Lube me up baby!

Posted on April 3, 2012

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I wrote this post last year but after my run today thought a repost might be in order!  I headed out around 10am so late-ish I guess but you can definitely feel Summer is on the way … I was running in the desert sands up towards Jumeirah Village Circle then an attempt at a ‘shortcut’ home ended up with my having to climb a few fences, scale a wall and tackle a giant flowering Rhododendron … I did however return through the golf course so the perfect opp to run though the sprinklers and cool down!

Summer for runners signals the dreaded arrival of two hideous side effects … chafing and SES (stinging eye syndrome) caused by sweat.

And as they’re both so vile in their own right they both get their own little low-down below:

CHAFING

Chafing is when your body rubs continuously (for hours) and it feels like burning or a sharp sting. Very annoying and very painful. If you’re a girl, the prime spots are your inner thighs and under your bra straps. If a boy, the nipples. If either, your crack. (Sorry – no point holding back)

I’ve found myself screaming every time I’ve got in the shower this week; the spray hitting my open wounds is like having a scalding cup of coffee thrown at me.

I know some people swear by Body Glide which is like a roll on deodorant stick which you rub to the affected, or potentially affected area. It does work, sure, but in my experience not terribly well, especially when running long distance or in the heat we have here.

What does work though … the miracle lotion, the magic potion … is good old Vaseline. It’s not water-proof people say, but smear it on like butter and it works a treat.

Administering it, of course, can cause some hilarity and I guess embarrassment, if you’re prude. I have no doubt, if I have any insomniac peeping toms for neighbours, who happen to look my way before the crack of dawn (no pun intended), that they might wonder what they’re missing out on!

Other than that,

  • always wear moisture-wicking, breathable fabrics … have I mentioned adidas apparel before?!? The best of the best in terms of performance and style; fashion meets form meets function
  • stick with tighter clothes … yes I know we’re in a Muslim country so I don’t suggest you opt for hot pants but threads that sit close to your body will be less problematic than baggy kit

SES

In this weather we sweat. A lot. The sweat drips in our eyes, stinging them profusely and impairing our vision. In fact, when I popped into a shop this morning for a drink stop, the man at the counter thought I’d been crying. Now I know I don’t help myself here by wearing mascara when I run but surely, if it’s waterproof, it should be just that. The feeling is akin to your eyeballs dancing with shards of glass.

In my quest to find a cure, once again, it seems Vaseline is the miracle cure. Anja suggested it when we ran on Wednesday and I tried it this morning. Just a streak across my forehead, just above my brows … and it causes the sweat to run along the streak and down the side of your face instead.

Other options are:

  • wear a headband … a little reminiscent of the 80’s I know but retro so rather cool (I wear Sweaty Bands and LOVE them!)
  • wear a visor and or shades … adidas of course ….
  • or wear a good old cotton bandana

So now that Summer has reared it’s hot head once again, I have a newfound respect for this miracle grease … not only as a skin softener or a brow enhancer, not only as a cheek highlighter or a lip moisturiser but now as the miracle material for summer runners.

No more shower-side screams … no more sweat-induced streams, instead the cream of all creams, the lube of all lubes.

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