A couple weeks ago I got an email from KT Tape asking me to fill out a survey, the reward for which would be a 50% discount code. Sold! I knocked that survey out and, the moment my code arrived, I pounced.
But there was one conundrum: how much KT Tape should I get? It can be so hard to tell, pains and injuries being the fickle unwanted guests they are. I’ve had some hip muscle pain (possibly IT band related? Oh no, not again*) lately, so I knew I’d be using tape for the foreseeable future, but I wasn’t sure how much tape that required. What if I bought too much and it went bad?
Wait, does KT Tape go bad? I went straight to the experts.
So there you have it. I bought 6 rolls in a rainbow of colors and it felt good. Not as good as, say, not having an injury in the first place, but I guess pretty colors are the next best thing?
P.S. Not sure if the 50% code is technically shareable, but I bet with some internet sleuthing you can find it for yourself…
* Scientists theorize that if we knew whythe petunias thought this, we would understand a lot more about the universe as a whole.
Well, to be clear, I am definitely stiff and sore in areas. I do think I have some imbalance areas to correct. And my inner knee did hurt the tiniest little bit for a hot second the next day. But any pain was all gone by Monday. Nothing wrong with me now that a little rest and some stretching can’t fix, baby!
And on that happy note, let us proceed to the workout recap:
Sunday | ran 5.08 miles outside in 50 minutes
Monday | walked 2 miles outside in 35 minutes; 55 minute ballet class
Wednesday | ran 3.21 miles outside in 30 minutes
Thursday | walked 2.13 miles outside in 35 minutes
Skipped ballet to do laundry and prep for my race weekend.
Friday | rest
Drove down to North Carolina, stopping first at UNC Wilmington for bib pickup and the race expo. I’d say it’s a medium-sized race, and it has a medium-sized expo to match, but several local businesses and running stores were represented. I grabbed my bib and bought a couple energy gels, but mostly I wanted lunch so I didn’t linger long.
Another season, another training cycle. My rest weeks post-MCM and Wine & Dine are coming to a close, but the training cycle for my next WDW Marathon is just now revving up! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Workout recap, put a bow on it: Sunday | Wine & Dine Half Marathon, 13.42 miles in 2:18 according to my GPS watch Also a bit of walking around WDW after, but we had a pretty chill day post-race so not as much as usual. Monday | walked around Disney’s Animal Kingdom And then left WDW that night. Blerg.
Monday | 55 minute ballet class A lil’ bit of knee pain popped up, but not nearly as bad as last time.
Tuesday | walked 2.1 miles outside in 35 minutes
Wednesday | walked 2.11 miles outside in 35 minutes
Thursday | walked 2.34 miles outside in 40 minutes; 55 minute ballet class
Friday | ran 5.43 miles outside in 55 minutes
Saturday | rest
The Marine Corps Marathon bearing down on us all can only mean one thing: Wine & Dine race weekend is just around the corner too. And I mean just: my Magic Bands have shipped and everything. Still waffling on whether to purchase a two-day park ticket now or wait until arrival… if only I could see the new pricing tables in advance! (HA.)
So it’s been a mixed week. I got to go to the beach on Friday! But we ran into another bedbug issue. (Fear not, we have it under control. After all, we know what we’re doing. >D) I successfully ran 20 miles, but now my knee hurts. I discussed it with my ballet teacher, who’s really good at anatomy and suchlike, and she counseled heat, stretching, and massage, so we’ll see how that goes.
She didn’t mention wine as a potential cure but I might try it anyway.
I suppose they can’t all be winners, while at the same time not being losers. Or something like that. Anyway, here’s my workout log:
Sunday | rest
Drove back from the Outer Banks, which didn’t leave much running time.
Monday | ran 7.16 miles outside in 1:15; 55 minute ballet class
One of those rare runs where I wasn’t necessarily particularly speedy but I felt great. Weee!
Tuesday | walked 2.03 miles outside in 35 minutes
Wednesday | ran 7.14 miles outside in 1:15
Thursday | ran 3.06 miles outside in 30 minutes
Keeping it short and sweet in preparation for Sunday’s 20 miler.
