As An Overweight Beginner Runner Will Chafing Stop When I Lose Weight And Run More Often?
Yes it will!
Chafing was only a problem for me when I was over 215lbs and relatively new to running. It was extraordinarily difficult to cope with at the time as every minute spent running was agony!
If you’re still overweight and this is still a problem, try applying Body Glide or another anti-chaffing agent to your affected areas before running.
When you’re badly chafed it’s sometimes impossible and/or counterproductive to run, which is why monitoring your diet is of paramount importance to ensure you keep on losing fat whilst inactive.
As you accrue more miles, chafing around the thighs and sensitive areas will stop altogether.
I only worry about it now if I’m wearing a tight pair of shorts or underwear. That’s why if I’m running a race, I’m always sure to put on something that is a little looser just in case things start to hurt a little towards the end of a race.
Saying that, my nipples still tend to get affected but only when it’s raining outside or I’m wearing a nylon top.
I’ll sometimes go for months without experiencing any nipple issues and then one day it will start again randomly.
This is usually an ‘overuse’ injury. I’ll run 18 miles over 2 days and not experience any real pain in the first but the skin on my nipple will be worn.
Then when I run the next day, the rubbing will start again, causing me to lose another layer of skin and for the bleeding to start.
In such a case applying Body Glide after the first day would have solved the problem before it started!