1. First off, congratulations are in order! I overshot my goal of 100 miles in this period by three miles today on my long run! Yay! I’m proud of myself!
2. Second, I bandited part of my first race today. I’m not proud of this by any means – it was a total accident.
For those of you who don’t know, to bandit a race means to run it without registering and paying for it. Not cool by any stretch of the imagination. Not only are you stealing from the race and race organizer, it’s not safe. Had I fallen and, worst case, died, I would have made some significant trouble for that poor race organizer.
Let me explain myself. I was finishing up the last leg of my long run today (12 miles, phew!) and I sort of noticed a cop standing in the middle of the traffic circle on Hillsborough (the main drag through North Carolina State University’s campus). I thought nothing of it until I realized I was caught up in the middle of a large group of folks wearing race bibs. So I tagged along for about a mile until I could safely dash across the course toward my home. Totally an accident. And not something I’ll make a practice of.
3. The term, ‘chub rub’ is rude and a complete misnomer. You don’t have to be overweight, or even chubby, to suffer with this
For those of you unaware, ‘chub rub’ is the colloquial term that applies to the awful chafing that happens between your thighs when you combine moisture (like sweat), and repetitive movement. Contrary to what this term may suggest, you do not have to be chubby in the least bit to experience the awful pain and swelling that ‘chub rub’ brings. (Can we all agree to call it chafing from now on?) My first half marathon, I wore my favorite Norts (Nike + shorts = the chosen uniform of college girls = Norts) and couldn’t walk or shower without some significant pain once the adrenaline of finishing wore off.
So how to combat this earth-shattering condition? The answer isn’t to stop running, it’s Aquaphor or something called Body Glide! Slather either one of those babies between your thighs or anywhere where you’re prone to chafing (under the band of your sports bra, near your watch, on the back of your heel), and you should eliminate the issue. Aquaphor gets my vote, because you don’t have to reapply as often, and it doubles as a sweet lip gloss.
PS, isn’t running darn glamorous? This is photo evidence of me (not very chubby) having to apply Aquaphor before my Sunday morning run date. Beauty fades, but my class is forever!