As any runner knows, we often deal with more aches and pains than non-runners. Some of us, ahem, are simply not as graceful while others deal with nagging issues from the stress of pounding out miles. Over the years, I’ve slowly accumulated a first-aid kit of sorts to aid me through all my aches and pains.
- Band-Aids – Band-Aids (or any adhesive bandage) are an absolute must. Whether you have a tendency to fall over your own two feet or blisters seem to develop out of nowhere, Band-Aids are your best friend.
- Body Glide – Ah, chafing. I think every runner’s had to deal with this at some point in their life. I distinctly recall my thighs chafing so badly during my first marathon that I thought I had another stress fracture. Luckily, I have since discovered Body Glide to help prevent such irritation.
- Fuel – I always keep an extra package of shot blocks at my apartment. They are good to have in a pinch in case you may need fuel mid-run.
- Ice-packs – You can make your own, or purchase them relatively inexpensively. Or just use frozen bags of vegetables. They are perfect for soothing sore muscles or twinges.
- Heating Pad – Know when to use heat or ice, and keep a heating pad on hand for those lingering injuries.
- Sunscreen – I admit, I don’t always wear sunscreen when I run, because it slips my mind. However, that leaves me with funny tan lines, as well as you know, increases my risk of skin cancer. It’s imperative to lather up before hitting the pavement. Here’s a great list of products for athletes.
- Ibuprofen – Obviously, I am not encouraging you to down ibuprofen after every run, and don’t use it to mask serious pain or injuries, but it helps with minor aches.
- Ace bandage/athletic tape – Keep around to provide compression and help with swelling.
- Hydrogen Peroxide – In the event that you should take a spill and get a cut, keep this handy to clean the wound.
- Foam Roller/Resistance Band – Perfect for stretching and rolling out sore muscles.
What do you always have on hand in case of a running emergency?