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TMI Tuesday, Giving Tuesday & World AIDS Day all at once!

on December 1, 2015

Today’s Tuesdays on the Run topic is TMI Tuesday, which from the posts so far, seems to have a chafing theme. It is amazing the number of places you can chafe! I had no idea until I started running, truly. As a chubby girl, I was of course aware of chafing between my thighs and actually never wore skirts without some kind of tights underneath before I lost weight because the chafing would be too bad otherwise. Thus, I was good about using BodyGlide on my thighs when I started running but I am continually amazed at the other places I’ve found burning in pain when I hop into the shower post-run!

Places I’ve chafed that I wasn’t ready for:
  •  Under my stupid Coast to Coast challenge arm band at this year’s Wine & Dine race: If it’s super humid, be sure to BodyGlide anything that might move on your wrist like an arm band, Magic Band, Garmin, etc.
  • Between my breasts and my chest wall: Squooshing from a bad sports bra fit left me raw in a couple of weird places! I knew I could chafe at my shoulders from the sports bra and at the band, but if I’m not careful about positioning, I can get skin to skin contact that causes problems in other sensitive areas. Ouch!
  • Toes: In the summer, I get chafing between my toes if I’m not careful, so I’m diligent about BodyGlide there as well.
  • Between butt cheeks: Wow was that an unpleasant surprise the first time! This only happens to me in the worst of summer, and rarely now that I have better wicking fabrics, but was a real problem when I first started running.
  • Under my butt cheeks: This is uniquely a winter problem for me, caused by my inability to pull my winter running tights all the way back up after a mid-run bathroom break. If I don’t get them all the way up (hard when my legs are cold and clammy!), I get skin to skin squish thanks to my saggy butt skin and it is NOT pretty.

More than you wanted to know about me? Probably but aren’t we all closer now? Where’s the weirdest place you’ve chafed?

A couple of other things going on in the world today that I wanted to shout out. Today is the World Health Organization’s World AIDS Day, with a theme this year of “The Time to Act is Now.” We have the technology and medicine now to have a huge impact on HIV in this generation. We have made huge strides and actually have the potential to contain and even eliminate the spread of HIV. We need to continue to raise awareness of the importance of testing and providing resources for treatment to those that need it. Check this out for more information about how you can raise awareness and what you can do to help.
World AIDS Day. December 1.

Today is also Giving Tuesday.  I love the description of the day on the Giving Tuesday site because it really says it all:

“We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.”

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Today, Oliver and I will be giving back by sponsoring my sister’s classroom in a fundraiser for playground equipment and by buying a family dinner tonight at Village Inn. We’re also wrapping gifts together tonight for the family we’ve adopted through his school for Christmas. He and I have already talked this morning about how important it for those of us who have a lot to share with those who haven’t been so fortunate. If I raise a child who understands that we have a responsibility to help our fellow man, I will have truly done well.

Thanks as always to Patty, Marcia and Erika for hosting the Tuesdays on the Run link up!

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8 responses to “TMI Tuesday, Giving Tuesday & World AIDS Day all at once!

  1. Patty H says:

    Oh- under the arm-band for C2C. NEVER would have thought of that. Ouch.

  2. Butt cheek chafe is the absolute WORST. Absolutely horrible.

  3. mkadens1 says:

    I love the idea of a giving day. Jessica you are doing such beautiful things. The kids and I spent a day volunteering at Feed Our Starving Children and at a Women’s Shelter last week. I want them to know there’s much more to the season than getting gifts.

  4. Meg B says:

    LOVE your giving Tuesday. Wonderful!

    I was shocked when I found out I chafed between my butt cheeks and under them. That is not a fun feeling at all lol. Now I body glide EVRYTHING.

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