Originally Posted on 12/16/12 (on another site)
I only got out running three times this week as opposed to the usual
four. A busy schedule combined with a couple days of crummy weather
forced me to shorten the schedule, although I did buy a pair of gloves
and a beanie and managed to put in a 10K on Friday even though it was
chilly and windy. That is, it was the southern California version of
chilly and windy, which means it was below fifty degrees and the wind
was blowin'. Still, the hat and gloves proved useful.
topic this week is "Side Effects of Running." When I started this
project, I assumed that there would be an impact on my body. I expected
to pick up a few blisters (I have), sore muscles (definitely), and
maybe even a twisted ankle or tweaked knee (minor, but it's happened).
What I did not expect, however, was to finish a run, remove my jacket,
and discover two medium-sized blood stains on the nipple region of my
shirt. But lo and behold, after my long run last week, that's exactly
what I found.
With about three miles left in that run, I
noticed a dull soreness in my chest and thought that perhaps this was
the beginning of a mild heart attack. You're probably asking, as my
wife did, "Now Chris. If you were out running, and your chest started
hurting, why did you not stop and call for a ride?" Reasonable
question. I figured that a heart attack would be a sharp pain, not
soreness. So I continued on my run ignoring the potential warning sign
which was the song "Hearts on Fire" playing on my iPod at the time.
Turns out it wasn't a heart attack at all. It was nipple-chafing.
seeing the bloody shirt evidence, I immediately went on-line and
Googled "bloody nipples running" and here's what I found. Be advised,
this is somewhat graphic and very creepy.
mine weren't nearly that bad. But you get the idea. As I soon
discovered, chafed nipples are a fairly common occurrence in distance
runners. Fortunately, it's somewhat easy to prevent by using something
called Body Glide, which comes in a stick that looks like deodorant and
you just apply it to your chi-chis prior to your run. I did that this
morning, and it worked like a charm.
But wow, talk about a few minutes of the willies. On the bright side, no blisters.