|Prior to the October Mud Run|
Our topic this week is "Side Effects of Running." When I started this project, I assumed that there would be an impact on my body. I expected to pick up a few blisters (I have), sore muscles (definitely), and maybe even a twisted ankle or tweaked knee (minor, but it's happened). What I did not expect, however, was to finish a run, remove my jacket, and discover two medium-sized blood stains on the nipple region of my shirt. But lo and behold, after my long run last week, that's exactly what I found.
With about three miles left in that run, I noticed a dull soreness in my chest and thought that perhaps this was the beginning of a mild heart attack. You're probably asking, as my wife did, "Now Chris. If you were out running, and your chest started hurting, why did you not stop and call for a ride?" Reasonable question. I figured that a heart attack would be a sharp pain, not soreness. So I continued on my run ignoring the potential warning sign which was the song "Hearts on Fire" playing on my iPod at the time. Turns out it wasn't a heart attack at all. It was nipple-chafing.
After seeing the bloody shirt evidence, I immediately went on-line and Googled "bloody nipples running" and here's what I found. Be advised, this is somewhat graphic and very creepy.
Now, mine weren't nearly that bad. But you get the idea. As I soon discovered, chafed nipples are a fairly common occurrence in distance runners. Fortunately, it's somewhat easy to prevent by using something called Body Glide, which comes in a stick that looks like deodorant and you just apply it to your chi-chis prior to your run. I did that this morning, and it worked like a charm.
But wow, talk about a few minutes of the willies. On the bright side, no blisters.
This Week's Runs:
12/11: 4.17 miles, 43:33
12/14: 6.31 miles, 1:06:13
12/16: 18.0 miles, 3:27:07
Countdown to My Next Event = 34 Days
Ontario Mills 10K
January 19, 2013
Countdown to the Orange County Marathon = 140 Days