Yeah; I guess they don't appear the comfiest to run in, but every review I've found has been exceedingly positive. None of them mention the thong between the toes. I didn't feel that my current shoes were too tight or too loose, but I'm now wondering if they are. I'm not sure how long I've had them; maybe five years? Maybe I'll have to visit a specialized running shoe store. I have flat feet and most of the friction seems to arise between the tips of my toes and the shoe. A few of my toenails have recently taken a few hits after I went on a sort-of power spree on a treadmill; I was trying to avoid that. It doesn't happen so much when I run outdoors, which I'm thankfully still able to do. I wonder how I'll train in January and February. One person suggested taping my foot to the shoe sole or donning thinner socks. These are interesting ideas I might try. It's been a crazy couple of weeks and I'm so relieved I can breathe again. On the up-side, I've now completed the Couch-to-5K and Jeff Galloway's 10K training programs ahead of schedule! Woot! I'm on Week 2 of Jeff Galloway's Half-Marathon training program and aiming to pass 7 miles tomorrow. I feel kind of skeptical that it will happen. I wonder if I should register for a Half-Marathon this Spring. It seems that completing a marathon may be within reach after all!