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Written by Dan I came across this little tub of gold after a not so nice experience at GNW this year. If you read my race report, I go into fine detail with regards to the nature of this problem, but suffice to say I think the phrase went something along the lines of this, “I felt like someone had placed razor blades down my compression shorts.” That last 25kms of GNW really was a case of grinning and bearing it. So why the issues? I couldn’t tell you to be honest. I’d never really suffered from those kind of issues...

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Written by: Proswimwear One problem that sea swimmers complain of again and again is chafing. Swimming in salt water is a whole different game to swimming in a chlorinated pool, or indeed fresh water. If you're going to be undertaking any marathon swims, or perhaps you have your sights set on swimming the British Channel, then pay close attention this could save you some serious soreness! Let's attempt a bit of science here. Seawater is a solution made from salt ions such as chloride, sodium, sulfate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borat, strontium, and the list goes on. As the...

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Written by: Bandelettes Chafing is the runner’s constant companion. No matter what the season, there’s always the risk of runner’s rash: red, irritated, raw-feeling thigh chafing or groin chafing. Runner’s rash between the thighs is the most common chafing area for men and women, but groin chafing and buttock chafing can also be an issue. Some people are more prone to thigh rubbing than others — but fortunately, there’s no shortage of solutions to this dreaded issue. Start by staying hydrated while you run — not only is it important for your health, but salt crystals left behind when you stop sweating and...

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Prevention is always better than cure.  Written by: Rebeca Ehrnrooth - myRaceKit Chafing is one of the most annoying things that can happen to you during a run. You don’t notice it before you have it. Once you have it, your entire mind is focused on that sore area of skin. It is painful. My first experience with chafing was during the multi-stage Oman Desert Marathon in 2017. I made a rookie error of not strapping my Raidlight backpack tightly. The rucksack bounced on my back while running 30km and when I removed the pack I had five spots on the skin...

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