I swear to you that this is NOT a paid endorsement.
After my very nearly 5K on Thursday, I was a bit worried about my foot. It seems a lot better today, so tomorrow’s run will tell about that, but on Friday night my knee started bugging me. I mean, come on, I’ve been doing kettlebells for 10 months now and my only injuries have been a broken toenail and some minor bruises. I’m not worried about my knee screwing up my running. I do like running, don’t get me wrong, but if a knee injury sidelines me from doing kettlebells I will be utterly LOST. So The Hubs and I stopped by Dick’s Sporting Goods on Friday night to pick up a knee support wrap. I grabbed a PERFORMTEX Adjustable Closed Patella Knee Support. It’s a thermal compression sleeve that velcros on so it’s adjustable. Unfortunately, it also didn’t do much. I wasn’t out any money at all because I’d used a gift card from my birthday, but it retails for $12.99. I’m not saying it won’t work for some people, just that it didn’t work for me.
Sunday morning I wore it out grocery shopping, and as we were leaving our downstairs neighbor Karl mentioned that he’d had success using a copper compression sleeve for his elbow bursitis, and highly recommended it. He said the magic words “I don’t believe in that stuff, but I put it on and a few days later my pain was almost gone.” As usual, I was skeptical, because I’m always skeptical of the As Seen On TV stuff. But Karl said they were only ten bucks at Boscov’s, so I figured what the heck? I grabbed a size medium CopperWear sleeve for my knee. I didn’t wait but put it on in the car before we wandered around Walmart for a while.
Let. Me. Tell. You.
Within maybe 10 minutes I realized that my knee almost didn’t hurt anymore. I was, as the British say, gobsmacked. This morning I wore it during my workout, as Monday’s kettlebell workout involves a lot of squats. Well, my knee felt FINE the whole workout! Sure there’s still a bit of twinge here and there, but I kid you not, it’s made a huge difference. I guess the real test will be tomorrow morning’s run. I’m thinking I may just wear it during the run, to see how it goes. I don’t know how it works or why, but it seems to be working quite well, so I’m going to continue to wear it for a few hours a day and see. Whodathunkit?!