I'll give you an "amen" from the congregation on decent running shoes. I wasn't thrilled about dropping $120 on a pair of Reeboks and custom insoles...but I can't complain about the results. No hint of shin splints since getting them.
And yeah, look into insoles. The shoes will come with some but consider looking at what the athletic store offers for custom insoles. The ones I have give me a fair amount of extra cushioning on the heel as I tend to run with a pronounced heel strike. They ran me around $20 but they're worth it.
Edit: Oh yeah...I nearly forgot. I ran my first long run on the Couch to 5K this morning. Week 5 Day 3 - 20 minutes, no breaks. Won't say I'll make anyone mistake me for a Kenyan at the Olympics...but I did it without stopping.
This post has been edited by Craig328: 01 February 2013 - 08:20 AM