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Archives for the day Monday, April 12th, 2010

I recently took a field trip to a running store, leaving Alameda to visit the Road Runner Sports store in Concord.  This little adventure occurred last Monday (April 05), and I made a purchase just after 12:00 p.m.

After arriving at the store, I was greeted by Jenni, who asked if I needed any help finding something in the store.  I told her I’d like a pair of running shoes, and would like to be properly fitted for the new pair of shoes — the process begins with Jenni learning a bit more about my running history and my summer goals.

Once done with the brief number of questions, I stepped on a floor mat designed to measure arch type, foot shape, and pronation tendency.  Then it’s time to get on the treadmill and jog normally for about 30 to 60 seconds, which also analyzes your pronation tendency, arch type, heel strike location, midfoot, and other vital information. Read more… »

Kinesiology tape, a practical use

Kinesiology tape sounds like a magic potion or snake oil.  How can sticking a piece of tape on your sore leg help?  I can’t answer that but it works for me.  I use it all of the time because I am always injuring myself from over use.

The websites from the two big guys in kinesiology tape are Rocktape and KT Tape”.  They are the two brands on my computer desk for trial purposes.  I have a sore ITB from cycling too hard before a moderate run and a mild pull to my groin from weight lifting.

After applying to both areas, I noticed immediate relief.  It does take a little more practice to get the correct application on the groin area even though it looks easier to apply.  I like to use the tape because it seems to help speed recovery and it reminds me that I am injured and I should rest the injured area. Read more… »