19 May 2011

Running Bra Report

Watching naked people run a 7.46-mile race had me cringing in pain.

Too many jiggly bits jostling, jangling, bouncing and banging around. Damage was being done to tissues. Irreparable damage. Even if you have very small parts, it is wise to protect what you have :) And if things are more sizeable... well, do you really want to look like this....

because that's what's going to happen if you don't take precautions.

What everyone chooses for their support garments is purely individual. Some people focus on the comfort of the garment at the expense of how it performs. Soft and stretchy.... mmmmm... nice :) Until you are out there hurting yourself!

Personally, I prefer no movement whatsoever in the chest region while I am running. This is very challenging for me to achieve. I am not flat-chested. I have tried so many different types and configurations of running bras over the years. What I have found works the best for my skinny frame and "healthy girls" is a bra that has an absolute minimum of stretchy parts. NO stretchy straps. NO stretchy cups. A band with some give to it but not soft, loose and stretchy. There are so many bras out there that tout their functionality for D, DD and larger. Most of them are lying.

One place that has a HUGE selection of sports bras is Title Nine. They use a barbell ranking system... more barbells = more support. And like most online shops, they have reviews that are sometimes but not always helpful. Athleta also has a large selection, grouped according to impact level... high, medium or low.

I am getting a little worried, though. My running bras are 9 years old and will need to be replaced soon. Will I be able to find such a winning support-combo? I wear two different styles at the same time to achieve the feeling I need to be comfortable running.
the bluish-looking one on the right goes on first...

They are total granny bras. They have seams that show through my clothing. And I don't care. I would rather make my favorable fashion statement in a situation where functionality isn't as important to me!



  1. Meow! I want one of them scarves and I want it now! ;D

    I also double up on the undergarments. My girls are not in great shape after 4 babies (you know!) so they need all the help they can get....

  2. My girls are not very big...so my prb is the sports bra riding up on me.

  3. Bwaahaha! My computer crashed and I have no husband so and I'm stuck on my phone. Have been reading but not commenting on blogs. This post is worthy a fight with a tiny little phone keyboard!

    I NEED one of those scarves. Hilarious. I'm one of those who can get by with the built in tank sportsbra! Oddly enough my sisters used to.tease me about stealing the family "inheritance" before these children and all this running mumbo jumbo sucked me dry......

    I LOVED your race report! Thanks for the running porn! Made my day:)

  4. I am Itty Bitty Titty Committee Prez here so I oculd probably use band aids as a bra, but I get that it's a tough issue!! I may not need big boob holders, but I have gas.

  5. Well, I do NOT have the skinny frame (anymore...but I'm working on it. If only B and J were not so comforting...) but the boob area is tiny. What gives??? So not fair.

    And I have been voting for you TWICE/day, just an fyi - from home and my work 'puters....so you can send me my cash winning for most votes casted any time it's convenient for you.

  6. I really don't even need a bra EXCEPT to make me look like I have something there. :)

  7. I dealt with this issue last year....


  8. Happily I don't need a bra yet.

  9. I'll just say, "Hi" today. And I promise that I will not have a similar discussion on my blog about the "boys" bouncin' around when running.

  10. Oh ya, go ahead and brag about those bad girls! I need me a boob scarf!

  11. I have bra issues. I do. Nothing is comfortable and the ladies are jiggly now. :(

  12. I just came across this post and let me tell you the bra that keeps my DDD's in check while running half marathons! It's the Enell. See link if ya wanna. I wear a size 4 and my boobs never shook, bounced, jiggled or even vibrated! It's pricey...but soooo worth it when you only wear 1 BRA...yeah, I said it, 1 bra!


  13. Okay, glad to read I am not the only one that wares two. I ware a "sports bra" over a regular one. I am only a 34B, but really any movement is uncomfortable and hurts after a bit. My friend teases me about that I ware two. Thank you!! :)

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