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Q: I sweat so much when I run. Any suggestions for the yellow splotches that inevitably appear on the underarm area of all my pretty running shirts?
A: Sweating is a good thing—it's your body's way of cooling itself and proof positive of a great workout. However, sweat does have some nasty side effects in the form of stains and odors.
Never fear. With a few changes to your antiperspirant arsenal, your favorite tech tees will stay fresh for years. First, try switching to a clinical-strength antiperspirant. Apply a formula like Secret Clinical Strength Waterproof Deodorant ($10, drugstores) at night so that your body can better absorb the product, then again before your workout to help keep you dry. To prevent stains from setting, use this easy home remedy: crush and dissolve five uncoated aspirins in warm water and dab the solution over the underarm area of shirts before washing.
Q: I always have to wear bike shorts under my running shorts because my thighs rub together, but this makes my outer shorts bunch up. Any suggestions?
A: Distracting wardrobe malfunctions can put a damper on your run. We've got two suggestions to help you combat this pesky problem. First, try a running skort, such as Asics Abby Skort ($50, asicsamerica.com), with built-in shorts. The breathable fabric and lack of excess material between your legs helps you avoid ride-up. You can also try forgoing the biker shorts completely and using friction-fighting cream instead. We love silicon-based Mission Skincare High-Performance Anti-Friction Cream ($10, missionsk-incare.com), which offers up to five hours of chafe protection.
Q: I have to wear glasses, but they often fog up and slip when I run. Any advice?
A: Start by checking your equipment. "Athletes should not be using their everyday glasses for running," says Nancy Kirsch, director of the eyewear division at the State University of New York College of Optometry. "You wouldn't wear your Manolo Blahniks to go bowling, so you can't expect the glasses you wear to the office to work for running." Invest in a pair with lightweight polycarbonate lenses, UV-protection and a silicone nose pad to prevent slipping. Use a sports strap that wraps around your ears so frames stay put, and wear a headband to reduce brow sweat that can cause fogged lenses.
Q: What's a good sunscreen for my face that won't turn into a greasy mess by the end of a long run or race?
A: Your best bet is a sun block stick. These slightly waxy screens have better staying power than sprays and lotions, and they won't run into your eyes as you exercise. We like Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen SPF 50 Stick ($7, drugstores), which spreads on easily and will get you through a long, hot run. For double protection, apply Supergoop. Save Face Sunscreen Serum ($32, supergoop.com) as a primer 30 minutes before spreading on your sunscreen stick.