So is this gross? I've got to know right from the get go. Maybe I've been running long enough now that things like snot rockets, chafing and losing toe nails no longer disgust me (not that I've lost a toe nail, it just seems like I'm always running into people who do. Wonder if they just need a different pair of shoes? Or perhaps just hanging around me causes people's toe nails to fall off?) But my husband tells me to follow the snot rocket post with chafing is probably just too much for my audience and I'm sure to lose followers.
But these are serious issues for runners, issues that beg discussion. So post away I will and if I by chance offend one of my devoted followers who in turn decide to unfollow me, then so be it. I can not hide the truth in fear of losing a fair weather follower.
You see, my Body Glide (anti-chafing stick) is missing. Well, at least it was on Sunday, when I headed out the door for my 10 mile run. For those of you who are non-runners or haven't perhaps headed out the door for the long haul yet, you might not be aware of what a dire necessity this is. Shorter distances, go out for your run and it's no big deal. But once you start getting up there in miles you learn that what may have been a minor annoyance on a shorter run, is now borderline major injury. For me, it's inner thigh rub but this is by no means the limit of Body Glide's usage. I have serious doubt there's a body part it has not been used on (ok so maybe my husband's right this is gross...better move on).
But the 10 miles needed to get done so the run had to go on, despite the lack of inner thigh protection. The good news was...it was cold (not on the level of freaking cold, I mean I eventually took off my sweatshirt and was running in a tank top. But I will go with pretty darn cold). Cold enough that my legs were semi frozen, so I had the good fortune not to feel the chafing as it happened.
The bad news...when I finished the run and started to warm up, my legs began to defrost. And then it happened...the chafing began to set in. The worst chafing I have ever had. I had to literally walk like some kind of cowboy from old western movies. Delayed Onset Chafing, no chance to ease into the pain....not good. Lesson learned: DO NOT LOSE YOUR BODY GLIDE.
Never fear, I found it since then. It's locked up in a safe and undisclosed location so therefore it will be exactly where I left it when it comes time to pack for Chicago and the BIG RUN.
'Til next time...
P.S. Ran my first race ever with my mom AND sister this weekend. You know my sister, she affectionately refers to herself as RunSis and would also be the one who told both my mom and I that she would NEVER EVER run and we should stop asking. Yeah, that one. She ran her first 5K on a pretty hilly course with some nice wind in her face Sunday AND ran EACH mile 1 minute faster than her fastest mile EVER, smashing her goal time by a minute+. But don't worry, she's beating herself up because she walked for a few seconds twice. Oh and did I mention she only started running a couple months ago and she has never run anywhere other than a treadmill. Go ahead...feel free to smack her around in the comments a little bit here. She deserves it ;-)