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:
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.|
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!