Injury, Kit, Running, Training

Ouch! Chafing

There are some things that runners only talk about in small groups.  We huddle together, whispering about our dark secrets.  You might hear the occasional word “nipple” “blood” “vaseline” “toilet”.

This week one of running’s dirty secrets hit me hard – the dreaded chafing.  I didn’t feel it as it was happening, but at the end of my 14 mile run I had a swollen red line at the top of my leg that was unbelievably painful.  Now I have to work out what caused it and how to prevent it.

Chafing happens anywhere your skin is rubbed.  It can be on your chest, legs, feet, anywhere!  If I run in a vest I get it at the top of my arms where my underarm rubs against the sleeve hole on my vest.

Chafing can be a problem if you’re running regularly as it needs time to heal.  I had to cut short my last run because the chafing I’d picked up the day before was so painful.

The runner’s best defense against chafing is Vaseline.  It’s not glamorous, but rub it all over any spot you might chafe,  There are some runner specific lubricating gels, but I’ve not tried them – if you have, let me know what you think.

If you get chafing during a race, look out for first aiders by the track with their hands stuck out – those hands are probably full of some kind of petroleum jelly.

If it’s too late and the chafing has already happened, try Sudocrem.  It’s not just for babies bottoms – it will help you to heal more quickly.

Running…it’s all about the glamour!

Running, Training

Week 9 Training

Here’s the log for week 9:

  • Monday: jog 20 – 1o minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (legs), 10 minutes home
  • Tuesday: swapped a session of sprints and recovery for a 40 minute spin class
  • Wednesday: jog 45 – but see my notes below
  • Thursday: run 75
  • Friday: jog 20 – 1o minutes to the gym, 1 hour weights (shoulders), 10 minutes home
  • Saturday: supposed to be a rest day, but had an impromptu weight session instead
  • Sunday: 11 mile run

So I made some changes to the plan this week, not all of them intentional!  Wednesday was meant to be a 45 minute jog.  I set off in an absolutely foul mood after being utterly let down at work by an incompetent supplier, so it was more of a run than a jog.  I then paused my Garmin while I waited at traffic lights, and forgot to turn it back on.  Garmin time – 29 minutes.  Husband recorded time when I got home – 55 minutes.  Maybe rage is the best accelerant.

Saturday was my rest day, but the husband’s gym had a special promotion.  If Andy Murray won the Wimbledon semi-final, he could take a guest for free.   So Saturday morning we got up early and did some weights and core stability.  David Lloyd’s is a very nice gym, but I prefer Energise (and it’s half the price too).

Sunday was a fab steady 11 miles, the husband paced me again and we averaged 10.01 minutes miles so I’m well pleased with that.  It was super hot and I managed to get chafing where my arm rubbed against my vest – another area to smother with Vaseline next time.  My only ‘aargh’ moment was when I realised that 11 miles isn’t even half way!  More distance required 🙂