What do you do to keep your shoelaces tied on your runs and especially your races? I double knot them, but seems to come undone sometimes. I have put them back through the other laces during a race, but can get in the way of a "chip" for a chip timed race.
Tripleplay44 I had the same problem with my last pair of running shoes. The laces were made from a different material then all mine before. I found if I took the loops and tucked them in the sides after tying them as tight as I could get them they would finally stay. If this doesn't work or you don't like this idea I'd buy another pair of laces.
I use "Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot," as listed on Ian's Shoelace Site. (Yes, an entire site devoted to different ways to tie your shoelaces.) I've never had it come untied, no matter the laces' material.
It sometimes gets a little tangled when untying, usually because the loose end has worked its way into one of the loops. It's easy enough to untangle, assuming you haven't been running so hard that you've lost your fine motor skills.
2012 Race Schedule
Providence Marathon (4:48:55)
Buffalo Half-Marathon (2:03:16)
Chicago Marathon (October 7)
I have no problem with my laces. I leave them at home with my shoes!
Barefoot / Minimalist Runner
...not maintaining this these days..
07/29/2012 Marsh Creek Raptor Run 10 Mile Trail Race
07/15/2012 Quadzilla 15K Trail Run, Trexlertown, PA 1:37 (2011, 1:49)
04/29/2012 Lehigh Valley / St. Luke's HM, 1:43:15 (2011, 1:54:20 )
03/19/2012 Kutztown Fool's Run 10 Miler, 1:18:15 (2011, 1:30:20)
02/26/2012 Ugly Mudder 7.2 Mile Trail Run, Reading, PA 1:20
11/27/2011 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run, Birdsboro, PA 1:40
10/08/2011 Lehigh Gap Nature Center 10K Trail Run (6.38 miles), 59:20 (10/07/2012)
Started running (again) May 5, 2010
I watched this vid, and it blew my mind... I've been tying my shoes wrong my whole life (and this simple change does make a huge difference): http://www.ted.com/talks/terry_moore_how_to_tie_your_shoes.html
Also, another friend has recommended ian's knot (which dwm082 posted), good stuff.
Yes to the Ted video, but I will add this... instead of making one loop around your thumb, make two (2). It really does double the strength of the knot. I have NEVER had to retie a shoe & more importantly - my children's!!!
Superunner may be talking about Xtenex laces. In any case, these are the best things you buy for your running. They never come untied but better yet, they never get loose during the run. Unlike other elastic laces, they maintain uniform pressure on the whole length of the lacing -no tight points and make your shoe an extension of your foot. (I am NOT a salesman!) Unfortunately, most runners refuse to try new things or don't want to spend the extra few dollars and I still see virtually everyone using old cloth laces.
I watched the Ted video and then tested the knot. I tied one shoelace using the Ted method and the other my usual way. Halfwy through my shopping trip my right lace was almost undone but my left lace was snug as could be. I thought it was bunk until I tested it, but it really worked. I haven't tried it on a run yet, but I will. I'll also try the Ian method and see if that works better. Who knew?
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