Have you ever wondered about those neon-colored vertical strips of tape some runners and other athletes use? If you have and you’re like me, you’ve probably questioned what purpose it could possibly serve. As a new member to the group of people that would refer to themselves as “runners”, I had to find out.
The use of elastic therapeutic tape, better known as, kinesiology tape or kinesio tape, has been a trend for athletes across the globe. This tape first made its appearance in the 1970s, but has been growing immensely in the last four years. So the questions are: what is it and what does it do?
As a runner, I’m not a stranger to some aches, pains and even injuries now and then. If you’re experiencing the same or are a new runner looking for tips, check out this Guide to Common Running Injuries from the team over at Up & Running. The great part is it's interactive, so click on the infographic below to check out the full version.
I just finished the 5K Race to Wrigley Field in Chicago. Who did I high-five at the finish? Not my best friend or little brother, but Jake, the IT analyst who sits two cubes away from mine. We’re part of the Life Fitness Running Club, which includes 70 other members out of our Chicago area offices.
The club meets on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at noon for runs around the Schiller Park/Franklin Park, Ill. neighborhood as well as Wednesday evenings, and Thursday mornings. To maintain membership we must meet with the club at least 3 times a month, but many of our members meet more frequently and our grove runs range anywhere from 2 to 6 miles long as a group.