Thursday, December 4, 2008
A vicks-y solution?
I made myself a promise: before I went on my next run, I'd get some vaseline to slather on my nipples. Okay, that sounded strange (and if you have no idea what's going on, skip down a few posts and catch up). I went back on my promise, but just a bit.
I don't have vaseline at home but I do have Vicks. So I used some of the pungent green stuff to rub on myself to avoid any sort of bleeding issues that may arise from my chest. You see, growing up in a Mexican household Vicks is kind of a jack of all trades. My mom used to rub it on my chest whenever I had a cough, she'd put a dab under my nose when I'd get a cold, on my throat when I had a sore throat... basically any sort of injury I had she thought could be solved by using Vicks.
Now, I'm not sure if it's going to work. Hell, as I write I'm feeling it going to work and it actually feels a bit irritating. I can only imagine what it will feel like when sweat hits it... maybe this wasn't the greatest idea.
But what's done is done. I've got my gear on and am ready to do my pre-run stretches. I plan on going for a 3- to 4-mile run, which usually is accompanied by post-run nipple soreness. I'll fill you all in on how it went once I get back... if I come back intact.
I'm back from my run now. I got in 4.43 miles and I ran it in 39:02. Not the fastest time, however, I did get stopped a traffic light for about 30 seconds or so.
Anyway, I'm not bleeding but the area was still tender. I felt it toward the end of my run a bit and when I got home I took off my shirt, confirmed it wasn't bleeding and it immediately felt sore. It's been about maybe 10 minutes since I got home (I got a drink and devoured an apple in that time) and it's still quite a bit tender.
My conclusion is that (sorry Mom) Vicks did not help. If anything, it caused this pain. It stings and that's what Vicks does, it stings. Maybe after a shower the Vicks will wash off and it won't ache any more.