I read an article on Newton shoes a while back and have have been thinking about them for a while. I have integrated some of the principles of shorter stride and quicker cadence running in regular shoes, and it seems to have improved my heel strike a good bit but on long runs I still get some fatigue in the balls of my feet. Since I'm kind of between training right now I was thinking it might be a good time to actually go for it with the shoes. Of course my local running store *just* had a Newton clinic last weekend (when I was out of town for a race) and they don't have another on the calendar at this time. So, if you run in them, how long did it take for you to transition over to them? From reading their website it sounds like they recommend a 1-2 mile run for the first time out then ramping up after that. How long until you're back up at your average weekly mileage? I do have a few races coming up, but my next half will be in early November. I have a 5 mile Turkey Trot and I'm hoping to throw in a 5k before then to qualify for a better start time for Thanksgiving since it is a zoo...but if I have to skip the 5k while I'm getting used to new shoes that's fine. I'm thinking I should be OK with this time frame if I go for it. Also, did you do any clinics or training? Or just kind of "self study" with their technique? TIA for any input!