Knickers and chafing...ouch!

What do you wear?

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22/09/2013 at 16:20

Hi,  I have been running on and off for quite a while and am now able to jog for 4 miles without keeling over.  I am very slow - 14 min miles and I sweat like a pig!  The problem I am having is due to the face I am a little overweight (!!!!) I have a patch on my inner thigh wear my knicker have been rubbing and it is really really sore.

I have a half marathon in 2 weeks and my hope is to get round in 3 hours-ish but what knickers would you advise me to wear?

I have workd out for myself that cotton ones are not the best idea!

Thanks peeps! x

22/09/2013 at 16:36

Don't wear knickers.

But, at the risk of sounding unsupportive, is 4 miles currently the furthest you can run at a pace of 14 minute miles? If so, are you sure you are ready to do 13.1 miles in 2 weeks at a slightly faster pace?

22/09/2013 at 16:42


22/09/2013 at 16:45

Even if I have to walk some of it I don't mind.  It is one of my many challenges I have set myself this year.  But thanks though.  I am in much better condition than I was a couple of years ago.

I wuld love to do it under 3 1/2 but aslong as I finish I don't really mind.  

I have done a 5k in 34 minutes before...I am just trying to be realistic in that I wouldn't be able to keep that up for 13.1 miles!

22/09/2013 at 16:49

Bodyglide sounds good.  Thanks!


22/09/2013 at 16:52

Okay, that sounds better if you can and have already run much faster (34 min 5k) and the 14 min/miles is a planned sensible pacing strategy rather than flat out. It was where you said '4 miles without keeling over' immediately before '14 minute miles' that made me concerned. But I am serious about not wearing knickers if they are uncomfortable, especially if it is the seams cutting into the top of your thigh.

22/09/2013 at 16:52

Oh, and 14 minute miles is walking to start with 

22/09/2013 at 16:54

don't wear knickers, and if your shorts are chaffing then use bodyglide

22/09/2013 at 17:01

Dave - there are racewalkers who can walk much faster than I (and possibly you) can run.

22/09/2013 at 17:05

Dave - believe me it is not walking for me.  I appreciate your recommendation but leave the negative comments please.

22/09/2013 at 17:06
literatin wrote (see)

Dave - there are racewalkers who can walk much faster than I (and possibly you) can run.

Dont dispute that....

wasnt a negative, more a comment on your expectations 

Edited: 22/09/2013 at 17:07
22/09/2013 at 17:08

Gettingfitter - I'm too worried to go comando so have found the comfiest knickers are M&S seamless no vpl. I use them for all sports and they're incredibly comfy!

22/09/2013 at 17:38

What worries you about going commando Canarie?


22/09/2013 at 18:09
Lycra and commando works a treat.
22/09/2013 at 18:20

Ah. Well, you say that Ja5onW, but imagine the chafing that could occur if you were a lady runner and the lycra got wedged into your ladyparts. I'd recommend selecting your lycra carefully to make sure it has a large enough gusset area, Gettingfitter. Then you're fine to go knickerless.

22/09/2013 at 19:24

Commando.  It's the only sure way of not chafing from underwear and it's cheaper than bodyglide. 

22/09/2013 at 20:11

If all fails and you do get chafed in, ahem, intimate places, Sudacrem works wonders.

Don't ask me how I know but trust me, I do.

22/09/2013 at 20:15

Gettingfitter, i had that problem on my first half. i bought some specific running underwear, made of form fitting material, and they worked well today, no chafing. Hadn't considered going commando!

22/09/2013 at 21:39
Flob wrote (see)
1 can walk at 12 min mile pace but I sweat more than I do when running. Jogging at 14 min miles is harder than running faster. Pigeon steps are not the way forward, we'll not the quickest way lol
Oh and commando is the fun way to run!
I don't actually think the OP was inviting comments on her technique and pace  
Edited: 22/09/2013 at 21:40
22/09/2013 at 22:17

Thanks for all of your comms.  Truth is I am overweight and have just recovered from a knee injury which had me on crutches for a couple of weeks and also a knee problem which I have had for about 25 years!  I

am pleased with where I am now - believe me.

I have ordered Bodyglide and am really looking forward to my challenge.

Hope you all find challenges too x


PS commando sounds fun but I don't hink a half is the place to find out! 

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