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Confessions of a Novice Runner #3 - Chafing

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
From the moment I got into running, the one thing that I was hyper aware of was chafing. Unfortunately, the only thing I was ever concerned with was my thighs. I have thick legs.  My thighs have always touched. Naturally if there is touching skin and sweat and friction over a period of time, there is a risk for chafing. So I took all the necessary precautions.
  • Moisture wicking fabrics - Check
  • Shorts/pants that provided adequate coverage, flat seems, and compression - Check
  • Body glide or Vaseline - Check. 
I figured I was safe. I was so very wrong. 


First of all...when my girlfriends told me war stories about chafing from their sports bras, I naturally though it was because they were a little more...ah hem...well endowed than I am. I also figured that the whole nipple chafing thing was reserved for men. I was wrong on both accounts. Slightly loose sports bra and eight miles later...


Unfortunately for me, my lessons in chafing could not stop there. During another one of my long runs, my new running tights kept riding up into places where no running tignts have gone before. I didn't find out that I was actually "chafed" until I got in the shower. The warm water hit the "spot" dropping me to my knees where I simultaneously found God and created a new language. Once out of the shower, dried, and dressed...I walked like a cowboy straight out of a spaghetti western to the car and headed to the pharmacy. My go to remedy for chafing is actually Burt's Bees Diaper Rash Cream.  They were out. This is my usual luck.

Lessons learned:
  • Just because you've never chafed "there" before, doesn't mean you never will. 
  • Take precautions - if you don't want to chafe, apply ample amounts of Body Glide or Vaseline or something similar. Seriously, apply to anyplace that you DO NOT want to chafe.  
  • Keep diaper rash cream on hand, or some other type of chafe relief. 
  • Take those new running tights out for a short run before investing in a longer run with them. 
  • Nipple chafing- it isn't just for men. 

11 comments on "Confessions of a Novice Runner #3 - Chafing "
  1. Oh my gosh! I chafe on my legs ALL the time. I have thunder thighs (genetically blessed), but I've also chafed from my iPod case during a long run. It's the WORST!

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    1. I've got the same genetic blessing. Compression is my friend. Holds it all together and helps keep them from chafing. Haven't experienced the gadget chafe yet but considering that I'm a gadget girl, it is only a matter of time.

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  2. I still have a mark on my back from a chafed area... two years ago. My husband actually asked, "What is this from?" the other day. Ugh! Not fun at all. And the water hitting it is seriously THE WORST EVER.

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    1. I still don't get how I chafed without ever realizing it UNTIL the water hit it. OMG. Personally, I haven't scared....yet. Probably jinxed myself.

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  3. Ahahahah is it bad that I laughed out loud for a second?...It is, I'm sorry...but the way you described it was so vivid I could virtually feel your pain (when I don't know what to do I laugh...again sry) But I feel ya girl, during my Half I got some pretty bad underarm chafe from my sports bra...not cool...feel better.

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    1. No, not bad you laughed. I laugh about it all the time. Wasn't funny "during" but now...hysterical. Hoping for chafe free futures for all of us.

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  4. I love reading your blog. You make me laugh all the time! Thank you for the awesome tips. I am now aware of nipple chafing and believe me I had no idea. I will protect my babies :)

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  5. Oh yes! We all go through this! I've been running for years and keep finding new spots to chafe :( Fun times!

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    1. I have come to the conclusion that I need to just be dipped in a pool of vasaline before I run. Naturally, if I do that, I will find a way to chafe an ear or something. UGH

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  6. Fortunately, I'm not much of a chafer...yet. I keep waiting for it to happen. It seems inevitable.

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    1. Fingers and toes crossed that you maintain chafe free running! I don't wish it on anyone.

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