Howâ€™s that for a headline?
Last week, Kevin Marshall, local blogger and raconteur, wrote of how heâ€™s being plagued by nipple chafing. That sounds a little nutty — unless youâ€™re a runner.
Kevinâ€™s gearing up for his first 5K and has been experiencing trouble that many runners have stumbled over: raw, red nipples caused by friction from your shirt. Ouch!
I had this problem years ago, largely because I was wearing cotton t-shirts. When those get wet, you might as well be wearing sandpaper against your tender bits — and it occasionally got so bad that Iâ€™d end up with two big bloody stains on the front of my shirt. Watching me run is not pretty to begin with, but add the bloody shirt and itâ€™s a completely revolting spectacle.
I donâ€™t have the problem now because I always wear a Coolmax or Under Armor style shirt as my first layer. Hikers say â€œcotton kills?â€ Well, it also kills your nips. I do still sometimes get chafing from my fireman suspenders, but thatâ€™s another story. Maybe thatâ€™s why we wear red suspenders?
Anyway, Iâ€™m here to help.
If youâ€™re having nipple trouble, get yourself a roll of Nexcare Durapore tape. Itâ€™s comfortable, will protect you, and will stay on your nipples without peeling off — even in the shower if you want to leave it on for a few days. Just remember to take your little pasties off if you happen to be going to the pool or beach.