Last weekend’s 5-hour joggling jaunt left me chaffed in a few spots I forgot to treat with Body Glide. But my pain is your gain because it inspired this list of all the spots you should treat BEFORE going on a long run or even a short one.
Key Spots to Cure Chafing
We’ve previously discussed chafing and ways to handle it. Unfortunately, we didn’t talk about where you most likely will get chafed, until now. These are in no particular order.
1. Nipples – Yeah, these worthless vestiges of sexual differentiation (at least for guys) stick out just enough to rub on your shirt. Where there’s rubbing there’s chafing. Make sure you lube up. I’m not sure if this is as much a problem for women but for men, it sucks.
2. Birthmarks – Like nipples, these things are equally useless but painful when they chafe. Body Glide up any marks on your torso where your shirt might rub.
3. Waist – You know the spot where your shorts wrap around your waist? Lube it up. That bit of elastic mixed with sweat and motion can leave a nasty burn for a long distance juggling runner.
4. Armpits / Side Torso – Jugglers and runners both swing their arms. Your armpits make it possible. They also get painfully chafed if not treated. Make sure you treat all the way down your side. This is especially important for jogglers as the juggling can sometimes cause your arms to rub on your side.
5. Neck / Collar – While you love that lightweight, reliable and stylish running shirt, you aren’t going to like the chafing burns you can get around your neck and collar bone. Apply a ring of Body Glide around your neck where shirt touches skin.
6. Inner Thighs – Back in 1997 I started wearing Spandex instead of regular running shorts. My good pal John Kelly frowns on this but I don’t care. It stops the inner-thigh chafing and I recommend it to everyone. If tight running shorts are too much for you, you can wear another pair of shorts over them or make judicious use of Body Glide.
7. Equipment holders - The iPod you’ve got strapped to your arm or waist is great for keeping you entertained and distracted from the pain of running. However, those straps can cause a terrible case of chafing. Put some Body Glide wherever a strap touches (or might) touch skin.
8. Ankles – If you wear higher socks then you could get a little chafing just above your ankles. It’s good to lube this just to be safe.
9. Butt Crack – Ok, maybe this is just a little too much information. However, marathon running isn’t always pretty. You don’t want to go for a couple of days feeling a burning pain in your butt crack every time you step. Just keep clean and use your hand for application. You really don’t want to apply it directly from the package as you would to the other place.
There you have it. Practical tips to keep your skin feeling smooth and chafe-free.