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Hump Day Giveaway: ISO the Perfect Sports Bra

September 8, 2010
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It's the same in any language: a boob in motion is a boob that needs support.

I drove by Wash Park this morning, and drooled, as I always do, over the runners enjoying a morning run. Until I saw bouncing babe. She was bold enough to go shirtless, but not smart enough to pick a bra that would actually benefit her right-to-bare-abs attitude. From behind my minivan’s steering wheel, I could tell that the heather gray bra she was sporting was 100% cotton. It had soaked marks around the pits. It had no structure. And most of all, it offered no–and I mean zero–support. She should’ve been playing basketball; she already had the dribbling motion down.

I really don’t like to see all the flipping and flopping, mostly because I immediately think:
a) that must hurt.
b) that may be doing damage. (Actually, it is doing damage. One expert SBS interviewed once likens unsupported breasts to consistently wearing large, heavy earrings. “Just like your ear lobes will stretch and sag,” she says, “so will your breasts.”)
c) if a runner in the wrong bra gets a disparaging comment, that may stop her from running ever again. Definitely don’t want that.

So in the interest of keeping the ladies as supported and happy as possible, I am turning this hump day giveaway into a PSA for your chests: tips for finding the perfect sports bra. (Your experts for this advice? The good folks at Moving Comfort, plus SBS + I, who have probably written 10 articles combined on sports bra fitting over the years.)

1. Get measured. You may think you’re still a 34 C, like you were back in the day, but turns out, you’re a 36 B. Not naming names; just sayin’ it can happen, especially when you’ve had little ones drinking up your goodness for months on end.

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2. Bring boatload of styles into the dressing room to try on. (Or order a couple styles online; just be sure to check return policies first.) When a label says 36B, it could be a solid, comfy 36 B. Or it could be a boa-constricting 36 B. Or it could be a 36 B that has enough room for when you augment to a 36 D. You don’t know until you try.it.on. (Don’t believe me? Ask the testers I used for the sports bra review for Runner’s World, which will be out in November. They were amazed at the variations in sizing.)

3. Once in a new style, realize that the fit should feel slightly more snug than your lingerie bra. That said, you should be able to take a deep, make-my-yoga-teacher-proud breath with the bra fastened on the middle hook, if it’s a fastener type. If the straps stretch–and are not adjustable–then it’s too small. If the fabric puckers or wrinkles, it’s too big.

4. Think wide and separated. The wider the shoulder straps, the more it’ll disperse the weight of your chest. The wider the band under your chest, the more stable it’ll feel. Finally, researchers have found that encapsulated cups, or one home for each girl, tend to minimize movement best, especially for those in the D+ categories.

5. Found one that feels good? As House of Pain repeatedly instructs, jump around. Jump around. Jump up, jump up and jump down. Then jog in place, windmill your arms, do downward dog, and test that sucker.

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6. Anything that annoys you about the bra–too highly cut in the arms; not enough coverage over the chest; flimsy Velcro on the straps; a back that rides up, to name a few–will not, like wine, get better over time. It will gnash either into your skin or into the general loveliness of your run. Running is hard enough. Don’t let an aggravating bra make it harder.

7. After you make your purchase, treat your Lycra lingerie with care. Fasten the hooks, if it has ’em, before tossing it in the machine. Forgo the dryer. (If you must expedite its drying in to get a run in, toss it into the can. Just skip fabric softener sheets, which wear down the material’s sweat-wicking properties.) And when you can no longer read its care label, it’s may be time to get a new bra or two. (This last bit is relative. I wear down my shoes amazingly fast. My bras, on the other hand, look like they just came off the rack after one year in rotation.)

Moving Comfort's Juno: proving style and support for the C, D, DD crowd aren't mutually exclusive. (Sorry, those amazing arms aren't included with purchase.)

Like a children’s book that thrives on repetition (brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?), I bet you know where this post is leading. A giveaway of–drum roll–two sports bras. Two–or should I say four?–lucky winners will each win a gift certificate for a Moving Comfort bra of their choice. MC, as you probably know, is a leader in the world of the bra de sports. They’ve got seamless styles, they’ve got padded styles (my fave), they’ve got styles that adjust in so many ways, the bra feels like it was made just for you. They know that our bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and they celebrate–and support–every last one of us.

The two readers will be random, but, like any good RLAM giveaway, you have to share to win. (And it’s not required, but MC wouldn’t mind if you became a fan of their Facebook page.) Here’s the topic (I see a red bird looking at me): sports bras. What’s your favorite brand or style and why? What’s your biggest bra beef? Your best bra blow-out story? Your frustrations with sports bras? A nursing bra that saved your (running) life and, with it, your sanity?

Give us some insight into you, your boobs and your running and could win a spankin’ new, Moving Comfort bra. (And with it, the knowledge that I’d never, ever write about you and your bouncing chest in a post.)

278 Comments leave one →
  1. Judy permalink
    September 8, 2010 3:40 am

    I love all of the different colors especially since I only wear beige or black during the rest of the day.

