The 9 Stages of Chafing

Can we take a second to discuss the hell that is the sensation of your skin being rubbed raw? When I started running, I never anticipated that I would end up physically scarred from running! Chafing is, quite frankly, the least sexy aspect about running. And sometimes no amount of body glide can save you from your inevitable demise. Here are the 9 stages of chafing.

1. Outsmart.

You lather your body in chafe cream, band aids and mole skin. "Not today chafing" you mutter as you dress yourself.

2. Paranoia.


With each passing mile you get more and more anxious about whether or not your preparation is working...

3. Denial.


"NO NO NO NO NO! There's no way I'm chafing. It's physically impossible. That's just my brain playing tricks on me!" You think as you sense your skin being rubbed raw.

4. Defeat.


Yes, yes you're chafing. You realized it's happening and there's nothing you can do about it.

5. Pain


You wince every once in a while when something rubs the wrong way. Out of sight, out of mind.. you think as you start calculating how much further you have to go.

6. Dread.


As your run comes to a finish, suddenly you realize that imminent post run shower is quickly approaching.

7. Prepare For the Worst.

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You peel your gross sweaty clothes off and assess the damage. Yup, that's some raw skin right there. You close your eyes and step into the shower...

8. Searing Soul Crushing Agony.


Literally the worst pain in the whole entire world. Hell, you've just stepped into a world of hell. Everything burns and you can't see anymore, that's how much searing pain you're in.

9. Surrender.

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You did everything you could right? Right? RIGHT!?!?! Finally you come to terms with the fact that no matter what you do, there is no way around chafing when you're summer running...

Personally there are two thingsI can't live without and they are body glide and my Juno moving comfort sports bras. I'm just gonna leave that there and not go into detail. Why? Use your imagination. Its like a slasher movie. There....Sorry....

Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.


Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.