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. 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.

Serves (serves 4)     adjust servings

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

Instructions

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    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per Serving As Served
    Calories 159kcal Calories from fat 69
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 8g 12%
    Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    Transfat 0g
    Sodium 312mg 13%
    Carbohydrate 23g 8%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
    Sugars 18g
    Protein 2g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories 2000
    Total Fat Less than 65g
    Sat Fat Less than 25g
    Cholesterol Less than 300mg
    Sodium Less than 2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate 300g
    Dietary Fiber 25g
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