Chafe No!

Blisters sure, ankles rubbed raw, blackened toenail, but a chafed underboob? H to the No!

Earlier this summer I experienced some mild discomfort and redness where my running bra rubbed in what I call the “underboob,” but it quickly did its thang and went away. But as of last Saturday that little bit of redness became full out chafing of the underboob in which I say “CHAFE no!”

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The Office. Andy chaffing during their 5k event.

I was actually in the middle of my 5k race when I started to feel it chafing. It hurt and I hoped that it was sweat I was feeling and not actually blood remembering what happened to Andy in the Office when they all ran the 5k! Thankfully it wasn’t my case, but it did make me smile until the finish line.

By the time I got home and checked the “under-goods” it was pretty epic… Raw skin, and I mean raw (first layer gone and red red red). Like an amateur I showered normally, and experienced intense burning and swearing, but hey I showered! Afterwards, I dried off and once again like an amateur I covered it with not one, but THREE (due to its size) band-aids. Before bed I thought I’d let it air, and took the band-aids off and it felt more like a waxing. That skin was SO sensitive, and not only was the chafing still raw but now I had major redness from where the adhesive of the band-aid was! A couple months back a fellow runner advised I put tea tree oil on raw skin to help with the healing process. I thought alright now’s my chance! Dabbed a few drops on a cotton ball, swiped it across, and it burned (and not in the gleefully anticipated burning man kind of burn).

Day 2: Still ouch. Thank you rest day!

Day 3: I decided to skip the band-aid route and stuff kleenex down my bra to “pad” the underboob. During break at work I thought maybe it’d be smart to walk over to the local running store to pick up some Body Glide (an anti-chafe) balm to help comfort it and avoid the chafe in the future. When I got back to work, I literally had to peel the kleenex off my skin. So yeah kleenex wasn’t the answer either. The balm didn’t feel good going on. All I could think was, “Please, I can’t go to the doctor about my underboob chafing! I have my sisters wedding at the end of the week. This will get better!” I knew there was no way I could train for my half marathon today either because this wasn’t working. Luckily the balm allowed the kleenex to be removed without peeling at the skin, but it still looked rather raw and red.

Day 4: The hubs did me a favor and grabbed some gauze and medical tape. So this morning before work I balmed, gauzed, and taped myself up! No running today, but I did get a great 1 hour walk in during my dinner break. I’m going to be kind to myself today and call the walking my “cross-training” for the week, but I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to do a split run tomorrow (morning 3 mile and evening 3 mile).

So my chafe story is…

to be continued…

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