Introducing Edward Kasper – NipEAZE Ambassador - Edward Kasper Running Ambassador

Running… who loves running?  I didn’t.

It was something I was forced to do while I served in the military.  I was young and was in really good shape, but I hated running.

My max run was a mile and a half.  It was the minimum I needed to run to pass the physical fitness test.

I guess it’s true, when someone TELLS you what to do, you just don’t want to do it.  No interest what so ever.  I often wonder how fast I could have been if I would have enjoyed running and tried harder? I was way younger and a lot lighter. Well, that brings me to today.

In 2014, a veterans group I am affiliated with decided to run the Walk for Warriors Veteran 5K to raise money for the homeless veteran community.  Eager to raise the money for fellow vets, I signed up.

Santa to the Sea - Half Marathon

Then I got nervous. It had been a long time since I donned a pair of running shoes.  I think they call it couch to 5K.  Ha! Seriously, I was a couch potato until then.

I wasn’t worried about being too slow, I just had to beat my fellow vets.  I think competition runs deep with all current/former military members.

I did pretty well and placed #2nd out of my group and that is when the running bug took hold.  The runners I met were so supportive and encouraging, they talked me into training for a half marathon.

That’s 13.1 miles!! I was feeling the runners high so I said sure and signed up.

Training was brutal for this former couch potato.  I went from couch to many miles in a short time.  I shopped for a quality pair of running shoes and started tracking my miles.

I did quick 3 milers to long slow 20 milers.  I think I had almost every type of body ache, pain, and minor injury.  I had sore knees, tweaked hips, and sore calves.

I got a black toe nail then lost it.

I had bloody nipples (and the picture to prove it).

Bloody Nipples after Marathon Race

But all that training paid off.  My first half marathon was in my hometown of Ventura, CA in September of 2014 and I ran it in 1:45:21. So excited, I signed up for another immediately. I just had to beat that time on the next race, and I did.

I met so many encouraging runners at the races and using online forums. I have a virtual running family online that keeps me motivated daily.

If it wasn’t for the strong community of runners, I could see how it would be easy to slip back to the couch. But it’s not going to happen.

In less than one year, I went from the couch to running five Half Marathons.  So far this year (2015), I am signed up for two more Half Marathons and two 5K races.

Marathon Half Marathon 5K 10K

I am always on the hunt for a new race in a unique place.  The goal is to always get a PR (Personal Record) at every race, meet new runners, and eventually race out of state! Boston??

Come on new year, lets see what you bring.


Introducing Keith Hanson – NipEAZE Ambassador

Keith Hanson NipEAZE BannerAlright, well maybe I was a little overweight. Fat, maybe? Chubby, okay? Yeah, we’ll go with Chubby. So I was a chubby, Taco Bell-eating (mmm taco bell), non-runner who regularly and disdainfully reacted to a story or suggestion about a 5K, 10K or whatever- distance race with “What? Why would you do that? What were you running from? I don’t get it,” (damn this first paragraph! Now I can’t stop thinking about Taco Bell!). And then, in May of 2012, I began running. I run a lot these days, but still eat the occasional hand-crafted delicacies that Taco Bell has to offer (they recently brought back the cheesy bean and rice burrito… there is a god!). Now I am the one who gets the weird looks and the always hilarious “Why would you run if it’s not from the cops? You’re crazy. Oh, I like to run, if it’s to the fridge or the kitchen,” or the super common “I’ll run anywhere if it’s for beer (okay, I happen to agree with that one).” Yeah, you’ve all heard the intelligent variety of these comments. They are sooooooo funny.

