It comes a point in time where every woman running blogger must discuss bouncing and the tatas… (I don’t think I have any male readers, but if I do, this might be the one post to skip.)
For those lucky runners with not much on top (or unlucky, depending on your point of view — the grass is always greener, right?) they can get away with the super-affordable Champion bras sold at Target — many people have them and love them (Sarah from Skinny Runner has talked about them quite a few times). I wear them too at home, when I’m too lazy to put a real bra on.
But for high impact activities like running? I’d probably get knocked out by a boob if I attempted to wear just that!
I know a lot of people who say running is not for them because of the big tatas. When I first started running (about 3 years ago — time flies!), I would wear a top with a built in bra, and another sports bra underneath, but it just wasn’t enough support. I could feel the bouncing and it was uncomfortable.
Now I have found the perfect running bra for those of us who need a bit more of a hold up there… I started wearing them around 3 years ago, right after my failure with doubling up the bras, and haven’t looked back. They’re not cheap by any means, but they come in cute colors and do what they’re supposed to do: minimize the bouncing. I wear them for running and volleyball (which has a lot of jumping — I’m an outside hitter) and they do their job! For me, not feeling my boobs while playing sports or running is worth every penny!
What is that sports bra I talk about? (Well, in case the title of this post didn’t give it away…)
The Moving Comfort Fiona bra!
They’re perfect for those with a C-DD cups. I’m a 34DD (though I think I wear the 36C — bought it once when I didn’t know my proper size, and been afraid to change it since — I guess the C part provides an extra squeeze? Who knows!).
I love them, because not only they have the back adjustment, but each strap can also be adjusted separately, making a perfect fit. And since they sell them by the cup size, just like regular bras, you will not be stuck choosing a S-M-L-XL size, who never fits anyone perfectly. At $44 this sports bra is not cheap, but it doesn’t look industrial (like a lot of sports bras targeted for those with bigger boobs do), and are actually attractive. And as I said: they minimize the bouncing, big time.
The only issue I’ve had with them was chafing once my mileage got into the double digits. I had a bit of chafing near the side strap up front and at the back closure. But I put Body Glide now on those parts before putting it on and it takes care of it — even holding out for my 19 miler.
The other issue, as you can see from the picture, is that they are regular straps (which I personally prefer, makes it much easier to put it on and take it off), but if you have a lot of racerback shirts, this won’t do you any good. Moving Comfort just came out with a new bra, called the Juno, that is similar to the Fiona, AND has a racerback.
I decided to give it a try, and bought it a couple of weeks ago. I have only taken it out on a three mile run (you really don’t want to try new things for the first time when running long mileage!) and so far I like them.
Just like the Fiona, they also have adjustable straps and a back closure:
They hold the bounce just as well as the Fiona does (and this time I bought them in my correct size), but they have molded cups, while the Fiona doesn’t have anything extra up front — I wonder how they do in terms of sweating, and if it’ll be too much layering for those hot days, specially on long runs. They also come in cup sizes though, which is a big plus. They take a bit of more contortion to put on and take off, but it’s worth the effort. They’re slightly more expensive than the Fiona, coming in at $52, but again it’s worth it if the tops you already have are racerback.
I have always stayed away from racerback tops since I’m such a Fiona convert, but now that I found the Juno, I can get cute racerback tops as well.
If you’re even bigger on top than a 40DD (Moving Comfort’s biggest size) or you ARE looking for something industrial, Steve in a Speedo wrote a great review on the Enell bras a while ago.
I’ve seen many runners out on the trails with boobs out of control. I’m always tempted to stop them and tell them that there is a better way, to try out the Fiona, but so far I’ve been good at resisting the urge…
What do you wear under your running clothes? Any other great sports bra you can recommend? And don’t you wish your arms and back were as toned as the model above?