June 26, 2013

KT Tape to the rescue

As many of you know, I've been struggling with some IT Band and knee pain issues over the last 2-3 months.  And more than likely, the two are interrelated.  I've been diligent about cross-training, icing, strength training, stretching and foam rolling.  Unfortunately I still notice a little discomfort now and then.  My knee trouble has plagued me since my high school swimming days, no doubt a bit of an overuse-type injury.

Many people have suggested various things and one was consistent - KT Tape (aka Kinesiology Tape).  I've seen people taped up in the bright colors at various races and figured I would give it a go myself.  My therapist used to tape my knee in high school as well.  I checked their website for local retailers who sell the pro version of the tape, which comes in all the fun colors.  I was excited to learn that quite a few local drug stores have it.  I picked up a blue roll and promptly tested it on a training run.  I ran relatively pain free.
Relaxing after a neighborhood run, all taped up
The website has some great videos with detailed instructions to guide your application.  I've tried two or three different knee taping arrangements (both on my knee and IT band) and have found one that seems to work best for my knee.  I've worn it for training runs and races alike.  I think I'm a convert!
Rocking my pink tape at the Run for the Dream Half
Marathon earlier this month
Have you ever tried KT Tape?  Any tips for getting it to stay 'stuck' in the sticky summer months?

**Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for the information in this post.  All opinions are my own and I wanted to share my new found running helper!


  1. I pretty much swear by KT tape. I got IT Band Syndrome about 6 weeks before the Princess. I got taped up at the VA Is for Lovers Expo and I was hooked. Bought my own, watched the videos. (But that didn't stop me from knocking people over to get in the KT tape line at the Princess expo.) I don't usually tape for training runs these days, but if I am racing, I am taping.

  2. I have never tried it before, but I have heard many people swear by it! I hope your knee and IT band pain go away soon!

  3. I tried it for my last half in March and unfortunately it made no difference in my IT pain (and it was BAD!) I did tape it differently (the small X's on the side of the knee), so I may try your configuration next time around. Here's to getting the heck out of Bad Knee Land!:)

  4. I like to apply hair spray to the area I'm taping to keep it on during the warm/sticky weather.

  5. I love KT tape. I swear by it when my arthritis flares up. I don't know how it works, but it does!

  6. I love my KT tape, I have achilles tendonitis that will NOT go away and it makes running bearable!