OK, so I sheepishly mentioned some knee pain during my trip to Florida. It was a bit of a surprise and frankly annoying. I did cut my miles down to 49+7 miles on the eliptical that week, but ended up running 70 last week. With some pain. But not much.
A while back I purchased some kinesiotape from REI. Frankly, I am very skeptical of all runner gimmicks: ice baths (particularly in line of current research which shows that icebaths actually prevent muscles from getting stronger because it reduces inflammation, which is the body's way of getting stronger; unless I am injured, I am off the ice!), ART, Graston, kinesiotape, you name it. I am going to pay money for something if I know its efficacy is documented by science. Except the kinesiotape was cheap and pink and I could not resist. And when one is injured, the need the science kind off goes down the drain (at least for me, unless we are talking really expensive or dangerous procedures).
So 2 Saturdays ago I had 13 miles with 6@ HMP and I knew I needed to get the run done. I pulled out the tape and followed the directions on the box for "full knee support". The moment I put the tape on I felt coolness in my leg and absolutely no pain. Boom! I could not believe it. The knee had a bit of pain during the warm up, but it went away and I had no issues during that run and subsequent runs. I kept the tape on until Wednesday morning. I wore stalkings at work so took the tape off (vanity, vanity!). That day I had nonstop knee pain. I was getting worried. I got home, put the tape back on, and boom, no pain. I now had 3 runs with absolutely no pain, and am thinking of waiting a couple more days before going tapeless. Not sure what to make of this. The research is lacking. What I know for sure is that I will be taping any little niggle I might develop, as I learn what are things I can (knee pain, ITB, ankle pain, back pain - all things I was successful in managing in the past without taking a break from running) and can't (e.g., bone issues such as shin splints/stress fractures) run through.
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