Running with Big Tits

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When I was at the gym the other day I was reminded of the importance of a good sports bra. There was a girl, going hell for leather on the treadmill, followed by her large breasts. I thought lives were going to be lost. Well, perhaps just a black eye or two.

As luck would have it – and I do consider myself very lucky, I’m a fully paid up member of the Big Tits Brigade. Fortunately, I didn’t actually have to pay for them but I do have to pay attention and look after them properly. By that I don’t mean putting them in a steel box with only a dehumidifier for comfort but wearing suitable structural support.

Sweatshop rightly says that there are two vital pieces of equipment for a female runner, good running shoes and the right sports bra. I want to concentrate on the latter piece of hardware. Choosing the wrong bra not only hurts like hell but can also give you terrible Runner’s Droop. And no one want to be part of SagNation™.

Seeing that it’s impractical – though not illegal – to employ (one or) two people to run alongside me, cupping my breast(s), I invested in some good bra action as soon as I signed up for the London Marathon. I use these ones for normal gym sessions when the bounce is minimal. For running, I wear bras without an underwire but with a double clasp. I also wear running tops with a secret shelf for extra support. The double clasp takes a bit of getting used to, especially if I go for an early morning run as my arms struggle to reach the back. I usually have to do up the first clasp at the front, twist the bra round and put my arms in. (Sexy!) I then busy myself for about 20 minutes getting ready and then attempt to join the second clasp. Very Challenge Anneka. Sometimes, it takes me several attempts before I’m successful. (Yet another reason for continuing with my weekly Yoga and pilates sessions.) Haven’t tried the front fastening ones yet.

I have three months left until the Marathon so we’ll see how I get on, especially as I’m going to be running for longer distances and time. I have been told that chaffing can occur. Eeek!  If my running shoes are anything to go by, I will need to invest in another bra (and maybe some vaseline?) in the next month as the material becomes less supportive with more running and washing machine action. On reflection, I do have several bras which I alternate wearing as opposed one pair running shoes.

But it’s not all bad news, LessBounce offer a Sports Bra Amnesty which gives you £3 discount off their bras when you post back your old one. Perky!

Stretching the Iliotibial Band

From not being able to run for more than 30 secs to being able to run 10 miles, I’m still getting used to the idea that I’m a runner. My iliotibial band, however, is very aware.

An iliotibial band is critical in stabilizing the knee during running and is a big thick band of tissue on the outside of the knee which extends into your butt cheeks.

Iliotibial band syndrome is one of the main causes of lateral knee pain in runners. The band gets tight, pulls on the opposite muscle and the area becomes inflamed. I can confirm it bloody hurts.

So for now, the amount of running I am doing has dramatically decreased. I’ve swapped it for  activities such as rowing, using the cross trainer and cycling which are less high- impact. I’m also stretching a hell of a lot.

In fact, I’m off to stretch it now…

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Secret of Success: Goal Setting

Apologies, it’s been a month and a half since my last update. A lot has happened.

We bypassed the end of the world as predicted by the Mayans, rejoiced at having another Royal mouth to feed, enjoyed all of London’s fireworks from a festive Parliament Hill but most importantly, I ran 10 miles. 10 fricking miles.

Epic news only for me admittedly. Not only because this is my furthest distance to date but Monday 31st December saw me achieve my goal of running 10 miles before 2013. It also facilitated the discovery of two of life’s many secrets; the power of goal setting and the importance of the iliotibial band.

My ambition to run 10 miles was to prepare me to run 13 of those bad boys in January/early February so that I can achieve my ultimate goal in April;  the Virgin London Marathon 2013. Having mapped out my route on MapMyRun, I needed to know how far 10 miles felt as well as ensure my mind and body were prepared for it.

Although it took me a whopping 2hours12 mins, I felt absolutely elated when I finished the run. The adrenalin surged round my body. I punched my hand into the air. Truly victorious.

Achieving my goal made me feel as if anything is possible. Even running 26.2miles.

So as I settle in to 2013, I know I’ve got an exciting year ahead. I just need to set achievable goals, run my own race and make sure I map out where I want to go. And I’m not just talking about running.

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