Monisha's Minute: The Bra Blog (Dun! Dun! Dunnnn!!!)

I really scratched my brain for a witty way to start this blog post. But the truth of the matter is there is nothing funny about what I saw at the last 5K race I attended.

This was my first time running in a race as a coach. As much as I wanted to focus on myself and a possible PR (run a personal record time), I couldn’t. I was too focused on checking on my runners from my Sole Patrol 5K class. Although I was very confident all of the Sole Patrol runners were ready to run 3.1 miles, I couldn’t help but check up on them and run along side them.

As I finished the race, I waited for my runners to cross the finish line. Each one of my runners finished strong and injury free might I add. Of course, in between the Sole Patrol 5K runners completing their race, there were other runners crossing the finish line too. It was then I began to notice how many women were running in bras that were not doing a dog’on thing for their chest area. I mean things were bouncing and jiggling all over the place. This doesn’t appeal to me. As these ladies ran in I couldn’t help but pronounce onomatopoeias in my head. Don’t judge me please.

Now, I’m a pretty compassionate person who really tries to be observant of my delivery on touchy subjects such as breast. So I’m trying to keep this serious issue very light-hearted. However, I can only imagine how painful it is to have boobs bobbing and lobbing while running.

Now if there are any feminist that are ready to fire away in the comment box that real breast move and all that jazz, trust me. I know. I have real breast. In addition, I know that when I’m going for a run, these twins need to be harnessed down because if they’re not, it’s trouble for me and any oncoming traffic! LOL. There are a number of bras out there that can help reduce the bounce in your breast, the jiggle in your jugs, the… you know what I mean.

Let me go ahead and make the disclaimer that I am about to break a woman law: Ladies, you know the “good bra” you have? You know the one that makes the girls sit up and look like you can feed a third world country all by yourself? Well, you need to leave the good bra at home when going for a run. The good bra usually lacks the high impact support needed for running. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

I visited my favorite running store Run On! to check out a new line of athletic bras they carry. The prices ranged from $29-$59 depending on the level of support. You’ll notice that some have thicker straps than others. Styles range from racer backs, clasp backs, and the full one-piece kind you pull over your head.

Have you found an athletic bra that works great for you? If so, please share.  How hard was it for you to find one that works for you? What made it difficult for you to find your perfect athletic bra? For me, I have a long torso, slender back, and narrow shoulders, making it very difficult.

The first five ladies to post feedback will receive a $10 Gift Card to Run On!

Love, Peace, and Sweat,

Monisha R.

Monisha Randolph is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach  and the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha or to purchase a copy of her book please visit www.runnersrevelations.com. Feel free to follow her on Twitter and join her Fan Community on Facebook.

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24 Comments

  • Treasure says:

    I am a D. It’s hard for me to find good bras. The best sports bra I have is from Dick’s Sporting goods – can’t remember the brand but I need wide straps and full support. I do interval running, zumba, kickboxing, etc.

  • alexandria says:

    Yes it takes awhile but repping the D family in the bras I am all about 2-3 bras right now. I found them affordable online at overstock and 6pm. I am a fan of the nike victory bra, all underamour bras and a new fan of moving comfort’s.

    • Monisha says:

      Thanks for the feedback Alex. But you know since you’re on Sporty Afro staff you don’t get a giftcard. Conflict of Interest 🙂 😉 LOL

  • tammy says:

    I am a d and It was extremely difficult. I finally found
    Some Nike bras at a local store that I like.

  • Treasure says:

    I will look into the Nike bra. I tried to wear one from Walmart and it doesn’t work. The only way I can wear it is if I wear two. Also, my shoes wear out so quickly – haven’t found the right one yet either.

    • Monisha says:

      If you’re a C cup or higher, I don’t think Walmart is going to be able to do anything for you. I had to stop fooling with them in the 9th grade. My most favorite athletic bra was made by Adidas on their Hydromove line. I could run, workout, and swim in it. But it wasn’t a swimsuit top. They discontinued the line . I’m so mad I didn’t buy 10 of them when I bought the one I purchased. Right now, I wear the Nike DriFit. But they changed the circumference of elastic band last year so I’m not satisfied anymore. So my great bra journey search continues…

      • alexandria says:

        Yes.. i agree. moe they now have two version of nike dri fit bras. i got both and one holds better than the other 🙂 @treasure its so important on those bras. i try on the bras i want and like then shop online at overstock and 6pm. i found the same bras for 20 bucks each!

