Hi all, I have been running for a while and have reached the point where I have entered a half marathon in October. I have been ramping up my mileage in preparation, and have pretty much always run, on roads in cross country shoes. I have reached the point where my feet are aching pretty badly towards the end of my long runs. I think this may be due to the lack of cushioning on the shoe. I think it may be time to bite the bullet and buy some 'proper' running shoes, but I really don't like the traditional chunky heeled and soled running shoes. So is anyone able to suggest a lightweight, thin heeled, fairly cushioned running shoe (am I asking the earth) or should I just put up & shut up because I really like the way the XCs fit, so just buy a newer pair of them & hope for some difference?