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 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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