Feeling the Burn1 of 9
Running and sweat go hand-in-hand, so it's only a matter of time before chafing rears its ugly head. To keep it at bay, wear sweat-wicking clothing (no cotton!) and choose seamless undergarments.
Before runs, apply Body Glide to sensitive spots like underarms, nipples, thighs, even between those pesky cheeks. If you're concerned about bloody nipples, cover them up with Band-Aids. And for on-the-run emergencies, carry some lip balm with you. It works in a pinch!
Bathroom SOS2 of 9
If you want to steer clear of a toilet emergency, limit caffeine and avoid greasy, spicy or sugar-free foods before a run. Choose bland, low-fiber—and, dare we say, constipating—foods instead. Bananas, low-fiber cereal and applesauce are all easy on the stomach.
Once you're out on the run, bring a bit of emergency toilet paper and have some restrooms mapped out. If you're running with friends, let them know that nature is calling. As fellow runners, they'll likely understand! Ask them to do loops around your bathroom of choice so they don't have to interrupt their run.
Left Behind3 of 9
It's happened to all of us: You've set out on a group run and before long, you find yourself lagging behind. Whether it's because you're out of shape or just having an off day, sometimes you just need to go at your own pace. Alert your buddies sooner rather than later—they might even welcome an easy run. If not? Do your own thing and plan to catch up with them another time.
Like a Dripping Faucet4 of 9
Allergies or a lingering head cold got you down? If a tissue (or sleeve) isn't readily available, it might be time to implement the snot rocket. For the uninitiated, it's just like it sounds. Step to the side of the road, tilt your head away from your body, cover one nostril and blow. Try to be quick and forceful when you blow to minimize mess!
Wardrobe Malfunctions5 of 9
If you're close to home, you can run inside and swap out the offending garment, but if you're farther afield, things get a bit tricky. Short of swinging by the local running store and picking up some new gear, there's not a whole lot you can do. Try bringing along an extra safety pin or two—that might hold together ripped shorts or a bra in a pinch. It is also a good idea to stash a spare set of running clothes in your car or gym locker just in case—you'll be especially grateful when that unexpected downpour hits.
Laughing Gas6 of 9
Everybody toots, but how do you handle smelly and/or loud emissions on a run? If you're trying to be discreet in a large group, fall back a few paces or move over to the side of the road to "tie your shoelace." If a toot squeaks out before you can do anything about it, the best strategy just might be to own up to it and laugh it off.
To prevent excess gas, limit high-fiber and sugar-free foods as well as carbonated drinks in the hours leading up to your run.
Toenails Are the New Black7 of 9
Marathoners are most prone to this dilemma, but it can happen to runners of all distances. Whether it's from shoes that fit too snug, lots of downhill running or simply bad luck, a black toenail occurs when friction causes a blood blister to form under the nail. In many cases, the toenail will eventually fall off. To prevent this eyesore, make sure your running shoes are big enough, keep your toenails short and choose sweat-wicking running socks. If you do get a black toenail and feel anxious about going barefoot, try covering the damaged digit with a Band-Aid.
Do the Wave8 of 9
You're running loops in the local park and you keep passing the same person. Should you acknowledge each other or look the other way? While this situation isn't embarrassing, it can be borderline awkward. Our suggestion: Wave or nod once and then do your own thing. No need to make eye contact after the first time!