June 26, 2003

"At first, it was unnoticeable, no more than an irritation, a slight burning sensation. But when he looked down and saw the red streaks, the 31-year-old Mill Valley resident knew something was wrong." SF Weekly unveils running's dirty little secret.

posted by kirkaracha to other at 04:19 PM - 7 comments

"Nipple chafing is an ailment that can and often does result in bleeding nipples." This primarily affects men because women usually use sports bras. Possible treatments for boys' bleeding boobies include Vaseline, NipGuards ("Dear NipGuards, I'd really like to thank you for saving my nipples"), or sports bras. Nipples were also covered by the Telegraph in April 2003.

posted by kirkaracha at 04:26 PM on June 26, 2003

I ... I just threw up.

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:42 PM on June 26, 2003

I ... I just got off the floor after laughing till I choked. And of course emailed the link to my crew.

posted by billsaysthis at 05:14 PM on June 26, 2003

Oh man, does that ever bring back the ol' memories of high school cross-country. I grew up in northern Michigan, so cc season was mostly ran in colder weather. However, if it wasn't cold enough to put a t-shirt on underneath the chaferific uniform top, we would use band-aids over the nips.

posted by NoMich at 05:30 PM on June 26, 2003

Ditto what NoMich said, except substitute Minnesota for northern Michigan. Those band-aids were a lifesaver.

posted by hootch at 05:45 PM on June 26, 2003

I run about 30-40 miles a week, and chafed nipples are a reality. I used to have nipple stains from vaseline, but lately I have been using BodyGlide which is water-based so it doesn't stain.

posted by patrickje at 07:39 PM on June 26, 2003

My dad's a pretty hardcore runner and he told me about this once. Apparantly it doesn't happen to him, but he disgusted me with the details of runners finishing races and (best case scenario) ripping bloody band-aids out from under their shirts or (worst case scenario) runners who had two streaks running down their shirts and dripping out onto the ground. As if I needed another reason to not run.

posted by Ufez Jones at 12:18 PM on June 27, 2003

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