Posts Tagged by KT Tape
|August 27, 2013||Posted by Running at Disney under runDisney Races, Running Gear|
I’ve been asked by a few people who are getting ready for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend what I pack for big race events. It has taken quite a few races to get that nailed down, but I think after having traveled for 8 different race weekends I finally have a pretty solid packing list. SO I wanted to share it with you to help you a long to way if you are struggling with what to bring.
Now this is subjective for everyone, but here is what I bring when running multiple races in a weekend:
- 2 Pairs Running Shorts –I stick with my favorite Bermuda Shorts from Moving Comfort
- 1 Pair of Capris – Also from Moving Comfort and better for shorter runs where I won’t be so hot
- 3 Running Tanks – I will only run in moisture wicking tanks tops, so I go with my favorite 3 at the moment
- 3 Sports Bras – I currently have different bras for different distances, so I go with what I think I’ll need
- 3 Pairs of Sport Underwear – If you haven’t noticed, I love ALL moisture wicking materials, even for my underwear! These are a must have! No one like soggy undies…
- 4 Headbands – I can’t run long distances without my Bondi Bands. They are thick enough to hold all of my wispy hairs back and they are also moisture wicking which is a super bonus for me!
- Hair Ties – A given for anyone with longer hair…
- 3 Wristbands – I LOVE this thick wristbands from Under Armour that helps to wipe away my sweat during a race!! I won’t do any type of exercise without one.
- Fuel Belts – For half marathons or longer, I run with 2 fuel belts (strange, I know). I love my Amphipod for it’s large water bottles and storage pocket for all my fuel. I also like the iFitness belt to hold my phone and race bib so I don’t have to pin it to my shirt.
- Gu – Chocolate Outrage has always been my go to fuel. I always bring enough with me for all the races because you never know what will be available at the expo or on the course.
- iPod Shuffle & Headphones – I need some sort of music to keep me going, but always keep the volume low!
- Garmin – Even though I’ve been using my Polar RC3 GPS lately to watch my heart rate, I’m much more comfortable with my Garmin Forerunner 405 for races.
- KT Tape – I often suffer from posterior shin splints, so I always bring my KT Tape to avoid any issues during the race.
- Body Glide – I always apply generous amounts of Body Glide in any areas that I think might chafe…under my sports bra, along my waist, my inner thighs…it’s a MUST!
- Sunscreen – This is definitely needed for morning races. You may be starting off in the dark, but that sun rises quickly!
Things for the Feet
I need to bring a variety of shoes during a race weekend. Yes, there are my running shoes but there are a few other items that are a necessity to keep my feet happy!
- Running Shoes – I always wear my running shoes on the plane whenever I travel for a race. Who knows what could happen to your luggage while traveling and the last thing you want is for your shoes to get lost. You can always buy new clothes at the expo, but shoes are a different story.
- Park Touring Shoes – For Disney races, I always bring a separate pair of shoes to tour the parks. My Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0s are my favorites for just walking around.
- Flip Flops – These are a necessity for after the race. I usually check a pair of flip flops at bag check so I can take my sneakers off right after the race.
- Socks – Good running socks are key and I love my Balega Enduro No Shows. And for walking around, my go to socks are the Reebok CrossFit No Shows.
- Blister Care – Blisters are a runners worst enemy! Before each race, I cover my feet in Dr. Scholl’s BlisterDefense to help prevent any issues during the race. I also bring blister bandages with me incase any do form.
- Foot Wheel – This little gadget is great for soothing tired feet and hardly takes up any room in your luggage.
Post Race Necessities
Recovery is very important while traveling, especially if you plan on touring Disney parks post race or if you are jumping on a plane shortly after. You want to be comfortable! Here’s what I bring with me to make sure my tired legs recover as quickly as possible:
- Compression Gear – I swear by my compression gear post race. I basically live in my Zoot compression sleeves and Aspaeris Pivot Shorts. It’s like a nice hug for your legs 🙂
- Comfy Post Race Outfit – I typically sport a maxi dress after my races so I can wear all my compression gear underneath with ease!
- The Stick – Great for rolling out tight muscles.
- Stretch Strap – Helps to get some deep stretches and really helps with my tight hips.
- BioFreeze – This usually isn’t needed, but I bring it just in case!
- Tylenol/Motrin – Self explanatory…
That pretty much covers all my race needs. It’s a lot to pack and bring with you, but I always like to have all my bases covered. Hope this was helpful as you get ready to race!
Do you have any race weekend necessities that I left out?
|August 12, 2012||Posted by Running at Disney under RAD Reads, RAD Recaps, Weekly Review|
Another big week of runDisney news! The new 2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon medal was revealed, which brings us even closer to the big reveal of the 20th Anniversary Marathon medal. I’m thinking it will be coming on Monday or Tuesday, so keep checking back here for more info.
Let’s move onto some RAD Reads, shall we?
Running & Fitness Posts
Kimberley Michelle goes Color Run-ning with her daughter, who is seriously too cute for words!
