In the spirit of the screw-up that led to my mad dash to catch up with the rest of the runners at the Big Dog Auburn Trail Run, I'll revisit a recent race that saw me make YET ANOTHER amateur, bush league move: forgetting to tie my shoelaces tightly enough so that they would stay put more than half a mile. Not even kidding.
Kelly and I had a good start, but about .33 into it, I noticed my laces flopping about; not just loose but already completely untied. Yep, I'd had quite enough time to avoid this while waiting for the gun to go off...shouldn't have been an issue. Had to pull over to the side of the road -- told Kel to keep going -- get them situated, then sprint like a madwoman to catch back up with her. Again, getting my heart rate much higher in the first few minutes than I ever should have. As Emma recently commented, maybe I really just like to keep the start of a race exciting.
But seriously -- shoelaces, for whatever reason, have been an issue for me for a while now. It's not that I CAN'T tie them; it just seems like mine never get the "tightness" over my midfoot that I really need. My high school cheerleading coach always threatened to make me wear a pair of kindergarten-style Bow Biters if I didn't keep my shoes tied tighter.
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And as always, leave me a comment if you are so inclined. Some thoughts:
Use Lock Laces or some similar product?
Any shoelace nightmares?
Any other amateur, bush league moments you can share to make me feel better about committing them in two races in a row?
NOTE: All opinions are my own; this post is in no way affiliated with or sponsored by Lock Laces; I was not compensated for my opinion with merchandise or otherwise.