Body Glide Woes

by Stephanie on July 31, 2011 · 1 comment

in Gear & Equipment

A few nights ago I did my first run with Body Glide.  It is a runner staple and I’ve heard great things about it so I figured I needed to try it.  I have problems with thigh chafing when my shorts ride up, which they often do.

When temperatures allow I love to wear these Reebok running capris I found last year.  They are comfortable and somehow flattering despite being mostly spandex.  They also prevent any thigh chafing.  However, the heat wave is not capri-friendly so I need to adapt.  Hence using Body Glide.

I have to say that my initial experience was nothing short of disappointing.  Maybe I didn’t use it right?  Seriously, it didn’t work very well.  It was far from the cure-all that other runners have led me to believe.  I had new chafing at the end of the run :(

I expected it to be runnier or creamier or oilier or something.  More like Chamois Butt’r I guess.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with this, it is a similar product used by bikers to ease/prevent/cool chafing in sensitive areas.  It’s a lotion or cream and it works pretty darn well.

Body Glide was like a deodorant stick but it was hard.  I rubbed it all over the affected areas but never really felt like I got a good coating.  Maybe I need to put more on?

I’m going to try it a few more times to see if I can get it to work better.  I have to believe that if so many runners swear by a product then it should work for me too.

Any pointers on how to make Body Glide work better?  Has it ever not worked for you?  Are there other anti-chafe products you would recommend?

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Janet August 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I, too, have heard runners swear by Body Glide. I have never used it myself. I use something by Avon called FootWorks. It is an anti-blister/anti-friction concoction, thick like Vaseline. I have had the jar for awhile so I’m not sure if Avon even makes it any more. I only started running 4 months ago. Before that, I used this stuff for hiking, long walks/sightseeing, etc to prevent blisters on my feet. It works for that and I do put it on blister-prone areas on my feet when I go for a run. I have not had any blisters since I started running. My chafing area is under my breasts and on my sternum. Some of it could be my bra (all are the same style) but I love the compression the bra gives me so I don’t want to try a different bra. Sometimes this stuff helps, sometimes it doesn’t seem to make a difference. I think some of it depends on how much I sweat, how long I run, how soon I take my bra off after, etc. It is all a mystery to me too!


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