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How To Avoid The Dreaded Camel Toe

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*Courtesy of Run Haven

Let’s address the camel in the room.

Whether we want to admit it or not, we’ve all had it. It sneaks up on us when we least expect it and lets everyone know it’s there. It’s almost like it’s waving, “HELLO!” and we’re the last ones to know. Until that race photo shows exactly what it’s been up to. Yes, I am referring to our infamous camel toe. Thanks to race photos, we are lucky enough to catch sight of it in all its glory. I have, however, learned from experience how to avoid the dreaded camel toe.

With summer in full swing, it can be tricky to avoid the toe and still stay cool. I know sometimes it’s an unavoidable suction in our body that creates this silhouette. By using the following tips, you can avoid camel toe while running. You can let the rest of your body do all the talking.

1. Always try on running shorts before you buy them.

Not just shorts, but all lower body workout bottoms, should be tried on before being purchased. Try walking out of the fitting room to see what they look like in different lighting. Also, move around in them while you try them on. Try squatting, jumping and running in place.

2. Make sure to purchase bottoms that aren’t high-waisted.

“High-waisted” and “workout gear” are two terms that should never be used in the same sentence. I find that workout bottoms that fit comfortably on your hips are the best option. High-waisted workout apparel has a tendency to ride up and gather at the toe.

3. Don’t wear new bottoms on the day of a race.

Every runner knows to not try new foods, new shoes, new GUs on race day, and your shorts or bottoms shouldn’t be an exception. Make sure to wear a pair that you’ve worn before and are comfortable in.

4. Buy running bottoms with attached underwear.

I’m always much more comfortable when I can wear running bottoms that already have attached underwear. These bottoms were created to allow proper ventilation and avoid bunching at the toe. These types of shorts are sold in several different brands and materials.

5. Use chafing cream.

When there is friction, garments can get “sucked” into areas they don’t belong. Embrace chafing cream and lather up! Why go through the pain (physical and emotional) when you can address both issues with one simple-to-use product?

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