End of the Road? Not Hardly.

New Skin

Well, summer’s very nearly over, and school is ramping back up. I go back to teaching in about two weeks, which means my training no longer gets to be a major focus–it gets to be worked in around my class schedule and office hours.

It also means that my time as a New-Skin ambassador are coming to a close, and that makes me kind of sad. This summer has been a fantastic journey in terms of my fitness quest, and New-Skin has really helped me push through some uncomfortable barriers.

Ten Miles and Counting!

This past week, I ran my first 10-miler (in 98% humidity!), and it was a nightmare. I felt terrible afterward, and because the weather was wearable, my body chafed in ways it’s never chafed before. So I threw some anti-chafing spray on my under arms and around my waist and was very thankful that I still had a bottle of it left.

With the Tennessee humidity being so nightmarish this time of year, being a part of #TeamNewSkin really has helped. I mean, I’m all about preventative measures, but I don’t really keep a terribly well-stocked medicine cabinet. Thanks to this New-Skin program, I’ve been able to avoid and take care of blisters and raw spots from chafing before they become a real issue and kept me from being ready for my half-marathon this October.

Used-Car Salesman

I also started weight lifting recently, working on the StrongLifts 5×5 program with a buddy. He’s been ramping up his fitness, too, and because of the humidity in our area, he complained about chafing. So I immediately went to my stock of New-Skin stuff and handed him a bottle of the anti-chafing spray.

He looked at me weird, asked me, “seriously?” and I shrugged. I told him it really did work for me, even though I felt like a goober for hawking the stuff at him. But long story, short…he tried it, it worked, and now we’re moving into the third week of our 5×5 program without having to worry about injuries and annoyances from the other half of our fitness routine.

Onward and Upward

Like I said, my time as a New-Skin ambassador might be coming to an end, but my training certainly isn’t. I learned a lot this summer about pushing through boundaries and trying new stuff that I’m not entirely comfortable with. I’m kind of a pansy, so whenever something hurts, I tend to stop.

I’m really happy that I had the chance to get a couple of products that prevented that kind of hurt (or maybe acted as a kind of buffer or even placebo) to keep me pushing forward. Before this, I was so scared of blisters and bloody nipples that I kept to my comfort zone. Just knowing there were things that would make those kinds of things easier to deal with helped a lot.

So this fall, I have a half-marathon in October, and I fully intend to keep working on 5×5 lifting beyond that. I want to be stronger, faster, in better health–and not scared of the minor physical ticks that come with being in shape. This summer was a great time to really dig in, push myself, and get a strong base so that I can stick with it when teaching and administrating get hectic.

How did your summer training go? Did you meet or exceed your goals?

New-Skin® has been providing active skin protection for over 100 years. New-Skin® Liquid Bandage can be used to help prevent bacterial contamination in minor cuts and scrapes and New-Skin® Anti-Chafing Spray prevents and soothes chafing and blistering from friction or rubbing.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of New-Skin. The opinions and text are all mine.

B.J. Keeton

B.J. Keeton

B.J. is a geek, gamer, podcaster, and livestreamer. He has been the co-host of the Geek to Geek podcast since 2016, and he helped start the Geek to Geek Media Network. His biggest pet peeve is when someone spells Wookiee with only one E. One time, he told his friends he liked vegetables maybe more than he did Star Wars, and they made him put a dollar in the jar. That should tell you everything you need to know about him. Find him on Twitter as @professorbeej or on Discord as @professorbeej#1337.

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