Runner’s Itch


I laced up my shoes, ready for the day’s run. I started with a brisk walk, and when I picked up the pace and my body warmed up, my thighs and legs started to itch.

Crazy, intense itching. I managed for a couple more yards but it became so extreme that I had to stop and scratch. My run was truncated.

Now you’re thinking, “It happens to me too!” Then you ask, “Why do I itch when I run?”

During exercise, especially after a long layover, your capillaries and arteries expand, to increase blood flow to your muscles. Histamine which is released to protect against fatigue, works to expand blood vessels in your body but, unfortunately, sends the itchy message to your brain as well. So you itch like crazy, especially if you’re out of practice like me.

Although uncomfortable, intense itching is not a reason to hang up your running shoes thinking “I’m allergic to exercise.” As you continue your regimen the itching will lessen. If you can work through the discomfort, the itching should get better as you build up stamina.

So, runners itch ain’t got nothing on me. I can’t stop now. I’ll keep working out to stay fit!

Now, over to you.

Will you keep working out, despite your runner’s itch?

Okay, let me spike the conversation:

That thing you want to learn, that vision in your heart, that project you want to execute, that craft you want to pick up after a long layover… You’ve started at it, but it seems like you have a kind of “runner’s itch” from being out of practice or simply from starting. You know you can’t stop now. You have to keep going. Runner’s itch will wear, but the exhilaration of purpose fulfilled is everlasting.

You recently became a Christian – you can’t stop now. Keep going where you’re headed. Jesus has promised to be with you and empower you all the way.

I won’t stop. I’ll keep going. How about you?



Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

3 thoughts on “Runner’s Itch”

  1. I am a certified fitness professional and have been for over 20 years. and I had no IDEA about the itch phenomena. I have never suffered from it and I am an avid runner..I run between 100 and 150 km a month. I’ve never had a client mention it to me either, BUT perhaps that is because they did not connect the itch to their fitness! I’ll be doing a bit more research on this!!

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I’ve not been faithful at working outs and exercising, and I do experience it when I try to run. It wasn’t until recently that I took it serious and searched some materials online.


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