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09/10/2002 at 02:52
anyone got any ideas on how to prevent chafing on the inner thighs? this only affects me when i wear shorts and then after about 8 miles.i now wear longs for all runs over 10k but i find that the longs get very sweaty after 10 miles.i notice that around 90% of marathon runners wear shorts---how do they solve the chafing problem?i am running the dublin marathon and would be grateful for advice on this.
09/10/2002 at 07:28
I tried vaseline recently and it worked, but it has to be said that it's a bit messy and yukky.

I've heard that Bodyglide is best, and as soon as I get organised I'm going to send off for some. I read here that it's available from Wayside Kinetics in Cambridge via

Good luck :)
09/10/2002 at 08:02
Try cycling shorts. Bourne sports have 'em on offer right now a tenner a pair.
WildWill    pirate
09/10/2002 at 08:06
If you go for cycling shorts - make sure you get the non padded variety - the padded insert can make for awkward running ;o)

I prefer the Vaseline option myself
09/10/2002 at 11:14
lycra shorts and a liberal dose of vaseline.
cougie    pirate
09/10/2002 at 11:21
Nobody mentioned lubrication to me when I was persuaded into running - only after I had my entry for London was I told about the brutal initiation - the 'slathering on of the Vaseline'.

What sick kinda perverts are you ?

09/10/2002 at 12:11
When I did the Robin Hood the other week, at about 12 miles I passed a St Johns Ambulance volunteer holding out her hand containing a large blob of the stuff. I mean what was I going to do with it at that moment in time ? Surely I would have been artrested !
09/10/2002 at 13:03
I too have a thigh chafing problem in those little "marathon" shorts, so I wear Lycra shorts instead - I like the Nike Drifit ones. I find I can wear the little shorts if I wear plenty of vaseline too, but it seems easier to stuff them at the back of the drawer and wear other stuff instead.

A long term solution to the problem would seem to be to reshape my thighs so they didn't rub together. Anyone know any good exercises for that, or do I need surgery?!
09/10/2002 at 13:04
Yes its the old vaseline for me, but how do you get it off your hands before you run? tried washing it off but its waterproof.
09/10/2002 at 13:06

"What sick kinda perverts are you ?"

Have you SEEN the Dark Side thread?
09/10/2002 at 13:09
I have seen the dark side thread !

What are they on about ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
cougie    pirate
09/10/2002 at 13:36
Oh well, we know all about them. Stay away little cat - those badgers and foxes can be vicious. And as for the monkey......

Last I looked there was a Tractor involved. Must be some kinda Agricultural Sacrificing ritual.
09/10/2002 at 14:34
How right you are Cougie, there is even someone (mentioning no names) who thinks he is a badger !!!!!!!!!!
12/10/2002 at 02:17
thanks to all for your suggestions--have tried the vaseline--ok up to 6 miles --after that misery--had hoped that a hi-tech solution may have evolved considering the many hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions)who have done long distance races--might make a good Phd project for a budding sports scientist or materials techie--Piglet,i will also try Bodyglide--thanks for the tip---what is the "dark side"?
12/10/2002 at 02:28
u don't want 2 go 2 the dark side mate. you won't come back.
12/10/2002 at 08:31
Go on Jim, I dare you
I have to run in longs as well, only solution I fear
Do the vaseline as well, just in case
15/10/2002 at 22:14
i borrowed a pair of lycra shorts to run in a 10 mile race on sunday 13th---totally daft looking but what comfort---no chafing no sweating no irritation--am getting a pair despite looking like an escapee from the tour de france--will also try the bodyglide---thanks for all the suggestions
still havent a clue about the dark side
15/10/2002 at 23:26
just try it Jim
15/10/2002 at 23:38
am totally intrigued by this "dark side"--how do i access it?
16/10/2002 at 13:37

The "dark side" hides in the UFRC forum, but they hide near the top!

I went there once - never again....

I keep wearing the lycra undershorts but don't bother with vaseline unless its very hot.

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