I’m a dedicated runner now. I’ve ran roads, trails and beaches in Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, and the Philippines. Unfortunately, before I began running, I missed incredible opportunities to run in Australia, New Zealand, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. Sure, I have a routine and regular routes like most runners do (most of my routes pass by at least 2 public restrooms, which is a total necessity), but I’ve been insanely lucky to have run in such a diversity of beautiful places and experience a wide variety of the natural, outdoor playground. The plan is to continue exploring the beaches, roads and trials of the world, taking the paths less traveled, and opting for the hard way over the easy way. Of course, I will also explore the food and drink, and try to get some culture wherever I go. And the people, it’s all about the people. It always is. The idea is to recount these adventures for you, the reader. So here it goes:

This is my first blog post in a series of posts that I hope to be about a number of things that interest me (and you, the reader). In a word, the blog posts will be about life, but all blogs are about life, right? To me, and in this context, that means running, endurance, fun, family, science, friends, the ocean, surfing, food, health, biology, sports, challenges, triumphs, and a whole host of other things. In no way will I pretend to be an expert in anything that I’m not an expert in. Additionally, in no way will this blog be serious. The stories will be ridiculous and will jump around so much that the chronology will be infinitely hard to grasp (though I will do my best to give you associated dates or general times that events and stories occurred). With any luck at all, someone will get some enjoyment and/or information out of these posts and maybe my stories and experiences can actually help someone. Alas, if nothing else, these posts can just be fodder for anonymous commenters to trash someone they don’t know, and will never meet! Only time will tell.

[Disclaimer: I will use a bunch of parentheses, brackets and other techniques as side notes and small tangential stories within the body of paragraphs. It’s how I think and how my brain works.]

I recently made a pretty big life change. I moved from Houston, TX to Charleston, SC about three weeks ago. However, I had only moved to Houston about 5 months before that! Yeah, I move a lot and work a lot of jobs, mostly on short-term contracts. Oh, if you haven’t figured this out by that very short introductory description, I’m a “Millennial.” [I just typed “Millennial” into a large search engine, cough google cough, and one of the first results that turned up was an article in The Atlantic titled “How Budweiser Lost Millennials.” This is clearly a VERY serious issue. What are your thoughts?]

So, aside from the ridiculously asinine moving truck/trailer rental situation that resulted in me going to a multitude of truck rental locations who couldn’t honor my reservation or had no record of it, and eventually ending up with a 16-foot truck, car dolly, and towing my car behind the truck (on the dolly) even though I own very little material possessions, the move went pretty well!

Keith Hanson Moving Truck

The ridiculous moving set-up. Yeah, the truck was about 10-15% full. Awesome.

I left Houston on the 2nd Tuesday in November cruising at an impressive 59 MPH, and likely averaging an equally impressive 8 MPG. Traveling east, like a new-age explorer of the eastern frontier (that doesn’t even make sense), I began in the West Gulf Coastal plain, crossed through the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, and eventually into the East Gulf Coastal Plain, mostly on IH-10, until I reached the childhood home of one of my best friends in Southeastern Alabama. There, I visited with his parents and ate some amazing home cooked food (eggplant parm, Brussel sprout casserole, squash with cranberry and almonds, yummmmm – thanks L. & L. Sutley!) and rested my head for a short while. Driving this route from Houston to Charleston takes you over some of the most beautiful and unique habitats and ecosystems in the United States. A truly challenging environment, the swamps, coastal wetlands, and estuaries of the Gulf Coast host a rich diversity of wildlife and are vital nursery grounds for countless fish, shellfish and other species. This region is critically important to the ecology, economy and cultural heritage of the United States. Additionally, some of the most serious and dedicated “locavores,” live in these areas and they are NOT HIPSTERS, far from it actually. They more closely resemble traditional subsistence communities, not tattooed, skinny-jean wearing “Portlandians.”

The next morning, I saddled up on my iron horse, which equaled about the length of an 18-wheel tractor trailer, to continue my journey east to Jacksonville and finally north to Charleston. During this leg of the trip, I crossed through into the Sea Island section of the Atlantic Plain Coastal Plain; another super cool area with an amazing cultural history and more great wildlife and ecosystems, like the once numerous, but now sparse, longleaf pine forests. I finally arrived in Charleston late in the evening, where I reunited with my beautiful girlfriend! The trip was a surprising success, and I am now uber-confident that I have a fall-back career as an 18-wheeler driver!

Beautiful Southeastern Alabama. A good place to stop in the middle of a 20-Hour drive.

Beautiful Southeastern Alabama. A good place to stop in the middle of a 20-Hour drive.

