Running Shoes & Verizon Palm Pre Plus Review

Hey all!

It’s BEAUTIFUL today in D.C. and I got in a great 3 mile training run this morning. I did 3 crazy hilly miles in 25:48, for an average pace of 8:36.


Mile 1: 9:00 (steep hills of death)

Mile 2: 8:18 (smaller hills + some downhill)

Mile 3: 8:30 (long, gradual hill of death)

My neighborhood seriously resembles a blanket being shaken out. I can’t decide which is worse — crazy steep and short hills, or crazy long and gradual hills. Thoughts? This run involved both!

In other news, I REALLY need new running shoes. I finally just ordered some new ones this morning.


I wear the Brooks “Adrenaline” running shoes, and thanks to the blog I know that I last bought a new pair in January. Normally I wait 6 months before I get new shoes, but they just feel SO dead after running in all the ice, snow, etc. this winter!



I know I need new shoes when my shins start to hurt!

I also wear inserts in my shoes —  these also help with any lurking shin splint issues. I wear the Lynco Sports Orthotics, style L400. They provide nice stabilizing arch support. You just pop out the normal inserts in the running shoes and put these in instead.


I buy a new pair of inserts every OTHER time I get new shoes. If you think you might need inserts, too, try going to a foot specialist store and talking to them about it. That’s what I did :)

How often do you buy new running shoes? Do you wear inserts?

Cell Phone Review:

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about whether I like my new cell phone (how did I ever live without internet on my phone!??!) — the Verizon Palm Pre Plus — so I thought I’d do a quick review of it here on the blog :)

I know not all of you are interested in this, so I created a separate pageclick here to see my full review of the Verizon Palm Pre Plus!

Have a great day, everyone!


  1. 1

    I get new shoes every 4-6 months but have never tried inserts. I’m a Brooks girl too! Love em!

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    I REALLY need new running shoes after this winter in DC!! I normally buy new shoes about every 7 or 8 months. I always wear inserts in my running shoes. I need the extra arch support… I’m a little flat footed.

    The weather IS beautiful today!! Can believe its suppose to be in the eighties this weekend! I’m so excited!

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    i need to find some inserts that work well! i try to do new shoes twice a year, but just depending on the use it could be more! i say if they don’t feel right you should get some new ones :)

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    I get crazy shin splints so I can’t run a hard incline without my shins freaking out. I need a new pair of shoes, too, so I’m going to look into these! I haven’t bought a new pair of shoes in YEARS.

  5. 5

    For using those shoes all winter they certainly look very spic-n-span! Do you wash them?

    I use the same inserts – they save me from always-dreaded shin splints! I try to get new shoese very 6-8 months depending on how much running I do & I get new inserts each time. (I’m 6′ tall and weigh a lot so I wear out the inserts pretty quickly.)

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      It’s funny – they look so clean in that first picture but in person they really aren’t! They are kind of yellow lol. And that second picture was them brand new! :)

  6. 7

    I go through a pair of road shoes and a pair of trail shoes every month. I do wear an insert from a podiatrist. Yes, yes I know that is a lot of shoes in a year, but I run a lot of miles and go through shoes quick!

    I usually wear Asics speedstars for the road and Salomon shoes for the trail.

  7. 8

    I despise long gradual hills with every bone in my body! They are murder!

    I was wondering about how long to go without new shoes. I’ve always heard 6 months but I bought my last pair in Jan as well and I feel like they are worn out!

  8. 9

    I’m just out of my first year of running and on my 3rd pair of shoes. When my feet felt broken (seriously) immediately following my first half marathon, I knew it was time to replace the shoes I’d had for 9 months. (I actually realized in the week before the race, but it was too late to buy new ones then)

  9. 10

    I just got new shoes 2 months ago and I don’t think they’re a good fit. They actually slow my pace and have given me huge blisters even after I switched out the insoles, bought new socks, etc. I think I’ve waited to long to exchange them though… another $100 lesson learned…

  10. 11

    Since I have hip/knee problems I usually get new shoes every 400-500 miles. But then the physical therapist said I probably needed them closer to 300. And I wear orthotics so always insert those into my new shoes! I can always tell when I need new shoes if my hips start hurting.

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    Phones with no internet baffle me now. I honestly think if I had an iPhone I would be dead to the world (but probably 100% okay with that because, um, I’d have an iphone!). But I do love my blackberry ;)

    As for the hills….eh, I think gradual, long ones are better for hill RUNS. Quick, short ones are better (and omg, painful) for hill Repeats. :) Depends on the type of pain you’d like to inflict, I suppose. heh

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    I also do new shoes every 6 months. I know it when my shins hurt more than usual (something always ails me!) I like Aasics for flat feet/over pronation. They have a thicker cushion in the heel that is deep for orthotics. Mine are custom made by a podiatrist. I have never tried over the counter ones, but custom ones are expensive! They can last a long time if made properly. And even refurbishing them (which I have already had to do) is not as expensive as getting brand new ones.

  13. 15

    I don’t get new running shoes enough…usually when I notice some back pain, sadly. I need to work on that! I’ve thought the same thing about data on phones…how did I ever make it without email 24/7!?

  14. 16

    I love the Brooks Adrenelines! I also probably should get shoes more often – I have also been using this pair since January – I’m just trying to get to my half in June!

  15. 17

    I wear the same shoes…love them! I actually just laced up a new pair today. I started using the previous pair in January, but felt like they were lacking support for longer runs. I always think I might be giving up on my shoes too soon, but after wearing my new pair today, I realize that time had come! Now I have a new pair of dog-walking shoes!

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    I get new shoes every 500 miles (I log every day what I do). Unless the shoe is breakin’ down or my feet develop problems. I do not wear any inserts. FYI, if you haven’t tried Muzunos they are awesome!!! I love the brand because they are light weight, a little cheaper side of the running shoe, and hold up really nicely.

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    I’ve got 256mi logged on these sneakers from August ’09. I’m definitely due for a new pair of sneakers, but I kind of like the “comfort” of broken in ones, except I do use inserts. The sole itself is completely worn out… what can I say, I definitely 256mi of abuse from running and walking.

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    i get new shoes about every 4 months- i can tell when they are done. i LOVE hills, but there are not many good ones around here. every time i go home to virginia the hills kick my butt! long hills that just keep going are the best endurance and strength training (i have a love/hate relationship with the trail from key bridge up into arlington).

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    I finally ponied up and bought a new pair myself. I don’t like the inserts, I find that a good thick or thin sock (depending on what you like) works. I also log my fitness, when I remember, so that I have an idea of how many miles I have put on my shoes. Dying to try Brooks!


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