Chafing is no fun…

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.
Wayne Dyer

Or you could run enough miles to eat the whole package of cookies and still not feel guilty- then throw in some boot camp for good measure. 😉

I debated whether to name this post “I make mud look good” or “Chafing is no fun”… and the title went to the one I felt more strongly about.

Today I went for a 3 hour run.  My initial goal was 15 miles, but I couldn’t figure out how to work Adam’s GPS watch and figured 3 hours would be close enough.  That is exactly how long I made it before my gait started to resemble a drunken sailor, and I called Adam to come rescue me.  I stopped at a gas station less than 2 miles from home.  I knew I could push myself the rest of the way, but it would be at the expense of over-doing it (again).  I didn’t want to risk another sideline, especially when my joints were already screaming from running on the pavement- and I knew I still had a boot camp class to make.  To reward him for the effort of dragging himself out of bed to get me, I bought Adam a pint of Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream (his favorite flavor) while I waited.  I also purchased a package of Vienna Fingers (no not the little one- the big one!), which I promptly dug into while the patrons pumping gas looked on with bewildered expressions (largely, I’m sure, owing to the fact that I was soaked and covered in mud).

I had just enough time in between my run and my evening torture session to grab some lunch with Adam.  I made it a point not to stuff myself with the hopes of decreasing the amount of workout related nausea ahead of me.  Overall the second class went well.  I only got light headed a couple times and barely had any nausea.  The work out was tough, but totally rewarding- I was especially proud to have managed the entire 60 push-ups scattered throughout the hour.  Adam was there to cheer me on and coach me through many of them, which I immensely appreciated.

So today I give myself a gold star for motivation!  My calves feel like jello, but my hot pink compression sleeves are due to arrive tomorrow, and I’m hoping they will help!  I am also hoping to get one more long run in before we leave for Cali and the NorCal Tough Mudder.

The downside of my ambitious workout- I have so much chafing on my back and chest from carrying my weighted down hydration pack that I am pretty much covered in itchy, raised, pink blotches.  I have scars on my collar bones from where the straps cut in; and scars, scrapes, and bruises all over my legs from all the debris and branches I get tangled in when I’m on the trails.  It’s all pretty sexy. 😉

Not visible- my calves completely caked in mud

Thanks for reading!!! Comments and questions are always welcome.  Have a terrific evening everyone!


  1. I used to run. I used to love it. I was diagnosed with PTSD and found myself hyperventilating/crying once I started to zone. I slowed down so I wouldn’t ‘get lost in it’ anymore but eventually the fear won out and I stopped completely. 3 years and many pounds later, I would love to give it a try again. Thanks for the inspiration, any tips would be appreciated.

  2. What kind of sleeves are you getting? I have a pair of Zensah sleeves that I love. I use them whenever I don’t want to wear full compression socks. The comfort and support they give are well worth the stares from onlookers.

    I really like your blog. I look forward to reading more.

  3. How is it like running in vibrams?

    I wear it to do my regular workouts but not sure about the cushioning when it comes to running. There are other brands that have shoes specifically for barefoot running but with the toes all spread out like that, seems funky!

  4. Love Love LOVE this post! this is what I have to look forward to on my journey in becomming a runner..LOL. Gotta keep earning those “gold stars” though! 😉

  5. “Or you could run enough miles to eat the whole package of cookies and still not feel guilty- then throw in some boot camp for good measure”.

    EXACTLY!! 🙂

  6. I’d suggest “Body Glide” which I wear under my aims, groin area and even the soles of my feet but covering your back and front to protect from the pack may just be a little too much. I admire you’re resilience though…..not sure that I’m there quite yet….Yet!

  7. You are a domestic abuse thriver, however, I encourage you to not make that the first statement about you. It still gives your abuser primary focus over all the other beautiful things about you in your life that are much more important, like being a runner, painter, gardener, home improvement enthusiast, occasional poet. Love your blog!

    1. You are so right, and I’ve been meaning to update it! I’m in such a different place now than I was a year ago, and it’s about time I update a few things to reflect it. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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