Chafing is such an ugly word, isn’t it?
This Saturday I’ll run my first marathon, and I could use some advice on clothing. The temperature is going to be around 50 degrees at the start of the race, and probably around 70 degrees by the time I finish. I’ve been training through the winter, so I haven’t had to deal with temps over 50 most of the time. That is, overheating has never been an issue, although keeping warm enough has been. I often run wearing my swim jammers as shorts, covered by a pair of running tights. I wear a tight, long-sleeve base layer shirt, which I tuck under everything at my waist, and which prevents my skin from getting holes in it around my waste from the bunched up waist of my tied tights. Then I generally cover the baselayer with a t-shirt or running jacket.
However, I think I’ll overheat in this event if I wear all that. I think I could get away with tights and a t-shirt, but then I don’t have the baselayer protecting me from wear and tear around my waist. I could wear the baselayer with no t-shirt, but even that might be too warm. Last year the marathon winner was wearing those skimpy running shorts and a tank-top, and he didn’t look like he was cold. So what should I do? How do I keep from chafing around my waist?