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W8R2 - I never even thought about this before I started but...................


...............I've only gone and got jogger's nipple - my right one to be exact!! Not sure if there is an emoji for this :)

I hadn't noticed any dryness or discomfort until i was at work today and my nipple was itchy. So i duly obliged without giving it much thought. After an hour or so I noticed my shirt was discoloured and without panicking immediately thought my nipple had fallen off. Had a quick peek - no still there but as raw as raw can be. And very sore even with the shirt just resting on it - almost as saw as a paper cut and we all know there is nothing worse than a paper cut!

I went off to the shops to get a plaster to pop over the offending nip whilst also trying to hid the ooze on my shirt. This led me to grab the first box of plasters I saw and went back to the office to pop one over the inflammed little chap. Bollocks - in my haste I'd only gone and picked up a box of corn plasters!

They would have to do they were round and covered the fella - and they worked a treat. I wasn't sure what effect the corn plaster would have on the lumpy bumpy and again with complete calmness removed the plaster at home fully expecting to see the nipple resting in the plaster, Thankfully it was still stuck to my chest (never had any doubt :) )

With two plasters in place I set out on the run and it was great - definitely getting easier. The weather was cooler tonight, more of a breeze and I settled into the run within the first couple of minutes - breathing settled down legs were OK - iron maiden first up on the shuffle 'Run to the hills'.

Last week I started using a running app to monitor the distance/pace etc. I did start the app at the start of the walk and turn it off at the end of the run. This week (since MJ believes I am now a runner!!) I thought I should start the app when I start running. A slight discrepancy between the app and MJ over times but according to RunKeeper I ran for 29mins 59s by the time I stopped the app and the distance was 4.87km. I am so stoked!!

At Easter I gave up smoking and after a couple of weeks found C25K and thought it would help me to focus on something other than giving up smoking. BTW I am proof that quitting is easy - I have done it so many times in the past :) Really it is not easy. But if anyone, anyone had told me then that I would be on the verge of running 5km in 30 or so minutes - there is no way I would have believed them.

I've lost half a stone of junk from the trunk and feel soooo much better. I'm so pissed that I didn't find this program earlier.

Also this forum has been invaluable - the advice, experience support encouragement that is evident here is heart warming, life affirming and above all makes you realise there is nothing that cannot be achieved with the help and support of others.

For everyone starting out - well done you are on the way to changing your lives - to those that offer support - thank you are all stars.

Counting down the next 4 runs - God and nipples permitting :)

20 Replies

I didn’t know joggers nipple was even a thing

OldflossAdministrator in reply to BaddieThePirate

Yep.... the chaps get it ... we have had a few posts about it... :)

PaulBradGraduate in reply to BaddieThePirate

Believe me it is - don't want to labour the point but it is surprisingly painful - they're sensitive little blighters!


I started off feeling sorry for you and your sore nipple, then I felt embarrassed for you that it was leaking at work, but by the time I got to the bit about the corn plasters I was killing myself laughing! Thankyou!

I think that if your nipple does drop off you should be able to get one tattooed back on.

Good luck, week 9 is so close. Your times are really good, you can do it!

PaulBradGraduate in reply to Goforitmama

Thanks Goforitmama - I ended up in the toilets trying to wash my shirt and then spend half an hour trying to dry it under the hand drier - by the end of it my shirt looked a proper mess :)


Well PaulBrad, you certainly had me panicking about the ailment! 😱 You know when you hear something that makes you wince? I had to read on to find out more. Hoping that I don’t have that particular experience, of course. I’ve banished the scales, (never liked them anyway!🤨) and I’m just enjoying feeling and looking good in my clothes. Glad to hear all is in tact and you’re so close to graduation! Well done you! ❤️

OldflossAdministrator in reply to Fabulous450

Mostly a chap's ailment:)

PaulBradGraduate in reply to Fabulous450

Hi there - sorry but 'wince' doesn't do it justice :) - its right on the tip of the nip and each time I my shirt caught it, it is was like a genuine electric shock in that area. My daughter said to me yesterday that my belly had gone down so she wanted to jump on the scales to she if I'd lost weight - really pleased I have but you are right it is more about the way you feel - and I'm feeling so much better :)

Fabulous450Graduate in reply to PaulBrad

😖 that’s all I can say! Great weight loss though Paul! Nice! 😁❤️


Haha 😂 very funny post! Love it - apart from the nipple woes obviously! I’m on the same run - tomorrow is run 3 - amazing to have got this far! Happy running and hope the ailment sorts itself out soon 🤕:)


I used to get this a lot until I discovered it was one make of t-shirt that had fabric like a cheese grater! A cheap way of dealing with the problem is to get some narrow micropore tape from the chemist and put an X of tape across the little fellas which gives them invisible protection

PaulBradGraduate in reply to Makka62a

I have an X of plasters this morning (proper ones!) so hopefully all will be well today. Before I was struck down with this affliction I had actually ordered a proper running t-shirt - just run in ordinary cotton ones at the moment - hopefully it will be delivered tomorrow -fingers (and plasters) crossed.

BaddieThePirateGraduate in reply to PaulBrad

Tee hee hee. Mental picture you’ve created is making me giggle.

PaulBradGraduate in reply to BaddieThePirate

😀 plasters have worked today thankfully - no running today so hopefully all good for tomorrow


This made me laugh... sorry ...!

Okay... well, well done you for getting through this... brave soldier! You are doing brilliantly... and sore nipples sorted, just take it steady and slow as you head onwards:)

PaulBradGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

:) thanks Oldfloss - much appreciated.


I have only had jogger's nipple after a particularly long hot run and had no idea of any problem until I got in the shower..............it is excruciating!!!!

Apparently, Bodyglide is the proprietary answer.


I too have suffered, particularly when it has been hot and humid, we men do suffer (cue outrage from all the ladies 😉) glad you are OK and look forward to you joining us on the podium

PaulBradGraduate in reply to Berksrover

Strangely - I'm looking forward to the last 4 runs and can't wait for the podium and what lies beyond - who'd have thought 9 weeks ago I'd be saying that - time for a lie down with a cold compress I think!

Fabulous450Graduate in reply to Berksrover


However, I think I need a lie down with a cold compress now from hearing about it, in quite some detail! 🤢

Ah....let’s hope you poor men don’t suffer too much in the future! 🤨🤣❤️

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