ask a runner: what to do for chafing?
posted: May 21, 2010
I am training for my first marathon and as my miles have increased, I have been having painful chafing in the bikini area. Is there a product or clothing that would help alleviate this problem? – Kelly
I have been running for 4 years now and I am starting to struggle with my sports bra chafing. I have never had a problem in the past but when I do a longer run I am chafing underneath. What kind of running bras do you recommend and how is the best way to care for them?? Thanks, Jill
a runner responds
Kelly & Jill,
Chafing can be so uncomfortable; I feel your pain! I have a combination answer to these questions: Bodyglide and good gear. “Bodyglide” (www.bodyglide.com), is a neat little product that applies just like deodorant. You can put it anywhere on your body (bikini area, inner thighs, armpits, man parts, etc.) and it will not sweat off. It’s also mess-free and invisible. Just slide some on in the areas where you are prone to chafing before you dress for your run, and it will be your new best friend! If you have an existing raw spot due to chafing, a little polysporin with bodyglide over top should help ease the pain during your run.
Although Bodyglide will help prevent chafing, I also have certain shorts and tops that I know tend to give me more chafing than other pieces due to their stitching and where the seams lie on my body. Unfortunately, this is found through the trial-and-error method. I have my go-to shorts that I know fit my body well that I always sport for my long runs (the Run:Speed Short), and I have an awesome bra that I love to wear for my long runs as well (All Sport Bra). Remember that rain will also increase your chances of chafing, so even if you are not headed out for a long one (and your are prone to chafing), load up on your bodyglide and get out there!
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