Ok, lady runners, let’s talk about an uncomfortable topic! When was the last time you took a good look at your sports bra? Be honest! We are all friends here. If you have worn your sports bra for longer than a year or if it is the wrong size or if you are layering a few bras together, it is time for a new one. If you can no longer read the label, or it has stringy elastic threads poking out, it is time for a new one. If you have had a child since buying the bra, it is time!
Talking about sports bras is no fun. But, here at Potomac River Running we know, the lack of a proper sports bra can make running a painful experience. Think about this: according to Moving Comfort, unsupported 34D breasts move about 1,000 feet vertically in one hour of exercise. That is a lot of movement if you are not supported correctly. The right sports bra can minimize this movement and make your run a lot more comfortable.
So, how to do you know it is the right bra for you? First, it may not be the one your sister, friend or fellow runner wears. We all have different bodies and different perceptions of what is comfortable. You know it is probably the wrong bra if your straps slide or dig into your shoulders, the band does not lay flat on your rib cage and/or it pokes or pinches. Also, the key clue that your sports bra is failing you is if you experience breast pain either before or after your run.
If you’ve determined your sports bra isn’t doing its job, how do you find the right one? The best way to find the right fit is to try on several styles! The best bra for you is determined by your activity and your size because the higher the impact, the more support you will need. There are bras for all different activities and impact levels (running is high impact!). It is unlikely a bra made for yoga will work for running. Part of the trying on process should include being measured for proper sizing. Do you know your bra size? C’mon, be honest. When was the last time you were measured for a bra? Eight out of 10 women wear the wrong size bra, so being properly measured can make all the difference in finding a comfortable and supportive sports bra.
I know, I know – shopping for bras is not the most exciting activity. It is very easy to be distracted by all of the colorful running shoes, cute running apparel and fancy running accessories. But, second to your running shoes, your sports bra is the most critical piece of equipment to a fun and comfortable run! There are so many options in fabric, styles and colors all awaiting your selection. So why not come into your favorite Potomac River Running location to get fitted by our female bra/apparel specialists and explore your options? You do not have to be in pain, you do not have to deal with chafing and bouncing. You are worthy of a sports bra that helps you find your best run!