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.
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.