Tag Archives: Ian Adamson

  • Meet The Dogs Of Newton - Week 14 Daisy

    DAISY1Hello my name is Daisy! I’m the newest member of the Newton Dog family.

    I was born at the end of May and every week my biological Mom would send pictures of me getting bigger to my new mom in Colorado. This became known as “Woof Wednesday”. There was stiff competition between me and that hump day camel but I won out as the camel has gone to pasture & I am living it up at the Newton School of Running.

    My mom thinks I’m wicked cute- but don’t let that fool you. I’m a bit of a sheep in wolfs clothing. I act soooo cute & then I flip my wolf switch where I run around like a crazy puppy and jump and nip at people. My mom keeps talking about taking me to class to get trained up… but I don’t think it’s much of a threat because I hang out at a school all day and nothing too authoritative happens there. They even have this cool display that has these neat socks hanging off of it that just sit there and wait for me to come by & play with them. My mom frowns upon this but Timmy thinks it’s funny- so I’m going to keep doing it.

    Speaking of the School of Running, I even have my own fan club of ladies from the bank next door that come over to visit me. Come to think of it… I heard that the school was much less inhabited before I came and now there are people flocking to the door to hang out with me!

    I am happy just hanging out but I love to go on adventures. The car isn’t my favorite place but it brings me to visit lots of cool stuff so I tolerate the ride. Once I adjust to the altitude I will be spending my mornings on runs with my mom. Times are tough this high up… I sure hope she brings me back to visit her people at sea level soon!

  • Some Newton love to start off the week

    Newton Director of Education and Research (and rock star World champ athlete) Ian Adamson got this lovely email from Dave B.

    Hi there Ian!

    I've been meaning to write for a little while now to thank you for doing everything you are doing especially with Newton shoes. I ran the JFK 50 Mile for the 9th time this year and this was the first time I didn't have any blisters on the soles of my feet at all nor lose at least one of my great toe nails! Same socks. I am very thankful for that! What I think is even more amazing is that I even finished - I did a really not so intelligent thing in that I put in just two training runs since Labor Day: one was about 3.5 miles 4 weeks before race day and an 11 miler the following week, then ran the JFK. I finished in about 13:10 which is actually better than I have done in the last several years! I think a couple things influenced that: 1) there were only about 1/3 of the folks there at the 5 AM start and 2) my feet felt fine the whole race. I have worn XXXX and XXXXXX shoes in the past.

    Anyway, thanks again for all you do! Hope you enjoyed a great Thanksgiving weekend and that you have a wonderful Christmas holiday season!

    Take-Care, Dave

  • A Bit About Footstrike

    Some points were brought to our attention recently in Bobby McGee's article "The Footstrike Debate" published in USA Triathlon (Summer 2011.) the person who brought this up seems to have missed some of the salient points from the article. Newton's Director of Education, Ian Adamson has addressed these points in both a short and long version. Read on and be enlightened!


    1. "Good runners heel strike for long distance"

    Let's be clear, McGee says "Good runners also tend to heel strike when they run long and slow." This is true in affluent societies where runners overwhelmingly have adapted to running on shoes with soft midsoles and a large heel lift (12 -22 mm for regular trainers, 8 to 14 mm for racing flats.) For runners in the 5.5 Billion people on our planet who can't afford big bulky shoes this is not true. If one examines evidence based science and don't believe the anecdotes, this is this is fact, Lieberman et al (Nature Vol 463, 28 January 2010, 531-536.) You can certainly find examples of elite runners who have a proprioceptive heel striking phase (such as Gebrselassie), but this is not a true heel loading strike, even as McGee defines it.

    2. "Transitioning from heel to midfoot is precarious and seldom achieved without injury"
    (I'm glad I finally heard somebody actually say this, I've been struggling to convert to midfoot strike because everybody is doing it and it caused me injuries that I"m still fighting)

    There is no evidence to support this. Consider barefoot running, which is probably the most extreme adaptation for a western runner who has habituated to a soft soled, heel lifted shoe. A systematic review of the literature published in Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association [one of the most conservative when it comes to viewing footwear and running gait] (101)3: 231-246, 2011, found that "Although there is no evidence that either confirms or refutes improved performance and reduced injuries in barefoot runners, many of the claimed disadvantages to barefoot running are not supported by the literature. Nonetheless, it seems that barefoot running may be an acceptable training method for athletes and coaches who understand and can minimize the risks."

