How To Avoid Nipple Area Chaffing When Running
I still remember the very first time I viewed a marathon and waited at the goal viewing the runners come in after running 26.2 miles. I wondered at the strength & power numerous of them had coming in to the surface after running the range. However I likewise remember a couple of sorry looking souls running in wearing the memento marathon t-shirt stained with blood from their nipple areas to their waist band. I have no idea about you, however I do not desire my finish-line photo to reveal me bleeding from the nipple areas!
Now the subject of nipple chafing is mainly a guys's issue, because many women run with a sports bra that provides adequate protection versus this unpleasant injury. And it typically does not come up on brief runs. I constantly take precautions when running higher than an hour.
If you do not wish to suffer chafed or bleeding nipple areas, here are some suggestions (excuse the pun):.
Suggestion # 1 - Eradicate the Cotton.
Many runners understand that cotton is not a friendly running fabric. It soaks up wetness (aka sweat) and ends up being rather abrasive and aggravating when damp. Wetness management fabrics - such as coolmax - wick wetness far from the skin and do not end up being as abrasive as cotton when damp. Keep your cotton wear for after the run, when you require some warmup clothing and enter wetness management fabrics for running.
Suggestion # 2 - Lubricate.
There are a variety of lubricants - one popular with runners is BodyGlide - that go on the skin and help to avoid chafing. This one comes in a stick form like an antiperspirant and is simple to use. Some runners swear by good old made vaseline. Lubricants work by letting the fabric glide over the skin as well as provide a little an obstacle versus abrasion. Understand that these body lubricants will have the tendency to wear away in time and may have to be reapplied after an hour approximately. So - if you choose to use a lubricant on a long term - you may have to carry it with you so you can keep ahead of your sweat!
Suggestion # 3 - Physical Barriers.
In addition to wearing just moisture management fabrics when running, I choose to wear a physical obstacle versus abrasion on my long terms. There are a variety of options and each runner appears to have their own choice. Many choose bandaids. Simply taping a bandaid over the nipple area provides an affordable option safeguarding the nipple area and they are quickly used and removed. I have actually discovered - however - that some bandaids do not adhere well on a long term when there is a great deal of sweating included. Clinical tape - such as 3M's Transpore tape - likewise works well and does typically stick well in spite of sweating. Now there is a downside to taping: if you have a hairy chest, you will inevitably draw hair each time you remove the tape. Ouch!
There is another physical obstacle that safeguards the nipple areas without a great deal of adhesive. It is called the NipGuard. These are specifically developed adhesive guards that stick to the base of the nipple area (the areola) which is typically quite hairless. The adhesive is guaranteed by the manufacturer to stick. Not just that, however they advertise their usage throughout triathlon, guaranteeing they will remain on with the swim, the bike and the run. For running, I can personally vouch for them and have actually utilized them thoroughly for virtually all my long terms.
So there you have it. Safeguard your nipple areas. Enjoy the 'burn' that includes a fantastic run however avoid the sting that originates from chafed nipple areas.