Rookie Rule #23

Bad bib placement.

Bad bib placement runs in this family.

Pin Your Bib Front and Center.

Race gear can get complicated. Layers! Energy supplements! Ear buds! The list goes on and on.

But here’s something you need not over-complicate: Your race bib.

It’s easy, folks. Pin your bib on your stomach. Below your chest, above your crotch, right in the middle of your torso. If you’re questioning bib placement, aim for your belly button. (An added bonus of proper bib placement? It’s flattering to the mid-section. You’re welcome.)

Here are some places you should not pin your bib:

  • The back of your shirt. No one behind you cares what your number is, and photographers can’t tag your photos. Come on, you’re smarter than that.
  • The top of your shirt. Aside from looking dumb, this is going to rub you (potential chafing hazard) and adversely affect the way your shirt moves.
  • Hanging off the bottom of your shirt. If you don’t pin all four corners, you risk annoying bib flappage mid-race. Also annoying, your legs are going to kick your bib.
  • The side of your shirt. Yes, I’ve seen people do this. I have no idea why people would do this. Do not do this.

And please, attempt to pin it on straight. Happy racing, Angels! — Aidz

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Bad Angel Rule #59

Lube Up.

Once you run far enough, you’ll discover an unpleasant side effect of running: chafing. Chafing is a sneaky evil because generally you don’t even realize it’s happening. Not until you take your post-run shower and your salty sweat burns like the fires of hell anywhere you’ve chafed.

I have a perma-line where my sports bra sits on my ribcage and rubs. It’s a battle wound that makes me a hard ass. Armpits and inner thighs also can be problem areas. And don’t even get me started on certain iPod armbands …

That said, I still take steps to minimize the damage. There are many chafing remedies, but many of them (especially Vaseline) will stain your clothing. Body Glide is a great little invention that works wonders and can be found at just about any running store. When you don’t have Body Glide, deodorant/antiperspirant will get the job done.

For longer runs, I also slap lotion on my feet because I find it helps prevent blisters. Try grabbing a minty variety for fresher feet.

Whatever you’re using, just make sure to apply a liberal layer to all of areas you risk rubbing raw before you head out the door. — Aidz