Tonight I led a Tuesday night trail run at SM Park. It ended up being S & M Park, though.
I had some inner-thigh chafing on last Sunday's long run. I mean I actually wore my skin out to the point of bleeding. I haven't had that issue rear it's ugly head in quite a while, so it must have been a combination of sweat/clothing and circumstance.
Soooo, for tonight's run, I decided to "lube up" with the Sport Stick...or so I thought. I had it in my kit box in the back of my vehicle, (and it was nearly dark). It turned out NOT to be lube. It was a little lube-stick-like product container that applies in an identical manner, but was DEFINITELY not lube. It was a "sports injury" (muscle heating) product. Needless to say, once I had applied it to my chafing scabs, it was hotter than Hell. And too late. And it spread. Yes, it spread to other parts and pieces during the run.
Ultrarunners are used to a lot of pain dealt out in heavy doses over long periods of time. I knew I'd be okay, I just had to "ride it out." I don't think any one else realized I was in pain...I held many a conversation and even had fun during the run. I just blocked it out of my mind. And yes, about 2 hours after my shower, the sensation was finally gone. (Or maybe I've lost all feeling from my waist, down).
Lesson for today: Read your product containers before use!