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!
- 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?
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.”
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.