Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Famous last words (and more TMI)


Going along with the theme of things you never knew about running, the topic for today is another unmentionable: chafing. Unfortunately, the increased friction of body parts rubbing onto body parts plus a little moisture (ie. sweat) can cause an uncomfortable condition known as chafing. Thankfully (and for reasons not quite understood, since I've got an extra 20+ pounds of "body parts" rubbing together on me) I'm not much of a chaffer (is that even a word?) But, it has been known to happen . So, I picked up a wonderful item at Fleet Feet called Body Glide (see picture at left).
It comes just like a stick of deodorant, and you basically run it all over the places on your body that are likely to chafe. It lubes things up, and eliminates the friction that can lead to painful chafing (keep your minds outta the gutter people!)
But, like I said, I rarely have the need for my Body Glide, and it rarely gets used. So, when I set out for a 15-miler the other day, I had a passing thought that maybe I should put some on. But I was already out the door and didn't want to go back. I reminded myself that, "self, you rarely chafe anyway, so you'll be ok."
But, you see, I wasn't ok. I had made a crucial mistake when putting on my running clothes: I had put on an old sports bra. So old in fact, that it was from the pre-baby days, when I was about 30 pounds lighter and the sisters were several letters lower in the alphabet. Now why I put this particular bra on, I have no explanation. My laundry was actually caught up, and I had better options. It was dark while I was getting dressed, so maybe I can claim night blindness. Regardless, there was some extra "friction" going on that I normally don't experience during my run.
I actually completed my 15+ miles without realizing my mistake. In fact, it wasn't until I got into the shower, and the stinging water hit my breasts, not unlike thousands of tiny needles. Its was agony. Boob chafing is by far the most painful kind of chafing (well, that a woman can experience. I can imagine that there may be something worse, but luckily I don't have to parts to ever find out).
I don't think I'll be making this mistake again.



**Why the heck can't I fix this spacing??

11 comments:

Ruhiyyih Rose said...

"the Sisters were several letters lower in the alphabet" made me spit coffee everywhere! LOL!!!

I LOVE that stuff. Yes, muy importante!

Misty said...

Okay, referring to the alphabet when talking about the twins....purely genius! I hope your "irritation" heals up quickly and thanks for the hot tip on the chafing stick.

Tiburon said...

Ouch. Love the sisters. Unfortunately for me - mine are "the boys"

Julia said...

Ouch. I've never had that experience because I don't think I have anything to chafe in that area, but I got a nice little rub-burn between my legs at the beach. I tell myself it was cuz of sand in my shorts and not that my legs were rubbing as I ran...

Lindsay said...

Sorry, but I can top that one. I did a brick on Saturday to get ready for the tri and I put on my new tri shorts. You don't wear underwear with tri shorts and I got chaf so bad on my er, uh...vag that it was bleeding, YOWZA!! And like you, once I got in the shower and started to wash, oh my....

Body glide is the best, but who knew to put it...there!

Lindsay said...

Wait, how come I can always relate to you on your TMI posts???

Heather Keele said...

I loved the part about the time when the "sisters were several letters lower in the alphabet" - nicely put. Isn't that the truth? I miss my old (lower letter) bra size *sigh*. I've never heard of this stuff - I should tell my hubby because he complains about chafing when he goes hiking. Is that a TMI?

Thanks for the TMI - so helpful! ;)

Christie said...

Ok Lindsay - you definitely win! And I love that you can relate to my TMI posts - it makes me feel so much better about myself :)

Lynita said...

All I can say is your poor sisters! I unfortunately know the pain that is associated with wearing bra that is few letters shy, but chaffing that sounds horrid! My girls seem to want to sing the whole alphabet song right now, 3rd baby I guess! I dread what my nursing girls are going to look like... aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!

Chelsea said...

Oh man, ouch. That reminds me of that scene in The Office when Andy's nipples start chafing during the Fun Run and he ends up bleeding everywhere.

Mindi said...

two words for you: owww.wwwww.

sorry, me no likey the chafe--that's why i abstain from running 15 miles. but i admire the brave ones who do....