Thursday, December 29, 2011


I've been experiencing shin pain on the inside of my right leg.  I have felt this pain for some time now, but have been trying to ignore it.  The pain is tolerable, but annoying... most of the pain.  There have been runs (more lately) that the pain is just not good.  I know I should be resting my legs because of this pain, but I find it so difficult to do so because I have gained more weight during the holidays... more than I would like.  I know... not smart.  I had no idea what was wrong until one of my dailymile friends mentioned he was experiencing the same pain as me.  I did some research and figured out this annoying pain is called posterior shin splints.

I received a sample of KT Tape in one of my Christmas presents and thought I'd give it a try on today's run.  Running with Charlene raves about it.  The KT Tape website provides a million and one videos on how to apply the product... how awesome is that?!? This is the video I was (several times):

Here's my application:

Something I learned: When applying KT Tape, do not try to pull it off and reapply it.  It doesn't stick very well the second time around.

The directions stated to wait at least one hour before starting activity.  I pulled up my compression socks which was a little tricky, but I figured it out.  After the hour passed, I hit the asphalt.  I could feel a difference almost right away.  I decided to run 5 miles.  During these 5 miles, I did feel discomfort... some it was very little while other times it was the exact opposite.  Even with this discomfort, the KT Tape did make a difference throughout the run.

The "5" is for my 5 mile run.
Side note: Yes, it's December 29th and I wore a short sleeve shirt and shorts! 

5 miles = 48:46 minutes
Average pace = 9:46 min/mile... Excellent pace [for me]  even with the pain

I have been wondering if my [newer] Brooks Adrenaline 12's are just not right for me anymore.  Are they causing my posterior shin splints?  Is it time try another stability shoe?  Purchasing new shoes [again] will not be in the budget for a little while, so I need to figure out a way to minimize the pain.

I decided to hit up Big 5 Sporting Good stores to pick up some more KT Tape.  The box came with 20 strips for $12.99... which would last me about 2 weeks.  Hmm... this could get expensive.  I was looking around the store at other stuff when I stumbled upon a neoprene sleeve that helps alleviate shin splints priced at $16.99.  I tried it on and it felt good.  I decided to go with this instead of KT Tape because the sleeve can be reused over and over again.... I just hope it helps!  I asked about the return policy and they said as long as I save my receipt and return it in its original packaging, I can be refunded.  Good.  If it doesn't work, I'll return it and get the KT Tape.  So here I am...

I'm going to wear it during my run tomorrow (directions state this can be done).  Crossing my fingers it works!

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