Here's the short of the story. I don't typically run in shorts. Let me rephrase. I don't typically run in short shorts, that allow my fat thighs to rub together. Wait, let me rephrase again. I typically don't "run" more than a mile before walking some, so I have to use the term "run" lightly. Until last night. Because I ran. 2 miles without stopping. Then an additional 1.25 miles after walking 3/4 of a mile. And at around the beginning of mile 3, I noticed a burning between my thighs. And it kept getting worse. And I may have kept glancing down to see if there was blood running down my legs (and how would I explain to anyone that really, I have fatty thighs that rubbed all of the skin off because of the intense friction, and no, I promise I am not on my period. It's all good). And it just kept getting worse.
But, I had started this 4 miler with 2 goals in mind.
1. I would run 2 miles without stopping. Which would be a Personal Record.
2. I would finish under 50 minutes.
Stopping because my thighs were getting ready to self-combust was not an option. So, I kept trucking along. And texting my husband to tell him that I was in some serious pain. And to top it off, the socks I was wearing sucked and I ended the race with a bleeding blister on my ankle as well.
I did finish, and met both of my goals. YAY!!! And last night, I was awakened several times in the middle of the night with sharp pains any time my thighs touched each other.
The thing is... I don't really mind. And yes, it was worth it. I would plan better next time (I really didn't want to go so I didn't plan well), but I was running for Cancer while also promoting our own event. So, it was a win-win. The event was super fun... live music, dancing, my brother-in-law was thoughtful enough to bring beer, we met some new people, got a good work out in...all in all a great way to spend a Saturday evening.
So, I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss meeting my personal goals, hanging out with my sister and brother-in-law, supporting a great cause, and learning that either from now on I run in longer shorts, or just lube it up!!! :)