Now, you’re probably wondering, what’s going on here? This is not a travel blog! Not a blog about moving! Why are you telling us this! This is ridiculous! Well, aside from being a pretty major part of my life for the last month (and remember, I already said this was a blog about life, so HA!), my move from Houston was enlightening, and here’s why. Seriously, there is a point to the moving story – stay tuned!
I have only been running, truly running, for about 2 years and 6 months. Prior to this, I hated running. Don’t confuse that with not playing sports, because yes, I played soccer, and hated running during it. Played baseball, yup, hated running. Volleyball, again, hated running. Tennis, you guessed it, hated running. It was so bad that it was basically a joke between my friends. I accepted it and it wasn’t really a big deal (at the time).

I will not discuss how I got into running, or how I really began enjoying it, until later. But, I will say that during my move to Charleston I did not feel like myself. And somewhere between my wandering attention span in Lake Charles and parts of my body falling asleep that I didn’t think could fall asleep in Jacksonville, it finally dawned on me why I didn’t feel like myself. It’s because I wasn’t able to RUN! Running has really become such a part of who I am and is so integrated into my life, that I don’t feel the same when I don’t run. Running is a part of just about every day for me. Whether it’s a weekday interval session, a weekend long run, an end of the day slow run that feels so good that I just keep going and it ends up totally screwing up evening plans for making dinner and/or going out with friends, or just a medium paced jaunt, running is super important to me. It lets me be active (obviously), creative (not so obvious), reflect on life, work out issues, clear my head, and really be myself. Some have called it romantic, and I guess I could see that. Some call it sensual, and sure, I suppose that works too. Most of the time, I try not to overthink it. I try to just run. It’s a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but to me (just like my girlfriend, friends, and family are to me) running feels like home.

My last long run in Texas was on the fabled Rocky Raccoon  100-mile course. Huntsville State Park, TX.

My last long run in Texas was on the fabled Rocky Raccoon
100-mile course. Huntsville State Park, TX.

So, back to the moving shenanigans. The me of more than 2.5 years ago, the me from College, the me from High School, wouldn’t have thought twice about sitting in a moving truck for 2 days straight and it would have never even occurred to me that I was missing something. So yeah, things change. I have taken days off of running in the past and “Zero Days” are an essential part of training, racing and recovery, but that’s not what this was about. I drove all day on Tuesday and Wednesday, and you bet your ass I went for a run on Thursday. It was a good one, too! It was partly on the beach, and partly on the beach-side road, and it felt great! When things are in flux, changing jobs, moving to a different city, changing climates, regions, or whatever, the consistency of running always settles me in and brings me down to Earth, and I love that.

I traveled over 1,100 miles on my move from Houston to Charleston and crossed through a lot of great places with a lot of great races. There are two really cool races that I want to note here, and in the interest of full disclosure, I am not sponsored-by or affiliated in anyway with these races:

First, is the Gulf Coast Interstate Relay (, which is a 234-mile relay race (running or cycling) from New Orleans, Louisiana to Florabama (the coastal border of Florida and Alabama). The scenery and route look absolutely amazing, and although I have not yet done the race, and will likely not be able to participate this year (April 3-4, 2015), I would love to do it soon.

Second, is the Keys 100 ( Yes, I’m stretching the fact that I didn’t actually drive through the Keys to get to Charleston, but I drove “over” them, at least as the crow flies. Also, it would have been just a little bit out of the way to drive to the Keys to get to my final destination. Anyway, this is a great series of events held May 16-17, 2015 that includes a 100-mile individual, 50-mile individual and a 6-person 100-mile relay option. I did the 100-mile individual event last year (more about that later) and it was fantastic. It is such a great event! You get to run point-to-point, from Key Largo to Key West (the southern-most point in the U.S.).

Next scheduled race for me: December 13th, 2014. 37th Annual Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon.

Enjoy and get out there and RUN!


All Photos: Keith M. Hanson

NipEaze VS Regular Spot Bandages: Performance VS Utility

In the world of marathon running, triathlons and other endurance sports, it often comes as a surprise to the participating athlete when he or she first experiences one of the most painful sports injuries known to man – nipple abrasion. Ouch! This is why that for years endurance athletes have tried everything from bandaids to duct tape in order to help prevent such a gruesome phenomenon from occurring.

