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TheBrolympus
TheBrolympus Posts: 586 Member
So I had never had a problem with bleeding or rubbing until I ran a very hot and humid half marathon last fall. I was that guy that ended up with streaks of blood running down his shirt.

Ever since that half marathon, if I run for more than 40 minutes, I get irritated. Anything over 60-70 minutes and I get blood. The only thing that saves me is band-aids but that is a total pain the a** since most of my runs are over 40 minutes. Glide just doesn't do it anymore and as the temps are starting to rise it is becoming more and more of a problem.

Any miracle cures out there to toughen up my nipples (stop laughing, you know who you are!) or do I just need to invest in a lot of band-aids?

Also, I am not comfortable running without a shirt due to some extra skin issues.

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  • ZenInTexas
    ZenInTexas Posts: 781 Member
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    I think band aids are the answer. I am not a man but I am married to one who runs and he uses those little spot bandaids. I buy them in bulk.:laugh: He tried body glide and it didn't work at all.
  • CarsonRuns
    CarsonRuns Posts: 3,039 Member
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    No shirt.
  • tappae
    tappae Posts: 568 Member
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    I wear band-aids for anything more than 4 miles. The hassle of putting them on is less than the pain during the run and during the shower after. I've heard that compression shirts can help, but I have no experience with this. I just buy a lot of band-aids.

    When I'm fit like Carson, maybe I'll take my shirt off, too.
  • Lard_Vader
    Lard_Vader Posts: 138 Member
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    Wear Under Armor/Nike Combat type brand base layer (under your clothing or as your top, etc.) I've always used this regardless of the temperature (and it gets extremely hot & humid here) if I am running or cycling and never had an issue.
  • DavidMartinez2
    DavidMartinez2 Posts: 840 Member
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    Wear Under Armor/Nike Combat type brand base layer (under your clothing or as your top, etc\)

    Ditto. Anything longer than a half marathon I wear a compression shirt. I even have a tank-top UA shirt that I wear under my singlet for marathons.
  • DonPendergraft
    DonPendergraft Posts: 520 Member
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    I use surgical tape. It's very cheap and it doesn't some off as easily as band-aid's do.
  • KeithAngilly
    KeithAngilly Posts: 575 Member
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    No shirt or body glide. I turn on the hot water in my sink, put the body glide under it for a sec to warm it up and smear away. I cover a good 6 to 8 inch area around them and am usually good to go. Softer shirts help too. Some of the Nike dri-fit shirts are really easy on the chest.
  • HappyRunner34
    HappyRunner34 Posts: 394 Member
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    I am stuck on band aids and they are stuck on me
  • Linli_Anne
    Linli_Anne Posts: 1,360 Member
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    While I am not male - a few of the men I have had the opportunity to run with for longer distances have confessed to wearing a woman's sports bra under their shirts.

    But, I think bandaids are the most common practice for happy nips.
  • TheBrolympus
    TheBrolympus Posts: 586 Member
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    a few of the men I have had the opportunity to run with for longer distances have confessed to wearing a woman's sports bra under their shirts.

    I think my wife would be pissed if I stole one of her sports bras. LOL!!!
  • DonPendergraft
    DonPendergraft Posts: 520 Member
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    No shirt or body glide. I turn on the hot water in my sink, put the body glide under it for a sec to warm it up and smear away. I cover a good 6 to 8 inch area around them and am usually good to go. Softer shirts help too. Some of the Nike dri-fit shirts are really easy on the chest.

    I've not tried it, but one guy sweared by just using Aquafor (kind of like Vasoline). Not sure I'm brave enough to try it. ;)
  • STrooper
    STrooper Posts: 659 Member
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    I have found that it really depends upon the shirt. I just know that certain shirts are more prone to this problem than others. Its also more of a problem running in the rain (again with certain shirts), rather than running in the heat with sweat. I had not had this problem until February when I ran a marathon in a long-sleeved shirt that had never been run in the rain before. It started raining at Mile 3 and I was bleeding by Mile 8. A quick stop at the medical tent had me taped up and back on the road in a few minutes.

    Last marathon, just to be safe, I used those little round bandage dots. No problems even though one came off some time during the race.

    Brings a whole different perspective on "tough titties!"
  • KeithAngilly
    KeithAngilly Posts: 575 Member
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    No shirt or body glide. I turn on the hot water in my sink, put the body glide under it for a sec to warm it up and smear away. I cover a good 6 to 8 inch area around them and am usually good to go. Softer shirts help too. Some of the Nike dri-fit shirts are really easy on the chest.

    I've not tried it, but one guy sweared by just using Aquafor (kind of like Vasoline). Not sure I'm brave enough to try it. ;)

    I use aquafor for my man area. I am afraid it will stain shirts, as I know vaseline does. Body glide washes out with no problem. I have a grey shirt which has two dark spots from the vaseline. To be honest, I have not tried the aquafor on my chest. I also smear some aquafor around nostrils and upper lip for winter runs. It keeps that area from being rubbed raw.

    The trick for me is to put a good amount of body glide on and above the area. I have also notice that my nipples have calloused a bit, but I still lube up. One or two bloody nipples was enough to not chance it.
  • ATT949
    ATT949 Posts: 1,245 Member
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    So I had never had a problem with bleeding or rubbing until I ran a very hot and humid half marathon last fall. I was that guy that ended up with streaks of blood running down his shirt.

    Ever since that half marathon, if I run for more than 40 minutes, I get irritated. Anything over 60-70 minutes and I get blood. The only thing that saves me is band-aids but that is a total pain the a** since most of my runs are over 40 minutes. Glide just doesn't do it anymore and as the temps are starting to rise it is becoming more and more of a problem.

    Any miracle cures out there to toughen up my nipples (stop laughing, you know who you are!) or do I just need to invest in a lot of band-aids?

    Also, I am not comfortable running without a shirt due to some extra skin issues.

    The Under Armor compression heat gear shirts are form fitting. Head over to any sporting goods store that stocks them (or Amazon) and give them a try.
  • RunnerElizabeth
    RunnerElizabeth Posts: 1,091 Member
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    I was going to suggest aquaphor. It works for babies bottoms, I think it will work for men's nipples. I use it for regular female chafing, around my sports bra, anywhere I might have a seem. It works, I haven't noticed staining from it. Vicks vapo rub however does stain, but i wouldn't recommend putting that on your nipples. ;-)
  • 99clmsntgr
    99clmsntgr Posts: 777 Member
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    I run in a compression shirt. It stays in place and keeps any irritation down. This was my trick when I was 300+ pounds running (I had chafing and a blood drop or three on my shirt after just a 5K!). Ever since then I've worn them.

    I like the Under Armor ones and have just gotten some Nike on clearance. The C9's at Target aren't bad if you're pinching pennies.