll wear them around the house and do some more reading before I really commit to them.
In the meantime, I'm pretty stoked about taking tangible steps to improve my gait and transition to more minimal running so I can further transition to MORE RUNNING!