About two years ago, I took up running. I loved my new sport and entered several running events. Six months into my new hobby, I went for a run with a friend who's been running for over 20 years. During our run he said I was now a runner (because I had stuck with it for 6 months). Seconds later, he asked me if I had any running magazine subscriptions? I said no. Then while laughing, he said, “well I guess you’re not a real runner then.” I didn't give his comment much thought at the time, but a week later, I subscribed to Runner’s World magazine. After all, I wanted to be a real runner. During the first six months of my subscription, I learned things like what type of shoes I should be wearing for my foot type and stride, and how many miles I should be running each week if I expected to run any farther than 10K.
In November, I received the January 2009 issue of Runner's World. I was thumbing through it quickly, as I normally do, picking out articles that I would read in-depth later and finding online links that I would review. While scanning the pages, I found an online article by Dan Koeppel, titled “Knot Perfect” (2009). I quickly logged on to the Runner’s World website and was shocked to find out that I was in the 50% who tied their shoes wrong. In fact, I had been tying my shoes wrong for almost 40 years.
In the article, Koeppel (2009, p.1) interviews I...
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...at the time, but, in hindsight, I wouldn’t do it again. Bosses tend to not like it when subordinates point out their flaws.
Today, I'm not so fast to point out the shoe-tying faults of others. However, it's still one of the first things I notice when I meet someone. Others might notice a smile, hair, a fancy tie, or even the shoes people wear. Me? I notice laces. If you tied your shoes wrong before reading this, you just might start noticing this fault in others too!
Graham, S. (2009). Fit to be Tied [Knot illustrations]. Retrieved March 31, 2010, from
Koeppel, D. (n.d.). Tie the perfect knot at Runner's World.com. Runner's World: Running Shoes,
Marathon Training, Racing. Retrieved March 31, 2010, from
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