Why am I more in pain now than while out there running?
There are certain friction areas that can really put a damper on your day. It happens to me often in certain areas like: under my arm where my sportsbra rubs against the underarm close to my armpit, or right at the base
of my diaphragm above my top abs-- where the bottom of the sports bra ends, and also the arch of your foot just to name a few common areas. he good thing is that there are ways for you to minimize and even prevent chafing. The clothing you wear and the products you use can make all the difference.
Definition of chafe (v) chafe [ chayf ]
CHOOSE RUNNING CLOTHES MATERIAL WISELY. Opt for synthetic clothing or clothing that doesn't retain water. Especially in HOT AND HUMID places, there is no way around SWEATING like an animal while out on runs, even if you get out there before the sun comes up. Though you may feel like you are "investing" all this money into clothes you are just going to wear while sweating, it truly is something worth splurging on. YOUR BODY WILL THANK YOU!
WEAR THE RIGHT SIZE & STYLE CLOTHING. We all have distorted views of ourselves and often think that we are SOOO much bigger than we really are, but it's time to start wearing OUR SIZE CLOTHING. In fact, this isn't just about working on your self esteem, it's about avoiding chafing because chafing, itself can also be caused by lose clothing moving around and causing friction for long periods of time in the same areas. Try to lean towards wearing an outfit that is a little tighter fit. If you have SPANDEX, they are a great option to wear alone or underneath other shorts.
USE PRODUCTS THAT WILL HELP YOU. Luckily there are a couple quick fix options that have your back (or underarm) if you happen to decide to go for a run when you realize you are in a lose cotton shirt. One of the oldest tricks is using Vaseline. It's great, cheap, found almost everywhere (gas stations, Walgreens, grocery stores...). However, one pet-peeve I have is how greasy it leaves your hands, and can get in the way if you are doing any other training that same day (like biking). A product that I've now started using and just have in my car at all times is DRY GOODS. It looks like a spray deodorant. It goes on quick, is refreshing, absorbs extra moisture, and leaves you to worry about the things that really matter while you are running...like where are you going to eat as soon as you finish, or more importantly, WHAT?!? hahaha.