Running Without Bounce Part 2

In case you missed it, you can check out part one of great running sports bras for larger-chested women here.  In today’s part two I have “interviewed” several women on their favorite bras in larger sizes.  If you did not find a good fit for you in my personal favorites, maybe these ladies can give you some more suggestions.

 

Name: Kris

 

How many miles do you run per week on average: 40

 

What is your favorite sports bra to run in: Victoria’s Secret; Not sure of model, but fits like a bra

 

What is your bra size: 36D

 

Other comments or advice: Use glide between your breasts and on your shoulders and under your arms. You sweat and it hurts to be chafed.

 

Kris

Kris

Name: Tia

 

How many miles do you run per week on average: 25-30

 

What is your favorite sports bra to run in: Under armour duplicity sports bra (discontinued last year but I stocked up) and I’ve recently begun to fall in love with the Nike Pro Core fitted sports bras

 

What is your bra size: 36D

 

Other comments or advice: I wore 2 sports bras for years. Torture! But it was the only way to keep my girls from bouncing around. Then one day I went shopping with a friend who called herself DD (you can guess why). She was appalled by my uniboob sports bra. She taught me how to pick out a bra. 1.  Get fitted properly first. For instance, make sure you’re wearing the proper bra size. Don’t believe that Victoria’s Secret is a true measurement. They measure you to fit their bra. Go to a department store where they carry multiple styles of bras. They will give you a true measurement. 2.  Once you have your true bra size, then go to a running store and get fitted with multiple brands. Just because you may like nike running shoes doesn’t mean their bras will fit you. You shouldn’t feel your bra while running.

 

The lovely Tia who is largely responsible for getting me hooked on Ragnar!

The lovely Tia who is largely responsible for getting me hooked on Ragnar!

 

Name: MB from Tutu’s & Tennies 

 

How many miles do you run per week on average: 10-12

 

What is your favorite sports bra to run in: Victoria’s Secret; They have a new one out that hooks in the front then another panel goes over it and zips up- literally they are tucked away-  I am super picky I do not want saggy boobs as I get even older (48 now) my husband would want me to get a boob job if that happened and I am SO against that!

 

What is your bra size: 34DD

 

Other comments or advice: There is always going to be a little bounce but they should not be sore- mine are not sore- where that bra tight and use that Body Glide- super important!

 

MB

MB

 

 

Name: Elizabeth

 

How many miles do you run per week on average: On average I run 25 miles a week

 

What is your favorite sports bra to run in: Currently I am running in the Booby Trap Sports Bra (have to love the name)

 

What is your bra size: 32F (I wear the 34 E in this sports bra)

 

Other comments or advice: Finding a bra to fit in general is a pain…a sport bra…forget about it. I have tried so many to find one that I can handle on my runs. This bra does not pinch, poke, or move. There is minimal bounce and no wires to deal with. I was always adjusting my bra while running with other sports bras I have tried. With this one, once I am in I am IN. I have a love hate relationship with this sports bra. The no wire and minimal bounce is nice but I still feel that I am not 100% supported. This is something I have come to terms with and am not sure if I will every find a sports bra that is a perfect fit in all aspects. I need something that does what this sports bra does but else ease the back pain I have from being very top heavy. As a five foot tall girl….the back pain is at time unbearable but I suck it up and run anyway. I have done the doubling up on bras before but every “trick” I try seems to add more problems then solve them. So for now I stick with the Booby Trap.

Elizabeth (leading the pack in the white shirt)

Elizabeth (leading the pack in the white shirt)

 

Name: Christina

 

How many miles do you run per week on average: 10-15

 

What is your favorite sports bra to run in: Moving Comfort

 

What is your bra size: 34DD

 

Other comments or advice: I always used to have to run wearing a regular bra and two sports bras. My boobs are really heavy and I would hurt without all the support. I then found moving comfort and now COMFORTABLY run in ONE bra!!! I am also a nursing mom and find that Moving Comfort is actually really easy to nurse in as well as the straps are adjustable by very strong Velcro and I can undo one :)

Christina

Christina

 

Name: Laura

 

How many miles do you run per week on average: 10 (run/walk)

 

What is your favorite sports bra to run in: Champion Powersleek

 

What is your bra size: 42C

 

Other comments or advice: I am still on the hunt for the “perfect” sports bra for running.  When I find one that gives great support, I have to endure other issues. (chaffing, pinching)  When I find a bra that offers reasonable support and  great comfort, I have to deal with an immense amount of sweating underneath my breasts.  Which bra I choose to wear greatly depends on the run/race and which issues I am willing to endure.

My friend, Laura

My friend, Laura

 

I want to wrap up this two-part post by sharing a very personal story my friend, Marisa, shared.  In response to my request for large-chested runners to feature, she shared the following with me.  I am sharing with permission and leaving in her own words, because it is powerful and I feel like changing it in any way would take away from it.

“Only my family really knows how much of a struggle my childhood was with 32 DD’s at 13. I was never obese or anything,  just short and not muscular and had a slight chubbiness to my build, so this chest came out of NOWHERE! I wore minimizer bras and generally hid as much of my body as I possibly could because I was so embarrassed and never would have considered trying out for track or XC because A) I was embarrassed B) I figured the girls that could all run 6:30 miles would have laughed at me and my bouncing bazongas (sp?). In my mind I would never be able to measure up even though I desperately wanted to fit in with the cool girls that could throw on a swimsuit with no second thoughts, whereas I had to have mine made to hide my bright red stretch marks in addition to my huge breasts. I even went to a doctor at 14 for a breast minimizing surgery consult and was terrified at an old man with long scraggly eyebrows drawing on my breasts and showing me a book of what they would look like before and after, since my nipples would have had to be completely grafted. This also meant that I would probably never be able to breast feed. Terrified along with me were my parents, and my Dad in particular sought other things that might help his little girl, the youngest of three, feel confident about herself without having to make a decision that might alter her future plans.
Always being the physically active parent with the gym as his second home, he asked his friend- who happened to be a personal trainer with current and former athletes as his clientele- to put together a plan and show his little girl the ropes around the gym. I was no stranger to the gym as my Dad would take us and let us play around on the equipment while he got a workout in with him buddies- I guess that’s why they have childcare available now, lol. I got started working in the gym with him to do weights three days a week and independent cardio another 2-3 days. Let me tell you, we did A LOT of chest flies/presses/push-ups! Gradually I started to feel more comfortable with myself, not just because my breasts actually started shrinking, but I started to feel more comfortable in my own skin with a new tone to my build. I felt strong and started to love running, rather than dread it though I still wore two sports bras (and still do, that skin doesn’t go back!). It all came together the day I realized that I could actually fit into a cute (non-nude or white) demi-bra that I didn’t have to go to a special section for and I could even wear the cute bikinis all the girls got at Target too. Since that huge moment at 15, I’ve never turned back on my running and fitness journey. There is nothing worse than the hopeless thought that you can’t do something that you desperately want to do, or that if you do try, people will laugh. Though I am now a confident adult-still wearing two bras to run- that uncomfortable, unconfident sweet little Marisa will always be a huge part of who I am because she taught me a million lessons. How to appreciate who I am now, to never forget where I come from, and to help other girls/women just like her feel better about themselves.”
Me with Kris (pictured center & featured above) and a very confident Marisa! :)

Me with Kris (pictured center & featured above) and a very confident Marisa! :)

The moral of this post? Do NOT let your bra size dictate what you can and can’t do.  While certain aspects of being an athlete may be more difficult with some bounce, do not let it determine what you get out there and try or how you live your life.  Be confident in being YOU.

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