Thursday, May 19, 2016

Wisdom From The Running Store: Part Three

This is the third installment of my monthly blog series Wisdom From The Running Store. Each month I take questions either emailed or tweeted to me and answer them for all of you. This series is to show you that everyone has questions, I'm just happy to be able to help!

This question is from Teil. It's a good one!

"Summer is coming and so are shorts. Let's talk about chafing."

Yes Teil, let's talk about chafing. Guys, chafing is real. Everyone chafes. Some just chafe in different places. Most commonly people will chafe between their legs from the friction of the skin rubbing and the sweat together. I chafe under my bra band, which is a whole different experience if you have never felt it. 

There are two ways you can deal with chafing. One is Body Glide. 

Body Glide goes on like deodorant. Simply apply it to your problem areas and continue with your usual activities. Fun life hack, if you are going to be running in the rain - put Body Glide on your feet to prevent blisters. 

Vaseline will also help during a race if you start chafing. Usually they are what is on the pop sickle sticks when you run by a med tent. Reasons why you are told to not eat what's on the sticks. 

The other product I have used to help with chafing is baby powder. Back in the early 2000s when I was in high school, we would use baby powder for our chafing issues. I would also put it in my sports bra to stop the sweating. Hey, girls gotta know these things! 

In short, everyone chafes. Don't let anyone tell you they don't. In the summer, Body Glide and baby powder should always be with you. You never know when you will need it! 

Thanks Teil for the question! If you have any questions you would like answered please ask! You can email me or tweet me your questions. I'm always happy to help!  

How do you combat chafing? Any other tips?


  1. Yes Body Glide is heaven sent! I had a horrible chaping experience last year at RnR Chicago (before I used body glide). After screaming in the shower, I decided I would be using Body Glide for all future runs LOL

  2. Oh yes. No one forgets their first nipple chafe. lol