Bra-mazing: My Epic Quest for the Perfect Running Bra Part 1

I have boobs. And curves. And I love them.

One thing I don’t love is the stinging raw skin that results after a long run: chafing. I’ve written a bit about my battle (and tentative victory) over chafing here, but I still haven’t scaled the final “summit.”

Lubed to the max, I still returned from my longest runs chafed under my bra straps, a stinging surprise as I stepped in the shower. My boyfriend started calling them my “battle scars,” but I could tell he was not too thrilled with the price I was paying on my new fitness journey.

Thus began my epic quest for the perfect running bra.

I started simply enough, narrowing the field down first to sports bras for running (read: maximum support), then bras that come in bra sizes (not S,M,L), and finally, bras that come inĀ my bra size.

My first pick was the Champion Double Dry Full Support Sports Bra. It was relatively inexpensive, looked pretty comfortable, and I’ve had good experience with Champion as far as moisture wicking. The bra did not disappoint … at first. My boobs were held in place, and the bra was pretty comfortable. But after about 8 miles (6 on a hot day), the straps started sliding around. When I got home, my back looked like a particularly mean cat had attacked my shoulder blades. The back of the band where the clasps are also rubbed against my middle back, although the damage

I tried tightening the straps, but to no avail. Either the weight of my boobs as I ran kept pulling at out the straps or they just couldn’t handle the sweat, because toward the end of my first marathon, one of the straps actually kept slipping off my shoulder. After that race, it was more about letting the skin on my back heal more than my leg muscles.

Then, while perusing the selection at a local running store, I came across the Moving Comfort Juno sports bra. ‘Ah ha!’ I thought, ‘Racer-back – that’s the answer to my prayers!’ I remembered reading somewhere that racer-back sports bras are good for bigger busts, so I grabbed my size, took a moment to appreciate the fact that the store actually had the bra in my size, and headed home for a test run.

I started off slow, just taking it out for a three-mile easy run.

Ouch!

I didn’t even need to break a sweat before the straps put giant welts on my shoulders. Again, I tried adjusting the straps (which was a little more difficult because they were Velcro), but to no avail. The seams on the inside of the straps were extremely rough and dug into my skin almost immediately. It doesn’t chafe if I tuck the collar of my shirt under the straps, but that’s just uncomfortable (although less uncomfortable than giant welts in my shoulders).

This wouldn’t be much of an epic quest if it could be summed up in one post, would it? Stay tuned for part 2!

 

Good Fitting Bras

Many women may have trouble finding good fitting bras. They will venture through several brands, band sizes, and cup sizes, but can never purchase one that fits exactly right. It is estimated that approximately 80% of females currently wear an inaccurate bra size. With so many different size options on the market, it can be difficult to find one that is right for your body. Luckily, there are some measurements you can take in order to find the correct bra size for you. With the right size, your clothing will fit better, and your bra will allow you to look your best.

The first step to finding comfortable bras is measuring for the size of the band. Wearing a bra with a band that is too large for your body is possibly the most common mistake women make in their bra purchases. To measure, wrap a measuring tape around your chest, just below your breasts. Exhale to remove all of the air from your lungs. This will provide you with the smallest measurement possible to help ensure a snug fit. Note the measurement, and add 4-5 inches to it. If your final number is odd, move up to the next even number, since that is what most bra sizes come in. For example, if your total number is 35, then your band size should be 36.

Next, you will need to find your appropriate cup size in order to have good fitting bras. It works best if you measure for your cup size while wearing a non-padded bra. This will help offer the most accurate dimensions. Wrap the measuring tape around your body, placing it across the fullest part of your bust. The tape should fit snugly, but not too tight so that it flattens out the breasts. It should be completely parallel to the floor. Record this number of inches the tape measure shows, rounding any fraction to the next whole number.

Once you have the measurement of your bust, subtract it from your band size. The remaining number can then be converted into the cup size. Generally, you will go up one cup size with every additional inch. So, for example, say your band size was 36, and your bust was 39. The difference would be 3 inches, which would make you a C cup. Your band measurement is the number of your bra size, and the cup size is the letter. Therefore, your bra size would be 36 C.

It is best that you let someone else take your measurements. It can be difficult to hold a measuring tap in the right areas on your own body. If you get measured in a store, wear a thin top so that you can be measuring without having to remove any clothing. Good fitting bras will come from the most accurate measurements you record. Therefore, you want to be as precise as possible.

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