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Leslie Kay

Part 1: Runner Problems – Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask

As you prepare for your runDisney race, we want to help ensure your body is in top form by sharing preventive health tips from Cigna experts on topics you may have wondered about, but were too afraid to ask. Asking about runner's chaffing can be embarrassing, but don't worry – we get it! Cigna's chief medical officer for national accounts, Dr. Charles Smith, and health coaches are here to help you achieve your personal runDisney best, whether you're training for the Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna or another race event! Let's get to it!


Runner Hydrating with water


How do you prevent chaffing? Chaffing anywhere on the body can be prevented by applying a generous layer of petroleum jelly or diaper rash ointment to the affected area. Avoid wearing sweat-soaked clothing, which exacerbates chaffing, and on longer runs, take a sample size of the lubricant with you to reapply.


How do you avoid getting sick on the course? A good rule of thumb is, right before runs lasting up to 60 minutes, just drink water. For runs over 60 minutes, replenish energy with a sports drink containing electrolytes and glycogen. If you're concerned about too much sugar or high calories, low calorie sports drinks are available and provide the electrolytes needed with less sugar and calories. Another helpful tip to ensure you don't have to unexpectedly go to the restroom during your run, eat foods you normally eat and that you know agree with you in the days leading up to your race.


At Cigna, we're passionate about being part of your team and supporting you along your health journey. Which is why we believe in knowing your numbers: Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol to help you stay in control of your health and to keep achieving your runDisney milestones! If you haven't yet, see your doctor to get your annual check-up and know your numbers!


Stay tuned for more questions you've always wanted to ask after Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend.


Cigna is the presenting sponsor of Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend and Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend.


This content is for educational purposes only and does not provide medical advice. Speak to your doctor if you have health concerns and prior to starting a new diet or exercise program.