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How to Lace Your Running Shoes

Athletic Shoes: The Lacing Lowdown
The Importance of the Perfect Fit and Lacing Technique

Brought to you by the Dana Point Turkey Trot and Mission Hospital

You probably haven’t given much thought to the way you lace your shoes or sneakers. Shoe lacing is the kind of thing you learned in kindergarten and then took for granted. The Dana Point Turkey Trot and Mission Hospital are here to tell you that shoe lacing makes a difference.

According to Mission Hospital’s Devon Glazer, DPM, board certified podiatrist, “It’s just one of many simple things you can do to safeguard your feet while you put them through the demands of an athletic workout or even a long day of walking over all sorts of surfaces. Simply lacing your shoes or sneakers properly, along with choosing a shoe that fits your foot correctly, can add comfort to your stride and prevent foot injuries.”

Fit Essentials:

Improper fit and poor lacing technique are a dangerous combination. They can cause a variety of foot ills, from blisters and hammertoes to chronic heel bruises and even stress fractures.

“When it comes to the shoes you use for your favorite athletic activity, there should be no compromises. Forget what you may have been told about buying snug-fitting athletic shoes that will break in with time. If the shoes don’t fit comfortably the first time you try them on, put them back and try on another pair,” Dr. Glazer says.

If possible, try on athletic shoes right after you’ve done the activity for which you’re buying the shoes, because exercise makes your feet swell and will change the fit. Try running or walking to the shoe store. Another trick: Go to the shoe store at the end of the day, because that’s when your feet will be their largest from all the walking and standing you’ve done.

The Scoop on Buying Shoes:

  • Buy a shoe one-half inch longer than your longest toe.
  • The forefoot should not be crowded; be sure your toes can extend.
  • Be sure there’s a snug fit around the heel of the shoe.
  • Your feet expand when bearing weight, so stand when your feet are measured.
  • In many people, one foot is larger than the other. Shoes should be fitted to your longer and wider foot. Although the toe box should be spacious, too much space can make your feet slide, causing blisters.

Learn to Lace:

Once you’ve got the basic fit down, turn your attention to the laces. Here is the proper lacing technique:

1. Loosen the laces as you put on the shoes. This prevents stress on the eyelets and the backs of the shoes. In fact, take all the laces out when trying on a pair of shoes and re-lace with equal tension.

2. Always begin at the bottom and pull the laces using one set of eyelets at a time to tighten the shoes. This prevents stress at the tops of the shoes and aids a better fit.

3. When choosing shoes, keep in mind that those with more eyelets allow a more custom fit. Athletic shoes tend to allow more of a custom fit than, say, wingtips.

For wide feet: Use the eyelets closer to the tongue of the shoe. This allows greater width to the lacing area and has the same effect as letting out a corset.

For narrow heel and wider forefoot: A narrow heel and wider forefoot is a common problem among women. Consider using two laces for a combination fit. Use the closer set of eyelets to adjust the width of the shoe at the forefoot and the wider set to snug up the heel to prevent the heel from acting like a piston.

For foot pain: If you have a high arch, bump on the top of your foot, a bone that sticks out, nerve pain or tendon injury, try leaving a space in the lacing to alleviate pressure. Simply skip the eyelets near the point of pain.

In its first year of sponsorship, Mission Hospital has pledged $10,000 to support the Dana Point Turkey Trot Kids’ Gobble Wobble in its tradition of providing a memorable and enjoyable holiday event for the whole family.

For more information about the 35th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot, one of the largest in the nation, visit www.turkeytrot.com and follow the event on Twitter at http://twitter.com/turkeytrot and Facebook at http://facebook.com/danapointturkeytrot. For more information about Mission Hospital, visit www.mission4health.com.

To All of My Cracked Pot Friends

I totally didn’t write this, but I felt like sharing it with you because of how much your support on my last post meant to me:

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. ‘I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.’ The old woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?  ‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

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I love you all!

Guilt Free Candy – Weight Watchers Pecan Crowns (Review)


Recently I was sent a bag of Weight Watchers Pecan Crowns candy (by Whitmans) to review.  Knowing how tempted I am to eat all of my kids Halloween candies, I waited until my kids were digging into their bags to dig into my own bag and try them.  I also have to admit that I was a little hesitant because dude, it’s diet chocolate! Who the hell wants diet chocolate?  Gimme the real thing baby!

I was wrong – they’re awesome!  They taste a lot like Turtle’s, only not as sweet.  Each one is 1 point (53 calories, 3.3g of fat, and 3g fiber).  My mom tried them too – she’s a very picky eater (sorry mom, but you are) and she liked them too!

Halloween can be a time of indulgence for adults, just as much as it is for kids, but now with Weight Watchers Pecan Crowns it doesn’t have to be – leave the Halloween candies for your kids, and have some Weight Watchers Pecan Crowns instead, your waist and taste buds will thank you.

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Fitness Tip of The Day: When running errands or shopping, be sure to pack some healthy snacks to have on-hand. Then after you work-up a big appetite, you won’t be tempted to grab something at the mall food court or the fast food restaurant on the way home. Exercise is not enough. You must also include healthy eating habits.

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