Running with the Ta Ta’s: Tips for Buying A Sports Bra + Review of My Favs

Sports bras  are fashion forward,  but make no mistake, they ‘re invaluable gear for  female runners.  I like to  think of ’em as an insurance policy for your breasts. Disclosure: I received  the sports bras mentioned in  this post free  of charge. I was not compensated financially  for my time. Opinions are my own.

Female runners tend to agree with males when citing their most treasured running equipment: shoes! I concur, but would add a good fitting sports bra, for reasons of comfort and maintenance of shape. Here are 2  facts to remember.

No bounce = Comfort

Minimal movement  =  Maintenance of Shape

The first point is no secret.  You learned this early on.  The second point, isn’t quite so obvious, and if you’re young, you might get fooled.  But make no mistake,  less movement =  less damage to your ta ta’s. Yes I’m talking about sagging and drooping : ( .   Saddly, there is no exercise or diet that will preserve the youthful appearance of  breasts. Unlike biceps and tricips, your breasts DO NOT tone with exercise; they aren’t made of  muscle.  Rather, breasts consists of glands,  fat and  fibrous tissues, and  they will eventually succumb to gravity. Further problematic is the fact that when you move, so do your breasts. The repetitive bouncing can stress, stretch and irreversibly damage the Cooper’s Ligaments (fibrous strands that keep breasts attached to  the chest wall, and are first defenders for holding up the girls and maintaining  their shape).    Preventative measures, like  extra support while you exercise, are prudent and may help you maximize your lift. I was shocked to hear that 44% of women do not wear a sports bra. Geez, does this mean  they’re not exercising? 

Please make exercise part of your lifestyle  and get the insurance policy for your breasts I call  a sports bra. There are a daunting number to chose from, so here are two tips for selecting the right one for YOU!   First : Get fitted by an expert. It doesn’t matter if you buy  a recommended bra  or one touted the best.

  I had Stella, the owner of Lillies and Lace in Wilmington,  fit me.  If you can’t find an expert in your area, there are sites on the web. Secondly, “test drive” the sports bra in the store. Many shoes stores now have treadmills onsite offering the ability to run in the shoe before you buy it.  The same concept applies to sports bras. Check the support by trying on the bra and moving. I like to do some running in place in the dressing room.. you can also jump, and stretch while trying on the bra. Does it support? Is it comfortable?

Here are few new sports bras I most recently tested during a 5 miles run..IMG_4741

Panache Sport

A new name in sports bras for me.  Where have I been? This cute little number has underwire wrapped in silicone making it both comfortable  and supportive.    The bra cups encapsulate breasts rather than compressing them, so it is ultra flattering! It was a hot morning when I  ran in  this one and thank goodness for the fabric that wicks away moisture!    I love the versatility of the wide straps that also adjust to racer back with a hook and eye closure. (The racer back is my preferred way of wearing when running.)  Don’t you think the colors are beautiful?..

The flat seams of this bra make  it  look  great under any sportswear. Love love love this one!!!

IMG_4740Ta Ta Tamer III  by Lululemon

This is the first  Lululemon sports bra I have ever had, but it won’t be the last! This bra holds the girls in place and is NOT compressing.  The bra features secure mesh fabric side  panels to keep bounce at bay.  The sweat-wicking Luxtreme fabric with added LYCRA fibre keeps it’s shape while keeping me dry! This gem gives you two ways to wear the straps, up and down as pictured or crossable in the back. It comes in a variety of colors , but aren’t the blue bubbles adorable?

 

 

 

Run Stuff Your Bra IIIIMG_4779

If you like your girls packed in and compressed, you’ll love this  sports bra also by Lululemon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment-1-11Do you ever use the cup of  your bra as a pocket? If you do, this one is made especially for you!! The built-in pocket feature  allows you to stash keys,  lip balm , money or snacks. LOL!  The  fabric feels like a second skin.  Pull it on  overhead and you’re good to go..

 

 

with  comfortable wide straps that crisscross in the back . It comes in a variety of colors; choosing just one will be tough. But every gal should have a black sports bra. Am I right?

RUNSTUFFYOURBRADo you wear sports bras? If so, what do you look for in a sports bra? What are your favorites?

Mango Tango Summer Salad

Tropical grown mango pairs with local garden vegetables for a bright, delicious and nutritious salad.Magno Tango summer salad I usually  get inspiration from foodie magazines like Cooking Light and Donna Hay, food photos in blogs and social media and from other RDs/RDNs (especially members of the Recipe Redux). But today’s source of inspiration is different. It’s  even a bit quirky. You see, Mango Tango is the last doggie shampoo I used to bathe my pups, and dang if I can get these words to stop runnin’ through my head. No, I’m not  using shampoo in my recipe! I’m using fresh mango; a  tropical fruit that’s available year round.

If you live in the U.S. you won’t get mangos in your CSA box (unless you live in Florida, California, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico. ) Don’t fret! You can eat well by eating foods grown in diverse soils and climates, and if you want  BIG variety, it’s prudent to do so. (For more on this topic, I refer you to this post written by my friend and colleague Regan Jones, Why I Don’t Always Buy Local Produce .)

Mango is versatile and adds delicious flavor to a balanced diet. Here’s a graphic  about the nutritional highlights of mango..Nutrition_Graphic_2016_Eng_682x370-1BTW, I also like  dried mango, and have used it  in this recipe  for Chicken Satay with Coconut and Mango Jasmine Rice and in this one  for Mango Curry Granola.

Today’s recipe uses the fresh  fruit  and pairs it with  cucumber and cherry tomatoes,  from my very own garden. You can cut the recipe in half if your cooking for two, like I am most days. I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do. Mango. Tango.

mango tango summer salad

Mango Tango Summer Salad

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 6 cups mixed salad greens (romaine, red leaf lettuce, arugula)
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cucumber slices
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 fresh mango, peeled and cut into long slices
  • 2 tablespoons dried sweetened cranberries

for the vinaigrette

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon raspberry infused white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
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