Parallel Lacing Running Shoes


I have a pair of shoes that I received for free but sadly, they're a little too narrow to be running shoes for me. I'll wear them around town, or for a short walk, but I know I like a wider shoe to be more comfortable in. It's not that they're uncomfortable, it's that I know I could be more comfortable in something wider. But one thing I did do to make them wider was change the lacing. I re-laced the shoes to be parallel laced. It's a little tricky when you're first starting to figure out how to parallel lace, but you just unlace to the very end, then take one lace and go up one hole and out one on one side and take the other lace and go up two holes and out on the other side. The key is to go up one eyelet on one side, inside or outside, no matter which lace you have, and up two eyelets on the other side. You do that until the laces are the same amount of holes up, then you can criss cross lace the rest of the way up!

Northwest Pearls: Parallel Lacing

There are a lot of different ways to lace shoes. Some shoes I have to loop lace for running or walking, others I need to parallel lace or gap lace when I'm flying.

Shoes: 361 Spire

Any tricks you've found for your running shoes?

A Walk at the Beach

There's not much better than a sunny day at the beach. We took the dog for a walk at Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach, CA. It's such an amazing beach. I love going there. Most of the pictures I took that day there didn't turn out very well. But I'll post some more pictures from other days soon! Northwest Pearls: A Walk at the Beach

Out for a Walk

One of my favorite purchases has been a few pairs of athletic pants from Costco. I wear them to hike, workout, run errands, and just lounge around the house in. They're so comfortable! Northwest Pearls: Out for a Walk Northwest Pearls: Out for a Walk

Relieving Stress

Northwest Pearls: Stress and Running  

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I get stressed and then I feel it in my neck, shoulders, back, and head. Whenever I go to get a massage the masseuse will comment on how many knots I have and how much I carry my stress. It doesn't help that I have poor posture when I'm just sitting at my desk watching Netflix and that my posture at work isn't a ton better. That's probably where a chunk of my aches and pain come from.

So on days when I can feel the stress and all I want is for it to go away I've found the easiest way to get it out is to run.

About ten minutes into the run and I feel like a different person.

I've tried using a heating pad and using a neck-pillow that you microwave, but neither of those works as well as just getting on the treadmill, or going outside, and running. The elliptical works too, but not as well. And sleep can help, but if it's the middle of the day or it's not time to go to bed? Then running works pretty well for me.

What have you found gets rid of your stress? Do you have any tips?


Last summer I did the elliptical machine five times a week for an hour to an hour and a half each time. Then I got sick, and then I got busy, and then I went off to school. So that ended my exercise routine. I don't like to work out at the gym, so I rarely went to the gym at school. I did rock climb at the gym, and I did play intramurals with friends, but there wasn't much routine to it.

It is hard to stick to a workout routine. I told myself all this past spring that as soon as I got home from college, I would start running. I suck at running. But then the public schools were still in session and I had to wait to use the track until they were out. (I didn't want to run on the street, there's too many hills.) And then once the schools got out, I ran our of motivation to do it. So I never did.

All that to say, it didn't kill me to not exercise at the gym in college. I wish I didn't mind it, but I really hate working out in front of people. I can exercise at home easily, as long as I've got the television (with something action-y to watch) on in front of me, but I'm hopeless at the gym. But, there were times at the gym when no one else was there. My favorite time to go, to either rock climb or use the machines, was when we had Friday night basketball games. I was one of two people at the gym. It was glorious.

Now I work at a specialty running store and go running 1-4 times a week either with people or on a treadmill in front of the tv. I'm slow, but I enjoy it (once I start running and get a few minutes into it.)

Long story short, working out is hard. But if I can run, and run a 5k trail race, (something I never thought I'd do. Did I mention I never thought I would be a runner?) Anyways, if I can do it, so can you. So get some motivation and exercise to live a healthier lifestyle!

Working Out Motivation

I've been trying to stay motivated to keep on running this winter. I bought a treadmill so that’s nice and I can run inside. But even that can be hard when all I want to do is curl up in bed and watch TV. But yesterday’s workout was, dare I say it? Fun! I enjoyed running! Sometimes I hate it, and for the first ten minutes or so I did, but I completely enjoyed it from then on.

I find that I do my best when I’m distracted by some sort of actiony show or movie in front of me. That’s not motivation, but if I’m entertained, I can go for a lot longer. But even if I'm entertained, I may not always enjoy it. That's why I was pleasantly surprised by my run yesterday.

Another motivator is getting healthy and in shape. I'm hoping to become a faster runner so that's a pretty big motivator for me.

Do you have any tips for staying motivated to work out?