I got back from my Yasso 800’s on Thursday, took off my sports bra and immediately threw it in the bin.
I’d run a max of 5.5 miles for the day, it wasn’t that hot and yet I’d chafed underboob. NOT OK.
I’ve got quite a big sports bra collection because for me that’s where I’ll invest my money, and can’t wear a small/medium/large style that many brands sell or gift as part of some of the events I’m lucky enough to be invited to. At a recent Puma run, Fleur and I joked that our local charity shops are full of bras we’ve been sent that don’t fit!
So now that you know I can’t fit into any old bra, let me tell you about the three bra styles I have on consistent rotation in my wardrobe that don’t chafe, hold everything in (and up) and are comfortable enough for long runs.
Firstly, the new ShockAbsorber Ultimate Fly Bra is honestly one of the softest, most comfortable bras I’ve ever worn. Although the website says that it’s only for medium impact for D+ boobs, as a 32DD I comfortably run, gym and race in this bra.
It’s designed to be super light whilst providing ultimate support, the soft material is 16% lighter than the Shock Absorber Run Bra, and is laser cut, bonded and moulded for comfort. The straps are non slip and the underboob band is brushed elastic to reduce friction and chaffing – which I am incredibly grateful for!
Earlier this year, Lululemon launched their Enlite Bra, their most high tech, supportive bra ever. Compared to other bras, this one is a little on the pricey side (as you’d expect from Lulu, planning on stocking up when we’re in California!) It’s bonded, meaning less likely to chafe and has multiple straps to evenly distribute the weight across your back for comfort and support (although potentially some very dodgy tan lines!). Plus the bra is moulded to provide shape rather than the flattened shelf that many sports bras leave you with. This is best my boobs have ever looked in a sports bra!
The bra in most consistent use however are the Triumph Triaction sports bras – I have quite the collection because I love them so much. I’ve run three marathons in them with zero chafing, which is saying a lot even in the heat of the Boston Marathon.
The bra is high impact with interchangeable straps to allow for even more support with a cross-over strap, or as standard over the shoulder straps. They are padded for comfort and the smart 3D powertech technology helps the bra mould and adjust to your body, prevent bounce and eliminate chafe. The fabric is soft, antibacterial and comes in a range of colours!
A Couple of things all three of these bras have in common; they’re high impact, they don’t have an underwire and they have decent coverage!
Ladies, what’s your favourite running sports bra? Ever tried any of the above?