  2. Carolyn permalink
    September 8, 2010 3:45 am

    I really started to love running when I lived in Boston in the mid 90s and could run along the Charles River. And one sunny, warm day, I was feeling quite confident about my progress and nicely toned, athletic body so left my shirt at home and ran in just my shorts and jog bra. But was horrified to come home from my 70-min run to see my white jog bra had become see-through…just..around…my nipples. It was the LAST time I ever wore a white job bra as a running top. Ever.

  3. Lisa permalink
    September 8, 2010 4:03 am

    I was one of those- ‘I’ve always been a 36B, so that’s what I am,’

    Two nursing kids and (an undisclosed amount) of weight gain later, not so much.

    I finally went from the C9 at Target to the Moving Comfort Juno. Wow! It’s like night and day. I love running outside now- no headlights, no annoying bouncing and/or adjustments. I feel like I have a secret, and it’s awesome!

  4. September 8, 2010 4:21 am

    I am certainly not as … blessed as or well-endowed story character, but hey! my girls still need support. I live in sports bras. lives. as in, I’m always ready for a run. One of my favorite sports bras is my hot red VSX number with an adjustable clasp in the back. It’s snug, it’s comfortable, supportive, and makes me feel good. As far as I’m concerned, if you can find a bra that straps the girls in place and still manages to make you feel like a diva – it’s a keeper!!
    “one in every color please”.

  5. September 8, 2010 4:25 am

    Does the perfect sports bra really exist? As my finances can attest to I’ve tried many and still searching. Informative blogging!

  6. Lindsey permalink
    September 8, 2010 4:40 am

    I’ve tried so many sports bras, but I have come to love the Moving Comfort selection for larger breasts. These bras ROCK! I especially love the ones with adjustable shoulder straps that can be easily adjusted from the front with velcro. Ever since switching to Moving Comfort, my D’s have been riding in style with not a single instance of chafing and my boobs always feel like they’re successfully on lockdown while I run. I love these bras and I really could use a new one before our 2nd baby arrives in Oct.

    And I’m like Dimity, I always find myself noticing other women’s lack of a good sports bra. I just cringe and want to follow them to clue them in to the power of awesome support.

    Oh, and the only embarrassing bra malfunction was on my sister during a very wet 10K. Let’s just say her sports bra lost support and her race photo has a couple extra knees ๐Ÿ™‚ We still get a great laugh remembering that race!

  7. Sandi permalink
    September 8, 2010 5:01 am

    My biggest frustration is the cost of them…..I know I need to just be quiet and pay the price!
    Buying inexpensive ones and wearing two of them is just not good. I vow right here to get fitted and get me a good sports bra!

    Sandi

    • September 8, 2010 6:43 am

      Hey Sandi–I agree. They’re not cheap. But they are worth it. Better to spend $40 on a new bra than $40 on 3 new tees at Old Navy. (Not saying you do that, but I am often inclined to spend money on things people see, instead of on what is underneath.) Love your vow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Ann R permalink
    September 8, 2010 5:10 am

    I’m experimenting with some new running bras – after months of wearing a double – sports bra (cheapy ones at walmart which were 3/$10) over my regular bra because I couldn’t find one I felt would support me and couldn’t shell out $50 for one. I have finally found the champion ones at Target that have separate cups and that gasp actually support me by itself! I just tested the jogbra, also by champion and concluded it does support me, but I prefer the first one because of the separate cups. I’d love to continue the experiment with a Moving Comfort Bra but haven’t been able to shell out the money for them. Single running Mom here training for a couple half marathons.

  9. September 8, 2010 5:13 am

    I’m glad to see this post because I know there will be plenty of comments. I’m 34-36 A in a lingerie bra. Do I REALLY need a “good” sports bra? I wear the cheap-o C9 “bandage”….and it seems to be fine. I barely have tissue there, and I think my Coopers’ lost elasticity years ago. I don’t think I even have enough to bounce around! I preach the “get fitted with a good bra” sermon to anyone who will listen, but it’s more of a “do-as-I-say” speech. I’ve actually been too embarrassed to go to my local running store for a “professional fitting”, afraid they will look at me and just laugh.

    • September 13, 2010 8:35 am

      ABSOLUTELY! Regardless of whether your sign is “Dangerous Curves Ahead” or “Built for Speed” (like me, a 32B-minus bottom-filler-only, so no full-coverage styles for me,) you absolutely need good support. The thought of a sagging A-cup may sound crazy but is indeed possible and most like isn’t a good look. If you feel your “bandages” work well enough for you, then they most likely do, noting your size. That being said, you could still be surprised at the large number of cup-band possibilities out there including A-cups that could make you feel even BETTER. If you want a professional fitting, I highly recommend you head over to Title Nine (or call them, or visit TitleNine.com) ’cause they know their bras (and breasts, ha,) than any LaFoot, Fleet Feet or Foot Locker I’ve ever experienced. Even my AA sister was not shy there.