  • Kiara says:

    I actually liked this article. I am not a runner but this same issue applies to general workouts. A good athletic bra is needed at the gym or for my FAV…ZUMBA! I don’t have a “workout bra” so glad I read this article! I’ll be getting one!

  • Ernestine King-Johnson says:

    I’m a gym rat turned marathoner. I’m also a 34GG. There has only been one bra to work for me. It’s not sexy, It’s not pretty nor does it accomodate racer-backed shirts. BUT IT WORKS!! See the link below..

    http://www.enell.com/index.php

  • Kerrie Barree says:

    As member of the DDD club, I whole-heartedly endorse the Enell bra. They can be purchased on line or if you’re in DFW, the Maddox shop carries it. It’s expensive but well worth the money. The “girls” will NOT move.

  • Ernestine King-Johnson says:

    Wrong link, my apologies. I did refer Enell to someone but I ended up using Elomi because of the cupsize. You can be fitted and try then on off the rack. I was suprised given my cupsize.

    http://www.elomilingerie.com/lingerie/best_sellers/energise/uw_sports_bra.aspx?colour=nude

  • LaShaue says:

    I am a DD and a cheapskate….I have found Champion full coverage high impact bras to be the bomb (yes, even over moving comfort). And when they are on sale via the website, I can get them for under $30

  • Sheila says:

    No gift card needed here, but I love a good racer-back to hold these things in place. In addition to that, a good yoga type top (also racer-back) with its own built-in job adds additional support. So I’m covered TWICE over. They ain’t goin’ nowhere I don’t tell ’em to go that way. Academy’s BCG brand works just fine for me when I do this.

  • Sheila says:

    BTW, after the last 1/2 marathon I ran, I posted a pic. A friend actually asked me right there in the middle of Facebook what I was doing in the bra area to be so supported (or flat looking, I guess).

  • Crystal Dandy says:

    I purchased several sports bras from GapBody. They have all levels of support, and if you are not picky about the color, you can get great deals on out of season options on the sales rack!

  • Alice says:

    Good blog Monisha, good subject. I’m in the C family and Moving Comfort and Jockey are my brands of choice (price range, $30-$60).

  • Deborah says:

    Technically I don’t even need a bra, something that has been a source of personal anguish since 7th grade…UNTIL I started running. I have only found one bra in my entire life that really fits DECENTLY and looks rignt on me, but alas, I am still doomed to have falling straps and a band that rides up for the rest of my life (nothing to keep it in place!) HOWEVER, I was in a Dick’s Sporting Goods store and saw a sports bra that I decided to try on (God only knows why) and from that moment I was in heaven. A sports bra that STAYED PUT…ALL of it…and actually makes me look like I need to be wearing a sports bra. It is Alexis by Moving Comfort, and I now own three of them. Admittedly, it is hard as the dickens to get on and off, but that is a MINOR complaint.

    And I cannot for the life of me understand how women can run with boobs bouncing all over the place. I don’t even want to LOOK at that, much less consider what damage they are doing to their chest wall. Unfortunately, I see it a LOT.

  • Toni says:

    I’m a fan of Champion bras too. They have DD size at Target.

  • Kim says:

    A great QUALITY bra is imperative, my all time favorite exercise is ZUMBA but I love to partake in various activities from kickboxing, body pump, boxing, swimming and even the trampoline. I’m part of of the DD family, so it is a must for me to have my sisters well strapped! I hate to (1) be uncomfortable AND(2) unable to apply myself 100% because of my two sisters. Thus I make it a point to invest in quality bras but I must admit I love and I’m loyal to the Nike brand, especially their Dri-Fit line. My favorite website for not only bras but also workout clothes is 6PM.com. I was able to purchase the Nike Padded Bra at HALF the retail price in addition to some great workout shoes, all by Nike!

  • Veanessa says:

    Loved the article!! I am D as well…occasionally I may have to double it up! DD 😉 I have been very pleased with Athleta. No s&h, returns accepted even after you try it out! They offer great suggestions according to needs and sizes ( support level). Prices are moderate to high depending on style but worth it on quality for me. Hope this helps!

  • Monisha says:

    Treasure, Tammy, Kiara, Ernestene, and Kerrie. Please email me at monisha@runnersrevelations.com so I can mail you your Run On! giftcard.

  • Chrischeryl says:

    I use a clasp back one by Anita and it is a D cup. I purchased it at Intimacy Bras from North Park and I love it. I like the side panels that have breathing holes (that’s my term). I also like the fact that they will repair the bra for you if you have problems with clasps, go down in chest size or straps need repairing.

  • Allie says:

    Try also Freya Active (great for full busts). Available at Intimacy Bras.

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