I Dream of Running takes a look at what all those miles give back to her. An interesting and reflective look back…man this girl is fast!
The Unlikely Competitor recaps the ET Full Moon Midnight Half Marathon which takes place on the Extraterrestrial Highway near Area 51. This looks like such a fun race and the medals are super cool!
Run With Jess completed the Oshkosh Spirit Triathalon, her very first! Congrats Jess on getting out of you comfort zone!
Eating WDW shares some fun new shirts in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot. I think my favorite is the Goofy shirt…what’s yours??
Da Mouse presents an amazing 11-part photo update on the new Fantasyland Construction. This is fitting since the opening dates were just revealed this week!
Blue Sky Disney reports on new updates to the Avatar project at Disney’s Animal Kingdom including possible names, attractions and various other concepts. Looks like this is finally starting to take shape.
Touring Plans contributor Guy Selega, Jr. visits the Ronald Regan Presidential Library to view The Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives. This is a great photo tour of some amazing artifacts.
Disney Bound shares photos of this incredibly cute couple who visited Walt Disney World dressed as Carl & Ellie from Up!
Also make sure to check out my post this week on WDW for Grownups about how there is a runDisney Event for Everyone.
This week I started my On Ramp with CrossFit Milford and I’m loving the challenge! Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for 4 weeks and they teach us the proper form for all the moves we will be doing in the regular classes and ease us into the workouts. CrossFit brings you back to the basics of fitness by using your own body weight for many of the exercises and simple weights for the rest. The Box (a nickname for CrossFit gyms) is very basic with no air conditioning and no fancy machines. It’s located in an industrial area in a large open room with garage doors wide open to the parking lot…makes those runs during workouts easy! On Thursday I did my first deadlift and according to the coach, I had fantastic form. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would touch a barbell, let alone do a 65# deadlift. I’m loving being able to push myself and do things I never dreamed, and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s workout will bring! However, the lack of air conditioning is making me rethink the choice of doing this in August. 😉 You can get full reports of all my workouts over on my DailyMile page.
Here’s my full week of training:
Monday: CrossFit – 1 hour
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour
Saturday: 3.16 mile run
I finally got in a run this week. I had been resting my legs from horrible posterior shin splints and after 8 days I felt like it was time to get back out there. I mentioned last week that I has bought some KT Tape and I thought this was the perfect time to give it a try. I followed the video instructions on their website to apply the tape and was instantly amazed at how it changed the positioning of my foot. The tape seems to pull the front of my foot down a bit and relieved some of the pressure on my shins. When I went to run, I had no pain…at all! I couldn’t believe it. I’m sure the rest, rigorous stretching, ice and cherry juice I’ve been drinking this past week have helped, but I was still shocked. The tape is meant to stay on for a week and is waterproof from showers. I’m going to keep it on for a few days and see how it goes. I’m just happy to get some relief!
So that was a great week! I’m feeling really strong and excited about getting into the best shape of my life. Slow and steady wins the race right?? Have a fab week and keep moving!
|August 5, 2012||Posted by Running at Disney under RAD Reads, RAD Recaps, Weekly Review|
August?! Say it ain’t so! The summer is going by so fast. It’s been hot and humid here in the Northeast…perfect for sitting in the air conditioning and catching up on some RAD Reads!
Running & Fitness Posts
Fit2Flex shares the truth about her workouts. If this girl hates her workouts, I don’t feel so bad about hating mine.
Eating (and Drinking) Around the World reports on new menu changes at Tutto Gusto. Wine flights and larger plates to share are some of the included additions.
Main Street Gazette takes a look at some fantastic vintage EPCOT Center postcards. This is a great prelude to the 30th anniversary!
Touring Plans contributor Kristen Helmstetter shows us her Favorite Disney Water Park Attractions. I haven’t been to one of the water parks in almost 20 years…I think it’s time for a visit!
DisDining explores the Top Ten Healthy Meal Options at Walt Disney World. These are some great options!
Compared to last week, this one has been uneventful. I’m continuing to fight with the pain in my lower legs, which after some research I’ve figured is posterior shin splints. The pain was so bad this week that I had to walk almost a mile home when out for a run because I couldn’t take it anymore. Ice temporarily helps the pain, but as soon as I run again it comes back. The key to preventing this and avoiding pain in the future is to strengthen the muscles in the area. There are simple daily stretches that I will be doing to hopefully avoid serious injury. I’ve also seen a lot about KT Tape and how it helps with this particular ailment. I’ve ordered a roll and will be testing that out as well. So please don’t laugh when you see me walking around with purple stripes on my legs 😉
Here’s my week of exercise:
Monday: Spinning – 1 hour
Wednesday: 3.12 mile run
Friday: 2.62 mile run
Saturday: CrossFit Intro Class – 60 minutes
Tomorrow begins my On Ramp with CrossFit. I attended another intro class this weekend and I’m even more excited to get this started. The classes make me feel strong and I can’t wait to get even stronger! Have a great week!
Have you tried KT Tape? Has it worked for you?