Saturday, April 24, 2010

Product Review: Sorbothane Insoles

I love insoles. I really do. The comfort, support and cushioning that insoles provide make my feet feel great.

I was recently offered an opportunity to review a pair of insoles from Sorbothane. Here’s my disclaimer: I received one pair of insoles for free to review plus two pairs of sole cushions for dress shoes. I’m under no obligation to publish my review, and the opinions that I share are based on my experience. O.K -- so now for my review.

I received the insoles a few days after running the ING Georgia Half-Marathon. I ran the race with the standard insoles in my Adidas shoes. And I got a blister during the race. I tried out the Sorbothane SorboAir insoles and found them to be really comfortable. I felt an immediate difference in the feel of my shoes. The cushioning left my feet feeling more supported during my run. I’m someone who likes a lot of arch support in my running shoes, which is probably why I’m a big fan of insoles. I haven’t tested the cushions for dress shoes and I don’t plan to write about them since this blog is dedicated to running.

So what do others have to say? You can read more reviews at

Wonder why manufacturers don't put better insoles in their running shoes? Here's what I learned when I explored this topic last year.

Happy running!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Volunteers Needed for May 1st Girls on the Run 5K

If you’ve read my blog before, then you know I’m a big fan of Girls on the Run (GOTR). This terrific organization hosts running programs for girls aged 8 to 13 to foster a healthy lifestyle, self-confidence and build positive relationships. At the end of the program, the girls “graduate” by running a 5K with their team mates, coaches and family.

And now, you can help. Support the girls as they celebrate their achievements by volunteering at the Spring GOTR 5K. Along with the good karma you’ll gain from your effort, you’ll also score an event T-shirt, coffee from Caribou plus breakfast courtesy of the Flying Biscuit. This year’s race host, West Stride, will also offer volunteers a 10% discount. So, what are you waiting for? Get out and volunteer!

Here are the details:
· Race starts at 8:00 a.m.
· Event location is West Stride at 3517 Northside Parkway in Atlanta (near OK CafĂ©)
· Contact Sara Butler at to sign-up

This week’s route is the GOTR 5K race course from West Stride’s group page at MapMyRun. Enjoy!