Friday | rest
I drove over to Ocean City, MD to hang out with Pat’s family. I had to telework most of the day, which was unfortunate, but I did get to take a long lunch and go for a walk down the boards, so.
Saturday | rest
It occurs to me that I never got an email about the race from the 20 Miler people. I guess as far as they’re concerned, if you didn’t remember you’d registered you didn’t deserve to participate.
Well, I guess that’s unofficially it. Per the post-Labor Day embargo, summer is over. Balls.
While I prematurely mourn the loss of all that blessed heat, I must admit I have much to look forward to. A half marathon this Sunday, for starters. And then the beach for the week. And then a wedding and the Marine Corps Marathon and the Two Course Challenge at Walt Disney World!
So at the very least there’s something to train for. Like this:
Sunday | ran 7.15 miles outside in 1:15 Despite dropping my phone on my pinkie toe the night before and briefly fearing I had somehow managed to break it in this idiotic fashion, I got a run in all the same. (Said toe was pretty much back to normal a couple days later; I’d merely bruised the top. Whew!)
Monday | walked 2.06 miles outside I had the week off from ballet between semesters. I had grand plans of doing some more ab and arm work with Pat, but we went to the bar instead. This pattern persisted all week. What can ya do.
Tuesday | ran 5.3 miles outside in 55 minutes
Wednesday | ran 5.14 miles outside in 55 minutes
Thursday | walked 2.13 miles outside in 55 minutes
Friday | ran 5.19 miles on the treadmill Oh, summer half-day Fridays. I’ll miss you and the afternoon treadmill speed runs you allowed.
Before diving into the week in review, a quick housekeeping note: back many years ago, when I shared this blog with my girl Moon, we developed two keywords to demarcate our solo posts: Just Jenn and Just Moon. Although Moon left the blog a long time ago, I’ve been continuing to mark most posts as Just Jenn, even though by now that’s going to be a given. Not anymore – the keyword is officially retired. I expect this to have zero impact on anyone at all ever, but I wanted to make note in case unforeseen confusion arose.
As far as you know!
With that out of the way, let’s take it to the workout log:
Sunday | ran 5.1 miles outside in 50 minutes Since the Twilighter 8K was a mere 5 miles, I chose to run another 5 the next day to complete my usual long run in two parts. Unfortunately, this proved to be overdoing it – I wound up with a bum knee for no clear reason by the end of the run which followed me into my day…
Monday | 45 minute ballet class … and into the next. My knee still unhappy, I skipped my usual walk and modified or skipped some of my usual ballet moves.
Tuesday | 30 minutes of arm and ab work I wanted to learn from my past mistakes and really give my knee recovery time, so I skipped my usual run and horned in on Pat’s workout instead. Among other things we really worked my arms, which are historically about as strong as a T-Rex’s if that T-Rex is made of spaghetti. Active rest days aside, I’m hoping to incorporate some of this work into my regular workout schedule in the future.
Wednesday | 40 minute hip hop dance class (theoretically) My hip hop dance class turned into an almost exclusively workout class; the instructor got caught in the Metro and since we got a late start we mostly ran through more ab exercises. That’s fine with me; I’d rather do a million crunches than perform hip hop dance steps. I’m mostly just paying lip service to trying things outside my comfort zone. >D
Thursday | ran 3.32 miles outside in 35 minutes; walked 2.06 miles outside in 35 minutes After a successful series of jumping jacks the night before, I taped the bejeezus out of my knees and tried a quick run – and it worked!
Friday | ran 5.26 miles outside in 55 minutes; walked 2.13 miles outside in 35 minutes Still doing a-okay. Now please knock on wood for safety.
Saturday | 20 minutes of arm and ab work Pat and I got up early to get in a quick workout before heading off to a David Byrne concert. His suit was the regular size. (David Byrne’s, I mean. Not Pat’s. Pat wore a t-shirt.)
Oh, man, I can’t believe it’s never occurred to me to tell you guys about this before! Well, I have told you about it before. But obliquely. You need the details.
