So I’ve got a little product endorsement here: When my stress fractures hit me this summer I began to go to a physical therapist. At the end of my first session he asked me if I’d ever used Kinesio tape. No, but I saw it at the Olympics. I’m really skeptical about all this stuff by the way. I’m really not an easy sell – on anything, not just sports products. But I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try. I honestly can’t say what it is, or how it works, but whatever it does it works.
I got myself taped up at the expo for the Marine Corps Marathon (in the last hour the expo was open). It was well worth the 45 min wait in line (which goes really quickly when you make friends). I was taped up better than my PT ever taped me up, and I seriously credit this weird tape with helping me run pain-free that Sunday. My only complaint is this: By mile 5 the tape was seriously falling off my legs, and I almost worried about tripping on it if it did. Before the expo I stupidly put body lotion on my legs, but I was sure that all the alcohol I rubbed on my shins while standing in line took that off. The tape is supposed to be waterproof (I’ve even swam in it before), so I don’t know what happened here. Either way, I wish I trusted myself enough to learn how to tape my own legs. But I think my sandwich theory applies here: Just like a sandwich is always better when someone makes it for you, it’s better to have someone else tape your shins.
Did I mention the KT Tape booth will be at my marathon in Pittsburgh on May 2nd? 🙂