Here Come the War Wounds (and They’re Embarrassing!)
I’m just over a week away from my Big Race, and, I don’t want to jinx anything, but the training has really been enjoyable. I’ve had amazing weather, fantastic company and, other than a little knee and hip pain (shut up, turn down that rock music and get off my lawn!), I’ve been injury free.
Well, at least, injury free when it comes to serious injury. I’ve definitely had a few not-so-serious ouchies occur, and … well, I’m wondering if I’m the only one. So, I’m doing the only logical thing and sharing it all on the Internet. Why not?
3 Embarrassing Running Issues
1. Frodo feet. I’ve always had calluses on my feet. Always. I pumice and Ped Egg them, and they still break out the big tools when I get the (very) occasional pedicure. I’ve actually had pedicurists laugh at my feet and show me how much icky stuff they shaved off after. But with great mileage comes great foot issues, apparently, so not only have my calluses grown, but I’ve got, like, blisters on top of and around the calluses, and skin that’s peeling, and … let’s just say I’m not going to be putting the moves on my husband by trying to get a foot massage right now, if you get my drift.
2. Sports-bra scars. Sports bras that have hitherto been excellent supporters of mine seem to have turned on me. It’s like they didn’t sign up for 10+ mile runs and are punishing me for it by stabbing me in the back—literally! I’ve got a couple of pretty good cuts along the bra line on my back from a bra that rubbed me the wrong way. It’s not all that painful, but I don’t think it’s helping me bring the sexy back. Sigh.
3. I didn’t even know that could chafe. I’m no stranger to Body Glide—I use it on my thighs, on the backs of my feet, and anywhere an article of clothing hits and rubs (other than, apparently, on my back, or the scars mentioned above wouldn’t have happened). But on some of my longer runs, I’ve had some…uhhh…okay. I’ll call a spade a spade. It’s ass chafing. And it sucks. And I don’t know what to do about it. I’ve tried different types of underwear, and while it’s better with some than others, somewhere around mile nine, it still shows up. Suggestions for this are welcome, because although the pain doesn’t last long, it makes for a hell of a shower. Ugh.
What kind of embarrassing injuries have you sustained during workouts or while training? Share, please—don’t leave me here all alone! —Kristen