I see people walking around with KT tape and my first thought is, “douche bag” usually followed by, “asshole” and “sucker.” So I was saying this stuff to myself in the mirror this past Sunday while I tried to follow the video online for taping up an IT band problem. Super awkward. I may have even tweeted something along the lines of…
In my defense, the run had hurt so badly (hence the typo) and visions of my weekend filled with 4 races flashed in front of my eyes so I was desperate. And I knew they had been selling this stuff at TJ Maxx for a discount so I could try it and not pay retail. Did I mention I was desperate and in serious pain? Not enough to pay full price, mind you, but still.
I headed to the Georgetown TJ Maxx and found a roll hidden behind some shake weights and yoga blocks in their workout section at the back of the store. It wasn’t any of them flashy colors, just beige, so it basically looks like a giant bandaid.
Thanks to a super busy work week (like I-carried-around-and-constantly-checked-my-blackberry-like-a-huge-asshole busy), I’ve only gotten in two 5 mile runs that were completely pain free. If we’re being scientifically fair I should state the following disclaimers:
- I have avoided running downhill, which is usually what triggers the problem in the first place.
- It’s come and gone to the point where the fact that my knee is not hurting now is not indicative of anything, really.
- I started stretching more regularly. Like legit stretching, not just bending over to pick up the M&M I dropped on the floor; I even seriously put some thought into strength training. I even did a whole 5 minute video once. So, there’s that.
Those first two caveats lead me to think that maybe the tape isn’t what’s working, A co-worker who stopped running because of IT band and knee problems just looked at me, shook his head, and said, “placebo,” to which I responded, “I’ve got another marathon in less than a month–I’ll take the placebo and literally run with it.”