Lacing Up


No new news on my foot except it still hurts. I am taking ibuprofen and icing, hopefully after a week or so off I can run on it again. While doing some research on what caused this barrel of fun, I came across several articles suggesting I lace my shoes up differently to help prevent pain and tightness.

The two ways I plan to try out after I get better involve parallel laces, and skipping some of the holes. Runner’s World even has a lacing guide to walk you through it. Hopefully, one of these lacing tricks will help the top of my foot from staying injured (and, not tying my laces too tight, way to go, Heather)

The first is to skip the spaces where you feel tenderness or tightness on your foot


The next is to lace your shoes up with the laces going parallel (straight across) instead of diagonal criss-cross. I didn’t take a picture of this one but the directions are on the Runner’s World guide above.

Another option would be to buy shoes with stretchy laces, or buy some of the laces and put them in your existing shoes.


The Zoots above came with those laces. I have always wanted to buy some of the laces you can put into your shoes (with the lock so you don’t have to tie them) but I never have gotten around to doing it!



Be sure to check out the Runner’s World article, because they talk about a couple of other techniques for lacing your shoes, but they don’t pertain to top of foot pain like I am experiencing.

By the way…..


This girl is really exited we had a great weekend in football. LSU won the BCS championship their game against Bama, and the Saints beat Tampa Bay. I was in a good mood.


I meant to work out today, but between running errands, getting groceries, working, and cooking I just let it slide. I am determined to get at least some abs, stretching, and foam rolling in tomorrow! Foot still hurts…so no running. Boo.

I bought a new comforter set for our master bedroom, so I need to go wash some sheets. I will post pictures of the new stuff soon, I love it!

QOTD: How do you tie your shoes? Any tips or tricks?

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6 Responses to Lacing Up

  1. 1
    Megan says:

    That lacing guide is great! I get tenderness on the side of my foot (below my pinky toe) so maybe lacing my shoes differently will help.

    So exciting to get a new comforter set! B Lee and I are hoping for a new bed for Christmas – that would mean getting new sheets! (And a new bedroom set!)

  2. 2
    KristynKG says:

    Katie did a great post about lacing techniques
    I just lace mine regular, but I am thinking I may need to change things up a bit to get a bit more arch support.

  3. 3
    Jen says:

    I haven’t had foot issues so I haven’t ever played around with lacing. Good luck! I hope one of the techniques works out for you!

  4. 4
    Crystal says:

    I lace regular, but do the loop thingy so the shoe fits more snug around my ankle. I have issues with my heel lifting out of the shoe when I run, so the loop lock or whatever it is called has worked for me.

  5. 5

    I lace regular, but think the guide is great. I hope your foot gets better soon. I’m taking a few days off to see if that helps my PF at all.

  6. 6
    Brittany says:

    It was SUCHHHH a great football weekend!!!! I almost had a heart attack at the end of the LSU game :) LSU, Saints, and ULL won! WOOT!

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