Thursday, June 5, 2014
Smooth as a baby's bottom...
If you're a runner, you know the awful truth of chafing. In fact, there really isn't much worse than when you step into the shower after a run and your skin screams with pain as the water hits it. Often, it's the skin in some already sensitive spot. For me, I tend to chafe on my sternum right where the band of my sports bra hits it. I don't know why. But that spot has haunted most of my running career. I have tried every anti-chafe product on the market. I've tried super goop made for surfers' wet suits. I've tried chamois cream for cyclists. Nothing has ever worked for me. I ultimately resigned myself to a life of screaming in the shower after every sweaty run.
Recently I "met" Vito LaBella, with Foot Kinetics, an Encinitas-based company that makes barrier creams for runners, walkers and hikers. Vito is a fellow ultra runner and just finished his first 50-miler, the PCT 50 in May. We were "talking" over Twitter and he asked me to give their RunGoo product a try. My chafed skin and I were eager at the thought of something new to try that may help heal the hideousness.
Speaking of a think layer, you don't need to apply one for RunGoo to be effective. I experimented over the course of a few longer runs to see how much I would need. I would say the best amount, for me, is about 1/4 of a teaspoon. I put it on using the applicator and I did not rub it in. I then placed my bra band directly on the cream and went on my merry way. It's a really creamy and silky texture that feels nice on the skin. There was no chafing at all after my run! I used it on a short 3-miler, a 6-miler and a 13-mile run. I didn't have any issues and I'm really looking forward to more chafe-free days :)
I would definitely recommend RunGoo to any of my clients or friends. I would also recommend using it for non-running activities where you have chafing problems. Try it on your feet, your waist band and bra band, arm pits (sometimes when you run sleeveless, your arm rubs against your arm pit and chafes), your legs and your feet. Anywhere! You can get it right from Foot Kinetics' website or at select stores across the US.
I'm going to give away 2 full-sized tubes of the stuff to anyone that leaves a comment here, retweets this blog post or leaves a comment on our Facebook post about RunGoo. Get your entries in by Monday, 6/9 at 9:00pm PDT (only one method per person, please).