Of the tape and bandaid camp, the most common product recruited to help prevent nipple chafing is the spot bandage – a small circular or square bandage designed for small and minor cuts, scrapes and burns. The bandage is placed over each nipple and a small prayer is said in hopes that the adhesive will hold up for at least part of the competition or workout. A close second to this technique is the use of two small bandaid strips placed over each nipple in an X pattern.

While the use of bandages is a great waLatex free adhesive nipple covers.y to help heal an existing damaged nipple, the majority of endurance athletes have discovered that the adhesive properties of these products do not hold up to sweat and high-intensity motion, and therefore are not reliable for use as injury prevention. This stands to a very good reason – bandages are designed to do something totally different; heal wounds. So, many serious athletes have long searched for something better with regards to chafing prevention. In recent years, several products have emerged which have proven to raise the bar in the category of Skin Protection. NipEaze is one such product.

In a recent study, NipEaze was placed head-to-head with one of the leading brand Spot Bandages. As a result, NipEaze is rated as possessing ‘10 times more staying-power’ than its medicinal cousin. Why is that? The answer is simple – NipEaze is designed for athletes, and more specifically, designed to protect nipples. Would you enter your family’s mini-van in a Grand-Prix race? Would you wear your stylish Florsheim wing-tips to a triathlon competition? Why not? The answer is simple: high-performance activities require high-performance equipment. NipEaze is high-performance equipment.

Check out how NipEaze compared to a leading brand Spot Bandages in our recent study:

Shower Test Daily Wear Test Marathon Test Swim Test

In summary, NipEaze has 65% more adhesive coverage than a regular Spot Bandage. Furthermore, NipEaze out-performs regular Spot Bandages in each and every test. As with any specialty performance product, the price is significantly higher than its utility-grade cousin, but compared to other specialty nipple products, NipEaze wins as the best value.

Because NipEaze is designed specifically for nipples, there are many noteworthy differences between the two products.Don't use duct tape or bandaids

Remember, bandages are designed to help heal small and minor cuts, scrapes, and burns; and duct tape is designed to fix stuff. Alternately, NipEaze is a high-quality Athletics Accessory designed to protect the most sensitive parts of your torso! And it is designed to do it well!

Check out additional design-specific qualities of NipEaze:

  • Discreet / transparent – NipEaze is thin and transparent so wearing a pair is hardly noticeable, even for bare-chested surfers!
  • Size options – NipEaze comes in 2 sizes, Regular and Extra. Hey, we all come in different shapes and sizes, and so do our nips!
  • Ease of application – Part of the story behind our name is how easy it is to apply our product. Try it, you’ll see!
  • Water-resistant / sweat resistant – This is the most important feature of our Anti-chafe Nipple Cover. It is the reason we are becoming very popular in the Triathlon community. When you apply NipEaze by following the ‘for best results’ instructions, it stays on, even during high-intensity workouts.
  • No sticky residue – Easily remove NipEaze in the shower and don’t worry about a sticky residue that regular bandages and tapes can leave behind.
  • Breathable – NipEaze is good to your skin. We use high-quality, breathable, latex-free materials.
  • Nipple concealing for ladies and men.Concealing properties – For years, ladies and some men have used expensive pasties and other products to help conceal their nipples, especially when wearing thin or clingy tops, tanks, or tees. Our versatile design works as a comfortable concealer that lasts all day, even as you sweat through your morning workout! NipEaze is the first Sport Pasty on the market!

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Be free to wear whatever, whenever.  :)

Rash Guards for Just the Nips Make Surfing Fun Again!

Rash Guards for Just the Nips Make Surfing Fun Again

Hitting the surf without rash guards could mean excruciating doom for your nipples.  Or NOT…

It’s a perfect day, not a cloud in the sky.  You’ve just had one of the toughest weeks, working your hardest to get ‘er done.  This is the moment in time you have been waiting for all winter long.  A time for you and your board to get reacquainted as you hit the crisp waves that until now have only been visited in your dreams.

