Sunday, June 2, 2013

K is for a 5K and the Kinesiotape that made it happen

A few months ago, one of my running buddies from church told me about the Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown race series. I had just run my first 5K of the year, and I was up for a challenge.

The first race was a "nighttime" 5K downtown. When we left home, I wondered what in the world I was thinking when I agreed to a race in June. Since it was nearly 100 degrees, the run was a lot tougher than my normal early morning runs.

I was running without using my iPod to calculate my pace and even without keeping track of the time on my watch. In the end, I finished at just under 29 minutes on the clock -- a chip time of 28:47.

The next race should hopefully be a bit cooler, but I'm pretty sure it's not going to be any easier. On Labor Day morning, I'll be running the very hilly eight mile loop through the Saguaro National Park.

During my past runs, I've worn a small strap under my knee to help prevent (or reduce) knee pain. It worked fairly well, but the band is a bit uncomfortable when running in hot weather. This weekend, I tried using Kinesiotape to provide the support I need. It worked wonderfully, and I'll likely be using it often.

The bright blue spot of tape on my leg may prove to be quite a fashion statement this summer.

I'm linking this post to others that are on the letter K in our Blogging Through the Alphabet series. It's still not too late to join us on this round -- jump in anytime!

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