5 Things You Wish Didn’t Happen When You Run… But They Do

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Run long enough, and one or two (or three or four) of these things is bound to happen to you. Here’s what to do when you encounter one of these unpleasant runners’ situations:

1) Snot Rockets

It happens more often in the winter, but exercise-induced rhinitis can occur during any season. This allergic inflammation of the nasal airways is a contributing factor to runny noses while running.

For those that don’t have time or pockets for tissues, perfecting the snot rocket is the next best thing. Aim your nose away from your body, put your index finger on one nostril, and blow forcefully out the other nostril.

2) Bloody Nipples

It can happen in a $5 cotton tank or a $65 tech tee–the bloody nipple doesn’t discriminate. This sensitive area is particularly prone during longer runs and can creep up without warning. Women generally are immune from this particular fun as sports bras tend to fit tightly.

Fortunately, there are a few solutions to help avoid this scenario such as Nip Guards, Body Glide, bandages, or simple Vaseline to prevent chafing.

3) Número “Dos”

Most distance runners, at some point or another, will experience the dreaded Runner’s Trots. The sudden urge to go number two is swift and un-accomodating. If you are lucky enough to be near a proper facility, it isn’t much to write home about.

However, the situation might become critical enough that you have a story to share with other runners after the initial shame wears off. Just remember that non-runners are not amused that you pooped behind the biggest tree you could see.

4) Undercover Chafing

Ah, you’ve just finished a long run and are ready to enjoy a shower. But as you step into the water, you writhe in pain as you discover all your secretly chafed parts.

This can happen around the band of a sports bra, the band of a pair of shorts, in between your butt cheeks, in between your thighs, or anywhere else that small amount of friction leads to a tremendous amount of pain. Body Glide or Vaseline are the best preventatives.

5) Wetting Your Pants

You know that line from Billy Madison that goes, “You ain’t cool unless you pee your pants?” Just remember that when faced with a leaky bladder. This occurs far more often with women, but is not uncommon in men and unfortunately gets worse with age. However, wearing black shorts and doing a few Kegel exercises throughout the day can help.

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