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Penis blister: not a great word combination

July 8, 2012

The bad news is that I have a new, small blister on my penis.  The good news is that this is the first time.  The better news is that it’s origin is unambiguous and, as far as penis blisters go, reasonably comfortable to explain.

This morning’s run was 21.6 miles in 3:32 around Boulder Valley Ranch.  I got out early with Matt W., a 37-time marathoner with multiple Boston Qualifying times.  Matt is training for his first 50-miler, which he is sure to crush given his base of training, good attitude, and habit of adding on an extra hour of running each day AFTER everyone else in his running group calls it quits after just 3 or 4 hours.

With the exception of one killer section up and over Hogback Ridge, most of our course was flat to just slightly rolling so we were able to run a relatively consistent pace.  Despite having spent more hours running (6.5) than sleeping (5.5) since yesterday and another 3-long-runs-in-4-days stretch, I was mostly able to stick with Matt, other than anytime the ground moved upwardly.

This run was my first time since landing in Boulder where I had to deal with real humidity.  Though the temps were only in the 70s, the humidity had me soaked/gross/glistening? within the first 20 minutes of the run.  This brings me back to my penis.

Over the last few years I’ve experimented with all sorts of gear.  Based in Austin, much of my mileage is done in the heat and humidity, which means anything touching my skin is wet and clingy and uncomfortable.  About a year ago I gave tri-shorts (like biker shorts – tight in all the places, right and wrong) and found they are relatively better for chaffing and general comfort since they don’t have flappy parts to whip at my thighs.  But, when totally wet, they can cause some near-catastrophic crotch situations.  This is simply remedied but slathering on Vaseline between my shorts and, uh, my”self”.  But, this is only an issue when my shorts are wet and with the dry air in CO I haven’t had any reason to think much about undesirable rubbing for the last few weeks.  So, I got lazy, skipped the lube, and got undesirably rubbed for a couple of hours this morning.  It isn’t funny.

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