    The reality is progressive injury results from trying to adapt too rapidly. The majority of runners in our society spent years of decades adapting to big bulky western style running shoes and have become very efficient at running inefficiently. Humans have the ability to adapt to a large variety of unnatural conditions (heat, cold altitude, deep sea diving, wearing big soft high heel shoes), but this doesn't mean the conditions are optimal for performance.

    This does raise the question of what is natural. If one considers the barefoot as the natural condition for running (4.5 million years of hominid/human evolution according to the fossil record) compared to a big soft bulky shoe (40 years of modern running shoe evolution), which one is the natural condition? There is a valid argument that we need to protect our body from hard modern surfaces, which to some extent is true. But then again, they are not exactly absent in the natural world, and humans have had foot coverings for at least 5,500 years according to carbon dates artifacts. The Iceman from oAustria has straw stuffed moccasins to protect from the sharp ice and cold, good idea!

    3. "Of the six US men in the ITU world championships last year, four were heel strikers." (Wow)

    Yes, wow, but not true. Do an image search and see how many true rear foot strikes you can see. They also placed 14th (Bennet - forefoot), 16th (Chrabot - forefoot), 51st (Shoemaker - forefoot), 56th (Collington - forefoot), 58th (Huerta- mid foot, possibly rear foot at times), 66th and last (Foster - wholefoot, possibly rear foot). Search for any elite runners and you will see predominantly forefoot/wholefoot/midfoot loading.


    Bobby McGee's primary points in his article "The Footstrike Debate" published in USA Triathlon (Summer 2011) are not so much about where you land on your foot as your body position and loading angles.

    1. McGee uses examples of athletes who successfully "heel strike", but here's the rub (and this later explained, see 11. below), you still need a good body position and appropriate joint angles (limb positions.) The main thing missing is a definition of "heel strike." An often misinterpreted study by Hasewage et al (2007) showed that 38% of the top 50 runners in a half marathon (at the 15 km mark) run midfoot or forefoot, and that ground contact time decreases the faster they go. This was true of all runners, with GC time increasing for all runners as they run slower. Interestingly the definition of foot strike was when the shoe first contacts the ground. When you examine this more closely it turns out that what the geometry of the shoe has a huge effect on what touches the ground and when. Virtually every runner was wearing a heel lifted shoe (i.e. one where the heel is thicker than the forefoot), so if you control for heel thickness, the number of forefoot and midfoot strikers goes up to about 60%. Look even deeper and you find that these runners are not truly rear foot loading (see impact transient in 10. below), but are in fact running forefoot or midfoot (or whole foot) loading. McGee does a good job of describing how to do this later in his article.

    2. Running on your toes is impossible. This is at least extremely difficult unless you include sprinting, in which case it's only possible for very short distances.

    3. Top (tri)athletes succeed with various foot engagement styles. Success is relative – Craig Alexander runs faster than virtually any other distance triathlete using midfoot/whole foot strike, and he's one of the oldest professional triathletes.

    4. "Transitioning from heel to midfoot is precarious and seldom achieved without injury." Making any change too fast can lead to injury, whether that is changing your running style, introducing speed work, strength, intensity, volume, altitude, heat, cold etc. Try and climb an 8,000 m peak without acclimatization or supplemental oxygen and you will die, try and run in Death Valley in the middle of summer without heat acclimatization and you will die, try to change the loading patterns on your foot strike and you won't die, but you'd better make sure you do it with plenty of time to strengthen the soft tissue and fine boney structures of your feet so you don;t get injured.

    5. You shouldn't try and keep your heel off the ground. Absolutely correct, in fact this is a common mistake and leading cause of injury for people adapting too fast to a midfoot/whole foot/forefoot strike.

    6. It's unlikely that foot position can lead to effective change. This is largely true, foot placement is more important, as in where in relation to the body it engages the ground.

    7. Place your foot so that it is neutral or moving back relative to the ground. This is absolutely the most efficient way to engage and extremely difficult to do if you have your leg out in front of your body.

    8. Allow your heel to settle and your (longitudinal) arch and Achilles tendon load like a spring. This is true, and actually engages the stretch reflex to assist with elastic recoil. Difficult in a heel striking gait, at least severely limited because the Achilles is already extended in a dorsiflexed position.

