I used to hate running. Every time I ran, I got the itchy fat–all the fat bits on me get super itchy–under arm, belly, the back rolls, thighs, and the butt. I would scratch my thighs and under arm so much that the red scratch marks would last for days.
But last year I endured the itchy fat so I could win a Fitbit competition with a co-worker. Then one day, I realized–I enjoyed running. Weird. I ran enough that eventually the itchy fat went away. For the past year, I ran 3 or 4 times a week. Just 5 km at a time, but I was consistent.
Then back in July, in a dumb freak incident in a swimming pool, I ripped my left big toe nail right off the nail bed. I have been living in gauze and bandages and flipflops ever since, and unable to run.
Now 6 weeks later, the nail has healed enough that I can actually wear proper shoes again. Last night, I put on my runners for the first time in a long time, and went for a short run. Oh my, the itchy fat came back with a vengeance! My entire mid section from the chest to the knees was itching so much that it felt like I was burning. I gritted my teeth and endure the itch for a very slow 4.5 km run.
Damn you, itchy fat!