I remember my first experience with lube. It was during the Nashville Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon. I had never run even more than a 10k before and I definitely didn’t know the logistics of lubrication. When my friend asked me if I wanted to borrow her body glide, my face turned beet read. Body glide… I was thinking, “could they make a more embarrassing name for anti-chafe lubrication?” Gingerly, I accepted my friend’s offer and applied to the at risk areas (under arms, lower back, inner thigh). Over the next thirteen miles I learned a thing or two about the spots I had missed. For example, when I crossed the finish line I looked down at my feet and I had bled through my shoes! A little lube would have saved me some very unnecessary blisters that day.
I’m proud to say that ever since my first outing with long distance running (and endurance lubrication), I’ve had a few lessons. These days when I’m headed to the start line of a race, or out for a longer than usual training run, I work my way down this check list of lube locations:
- Feet + toes
- Inner thighs
- Waist and lower back
- Sports bra area (Ladies: you know what i’m talking about. Gentlemen: protect those nipples.)
- Under arms
Am I missing a spot? Where do you lube? What do you use? Do you have any tips for tallow technique?