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!