    9. Consider barefoot running as the outer end of the midfoot/whole foot spectrum of runners. A systematic review of the literature published in Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (101)3: 231-246, 2011, found that "Although there is no evidence that either confirms or refutes improved performance and reduced injuries in barefoot runners, many of the claimed disadvantages to barefoot running are not supported by the literature. Nonetheless, it seems that barefoot running may be an acceptable training method for athletes and coaches who understand and can minimize the risks."

    10. When you review the evidence based science that examines foot position and ground impact forces, the facts are clear. Lieberman et al (Nature Vol 463, 28 January 2010, 531-536) found there is a large variation in the impact transients when comparing forefoot strike (FFS) runners to rear foot (heel) strike (RFS) runners. Impact transient is the rate and magnitude of loading on initial ground contact. It turns out that the impact transient for shod runners who RFS is three times higher than barefoot runners who FFS, and seven times higher for barefoot runners who RFS. The study found that the impact transient is largely absent for FFS runners, regardless of wearing footwear or not. Here's an excerpt from the article: "Humans have engaged in endurance running for millions of years1, but the modern running shoe was not invented until the 1970s. For most of human evolutionary history, runners were either barefoot or wore minimal footwear such as sandals or moccasins with smaller heels and little cushioning relative to modern running shoes. We wondered how runners coped with the impact caused by the foot colliding with the ground before the invention of the modern shoe. Here we show that habitually barefoot endurance runners often land on the fore-foot (fore-foot strike) before bringing down the heel, but they sometimes land with a flat foot (mid-foot strike) or, less often, on the heel (rear-foot strike). In contrast, habitually shod runners mostly rear-foot strike, facilitated by the elevated and cushioned heel of the modern running shoe. Kinematic and kinetic analyses show that even on hard surfaces, barefoot runners who fore-foot strike generate smaller collision forces than shod rear-foot strikers. This difference results primarily from a more plantar flexed foot at landing and more ankle compliance during impact, decreasing the effective mass of the body that collides with the ground. Fore-foot- and mid-foot-strike gaits were probably more common when humans ran barefoot or in minimal shoes, and may protect the feet and lower limbs from some of the impact related injuries now experienced by a high percentage of runners."

    11. "… If your shin is leaning rearward, even slightly, you are running with the brakes on -" This is absolutely correct. McGee is describing over striding, where you land with your foot in front of your center of mass. This is the most typical heel strike, and is one of the greatest inefficiencies in running.

  • Newton Running's Tour de Georgia/Alabama Begins Next Week

    Newton Running's Director of Research and Education, Ian Adamson, will be traveling through Georgia and Alabama next week to give a series of *FREE* natural running presentations and form clinics:

    Natural Runnning Form Clinic
    Friday, May 13, 7:00 a.m.
    DEKA Atlanta, 3400 Around Lenox Road, Suite 102 B
    Atlanta, GA 30326

    Natural Running Presentation
    May 13, 6:30 pm
    Natural Running Form Clinic
    May 14, 8:00 am
    All 3 Sports, 8601 Dunwoody Place, Ste 450
    Atlanta, GA 30350

    Natural Running Presentation
    May 14, 5:30 pm
    Natural Running Form Clinic
    May 15, 8:00 am
    3517 Northside Parkway
    West Stride, Atlanta, GA 30327

    Natural Running Presentation
    May 16, 6:00 pm
    Natural Running Form Clinic
    May 17, 6:30 pm
    Montgomery Multisport, 8107 Vaughn Road
    Montgomery, AL 36116

    Natural Running Presentation
    May 17, 6:30 pm
    Natural Running Form Clinic
    May 18, 6:30 am
    McCoy Outdoor, 3498 Springhill Ave
    Mobile, AL 36608

    Visit www.newtonrunning.com for a complete schedule of upcoming Natural Running Symposia across the country.

  • Culver City's Sporteve to Host Natural Running Clinic

    We're excited to announce that the newest addition to our list of upcoming natural running symposia is Culver City's Sporteve, L.A.'s first active-wear store dedicated to looking after women's needs.

    The natural running form clinic, led by Newton Running's Ian Adamson, will be followed by a presentation on natural running biomechanics and injury prevention.

