It’s October and that means we are right smack in the middle of marathon season. I, myself, entered The Akron Marathon last week at the last minute. To my surprise, I did not blister or have any bathroom problems nor did I have any thigh rubbing thanks to good ol’ Vaseline. However, I did not know until after the race that there were some other places I should’ve greased up. Talk to enough marathoners and you’ll learn of all kinds of weird places you might chafe!
1. Your upper lip. This one usually happens in the winter for me. I always keep a travel case of Vaseline in my car for post snowy miles. If you are not careful though, you could end up with a Hitler stash like I did one winter after a botched lip wax and a jog in 19 degrees.
2. Anywhere that touches sequins. Especially avoid running in any tops covered in sequins. Although I didn’t chafe here during last week’s race, I was dancing one night in a tank top adorned in sequins. When I woke up the next morning, I thought I had caught some funky skin rash on the dance floor. So next time you decide to run in a spangly tutu, beware!
3. Under your boobs. Doesn’t matter if you are an A or DD, you’re still at risk due to sweat, skin type, and the lovely sport bra. But the more important question here is why do men’s nipples bleed more than women when running?
4. Your lady parts. Ugh! No bueno! This can be a big problem when wearing tights in the winter. The fix: Lube the crotch of the offending garment or as recommended by fellow Salty runner Jasmine, cover the area with 2 inch 3m transpore medical tape before embarking on your journey.
5. Your butt crack. This one is actually more common than you think after I conducted my unofficial survey and research. Turns out anyone is at risk on a hot day with many miles. Another reason why this is common? Well, we runners often have bathroom problems before and during races. Sometimes wiping all the way is just not an option. And so, yeah. You get the point. Better add some diaper cream to your lubing routine!
Have you had any experiences with chafing in these areas? What are some your chafing horror stories?