Why Do My Legs Itch When I Run? – Women’s Running

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You’re on a run and in a nice groove. Then all of a sudden pain slowly creeps up your legs, like tiny ants are marching up and down. One of the most common, overwhelming sensations a runner can experience is itchy legs. It’s an annoying situations that can halt your run. And no matter how much you scratch, the itchy sensation doesn’t seem to go away. Sigh.

What Causes Itchy Legs While Running?

There are a number of reasons you might experience mid-run itchiness, but it seems to be more common in those who are getting back in shape. If you’ve taken some time off of running and are just getting back into it, you may also experience uncomfortable welts or rashes, says running coach Lora Erickson.

As your heart rate increases so does your blood flow, which causes the capillaries and arteries in your muscles to expand. The capillaries stay open to allow…

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