    Natural Running Form Clinic & Presentation
    Where: 3849 Main Street | Culver City, CA 90232
    Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011
    Time: 8:30 - 11:30  a.m.
    Contact: 310-838-6588 | sporteve.com

    Learn more about Natural Running Symposia here:

  • Natural Running Symposia at The Runner's Soul, The Running Company


    Join Newton Running's Director of Education and Research, Ian Adamson for Natural Running Presentations and form clinics and two The Runner's Soul locations in La Grange and Elmhurst, IL and at other Eastern locations at these The Running Company stores:

    New York Running Company- East Side
    Natural Running Reception & Presentation
    1059 3rd Ave. | New York, NY 10065
    Friday, March 11, 2011
    7:00-9:00 pm
    Tel: 212.223.8109 | therunningcompany.net

    New York Running Company- Time Warner Center
    Natural Running Form Clinic
    10 Columbus Circle | 2nd floor ste 210 | New York, NY 10023
    (The group will meet at the TWC location and then head over to Central Park for the clinic)
    Saturday, March 12, 2011
    8:30-10:15 am
    Tel: 212.823.9626 | therunningcompany.net

    New York Running Company- Time Warner Center
    Natural Running Form Clinic
    10 Columbus Circle | 2nd floor ste 210 | New York, NY 10023
    (The group will meet at the TWC location and then head over to Central Park for the clinic)
    Sunday, March 13, 2011
    10:00 am-12:00 pm
    212.823.9626 | therunningcompany.net

    Greenwich Running Company
    Natural Running Symposium and Form Clinic
    2 Greenwich Ave | Greenwich, CT 06830
    Tuesday, March 15, 2011
    7:00-9:00 pm
    Tel: 203.861.7800 | therunningcompany.net

    Princeton Running Company
    Natural Running Symposium and Form Clinic
    108 Nassau St | Princeton, NJ 08542
    Wednesday, March 16, 2011
    7:00-9:00 pm
    Tel: 609.252.9110 | therunningcompany.net

    For a complete list of upcoming Natural Running Symposia, visit www.NewtonRunning.com.

  • Natural Running Symposium at Rausch Physical Therapy this Saturday

    NR_eblst_RauschJoin Newton Running's Director of Education and Research, Ian Adamson for a Natural Running Symposium at Rausch Physical Therapy.

    Also this weekend is a Natural Running Fun Run, hosted by Charm City Run in Timonium, Maryland, starting on Saturday at 9 a.m. For more information, call 410-561-3570.

    For a complete listing of upcoming symposia around the country, please visit www.NewtonRunning.com.

  • Special Presentation on Pain-free Movement January 28

    Running-injury prevention leaders from around the globe are gathering in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, for a three-day conference to discuss best evidence and best practices to prevent and treat running injuries. As part of the gathering, the group will meet the local community and share stories, experience and knowledge.

    “The Re-Evolution of Running: Discover Pain Free Movement for Life” will be hosted by Two Rivers Treads Center for Natural Running and Walking, the Bavarian Inn, and the Running Clinic Canada on Friday night January 28, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bavarian Inn.

    Guest panelists include leading clinicians, researchers, teachers, writers, athletes and footwear experts from around the globe:

    Danny Dreyer

    • Founder: Chi Running and Chi Walking
    • Asheville, NC; Internationally-acclaimed injury-prevention coach, ultramarathoner and best-selling author

    Dr. Craig Richards

    • Newcastle, Australia; General Practice, Sports Medicine, Runner
    • One of world's lead researchers on running injuries and footwear

    Jay Dicharry, PT

    • Director SPEED Clinic University of Virginia
    • International Authority on Gait Analysis and Running Injury

    Dr. Peter Larson

    • Professor of Biology St. Anshelm College New Hampshire, Marathon runner
    • Author/host of world's most widely read site on running innovation- www.runblogger.com

    Blaise Dubois PT/Sean Cannon, PT

    • Quebec City, Canada; International Leaders in running injuries
    • Authors and Instructors of over 40 international conferences

    Jerry Lee

    • Boulder, Colorado; Co-Founder and CEO Newton Running
    • Innovator in first shoe company with primary mission of injury prevention.  Ironman competitor

    Ian Adamson, MS Sports Med/BS Biomechanical Engineering

    • Boulder, Colorado; Director of Research & Education-Newton
    • Ultramarathoner and 7-time world champ Adventure Racer

    Dr. Daniel Kulund, USAF

    • Chief Health Promotions Pentagon
    • Physician, Innovator of Running Medicine. Opened first true “Runners Clinic” in the 1970’s.

