February 23, 2021
Before you head out for your next run, lace your shoes. Sit down and carefully tie each lace to a tension that is firm but comfortable. Here’s why!
Before you head out for your next run, lace your shoes. Sit down and carefully tie each lace to a tension that is firm but comfortable.
Don’t just slip them on, laces still tied from last time, and quickly hurry out the door.
How you do anything is how you do everything, so by paying close attention to the details like this, you reinforce behaviours that lay a foundation for success in sport, and elsewhere in life.
On top of that, lacing is essential to performance for several reasons.
Shoes are not customised, but lacing offers some level of customisation to your foot.
Most runners don’t deviate from the standard criss-cross lacing configuration. Still, there are some other ways you can lace your shoes – see the videos below – to improve their comfort and address other problem areas often associated with running.
Laces will loosen as you run or walk, which increases movement. Movement in your shoes can fast-track fatigue and shear, which can lead to blistering.
Biomechanical compensations can also happen as a result of poor lacing habits and lead to injury.
Spending the extra minute required to tie your shoelaces mindfully could help you run injury-free and improve your comfort while improving behaviours that will benefit you in many areas in the long run.
I’d say it’s time well spent.