...or Chi running, or Pose Method, or whatever the heck you wanna call it. Anybody run this way? I'm finding that I dislike the heel striking that comes from conventional running with shoes on. Going "toe-heel" instead of "heel-toe" has been proving much more comfortable for me (except for the calves).
I have a pair of running shoes that were sized and chosen from working with a professional at the running store, and they've worked fine for the past four months, before the shin splints started really killing my legs. Of course, I could never quite pick up to a good pace, so I stopped for a while. I tried the barefoot thing yesterday (well, "barefoot style with shoes on"), and it's a lot better. I feel like I am actually running, not "slow jogging" (where I might as well be powerwalking with how fast I go at that pace), and I find I can go farther before I'm out of breath.
I cannot afford Newtons right now, so anybody have any other shoe recommendations? I'm not going back to that running store because my brother's a barefoot runner and they couldn't find any shoe for him. There's just too much cushioning in the heels of my shoes, so it feels strange when I try to force them into going toe-first.