No one could argue that running is a great exercise that benefits the majority of people who take it up, but if you’ve been running for a while, you’ll know that the activity isn’t without its embarrassing little problems, those things we’d rather not discuss. Well, I’m going to break with tradition and talk about them right now! I think it’s important that we get those embarrassing issues out there, not so more people are put off from running, but so they know what to expect and so us regular runners lose out embarrassment about them.
So, without further ado, here are some of the most embarrassing issues you may face as a runner:
A Leaky Bladder
Ladies who run can sometimes experience leaky bladder issues, particularly if they have given birth at any time in the past. They’ll be running along at a fine place when all of a sudden they notice that their shorts are wet!
The most common causes of a leaky bladder in runners are weakened pelvic muscles, which means that regular Kegel exercises are the best solution to this particular problem. However, if you happen to be overweight and you suffer from a leaky bladder when running, dropping a few pounds (running will help you with that) is also a good idea as it will take pressure off your bladder.
A lot of runners also suffer from the very embarrassing problem of diarrhea when they’re out pounding the pavements, but it’s so common that you shouldn’t let it fluster you too much if it happens to you.
There are a number of causes of runner’s diarrhea including lactose intolerance and IBS, which can be worsened by exercise. Alternatively, it might be that you are dehydrated during your runs. Steering clear of high-fiber foods and drinking plenty of water before your workout could help you to prevent this particular issue.
You’re running along when all of a sudden your nipples start to hurt and your shirt turns an unsettling shade of crimson it’s happened to many a runner, usually male and it’s cause is a simple one; the friction between nipples and clothing when running chafes the nipples causing them to become raw. This can be prevented by applying Vaseline to the nipples, wearing a well-fitting sports bra and even using band-aids or nipple guards to protect the area and prevent significant pain.
There are few conditions that have the ability to embarrass people more than hemorrhoids, and unfortunately, runners who have recently given birth or experienced diarrhea are at greater risk of the condition than average. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to prevent hemorrhoids from occurring, but treating them with an effective medication like Venapro and seeing your doctor if symptoms persist is vital when you notice the condition and if it continues to cause you problems.
Running and sweating go together like peanut butter and jelly, but some people seem to sweat much more than others, particularly in the armpits, feet and hand areas. Sweating helps the body to cool down, which is why you tend to sweat a lot when you’re running, but you can minimize the amount you sweat by wearing a string antiperspirant and moisture wicking clothes.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.