When I bought my Garmin Forerunner 735XT, I got it bundled with an HRM-Run heart rate monitor.
Having never worn a heart rate monitor whilst out running I was intrigued.
So I pretty much started to wear it on every run from then on.
And that’s when the heart rate monitor chafing started.
Too Tight, Not Tight Enough
It’s not an exact science putting the monitor on.
I couldn’t decide how tight the strap should be.
Obviously not too tight but you don’t want it slipping all over the place either, right?
I adjusted it several times over a period of five or more runs until I felt like I’d got the right tension in the strap.
According to the instructions it’s supposed to be worn tight but not so you can’t breath!
The ideal position being as follows:
The loop and hook connection should be on your right side.
And that’s where most of my problems occur.
It Just Keeps On Chafing
The loop and hook connection of the HRM-Run as well as the care tag dig into my right side.
That happens whether I’m wearing the monitor loose or tight.
The only way to escape heart rate monitor chafing is not to wear it!
Sometimes it even cuts into my skin and makes it bleed.
Other times it leaves me bruised and battered.
It looks like I’ve gone a few rounds in the boxing ring.
As if someone’s been punching me in the ribs.
A Glutton For Punishment
Even with constant heart rate monitor chafing, I continued to use the HRM-Run every time I went out for a run.
Any cuts and bruises would heal up after a couple of days without use.
And then I’d get right back out there and use it because I wanted to get my money’s worth.
A few times it really did start to hurt if I ran without a break during the week.
It started to look like I was a devout Catholic who self-flagellated!
I decided when we were going away to visit friends for a week, I’d leave the thing behind.
That would give me time to heal and reassess how often I should use it going forward.
My Heart Rate Monitor Stopped Working
I was well up for using the HRM-Run on my return from a week away.
But on my first run since returning, it wouldn’t connect to my Garmin Forerunner 735XT.
When I tried to pair them again, my watch just couldn’t find the monitor at all.
I tried for several days to get them to find each other.
Then I changed the battery. Nothing. No difference.
I wore the monitor one day in desperation and after I’d finished and was sweating profusely I tried again.
It worked… But only for a few seconds.
So after contacting Garmin, I managed to get a replacement monitor.
I’ve still not tried it out as yet because I’ve become used to not having it on.
It’s easier and more comfortable to run.
And I’m afraid that it won’t pair either.
I’ve got a run coming up though where I could do with having more accurate readings.
I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed and put up with the chafing.
Nothing Can Stop My Heart Rate Monitor Chafing
Have you had similar experiences when wearing a heart rate monitor during exercise?
Is there anything that can stop the chafing?
Any advice or solutions you’ve found work would be gratefully received!
Please let me know in the comments section below.