I ran in the Newton’s tonight!!! My ankle had healed up enough so that I dared to try them again.
I also think that I have the problem figured out. The heal counter on the Gravity is fairly rigid (feels like a fiberboard of some kind) and the cushioning pushes away from the top of it just enough to make it rub my ankle raw. So I went ahead and re-bent the top 1/4 of an inch of the fiberboard several times to loosen it up and then pushed it outwards. When I tried the shoe back on felt a lot better. I have to loosen the board up a little more to make it more flexible, but that seemed to fix the problem.
It felt great to be running in them again. I purposely stayed slow because of the minor tightness still in my left soleus, but otherwise everything felt great!!!! Had plenty of gas and bounce to my step and could have gone a lot faster.
The two weeks that I haven’t run have almost been like a taper period and I am ready to a good race this weekend, but unfortunately haven’t signed up for any and don’t plan to. So I will probably try to do a longer run of 9-10 on Saturday to see how the Newton’s do on the longer run. Just hope everything goes well.
One thing about using the Nike+ iPhone App that I really like is the ability to correct the distance if it is too far off from reality. Tonight it registered 2.92 for my regular 5K course, so I just changed it :-). Screws up the splits, but hey I get the right distance/time.