Running Shoe Lacing Techniques

Just a general FYI for sneaker wearers, but also for our Sensory Sensitives – maybe these will be helpful!


When most runners purchase their running shoes from a specialty running store (You are not still shopping at those big box sporting goods stores, are you?) they are already cross-laced and ready to go. Or are they? Did you know there are different ways that you can lace your shoes to make them more comfortable or to help customize your shoes for your feet? Here are some of the more common shoe lacing patterns that help combat some common shoe issues. I tried to find the brightest shoe laces on the brightest pair of shoes I own so that you could see easier.

First, let’s cover the LOOP LACING LOCK. This technique can be used in a number of different lacing patterns to insure a tight and snug fit anywhere along the eye row of your shoe, depending on where your laces seem to be slipping.

In this example…

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part two

“If we don’t allow ourselves to look back with a critical eye on where we’ve been, we ain’t going anywhere but where we are. And our kids deserve better.” [Man, I seriously LOVE Diary of a Mom!]

a diary of a mom



{image is a photo of Brooke and our dog, Winston in 2010. I chose it because it came from this post.}

Part two. Because there’s a part two.

Earlier today, I wrote about the fact that until Brooke was able to put language to her anxiety, I didn’t really understand it.

Until she said the words, “I don’t want to die,” I really didn’t come close to grasping the depth of her fear.

The latter is true. I didn’t get it.

The former, I realized in an ugly epiphany this morning, isn’t.

In 2011, I wrote the following in the back to school transition letter to Brooke’s team.

Emotional identification (both self and others) and expression. Brooke has been working on this round the clock this year. This has been a HUGE part of unlocking her ability to communicate, understanding social construct and both building and comprehending…

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Autism Society statement on the beating of Aaron Hill

“We at the Autism Society are shocked and saddened by the Aug. 8 beating of Aaron Hill, a 16-year-old with autism in Okeechobee, Florida. The actions of Andrew Wheeler, 18, who admitted to attacking Hill, were the unthinkable result of a series moral failures. That Wheeler would hit Hill, drag him by his hair, choke him and hold a knife to his throat is nothing short of horrifying. That several partygoers would have such a lack of concern for a fellow human as to stand feet from Wheeler and watch him seriously injure Hill is deeply disturbing. And that Evadean Lydecker Dailey, who is accused of buying alcohol for the teenagers’ party at her home, helped create an illegal and dangerous situation is yet another unbelievable transgression in this case….”

paper clouds

“This is what it takes to show the world that employing the disabled is not disabling. That it is possible to run a company that gives away HALF of its net proceeds to causes that matter to its artists. That we don’t have to be satisfied with piece work at pennies a day for our kids.

This is where it starts.”

a diary of a mom

It started what must be almost a year ago now. Nearly every time that I posted one of Brooke’s drawings on Facebook (which was, well, a lot cause the kid draws like it’s her job), someone would say, ‘Oh, you HAVE to get her work on Paper Clouds. And I would nod and smile through the computer screen and move on.

I don’t mean to sound callous, but the truth is that I’ve gotten pretty cynical in my old age. And when I looked briefly at Paper Clouds website and saw that they sell apparel featuring the work of individuals with special needs in order to employ those with special needs, I was wary.

You see, those of us who have been around this block a time or two can get a little jaded. Our community is far too often leveraged as a marketing tool and when it comes…

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