Highlights from the World of Running
Study: New research shows that applying KT tape with light tension can reduce pain
Over the last decade, Kinesio tape has become popular among athletes and sports rehab specialists to help alleviate the pain from some injuries. Over that time, several studies have been done to assess the tape’s efficacy, with inconclusive results. A recent study took another stab at the topic and determined the tape is more than just a placebo — as long as you use the appropriate amount of tension. The study concluded with finding KT tape as a helpful tool to keep recovery in check but also warned to be mindful of how much tension is used when applying it. The maximum benefit from the tape is possible only if it is applied properly. Read more here
How Shalane Flanagan Ran Six Fast Marathons in Seven Weeks?
Four-time Olympian and NYC marathon winner Shalane Flanagan came out of retirement to run six of the Abbott World Marathon Majors in one season. She ran Berlin, London, Chicago, Boston, Tokyo, and New York in a seven-week span, in a project she called Project Eclipse. If you are like us, you will be curious to know how she was able to run all of them successfully? Interestingly the endeavor is not as well planned to the T as we assume. Here is a detailed account of how she finished project Eclipse, the ups, and downs; right from goal setting, planning, nutrition support, and more.
Ethiopia’s Berihu Aregawi and Ejegayehu Taye shatter 5K world records
2021 has been the year of world records. On the final day of the year, Ethiopian runners Berihu Aregawi and Ejegayehu Taye broke the men's and women’s 5k world records respectively. Aregawi ran 5k in 12:49 to beat Joshua Cheptegei’s previous record by two seconds. Taye ran 14:19 over 5K in her second road race as a professional. Read more here