|Beautiful sunrise over the lake at Legacy Park in Lee's Summit, MO before my Saturday run|
I was sweating a lot due to the humidity and the workout. I was running fairly smooth, and most importantly, pain free. My hip felt great with no issue at all. But then at about mile 5, my face felt like it was going to spontaneously combust. I couldn't figure out why, but then I remembered that I had shaved late last night. I obviously still had a little bit of razor burn. And it made the rest of the run pretty uncomfortable.
I have a rule that I never shave before a run ... ESPECIALLY on humid days when there will be more sweat than normal involved. My skin is just so sensitive that it makes it feel like someone scoured my mug with sandpaper and then dipped it in alcohol. It stings. Bad! It goes all the way back to high school. If I had a game that night, I wouldn't even shave in the morning. Of course back then, I probably had to shave once a week anyway ... if that.
I suppose it's not uncommon. I know a lot of guys get little nicks and cuts from shaving that leaves their face irritated all day. But for most guys the irritation stops at the face. A female runner once told me that she felt the same thing when she shaved her legs, and other anatomy before a run. I diverted the conversation at that point because I could not relate to either of which she spoke, nor will I ever. But if it's similar to what I feel on my face and neck, that would be exceptionally miserable.
The fire under my facial skin really seemed to steal most of my focus, but I managed to average about a 7:30/mile pace for the run, which was perfectly fine. But the second I got home, I grabbed a couple of ice cubes and began dousing the fire.
Other than that it was a pretty good run. Does anyone else struggle with razor burn, or is my skin just extra soft?
... Be Great Today!