What is Up with Nipples and Running?
If you are a guy and you have run for any extended period of time, then you will be very familiar with what I am about to talk about. If you are woman, then I have no idea if you go through the same thing but I suspect you do.
I made my nipples bleed the other day. Thatâ€™s right â€“ my nipples. Not something you hear everyday, and before I was even a runner I did not know that a guyâ€™s nipples could bleed. I mean, I guess it makes sense that they can but it is not something I spend even an iota of time thinking about.
My nipple problem seems to flare up when I run in the rain. There is something about getting my shirt and jacket wet and the friction that creates to rub me just enough to open them up. I never really notice it while I am running â€“ adrenaline, serotonin, whatever â€“ but after I finish, take my shirt of and get down to some relaxation the burning hits me. You know the feeling â€“ a pain that does not go away because if you put a shirt on the rubbing continues the irritation you and if you go shirtless the air freakinâ€™ burns. No escape from the pain. I wonâ€™t even go into what happens when you get in the shower and the water pelts your nipples like a shotgun bringing a grown man close to tears.
I tried to explain the situation to my wife, but she had no sympathy explaining that our two kids took a round out of her when they were breastfeeding. This situation is not really something you discuss with the guys â€“ â€œhey Frank, how are your nipples?â€ That could bring a guy more trouble than just bleeding nipples.
So here I am writing about my pain, using the only outlet I know of to talk openly about the plight of the male runner.