It’s your Miller time. 

As you arrive, the beach with its electrifying sand and flowering sun instantly seduces you with warm rays blanketing your skin.  You would love to take advantage of this natural tanning environment and obtain an evenly cured tan as you peel the shirt from your pale winter skin.  But there’s just one problem: you know that facing the surf without a rash guard shirt spells instant doom for your sensitive nipples.  It’s why so many surfers like you have had to give up the sunscreen and forfeit to the whiteness – the bummer of a side-effect that traditional rash guards laughingly provide.  :lol:

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But what can you do about it short of wearing a rash guard shirt?  No one has ever suggested anything else that may work because nothing before has been water-resistant, long-lasting, transparent, and tough enough to do the job.

But today is the day that will alter your surfing lifestyle forever with Surfing Rash Guards.  Today you will discover the one, single, very simple product which will change the way you think about surfer’s nipple and the prevention thereof, specifically with Men’s Rash Guards.

As you pinpoint your favorite spot on the beach, you see a couple of your buds riding in a wave and you notice something very strange – they’re not wearing their rash guards!  No rash guard shirt, no t-shirt, not even a tank!  You find yourself in a state of bewilderment as you marvel at their seemingly high pain threshold.  Remembering your own experiences with nipple burn, you get that debilitating feeling that you may have well just rubbed those nipples completely off your chest – Ouch!  Running to catch up with your friends, a few choice words come to mind as you prepare to remind them what consequences can occur by foregoing the rash guards.

So what crazed surf curse could cause them to lose their rash guards and voluntarily conjure such savage pain upon their sensitive nips?  What is the magic behind their fearless endeavor?

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As you approach, before a single word stumbles from your mouth, one of your buds tosses you a small packet, ‘Hey dude, check ‘em out.’  This packet, the answer to all of your questions, seems simple yet appealing.  You let out a chuckle as you scan the description and your anxiety gradually slips away.

It’s NipEaze – Rash Guards!  It protects your nipples from chafing!NipEaze_Rash_Guards

But what is it? Is it like pasties for men?  And how come you didn’t notice that your friends were wearing them?

A closer look is what it takes.  NipEaze Rash Guards are transparent.  What?  Invisible rash guards?  Well, not completely invisible, but you can’t see them unless you look closely.

And even if you could see them, they’re cool!  You might even decide to draw a symbol on yours.  Use a sharpie to draw a shark fin, a skull and crossbones, a smiley face, whatever!  It’s fun!

NipEaze Rash Guards IS the Magic! 

It IS the answer to the question of how to prevent Surfer’s Nipple.   If you have saltwater, a surfboard, and a barechest, you know what this problem is and how terribly painful it can be.  NipEaze’s revolutionary design is a simple answer to a long-standing problem.

NipEaze is the most versatile, most discreet Nipple Protector on the market today.  Use them as rash guards for surfing, or use them in a variety of other ways.  Marathon runners and other endurance athletes use NipEaze for chafing prevention when extending their activities for the long haul.  Gardeners and other outdoor workers use it as they work actively and sweat, helping prevent the nipple burn associated with hard work and perspiration.   Ladies and even guys use NipEaze as a safe and convenient way to conceal nipples under tight-fitting or thin clothing.  The uses are endless!

So, now, before you hit the surf, pick up a packet of NipEaze Rash Guards, and leave your rash guard shirt behind!surf rash guards

Cowabunga, dude!

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Nipple Covers for Women Help Avoid Embarrassment and Irritation

Nipple Covers for Women Help Avoid Embarrassment and IrritationTired of feeling self-conscious and want to avoid the aggravation that comes with nipple chafing? Protect and conceal your nipples with NipEAZE!

Tired of feeling self-conscious when wearing a thin top?

Or do you want to avoid the aggravation that comes with nipple chafing when exercising?

Why can’t you wear that dress which feels so comfortable, and looks so cute on you?  Don’t you want to wear it without the worry of “standing out?”

How would you like to go to the gym and be confident that your workout will be your only concern.

Try Nipeaze Nipple Covers for Women and get on with your day, and your life.

Nipple Covers for Women:  Who Needs Them?

