Chafing is caused when skin rubs against sweaty skin over and over again. Normally this occurs during the warmer summer months but can easily occur in the colder months as well. There are several different areas that are susceptible to chafing. These are:
- Groin area (mainly men)
- Inner thighs
- Armpits – due to sweat glands
- Under-breast area
Race day Chafing
It’s time to fly my humiliation flag. Guess which one I’m the most susceptible to on race day? That’s right, nipples? “Huh,” you might ask. My chafing was only occurring on race day when the race was a half marathon plus. The culprit for me was my race bib. The extra weight of my race bib plus the compounding of sweat build up on the front of my shirt tugging down which was causing more friction with each stride. What’s worse is that most of the time you don’t even know chafing has occurred until after the race or even the next day.
To eliminate my nipple chafing I simply moved my bib down to my upper thigh on my shorts to help prevent the reoccurrence.
Loose Clothing = more chafing
Contrary to popular belief loose clothing especially shorts can be a contributor to chafing during longer runs. When you wear loose shorts with no spandex or compression tights underneath you’re exposing your body to skin versus skin rubbing which ultimately can lead to chafing. The key is to minimize any type of possible skin rubbing.
- wear spandex or compression clothing
- Apply anti-chafing lubrication such as Body Glide or Chamois Butt’r Original Anti-chafe Cream
- Try to stay hydrated
- Keep dry
When you sweat and you’ve not hydrated adequately the sweat quickly starts forming sweat crystals due to evaporation. The salt crystals form an almost gritty like sandpaper further causing more chafing and more pain. Keep your areas dry and keep hydrated to prevent salt crystal formation on your skin
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