Runners tend to be detail-oriented. They keep training logs, track the weather, and shop for special shoes. Some runners even ditch the traditional way of lacing their shoes in favor of a more tailored approach to their shoestrings.
Lacing is actually a science. In a 2008 study at the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany, researchers found that the tightness and pattern of how runners laced up directly affected impact force and pronation.
Maybe you've been frustrated that your feet just don't feel the same in the new version of your favorite running shoes. Maybe you're coming back from an injury and want to ease back into a regular routine. Maybe you're fending off the dreaded black toenails.
Whatever the case, before lacing up for your next run, try one of these lacing techniques to stay injury-free and primed for your next race.