There have been moments in my running life that have given me pause and led me to think, “Well now you’re really done it. You’ve crossed the threshold from running enthusiast to nut job.” There was the day that I decided, for no particular reason, to run a marathon. There was the day that I ran 22 miles when I planned on running 11. There was the Run for the Fallen run that started at about 3 a.m. in the dark while the rain poured down. And the list goes on.
Today, I have reached a new milestone. As readers of this blog will recall, I have been suffering through a nasty runner’s knee since last November/December. The problem has recently taken a turn for the worse. As a result I have been wearing a little brace most of the time. Then, last weekend some of my running friends recommended KT Tape. I went out and purchased a couple of boxes. I taped my knee up for a run and quickly discovered that tape + hair + sweat = tape falling off. About a mile into my run, most of the tape was flapping from my leg. By the end of the run, the tape was gone.
So, I concluded that for the tape experiment to work, I’d have to shave away the hair from around my knee. Now one might think that shaving part of one’s leg would not be a big deal, especially for someone who shaves his head. But, one would be wrong. Afterall, my degree is in communication and not manscape design. A real trooper, I set my fears aside and hacked away. What emerged was a strangely smooth and soft leg, especially sponge-like given the swelling.
I taped the bad boy up and seven hours later, the tape REMAINS! I have to admit it looks strange, especially when considered alongisde a very hairy leg. I wonder if people will believe that my knee has cancer? I just hope that I don’t end up like Seinfeld in episode where he experimented with shaving his chest.
I’ll let you know if the tape holds for 12 miles. Happy running!