I’m Thinking Out Loud about why people are so resistant to taping and why it’s such a godsend to me. And how I think I’ve finally figured out that nail polish remover actually kills my nails. And TOLT wouldn’t be a TOLT without a furkid photo, of course.
The Catch-22 of Taping
I am constantly surprised at how resistant runners are to using kinesiology tape. Course I resisted at first too. And then I tried it; I had never felt so good after a half!
Since that day, several years ago, I have taped all sorts of areas of my body.Sometimes multiple areas. Sometimes my husband has to help me (ever tried to tape your back?). The goal is always to strengthen your weakness so tape is no longer necessary, of course, but without tape, I doubt I would be running. Not kidding!
Sometimes it takes a while to figure out the best way to tape a body part, and while it never causes further damage if you get it wrong, it can cause some aches.
I tried running with a knee brace, by the way, and while that did help, I found it that it locked my knee into a certain position, and that didn’t allow me to make the minor adjustments I need to make while running — tape does.
Like with my ankle. When it first started to bother me, it didn’t bother me during a run, only after. Then I started taping it, but I was only guessing. It helped, but eventually, it began to bother me during the run, sometimes afterwards, and then feel pretty good the next day.
Even after I got some guidance from the chiropractor, it was still bothering me sometimes during the run, but getting better all the time.
Then I finally made a slight adjustment and voila! It felt fine to run on. Usually fine the next day, too. Often it felt almost completely normal and that led to my forgetting to tape it altogether for one run last week. I was quickly reminded it wasn’t back to normal yet, but I must say, I bounced back from a hilly race where I worked hard this weekend with virtually no pain.
I wish I could say the same of my elbow (where I’ve had tendinitis for years) . . . .
The Last Wash?
I remember last year, I kept doing what I thought of as “the last wash” for my thermoball jacket. As in I won’t need this jacket again this season. And I kept repeating that last wash, because I kept needing it.
I performed what I hope was my last wash on the thermoball last week. I’m pretty sure I won’t need it again this year, but you never know.
And Speaking of Clothes . . .
I took a trip to the mall, and stopped into The Gap. I swear they have the best sales. Ignore the crazy hair and very weird facial expressions. I’ve sort of mastered the selfie, but not the dressing room mirror selfie, apparently.
Anyhoo, I bought the sweatshirt on the left. What you can’t tell is that it has a subtle sparkle. And it was $6.
I didn’t like the sweater on the top right (also sparkly, btw); much too boxy and itchy to boot. I was pretty sure the dress on the bottom right wasn’t going to fit — it was a M — but I figured for the price, I had to at least try it on, right? I have the same dress in a light gray, but in a much thicker material; I love that dress. I love dresses all summer long!
Sadly, it was, indeed, a M and therefore way too big on me; I couldn’t find it online, either. I might have to stop at the Gap in the other mall. I tend to be an XS in Gap dresses; I find they run large, usually.
The Nail Destroyer
I used to think that my nails became very brittle in winter. They seemed to do just fine this winter, and I attributed that to the mild winter.
Until I had my nails done for my birthday, and a week or so after I removed the polish all my nails started to break. I now think it’s the nail polish remover!
Senior Moments are Getting Out of Hand
I plugged my ipad in to charge it up when I went out for several hours last week.
Or so I thought.
When I came back, I saw that I had, indeed, plugged the charger in. Except I hadn’t plugged the charger into the Ipad.
Have You Ever Made a Balsamic Reduction?
Basically, you simmer balsamic vinegar until it thickens. And I screw it up every time. It doesn’t look like it’s thickening so I cook it way longer than it’s supposed to cook, and I end up with balsamic candy almost.
It still tastes good.
Maybe I’ll learn next time.
You’re Leaving Me!
This was the face Lola made last week before I stepped out to do a neighborhood run. I’ve been doing most of my runs outside the neighborhood the last few months.
She was like what, no kong?
I Ran a Half Marathon Relay, Did You Hear?
Outfit fail: I did not need that jacket and it spend the entire race wrapped around my waist, but thankfully it didn’t bother me on a very, very hilly course. Hoping to have my recap up this weekend.
Outfit fails? Cooking fails? Spill!
I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her: