I don’t know about you I’ve chafe so many times. There has been so many weird red blotches all over me, ranging from my inner thighs, under my arm, or right under my breast, that painful to touch. Chafing is so uncomfortable and it is pretty embarrassing when people notice them.
Luckily, I seem to have (mostly) nailed down my routine for beating the chafe!
1. Body Glide
Before every run, I put body glide between my thighs, under my arms, under my bra straps, and anywhere else that I’m suspicious of. If I’m out of body glide, I swear by Lady Speed Stick deodorant. I’ve used it in place of body glide for a (rainy!) half marathon and no chafing!
2. Compression Gear
I have one pair of shorts that I have yet to chafe in. They’re the length of bike shorts and because they’re compression, they stay put. They do not move and because of the length, it keeps my inner thighs from rubbing together.
3. Choose Your Fabric Wisely
Do not run in cotton. I repeat, do not run in cotton. You want fabric that will wick the sweat off you as being wet can leave your skin vulnerable to chafing.
4. Remove All Tags
Tags can be the worst when it comes to chafing. It might not bother you the first 10 minutes but you never know after an hour. On a similar note, loose threads should be cut. I’ve noticed that even the smallest loose thread, like I’m talking a cm, can be the most annoying feeling in the world. It may not chafe you but it will annoy you!
When in doubt, slap a bandaid on!
QOTD: How do you beat the chafe?
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