Sep 25

The Chafing…. It Hurts Me

I did my long run today.  I wanted to get out early and be done before lunch rather than running later in the afternoon like I usually do.  I headed out at just before 10AM, not as early as I would have liked, but I got wrapped up with a couple of work things.  Initially, my legs felt pretty tired and sluggish from my bike ride yesterday afternoon.  After a couple of miles I found my stride.  For the most part, I felt great.  I had good leg speed and wasn’t feeling overly tired. 

At mile 11, this changed for the worse. That is when the chafing began.  Ugh, I thought.  I knew I forgot something.  I forgot to Sportwax my legs.  (Full Disclosure: I know the owner of Sportwax).  However, I have never had a chafing issue when I remember to use Sportwax.  According to their website: “Sportwax is a natural, beeswax-based formula that guards against rashing, chafing and skin irritation that come from physical activity and athletic competition. Sportwax is hypo-allergenic, waterproof, and long lasting. Unlike petroleum jelly, Sportwax isn’t messy or heavy, and it won’t damage clothing or equipment.”  I highly recommend Sportwax for anyone that has chafing or skin irritation problem.  I might even try and get some free product from them to use in a give-a-way.

So, there I was,  11 miles in, no Sportwax, with plenty of miles to go.  Time to HTFU and push on.  Step. Ow. Step. Ow. Step Step. Ow Ow.  It was another 6 (painful) miles until I was back home.  Looking at my splits, it doesn’t look like I let the pain slow me down too much.

My slowest mile (9:21) was on the Calvin Cross Country course. 
It is amazing how much running on the grass slowed me down.

After I got home, I took a quick sit in a cold water bath tub to hopefully help my legs recover quickly.  Now that I am clean and swass-free, it is time to get some stuff done around the house.  We’ll have to see how this goes as I hobble around like a cowboy.

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1 comment

  1. Tricia

    great run.. sorry you forgot the sportwax (if it makes you feel any better, I forgot my chamois cream for my 112 mi bike and boy do I wish now I had remembered it !)

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