Q: What the heck am I pattering on about?
A: Taping your IT band!
Your IT (iliotibial) band, for those who are uninitiated (lucky you), runs along the hip and knee and is vital to stability while running. But I’m not a doctor, so I’ll just leave this Wikipedia article here. I mean, I assume Wikipedia is a doctor.
It kinda helped, but even with rest I was going into the marathon with trepidation. Enter my hero: the lovely guy who taped me up at the Baltimore Marathon expo’s KT Tape booth.
Yes, he was an official KT Tape representative, and you would assume he would perform all his tapings in the official KT Tape manner. I know I expected it. But lo, a miracle – instead he did this:
And OH MY GOD, guys, it helped. It helped SO MUCH. Indeed, so much did it help that by the time I finished the marathon my IT band had stretched itself out with such perfect support it was cured. (My other one was a different story but whatever).
Turns out, he WAS using an official KT Tape method, more or less – just not the most obvious one. While the video above is labeled “IT band pain,” this one is more generically “outer knee:”
The funny thing? The original video now links to the outer knee video. But neither video is quite right, because my expo guy inserted a twist. He added an additional piece of half tape at the top, and with 100% stretch to boot (see above photo).
Said the rep when he taped this bit: “This is the only time I ever place tape with 100% stretch. It’s so that when the full strip pulls it has something to brace against.” Or something like that. The point is: only 100% stretch this piece! One more thing: last time I got my IT band taped at the KT Tape booth, at the 2018 WDW Marathon, the employee did it in the original, not as good style. I ended up taking it off and putting it back on my way. Don’t be afraid to specify the style you want!
Disclaimer: As I said, I am not a doctor. I’m not even a licensed professional of any kind. I’m just a girl regurgitating something I learned once. Follow my lead at your peril!
You can read the workout log that immediately follows, or you skip below to the part where I make an impassioned plea for your help. Choose your own adventure!
Sunday | 10.32 miles outside in 1:45
Monday | walked 2.12 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class
Tuesday | ran 5.27 miles outside in 55 minutes The Crash & Burn Part 2. Somebody left a loop of wire in the middle of the sidewalk and in the early morning gloom I didn’t see it, tripped, and fell – not too hard, but hard enough to scrape up my knee. But never mind my knee – I RIPPED A HOLE IN MY SECOND FAVORITE RUNNING TIGHTS. Do you think I should sue the city or…?
Wednesday | ran 5.26 miles outside in 55 minutes
Thursday | walked 2.35 miles outside in 40 minutes; 60 minute ballet class
Friday | ran 5.08 miles outside in 55 minutes
Saturday | rest
Anyway, on to the part where I beg your assistance. As you know if you’ve read my race plan, I’m running the Wrightsville Beach Marathon on March 17. This involves, among other things, a minimum 5 hour drive down there and 5 hours back. Naturally I’m going to need a lot of audio entertainment and I’m thinking podcasts are the way to go.
So: which are your favorite podcast episodes? To be clear, I don’t just want to know your favorite podcast (although that’s a start). Hit me with the best episode of it you’ve ever heard. I want nothing but hit after hit after hit!
Of particular interest are running and Walt Disney World, of course, but I’m willing to open my horizons if you have other ideas. Thank you very much lots!
Three words: STUPID IT BAND. Yup, my old injury has reared its ugly, ugly head. Mind you, I probably shouldn’t’ve run a 14 miler when I suspected something might be up with it again, but it was on the schedule, okay? WHAT WAS I SUPPOSED TO DO??? (Rest. Right. Yeah. Whatever.) The good news is – and I’m gonna go find a giant hunk of wood and knock on it eight to twelve times – the judicious application of KT Tape, an extra rest day or two, and slightly curtailed mileage seems to have tamed the beast. Here’s hoping it keeps up; I don’t want to run another marathon injured. Sunday | ran 5.12 miles on the treadmill in 50 minutes Cold and rainy weather drove me inside, so I made a speed run out of it. Monday | walked 2.06 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class Tuesday | ran 5.26 miles on the treadmill in 55 minutes Oy with the weather already!