    Dr. Mark Cucuzzella,

    • West Virginia University, Coach USAF Running Team, National Level Masters Runner
    • National speaker/teacher of healthier running; sub 2:35 marathons in 4 decades

    Jeff Horowitz

    • Arlington, Virginia; Editor at Competitor Magazine

    Speakers will share their most important discoveries and then allow questions and conversation with the audience.

    “This is an amazing privilege to have all of these leaders in one room together willing to share and converse with the public," says Mark Cucuzzella, MD. Over 60 percent of runners are injured every year. If the CDC were to evaluate this data they would shut down running events. Insurance companies now are reevaluating the advice to get fit if it involves running and the subsequent injuries and costs of expensive imaging studies and treatments. We need to develop entirely new approaches to running injuries and staying healthy for life”

    The event is free to the public and geared toward walkers and runners of all abilities.

    Date: January 28 2011, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Bavarian Inn, Shepherdstown, WV  25443, www.bavarianinnwv.com

    Free to the public.  Coffee and dessert will be provided. Cash bar.

    For those wishing to dine prior to the event, call the Bavarian Inn at 304-876-2551 to make a reservation.

    For more information, contact  Two Rivers Treads Center for Natural Running and Walking or  phone 304-876-1100.

  • "My legs don't feel beaten up": Ian Adamson and Team Newton's Badwater Recap

    Last week Newton had three athletes competing in the Badwater Ultramarathon, the 135-mile run sufferfest that rises 13,000 feet from Death Valley to the portal of Mt. Whitney. Claiming to enjoy "hills, heat, and headwinds" Ian Adamson won the masters category (45+) in his first Badwater race ever with a total time of 34:32:38.


    Is that snow on the horizon? Must be a desert mirage.


    This year's race was particularly hot, resulting in times that were 4-5 hours slower than usual.

    Ian describes the role that his shoes played in his successful race: "Badwater provides conditions most human’s can’t, or shouldn’t, run in, which in turn provides an opportunity to see how Newton shoes hold up. I ran primarily in the Distance racer, a light-weight racing shoe, that performed remarkably well. I already had 400 miles training on them, so another 100 or in extreme heat confirmed their resilience." He also claimed that his legs didn't even feel beaten up at the end, which we find hard to believe!

    Also running for Team Newton was Pam Reed, who finished in third place overall for the women with an overall time of 32:23:34. Jim Smith rounded out the trio and made the tough but safe decision to quit around 100 miles in. We also learned that this year's finishers included a 75 year old man, a crazy guy who ran "the double," i.e. he turned around and ran all the way back upon finishing, and Marshall Ulrich, who finished for his 22nd time.

    Congrats to all the finishers, you guys are a tough group.

    On a related note, Ian is still accepting donations on his Badwater page:

    Donate $50 or more to Racers Against Childhood Cancer (RACC) and receive a coupon for 40% off a pair of Newton Running shoes (any model.) Here's How:

    • Browse to Ian’s Badwater donation page.
    • Make your donation.
    • Newton Running will send you unique coupon code and instructions on how to redeem it for your discount shoes.
    • Purchase your shoes at NewtonRunning.com and enter the discount code.

    The Fine Print

    • Offer is available on-line only.
    • Coupons code will be issued after donation and can only be redeemed at time of purchase.
    • Coupons are valid unill July 31st, 2010.
    • Models subject to availability.
    • Shipping and taxes will apply (shipping via UPS Ground.)
    • Anyone who purchases two or more pairs of shoes on-line in a year can become part of "Club Newton" and will receive an additional item of value such as tech socks, hat, shirt and more with each purchase.
  • Big Apple Bound

    If you live in the NYC area, please join us for our next Natural Running Form Clinic and Symposium. The Running Form clinic will be hosted by Newton co-founder Danny Abshire and Director of Research & Education Ian Adamson, and will start from the Central Park Boathouse restaurant at 6:30pm on Tuesday the 15th. The Natural Running Symposium (and cocktail reception) will be at the Track and Field Store on Madison Avenue on Wednesday, June 16. Ian and Danny will lead a discussion on how to run faster, stronger, more efficiently and with less injury.

    And as always, a bag o' Newton bling to the first 30 people at the Symposium plus a free shoe raffle. Hope to see you there!


    Also for those of you on Long Island we are hosting a back-to-back a symposium and clinic on Thursday evening, June 17.

    June 17th: Runner's Edge, Farmingdale, NY 6:30-7:30pm Symposium, Q and A 7:30-8:30pm Form Clinic

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