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Tight Calves? Get them Ready to Race!

Friday, May 02, 2014

Hey RIF REVers,

Friday again! Had a lot of runners asking me questions about tight calves. One of our guys had some soreness leading into Noosa half last week and I just wanted to show you how to tape them for a race. There are a number of different options of how to do it. You can use rigid tape which I have shown you before or you can try K tape. The stretchiness of the K tape will allow for full range and feel good while you’re running. Rigid tape is more supportive but it can have a tendency to lock movement up just a bit. So race wise, if you have a little tension this can be useful. Remember with a long race you might want to use the adhesive spray to make it stick. If you don’t have any, just wash the skin thoroughly with soap then dry it fully. Moisturiser and oil are the mortal enemies of tape, it will just peel off. Also make sure you lay the edges of k tape on no stretch. If you stretch it from the start or end, it will come off as well.

I like K tape for the more subtle support roles. There is a time and place for both. Give this a go, it’s a good addition to compression socks and they can be used together. 

I am off to celebrate the 1st birthday of Cleveland parkrun tomorrow. Wearing red for the Redlands. Looking forward to it. Made me think of the year I spent in Redlands California as a kid. Fun!

Hope your week is good RIF REVers!

Talk Monday,


Warning: This blog is intended as a starting point for runners to understand their body and begin to address weaknesses and tension that can lead to injury. It does not constitute advice and is not a treatment tool. If you have any health condition or injury whatsoever, check with your personal health care practitioner before attempting any strategy listed. Use at your own risk and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort.



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