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Chafing sucks. And if anyone tells you they don’t chafe after a long run, they’re probably lying (or incredibly lucky). There are a myriad of reasons and factors that effect chafing. And I’m not ashamed to tell you mine occurs after a good number of miles of skin-to-skin and fabric-to-skin.

To avoid this during runs, I use Body Glide. It’s something I’ve learned to just add to the running pack. For training runs I’ll just apply it to my inner thighs. And for races I’ll apply it to anywhere I might rub (usually inner thighs, armpits, and back where my tank top hits). It helps to create a slicker layer so whatever normally chafes will glide instead of rub.

However, there are some times when you can’t stop the friction and you’ve got to react with some damage control. When I do chafe, I use Skinfix Rash Repair Balm to help with irritation. This helps to create a soothing and restorative layer for when I end up with inner thighs that look like a cat attacked them, or a burning sensation when I step in the shower. I like Skinfix because it’s made with natural ingredients, and free of steroids and parabens. It’s also good for other uses (e.g. razor burn and insect bites), so it’s a multi-functional product.

So there ya have it. My 2 ways to deal with chafing. Preventative: Body Glide. Reactive: Skinfix Rash Repair Balm.

How do you deal with chafing?

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Even though EVERYONE (namely Andy) loves to make fun of me for these shoes, Hoka’s are my number one, absolute favorite running shoe.

I’ve been wearing these shoes since I got my first pair last December for a gift. I was hesitant because the first time I tested a pair (around Summer 2013), they were super chunky, rocky and felt like a whole-lotta shoe (this was around the time that minimalist shoes were still pretty popular). Fast forward to 2014 and more styles had been produced for a variety of different uses.

From marathon training to marathoning for M2B, what started out as a long-run shoe for me quickly transitioned into my all-the-time shoe.

When I heard they were discontinuing the Huaka style (the “lower profile” Hoka– a mix between a trail and road shoe), I got a little bummed. That is, until I found several pairs in different colors available on Running Warehouse (so of course I had to stock up).  Eventually I’ll have to transition to another style (probably either the Clifton or the Speed Goat), but until then I’ve got a couple pairs of Huaka’s to last me a couple more trainin cycles 😉

So just like the other weekend in SF, this weekend I’ll once again be wearing the Hoka Huaka…watch out!!! :-)

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This post is unsponsored (although I wish I could get sponsored by Hoka!) and therefore, all my thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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Nike recently released 3 new and updated Free models – the Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit (“most natural ride”), the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit (“a cushioned, natural ride”), and the Nike Free 5.0 (“most cushioned natural ride”).  Through Finish Line I’ve had the opportunity to wear and own the Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit and the Nike Free 5.0.

The Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit is super lightweight and comfortable worn with or without socks.  I just love the vibrant blend of colors and print that the stitching makes.

And since everything else I own seems to be bright and in your face, I like the subtlety of the light purple with the hot lava the for these Nike Free 5.0 Running Shoes.

While I haven’t taken either of these out for any serious runs, I’ve been wearing them for light runs and just out-and-about as casual shoes.  Check out the Finish Line blog to see what the rest of the Finish Line Fam is saying!

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While the weather has been fluctuating lately, it’s definitely been getting warmer.  Proof is in how often we find ourselves spending weekends at the beach.  My spring workout style has definitely taken into consideration these warmer temps with short shorts, loose and airy dry-fit tanks, and lightweight Flyknit trainers.  Head on over to the Finish Line Blog to check out my spring style, what I’m wearing, and why!

Photo credit Danny Chan

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Today I’m sharing the new line from PUMA —IGNITE —featuring their most responsive running shoe ever.

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First up is the PR Pure Fitted Short-Sleeve Tee.  I love the color and fit of this workout top.  It’s form-fitting, yet breathable with CoolCELL sweat-wicking fabric and unique mesh inserts that work like vents.  Plus the little cap-sleeves make it slightly unique and a little bit of a different design.

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As for the pants, the Pure 3/4 Running Tights hit at a nice length, just a couple of inches below the knee and really accentuate those calf muscles 😉

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And the IGNITE running shoe is one that doesn’t necessarily look like your typical, technical running shoe. Instead, it looks sleek and casual, just like a normal sneaker.  The foam insole and sole provide cushioning and comfort, with the special “foreverform” in the heel lessening the impact for those that might be more of a heel-striker.

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Become a part of the movement and hashtag #IGNITE[yourcity] and share your running photos and prove that your city is most energized!

 Photos by Danny Chan

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of PUMA.

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“The Under Armour SpeedForm Apollo running shoe is so lightweight, you might even forget you’re wearing shoes! The new ArmourVent upper makes this shoe even more breathable, allowing for your feet to quickly dry on hot days and sweaty sessions. I find it’s the perfect performance shoe for neutral runners, ideal for any fast distance 5k or less.”

See what others are saying about the Under Armour SpeedForms on the Finish Line Blog.

Get the shoes here >>

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“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? Ashleigh will run circles around you with a breakfast burrito in one hand, Garmin on the other. The 24-year old San Diego blogger has got the scoop on the latest races, running tips and recipes on her blog Daily Cup of Asheejojo. Our feet hurt just reading it.”  –This is probably the best introduction I’ve ever received/read!

Stop by the Finish Line blog to check out everything on my holiday wish list!

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