Tie Your Laces!

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Morning!  I’m running soooo late, so I better make this snappy!


Breakfast was the usual: oatmeal.


At least it was in a pretty bowl! 🙂


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: Grape Nuts and blueberries


On another note, several of you suggested I get a foot pad for my bum foot, and I actually did!


A podiatrist at Husband’s school gave it to him.  I hope it works out! 


How To Tie Your Shoes (Really)


One of the things I realized when researching the connection between shoes and foot pain is that the way you tie your shoes really matters.

Lace For A Better Fit

Do you have the following issues:


  • Your shoes rubs on the top part of your foot?
  • Your toenail turned black?
  • Your shoe feels too tight all along the top of your foot?
  • Your toes feel cramped?
  • Your ankle slides out?


If so, there are very cool techniques to tying your shoes that may alleviate the pain.  Check out this Runner’s World article, which even has videos on how to tie your shoes correctly!




Have a great day!



  • VeggieGirl January 29, 2009, 6:00 am

    Lovely breakfast!!

    Interesting shoe-tying information!!

    Don’t be late!! 😀

  • Bridget January 29, 2009, 6:11 am

    Whoa those different lacing techniques are really interstings, although I can’t imagine making two bows/knots! Makes perfect sense though 🙂

  • Sarah W. January 29, 2009, 6:19 am

    LOST!!! ugh1!!!

    no questiosn get answered, just more asked. so utteraly confused – i wrote a blog post last night when the episode ended hahaha

  • Krista January 29, 2009, 6:29 am

    Great shoe lace info!!! You always have such great information in your posts!

    Hope the shoe pads help out!! 🙂

  • Jen January 29, 2009, 6:34 am

    Cool shoe-tying info!

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) January 29, 2009, 6:40 am

    I do love your leaf bowl!

  • Erin January 29, 2009, 6:52 am

    Great info and pretty oats!

  • Mica January 29, 2009, 6:53 am

    I keep wanting to try that shoe-tying technique, but it looks complicated. I’m waiting for some free time on the weekend to do it…

  • ksgoodeats January 29, 2009, 6:57 am

    That bowl of oats looks so pretty!

    Hope you enjoyed Lost last night!!

  • Victoria January 29, 2009, 6:59 am

    Interesting lace info. I wouldn’t have thought of that. Good luck with the pad. I hope it helps!

  • Betsy in Pittsburgh January 29, 2009, 7:22 am

    Oh my god. If my toenail turns black that’s a little troubling.

  • jane January 29, 2009, 7:37 am

    yeah i read that article in runner's world, too! crazy that most of us tie our shoes wrong. i'll admit, i didn't change the way i tie mine cause i'm not having any foot issues (cross my fingers that i stays that way!)

    i didn't go to pitt, but my whole family did (parents & three sisters). my grandfather even taught there! it's a great school, plus oakland is an awesome area. what did you major in? i'm looking into transferring there or maybe a smaller school like chatham.

    have a great day! 🙂

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 29, 2009, 8:00 am

    I tied my shoes too tight for so long. It took me forever to figure out why I kept getting pain in the top of my foot…and I was buying my shoes a 1/2 size too small – hence the horrible toes. All is good now.

    Lovely bowl for sure. Have a wonderful day Cailtin. Hope the foot pad helps!

  • brandi January 29, 2009, 8:07 am

    Cool article!

    I love that bowl, too.

  • Marissa January 29, 2009, 8:46 am

    Yay blueberries 🙂

  • Meg January 29, 2009, 8:49 am

    Your oatmeal looks pretty! Thanks for the tying your shoes info!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK January 29, 2009, 9:33 am

    so funny the running buddy and I were just talking about this!!!!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 29, 2009, 9:35 am

    How do I tie my shoes to get MORE black toes? They make me feel like a bad ass and a real life runner!

  • Fitnessista January 29, 2009, 9:47 am

    that leaf plate is GORGEOUS!
    i have never seen an episode of lost :/
    hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for the sweet comment on my blog <3

  • elise January 29, 2009, 9:58 am

    whoa! cool shoe pics, i had no idea you could tie your shoes different ways to relieve stress on your feet. so simple and SO smart.

  • Katerina January 29, 2009, 10:14 am

    I totally thought about you this morning on my run! I was about halfway through and “Do Somethin” by Britney came on my ipod. Then I realized I was totally doing the music video thing. hehehe. It makes one nice and speedy though!

    Somehow the song was extra apporpriate…

    “I see you lookin at me
    Like I’m some kind of freak…”

  • chasedaylight January 29, 2009, 10:59 am

    Thanks for the shoelace tying reference! Really interesting!

  • Lindsay January 29, 2009, 12:37 pm

    A guy at a specialty running store taught me how to do the ankle cinch tie. It saves my super narrow heels from blisters from all that sliding, even in “narrow width” shoes. The black toe one would come in handy for extra long runs.

  • Running Through Life January 29, 2009, 2:38 pm

    I recently discovered your blog and appreciate the tips on the laces. Thanks.

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