Hi there! Happy Monday!!
How are you? I hope you had a good weekend! I had a nice weekend BUT today I'm in shock! There's no words to express the horrific situation that happened in Las Vegas!! It's absolutely heartbreaking that over 50 people are dead and over 200 people are injured! My heart goes out to the families and friends of those affected by this senseless violence!! Please keep the entire Las Vegas community in your prayers!!!
Today's post is RUNNING...part 2 :) Your run will be more enjoyable and comfortable if the laces on your running shoes are laced up properly. Yes, you read it right...lol! :D Use your laces to fix common foot problems. So...whether you need better stability, less pressure, extra room, or something else...this post has you covered!! The following are 6 techniques to help you stride thru those miles with a smile on your face! Keep reading and find out how to tie your laces!!
- Widen the shoe. For an all-over looser fit, lace straight lines instead of crossing them over in X shapes. You'll create extra room but get more support than by keeping the laces loose.
- Nix black nails. If your big toenail turns dark after a long run, chances are it's hitting the top of your shoes with each footfall. This zigzag pattern pulls the toe box up and away from your toes, easing the stress.
- Banish blisters. This heal-lock design cinches fabric in the back of the shoe, holding your heels in place, so they don't rub raw. It makes a snug fit, which, according to research, can help absorb some impact.
- Cure arch aches. If you have high arches, skip a cross lace over the highest part of your instep (the top of your foot) and tighten the forefoot. You'll be stable and won't feel the tongue's tension on your mid-foot.
- Make some wiggle room. Sidestep pressure, toe blisters, or a neuroma (a pinched nerve between toes often caused by too-tight shoes). Give toes room to move by not crossing the laces over the forefoot.
- Be more secure. Give narrow feet extra support with this pattern. The laces double back over your slimmest spot to keep your feet from sliding side to side in your shoes.
Below are a few benefits of running...just in case you want some motivation :D
Running strengthens your joints. Every time you pound the pavement, you stress your bones and cartilage, just like your muscles, causing them to spring back stronger!
Running is a killer leg workout. Your body's biggest muscles are all in your legs and running benefits all of them :D
Running is good for your heart. Running is pretty much the king of cardio!
Running counts as meditation. Many runners find that the time alone allows them to think and problem solve ;)
Runner's high is real. When you run, your brain pumps out 2 powerful feel-good chemicals, endorphins and endocannabinoids :D
You can always fit it in. No equipment needed! No time of day required!! No excuses!!!
This is 1 of my favorite quotes...
Our running shoes have magic in them.
The power to transform a bad day into a good day;
Frustration into speed;
Self doubt into confidence;
Chocolate cake into muscle :)
Have a productive week! Be sure to check back in on Thursday!! See you then!!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist