In deep summer (Jul/Aug timeframe), I decided to pick up running again ... outside. I had only run on the treadmill previously since a start time of 4 am necessitated indoor as opposed to outdoor activities.
It is a great stress reliever, calorie burner, and one of the few exercise activities in which dogs can easily participate (strangely, gyms seem to frown on canine companions).
Shortly thereafter, I began developing a persistent rash that quickly devolved into broken skin. And I will not share how much pain I was in during those last couple miles of each and every single run.
Behold the joys of living in humid environs ...
This is my upper ab/lower chest where the transmitter of my heart rate monitor rests during exercise.
This did not heal for a month (the surrounding skin remained very healthy being regularly slathered in almond oil or shea butter to reduce further irritation). This experience was my reminder that anti-chafe products are worth their weight in gold (so-to-speak).
I repurchased Body Glide (http://www.bodyglide.com/products/) "The Original" to see me through the rest of summer.
However, I'm on the lookout for a spray product for easier application.
I ordered Skin Strong's "Slik Skin" (http://skinstrong.com/slik-anti-chafing-spray/) for testing. I could not find any locally, so the internets to the rescue once again.
This rash issue has not re-occurred (although today's run in the drizzle was hot and moist ... ick). However, I have been flipping my HRT 180 degrees to minimize contact.
I now wear it upside down.
My transmitter is the Polar Wearlink. Photographs borrowed from http://www.wristopcomputer.co.uk and http://www.heartmonitors.com.