This weekend, I experienced a new kind of chafing while running a half marathon.
I would have expected it if I had worn something like this and forgot the stick of BodyGlide:
But, I was wearing this - very safe and chafe proof:
The chafing I ended up with was on my eyelid. My eyes tend to water a lot if it's cold and a bit windy. I'll blame my contacts but other people who wear contacts don't seem to have the same kind of issues. Due to repeatedly wiping my eyes with my shirt sleeve, my left eyelid was left with a small chafe mark where I rubbed it raw and it hurt! I attempted to take a picture of my left eye on Monday - it didn't work out so well. In case you are wondering, taking a picture of yourself with one eye shut makes for some terrible photos.
Sunglasses would be the obvious choice to help prevent the issue but I've just never been one to wear sunglasses. The watery eye issue tends to be particularly bad while on trails. I'm not sure sunglasses would really work there either. It seems like when I'm on trails, I have to wipe my eyes repeatedly to keep them clear so I can focus in front of me and where my next foot landing will be.
Anyone else have watery eye while running issues? Any recommendations?