I originally said that I really liked KT Tape and that it helped me out a lot with alleviating the pain I was feeling from my IT band. Back story: I started using KT Tape back in December when the pain from some IT band trouble was making it difficult and oftentimes impossible for me to continue running. It hurt and it hurt badly, and with Dopey on the horizon I needed something that was going to help get me through the next few weeks of running and the Challenge itself.
The tape helped. During the marathon, my right knee (which had originally been the one that bothered me) stopped hurting and I was able to get through the races. The problem was that as I passed each mile marker for the marathon, my left (untaped) knee kept getting worse. By the end I couldn’t bend my knee anymore.
In April, I ran taped for the Nike 1/2 and at the end, I definitely felt the twinge in my left knee going down stairs, but was able to walk normally and I (in my entirely unscientific reading of the situation) attribute that to the tape.
Over the last 5 months the pain has come and gone but returned with a vengeance during the Brooklyn Half Marathon two weeks ago (where, due to a defective roll of KT Tape, I couldn’t get the tape to stick to anything so I had to go tape-less). By the end of the half marathon, I was in the same situation I found myself in during the WDW marathon in January: I couldn’t bend my knee and compensating for that pain meant I was getting new pains in my right leg. So this is why KT Tape was the subject of many an angry Twitter message.
@KTTape I am so incredibly pissed at you guys right now. I cursed you for 12 out of 13.1 miles yesterday.
— nicole (@paradeinpink) May 18, 2014
Surprise! The tape became kind of a crutch and sometimes masked the pain but wasn’t doing much to actually eliminate the underlying problem. I’ve now sent out KT Tape samples to two different people like some kind of drug dealer, but I honestly think it’s made it possible for me to run.
Having said that, though, I also think that the tape use helped me in the short term and is coming back to bite me in the ass in the long term. I didn’t address whatever the problem is that was causing the pain in the first place, and I don’t know about anyone else but I don’t want to spend the rest of my life dependent on this glorified duct tape and its magical properties. Brooklyn taught me that. If something’s wrong and I want to be a long term runner I need to address it with more than just a Band Aid.
So the moral of this story is that yes, I think the KT Tape helped me keep running, but using it and dulling the pain shouldn’t stop you from addressing whatever is causing the pain in the first place.