While you don’t need weights, bands or balls to go running, it is useful to wear proper gear in order to make your run more efficient and effective, whether on commercial treadmills or outdoor paths. Luckily, True Fitness treadmills are equipped with the patented Soft System, which provides you with Neoprene shock absorbers to cushion each foot strike and soften your landing, which puts less pressure on your joints. Still, it’s important to wear shoes that are specially made for runners so your weight is distributed evenly and your feet are protected in the right places. You may not have thought much about how to lace your shoes, but did you know there are different techniques to assist with various foot issues? You can customize the lacing in your running shoes to relieve pain, help you compensate for your foot structure and provide you with better leverage for a more efficient run. Here are some common issues and how different lacing patterns can help: Heel slipping One problem you may face is that your running shoe slips at the heel. In order to keep your foot in place better and prevent slippage you can try a lace lock. This will ensure that your shoes fit nice and snug. To create a lace lock, you’ll want to keep your footwear lace in the normal criss-cross fashion until you get to the top. Here, you’ll put each lace through the back of the same hole it just game through, leaving you with a little loop at each side. From there, thread the loose end of each side through the loop on the opposite side (over the top of the shoe), then pull tight to make the loops smaller and tie your shoes. High instep If you’re frequently experiencing irritation at the top of your foot or your foot falls asleep, you might have a high instep, meaning your running shoes aren’t providing your feet with the space they need. To help this you can try this lacing pattern: Start with with the traditional criss-cross technique. When you get to the middle of the shoe, thread the laces straight up the eye holes, making a line, then return to the criss-cross pattern at the top to tie your laces. This extra space will give your foot more space to move and keep the shoes from feeling too tight across your arches.