Now that I’m training for a major event and therefore spending more time at the gym running, I’ve noticed a few things. First, I stink. Second, I’ll do anything to prevent injury. And third, chafing and blisters are an enemy that you have to proactively fight. The following three products have helped me in learning those lessons and solving their respective issues. And don’t worry—you don’t have to be a long-distance runner to benefit! These products can be useful for anyone no matter what form of exercise you love. Read on for three ways to fight stink, injury and blisters…
With my marathon training, sometimes I’m running more than two hours at a time, and believe you me, no one wants to be near me after those training sessions—PeeU! Luckily for me, Febreze SPORT Extreme Odor Eliminator was created (and will be on the market this January for about 5 bucks). It’s designed primarily for athletes and claims to “instantly neutralize the toughest sports odors on shoes, sports gear and apparel.” Believe me; I have tough odors.
Although running is great exercise, it’s not always so easy on the knees. After a long run, I’ve been known to roll out my muscles with a rolling pin (If you haven’t tried it, do. It’s a great way to massage yourself.) or even take an ice bath if my body is feeling particularly achy. While icing is great for preventing and rehabbing injuries, it’s never really comfortable or easy to do. When icing, you can’t really move around, you normally have to get wet and, well, it’s freezing, and not always in just the spot you need.
According to cycling superstar coach Chris Carmichael, anyone who says running isn’t a contact sport hasn’t had their inner thighs rubbed raw during a marathon or long-training run. I would have to agree with Chris. Blisters and chaffing are so not cool and can make a normal run ridiculously painful. However, putting another layer on your skin (think inner thighs, underarms, under your sports bra straps, under the waistband of your shorts, feet) can really help. While many use just plain ol’ Vaseline to do this, I really like Aquaphor and put a little on my feet before my long runs. It keeps blisters away, and it makes my feet super soft when I’m done. Bonus!
Happy running! —Jenn