Firstly, I’ve been wearing Newtons for a good few years now and I’ve tried out several of their styles (Gravity, Fate, Kismet etc…) but by far my favourites have been the Motions. I first bought these as the Motion III and now we’re on the V’s (almost the VI which are due this summer) so they’ve had a decent amount of wear and were definitely due an upgrade. Plus who doesn’t want some eye popping neon shoes?!
I should point out that I almost exclusively wear these for speed work on the treadmill or if I’m going somewhere with smooth pavements. The little platform on the bottom makes running on trails with these a bit of a no-no, unless you’re idea of a fun time is a sprained ankle! On a flat surface is where these shoes really come into their own- they’re so incredibly light and bouncy it really gives you a big boost and stops you feeling like you’ve got lead weights on your feet. Ideally these are for people who have ( or want) a midfoot strike, there’s not much padding on the heel area and very little drop from heel to toe. Personally this is exactly what I need as I find traditional shoes far to bulky and rigid- these are so comfortable and I never get any knee pain which I can be prone to in stability shoes as I have a slight tendency to supinate.
One suggestion I have is to gradually introduce these into your routine as your style will have to adapt to the shoe- you need a strong core and good posture with Newtons as they are not forgiving so probably only for the experienced runner.
It does take a bit of a leap of faith to invest in something so different from a conventional trainer, especially as these aren’t readily available in the UK so you have to purchase sight unseen/untested. But I do think they are well worth the investment if you want a dedicated speedy or racing shoe.
Trainer liners from sweatybetty.com- after having a bit of a spring clean in the sport sock department I decided to but a few more of these super comfy socks from SB. They’re perfect for everyday training when you don’t need a sophisticated marathon grade sock and not only do they come in a range of gorgeous styles, they wash incredibly well and don’t ride down in your shoes (which I find a lot of the cheapo ones do).
Chanel nail polish- from left to right; Bel Argus, Vibrato, Azure, Mediterranee, Delight and Holiday.
I decided to give a Nigella flourless peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie recipe a try. Turns out they were a big winner, I’m not going to lie- trying not to eat the raw dough was a challenge 😁
Proper Corn popcorn in Sweet Coconut and Vanilla is a recent discovery made while perusing the snack aisle in Waitrose. To be honest, anything with the term ‘coconut’ in it is usually going to win my vote but these are particularly yummy, in a sort of soft coconutty way without any hint of that synthetic, chemical flavouring. It has been known for me to eat a bag in one sitting. Don’t judge. 😊
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle EDP in 200ml. Because the only thing better than Chanel is Jumbo Chanel.
So, I have finally made it to the world of the On’s. I’ve always been slightly curious (envious) when I’ve been out and about and spotted someone in these rather unorthodox shoes. They look quite jazzy and I wasn’t sure whether it would just be a bit of a gimmick or would start messing with my technique. But I’ve got to say I love, love, love these shoes!
The first thing you notice about the Clouds is they’re incredibly light, mine came in on the scales at 175g for a UK 4.5, roughly the same as my Newton gravity racing shoes. The little cloud pods on the bottom squish down as you run giving you a super cushioned effect but crucially without adding extra bulk or weight. I also found that because the cloud pods are seperate it makes the shoe very flexible which is great for neutral runners and suplianators.
On women’s cloud shoes
On women’s cloud shoes
The metallic fabric upper feels seamless so there’s no danger of chaffing when your feet swell on longer runs. The Clouds also come with 2 sets of laces- elastic for the upper section which are perfect if you have high arches or need a little extra space around your toes and one set of extra long skinny laces.
Overall I found this to be a great minimalist style but with a similar amount of cushioning as a more supportive shoe which has really helped with any sore knee issues! I think these will be a must have for my next marathon!
I’ve spent so many years and many £££ trying to find a half decent sports bra to meet my (slightly fussy) standards. After all no one wants to have a hard run made any more difficult by straps rubbing you raw or a waistband that is so tight that you can’t breath. So, meet the Nike Pro Fierce, a medium support bra which comes in a range of eye popping colours and doesn’t have my #1 niggle- removeable pads. Not entirely sure why some manufacturers insists on putting them in- the last thing I want to do is to spend 10 minutes faffing about unfolding them through those teeny holes after every wash. Anyway, rant over. Instead the Pro Fierce has a thicker, sweat wicking fabric on the front which smooths everything out so you don’t feel too exposed. It also has a mesh back which allows for good ventilation and flat seams so that means no chaffing. I also really like the way the waistband isn’t too thick or thin, just enough to give you support without restricting movement.
One thing to mention is that I find these run slightly small so if you’re in between sizes you might want to go up.