The Chafe


If you’ve done any sort of long run, you’ve probably experienced The Chafe. Those red, rubbed-raw spots that appear under your running clothes and along any sort of seam. The benign appearance of the wound is deceiving – it HURTS. And keeps hurting, because it’s unlikely to heal before the next day and the next run – without protection, you are guaranteed to chafe your chafe wound.

There are many products out there, from old-school Vaseline to high-tech liquid powders, but everyone has different preferences and different needs. This New York Times article gives detailed reviews of a number of different products – check it out and be on your way to a smoother run!


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