actuator lugs

Happy Halloween!

The holiday almost went unnoticed this year given the crazy weather… but the DC Road Runners still made it out for our first annual Spooky Run last night. Look at this spirited bunch! Yes, that is me in full leopard get-up. My gloves have glow-in-the-dark claws.

We met at the Georgetown Running Company store and then headed out for a soggy four miles to the Lincoln Memorial. We saw at least four RATS during the run. I guess the storm washed away all the rodents’ hiding spots. And now they’re chasing joggers.

After the run we had cider, ale, candy, and Newton shoes.And… CUPCAKES! Thanks Baked & Wired for being the only cupcake shop open to feed us. FYI for any DC visitors or locals, if you’re grabbing a high-end cupcake in Georgetown (which is what all people in Georgetown do), we decided that Baked & Wired officially beats Georgetown Cupcake. Yes, Georgetown Cupcake is the place with the show DC Cupcakes on TLC.

It was a fun night, and everyone was really really glad to get out of the house after being cooped up for two days!

Speaking of Newton shoes, let’s talk about them for a bit. I’ve never worn them, but have always been curious about them. They’re one of those brands where people absolutely swear by them or don’t run in them at all. Newton takes a unique approach to running and designs its shoes very differently than a lot of other brands.

Newton shoes are known for their “actuator lugs”; basically, a patch of extra padding right at mid-foot. The design is supposed to encourage good form (i.e., running on the balls of your feet rather than your heels) and “return energy” on each footstep.By supporting proper form, these shoes should result in benefits like faster pace and decreased injury rate.  Plus they are super obnoxious-looking and cute.

However, they cost about $80-$100 more than your average pair of Brooks or Nikes. I’ve never tried them, but would be curious!

Have a spooky day!

  • What are you dressing up as for Halloween?
  • Best cupcake flavor?
  • Have you ever run in Newtons?


  1. 1. Not dressing up. Too busy this year!
    2. Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Icing!
    3. I run in a pair of Newton Gravitas and love them.

  2. 1. I LOVE my newtons 🙂 I bought them randomly after trying them on at Fleet Feet after telling them I wanted to try a more natural style of running. They were expensive but worth every penny. 🙂
    2. Red Velvet cupcakes best flavor. Though I do LOVE baked and wired’s strawberry cupcakes.
    3. i dressed up as a cat for work. Only so i could wear leggings to work. 🙂

  3. Mel

    Hope you had a great Halloween!! I actually bought Newtons over the summer (they look so beautiful!) so I could train for the Baltimore and MCM marathons in them. They felt really light and comfortable during the first few runs but in the end, they absolutely ruined my feet. They just didn’t provide enough support…ESPECIALLY for long runs. Since I wanted to get my money’s worth, I used them for a bunch of long runs but every single time, I ended up with major ankle and foot pain so that I could hardly walk the following day. I think I even got stress fractures in them. Maybe I just never learned how to run the “right way” in them but I actively tried for months and still had the same pain.

    I know that the City Sports in Baltimore lets you try them out for 30 days risk free so I would definitely suggest doing that. They worked really well for Vanna so I guess it just depends on the person and amount of support you prefer. You are an expert runner with perfect form so it may work wonderfully for you but my recommendation is to try them out first just to be safe.

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