On Sunday morning Dave took over Leo-duty (and postponed his own run) so I could run longer than normal. It was glorious and felt good to go longer than my weekday runs and I so appreciated him trading off so I could do that. One thing I didn’t appreciate: chafing. Try as I might, I cannot get through a long run without some serious chafing somewhere on my body. I ended this run with blood on the waistband of my shorts, scabs on my chest from sports bra seams (I even wore it inside out to try for flatter seams) and even some chafing on my back! I’m not really sure what to do to make it stop. Mid-run I paused to put Vaseline on my waist, as I could feel it starting to rub, and I still ended up bleeding a little. And sports bras always chafe me. My current bras – C9 from Target and pretty cheap for sports bras – have been the best so far and they still leave me with scabs.
I saw two bras at Lululemon (here and here) and thought they might work since they have no seams at all, but they’re fifty-two dollars a pop and I find that ridiculous. Last time I bought a more expensive sports bra – the Moving Comfort Fiona, which has great reviews – it ended up being the worst bra I’ve ever had and can’t last me past 3 miles without causing blood. Seriously.
So, give me all your best advice: do I need to just get over it and pony up the money for an overpriced bra? Do I need to just coat myself in Vaseline pre-run? Do I need new shorts? Or do I just need to deal with it because chafing is part of running’s business?
(Sidenote: if the Moving Comfort Fiona bra works well for you, shoot me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org. I have a barely-used one I’m willing to part with.)