With blogging comes great responsibility but it also comes with great opportunity.
I got the amazing opportunity last week to interview a running legend, Meb Keflezighi. KT Tape held an event over at Chelsea Piers to introduce their new line of products with 4 of the best USA Olympians from a variety of sports including volleyball, Swimming, Gymnastics and Running.
What is KT Tape?
If you are not familiar with KT Tape it is an elastic sports and fitness tape designed for muscle, ligament and tendon pain relief and support. It is super popular and I often see it on most runners at all of my races throughout the year. They have so many amazing new products that we got to learn about and experience including:
KT Tape PRO EXTREME™: an elastic sports tape for pain relief and support in extreme conditions. PRO EXTREME is made of KT Tape’s exclusive synthetic material, engineered for maximum durability with our strongest adhesive for the ultimate adhesion.
KT Recovery+™ Recovery Patch: specially designed to reduce swelling and inflammation from muscle injuries and its accompanying pain.
KT FLEX™: specially engineered to provide more effective comfortable support for weak or injured knees. KT FLEX is for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, or those recovering from injuries who want extra support for knee joints without the bulk and restriction of a stabilizing sleeve.
KT Recovery+™ ICE/HEAT: KT Recovery+™ Ice/Heat Compression Therapy System, interchangeable ice and heat packs, is a new way to treat muscles for peak performance or to speed recovery from a challenging workout or injury.
Interview With Meb
From what I have seen and heard in the press, Meb is a really nice guy. I am here to tell you, it’s all completely TRUE. He is so completely down to earth and approachable, you would never think that he has WON the Boston Marathon or will be representing the entire United States of America in RIO 2016–he was just a guy who loves to run and happens to be REALLY good at it.
Check out the interview below!
Q: You have one of the craziest interview/appearance schedules out there, how do you manage it?
A: The beauty of my sport is that you can do it from anywhere. This morning I had a full day and I got up at 5:30, I did my 12 mile run, I had my headlamp on–I’m not usually one of those crazy people but I was one of those crazy people today! Sometimes it’s just less sleep and get it done.
Q: where do you run when you are in New York City
A: I run in Central Park, I love that place. That’s the beauty of running, I had my jacket, my tight and my gloves–my gloves never leave my backpack. Just in case.
Q: I know you have your big Olympic appearance coming soon, are there any big changes that you are making to your regimen?
A: the big changes is simply recovery, as you get older you get a lot more aches and pains, and I’ve been using my KT Tape regularly since my UCLA days. I used it in Boston 2010. It’s important to take care of the leg muscles especially for recovery. Those muscles, supporting all of them becomes so important. But recovery is so important for me I just gotta stay healthy and consistent training–I’ve run over 100,000 miles. Actually 2 weeks before the trials my posterior tibialis got inflammed and I had to use KT Tape for recovery.
Q: when it comes to KT Tape do you have a few certain weak spots that you use it? I know you have had a lot of injuries as a runner–or do you use it on an as needed basis?
A: Usually it’s as needed but I have used it on the hamstring, the adductors, and the knee especially if I have a little tendinitis. You can cut it and put it on your knee as needed.
Q: as a mere mortal runner who is older you are the inspiration for us who wonder if we can really keep doing this–what tips do you have for us?
A: Do the small things. This morning I got up earlier to run, we can all accommodate our schedule as necessary. If you are running a 10-12 minute mile take a mile off your plan for the day and use the 6 minutes before and after to stretch. A lot of the times we all want to go go go but it’s important to stretch the calves and the hamstrings and nutritionally you know? Don’t wait until you get hungry to eat. Eating throughout the day is best. And obviously sleep is important (How much sleep do you get?) im good with 6-7 hours. When my wife was expecting she would urge me to take naps and I’ve had more naps since we’ve had kids.
Q: Do you train your kids to run?
A: I do train them to run, I teach them mechanics and my middle daughter she want to be like me–she eats what I eat, and she does all the planks and the push-ups. I don’t try to force them but my youngest who is 6 years old just asked me “Daddy can you run with me when I get back?” And I told him that I would love to do that just make sure you do your homework!
Q: Do you think your kids are runners?
A: I think they are runners. They definitely have the background. I try to help them as much as I can. It all starts at home, if you are active with the kids then they will be active as well. Usually every parent says “Stop running around!” But we are meant to move–we just need to provide the environment for them whether it’s the backyard or the park or even just going around the block.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not running?
A: I love to spend time with my mom, dad and friends and family. I also love to read autobiographies. (What is your favorite autobiography?) the autobiography of Coach John Wooden. Everybody has a struggle so it’s about seeing how they overcome it and be the best they can.
Q: When you are on the last leg of your race, what’s going through you mind? How do you get yourself to mentally be like this is it, I’m almost done?
A: You know it’s going to hurt, you know you are going to struggle, but you Have to work on your form, stay upright, the sooner you get there the sooner the pain is over.
It was such a great opportunity to interview Meb! Stay tuned for Part 2 of my KT TAPE experience where I interview volleyball champion Kerry Walsh!
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Did you learn anything new about Meb in this interview? Have you ever used KT Tape? What would you ask Meb if you had the chance?