You can order the tongue pads on Amazon, but I went to a local shoe store (one that sells a lot of ortho and comfort shoes) and they just gave me some, which was so nice.
Along with my shoe fix, here's a couple of other things that are making running more enjoyable for me. First up are new liner shorts - I've been wearing some Academy store-brand 5" liner shorts under my running shorts (works better than Body Glide when it comes to avoiding thigh chafing - and I'll never be so thin that my thighs won't rub together, so this is my solution), and they have been rolling up on my thighs for months now. I knew that the Lycra in them was probably worn out as the shorts are around 3 years old, but I just kept tugging them down, over and over, as I ran. I finally sprang for a few new pairs and wow, what a difference. I wear them 4 times a week for months (until it gets cold enough for capris), and why I was putting up with that rolling nonsense, I don't know. A simple $9.99 purchase made a huge difference in lessening my annoyance factor as I run - what I was thinking in not replacing them sooner?!
Another thing that was bugging me was my handheld water bottle (which is a necessity when you run in our hot temperatures) - my old Amphipod was leaking, so I tried a Fuel Belt bottle, but the hand strap wasn't very tight and I had to grip the bottle the entire time I ran, and just as I'm a tight knitter, I hold the water bottle tight, which made me tense and annoyed. (How fun am I to run with, do you think, with all of my annoyances?) I saw a couple of my running club peeps with a Nathan bottle and I was intrigued by the way it held your thumb as well as the rest of your hand. So I tried it, and the grip issue does not exist anymore - once you slip your hand and thumb into the strap, you do not have to hold onto it as all. Loving this! Plus, it has a nice big pouch for my necessities (chocolate GU, Burt's Bees lip balm, emergency $5) - and it's pink, which thrills me to no end!
"Look Ma - no hands!" (well, sort of) This is a staged photo, as I really wear it on my right hand, but that's my camera hand, so old lefty had to step in. :)
While things like liner shorts and a water bottle might seem trivial, they can make the difference in what I focus on during a long run, and anything that helps to make those miles go by easier is worth it, in my book. We will be running 5 miles this coming Saturday, and I know I'll need all the help I can get to make that run a good one!