  • Women who Work out Regularly
  • Women in the Workplace
  • Women Participating in Sports
  • Women with Prominent Nipples
  • Women who May be Nursing
  • Women Participating in Any Type of Water Activity

All the situations above can lead to either embarrassing, or painful experiences.  Let’s look at each one separately.

Nipple Covers for Women:  Women Who Work Out RegularlyNipple Covers for Women Help Avoid Embarrassment and Irritation woman working out

  • Running
  • Aerobics
  • Weight lifting
  • Other organized sports (basketball, volleyball, softball, etc.)

Anyone who works out, or participates in rigorous activities can be in danger of nipple chafing and irritation; both men and women.

Women however, are at greater risk and thus the need to protect that particular area of the body during a workout with Nipeaze Nipple Covers for Women.  The persistent back and forth of the fabric on the nipple can lead to:

  • Redness
  • Soreness
  • Itching
  • Chafing
  • Bleeding
  • Possible infection

So you can see where it would be important to have the nipple protected.

Nipple Covers for Women:  Women in the Workplace

  • In the Board Room
  • Individual Meetings or Conversations
  • At Lunch or the water Fountain
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This isn’t the answer to your problem!

Unless that’s just the look you’re going for, none of these places are where you want to have your nipples become the biggest part of the conversation.  Men stare and women talk about them behind your back.  You can’t help it, you were born with them, and why should it be your problem?  Well, with Nipeaze Nipple Covers for Women it doesn’t have to be.

The latex-free adhesive cover is miraculously water and sweat-proof, and easy to apply and remove, no matter where you are in the office or workplace.

Nipple Covers for Women:  Women Participating in Sports

Do you wear a uniform in some sort of organized sport?

  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics

All these sports require over the top effort and hustle, which translates to you ladies having to move continuously, which causes your clothing to act in very abrasive ways.  With the constant back and forth needed to perform well, this can lead to the symptoms of nipple irritation mentioned above.  With Nipeaze Nipple Covers for Women this doesn’t have to mean sore nipples for days after the sporting event.

The fabrics will glide past each other time and again without leaving you red and sore.  This means you can give your all, and the only worry about your game, is winning.

Nipple Covers for Women:  Women with Prominent Nipples

Let’s face it, some women have:

  • Larger Nipples
  • Constantly Erect Nipples
  • More Sensitive Nipples
  • Inverted Nipples

These conditions can often lead to being gawked at, as well as situations where nipple irritation is more likely.  For all these circumstances Nipeaze Nipple Covers for Women can ease your mind and your body.  It smooths out the protruding areas, and keeps them from chafing due to constant friction.

No more worrying about whether you’re “sticking out,” or if people are staring at you or your breasts.  Nipeaze can give you the confidence to go anywhere and do anything.

  • As a side note women who are nursing and already have sore nipples, will find Nipeaze Nipple Covers for Women a tremendous help.   Your nipples are sore and prominent enough without having to worry about what they look like. Nipeaze can help!

Nipple Covers for Women:  Women Participating in Any Type of Water ActivityNipple Covers for Women Help Avoid Embarrassment and Irritation women at beach

Water and normal clothing don’t mix, at least not while rubbing against the skin.  It’s more like they grate the skin like cheese.  If you’ve ever been to a water park without the proper clothing and protection, you know what it’s like.

  • Swimming
  • Sprinklers
  • Water Rides
  • Water Attractions

All pose a danger to your nipples if you don’t take care beforehand.  Nipeaze Nipple Covers for Women is the care you should take.  Non-latex in make-up, these small protective shields will allow you to enjoy the water all day long.  Plus, you’ll love the       extra discretion while wearing your bikini top.

Nipple_Covers_for_Women_Help_Avoid_Embarrassment_and_Irritation5 productNipple Covers for Women:  Review

If you are looking at Nipeaze Nipple Covers for Women, it’s likely you are experiencing one of the problems discussed above.  If that’s the case, why not try Nipeaze.  Fast, safe, and effective, Nipeaze Nipple Covers for Women are a great way to enjoy your active lifestyle without fear of nipple irritation or unwanted attention.

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