  10. September 8, 2010 5:26 am

    Moving Comfort definitely has the best sports bras, I’m not sure of the name of the newest one I’ve purchased (Fiano?), but I know what it looks like and can find it online!

    • September 13, 2010 8:36 am

      I think you mean the “Fiona” — I love it too! It’s hands down one of their top sellers.

  11. Aimee Confer permalink
    September 8, 2010 5:28 am

    When I was in 7th grade I started running cross country and I didn’t have a sports bra. I had to go home and ask my mom to buy me one. All the other girls had one. At the time I was mortified but now I guess I can laugh at it. Mymom assumed I didn’t need one because I didn’t have anything to put in it. Now I have plenty to fill that bra and would love to try the moving comfort!

  12. Sarah permalink
    September 8, 2010 5:39 am

    I’ve tried them all – the boa-constricting ‘D’ that fits a ‘B”, the ‘C’ that fits like an ‘E’, the ‘extra motion control’ bra that ends up being non-supportive …and with poor return policies, I still have some of them. I have three sports bras in my dresser drawers right now that are confined to ‘yoga/pilates only’ because of the lack of support. I envy my smaller-busted friends who can wear the cute jog tops and cheaper sports bras that aren’t full of underwire and extra fabric. I’ve had good luck with the Road Runner Sports Sportek bra but only after years of searching.

  13. Katie permalink
    September 8, 2010 5:49 am

    I would say the expense of them would be my frustration! Especially since you can’t exactly try them out in a real situation(not just running in place in the dressing room) and if they don’t work out return them. Also lack of selection available locally to me(pretty much stuck with one or two brands because that is all the stores around seem to carry). I went to the local big box sports store to purchase a moving comfort bra(after all the great reviews I have read on them) only to find out they had quit carrying them a month before and now I can’t find one anywhere to try on(unless I order online)!

    • Natalie permalink
      September 8, 2010 7:19 am

      Katie, try runningwarehouse.com. Free, fast shopping, and they have a great supply of Moving Comfort. Plus free returns. I usually order several things, keep what fits, and return what doesn’t. Their site totally rocks!!

    • September 13, 2010 8:43 am

      While I love love love this post, I have to admit that the commentary makes me very sad, pulling up memories of literally taping my goalkeeper during soccer into two sports bras so she could play, then cutting her out after.

      No one woman should have to settle, cram, double-up or overall hate her natural endowments because of what she feels they prevent her from doing ! If only I could get every commenter over for a Fit Fest (I am fortunate enough to have attended ones hosted by the Moving Comfort mavens and may I say, women in general know far too little about bras, sports bras and proper support!) I too want to stop women on the street and “help” them.

      The idea of any one buying two cheap bras that she constantly struggles with, or not understanding the value in the make of a good, lasting bra (hence, price tags) makes me squirm. The stigma of bra sizing can be just as bad as clothing for women — c’mon girls, it’s not like these are lettered jerseys displayed so everyone knows you’re a “whopping 38” or a “sorry AA.” Who cares? If the size fits and works and you feel great, isn’t that what counts? I just hope that this post encourages women to get out there and explore the better possibilities available to them; I am one of the few lucky ones who already has.

  14. Martha permalink
    September 8, 2010 5:59 am

    Ahhh….Dana I feel your pain…or should I say lack-there-of! I am barely an A after having and breastfeeding 4 kids. I feel I have little motivation to get a decent bra cause I really have nothing to hold up! Not to mention spending that much $$ on a bra makes me squeamish. I am actually still wearing very old, cotton champion sports bras from target. My running friend and fellow Rlam’er keeps telling me I need a Moving Comfort…maybe this is my chance!

  15. Heidi permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:02 am

    I’ve been hooked on the Moving Comfort Fiona bra for several years now. Finally – good support and no more bounce! I have actually seen women like the one Dimity wrote about and suggested they try it, because it has made such a difference for me. The one drawback – as others have noted – is the expense. At $44 a bra, the price makes me gag a bit, especially when you need to replace a few at a time. Amd they can be hard to find in stores, but Amazon usually has them on sale for around $30 which helps. They do last a long time though – I rationalize them the same way as I do expensive running shoes: If I divide the cost by the number of days I wear them, it comes out to a few cents a day, and the cost is worth the gain of getting that great run or workout in without having to worry about the bounce.

  16. nina permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:09 am

    I am terrible with sports bras. I own two. One is I don’t know how old and the other I bought in the throes of weaning my daughter, so it has some not so great memories attached. To say I could use a new one is an understatement.

  17. September 8, 2010 6:15 am

    We are so on the same page! Just last week I wrote a post – Best Sports Bra Ever! And I was talking about Moving Comfort. I own the Juno and the Fiona. My 32/34DDs need excellent support and these bras do the job. Lord knows I don’t need the girls flappin’ they have already moved South as a result of nursing and growing to the size of watermelons! No exaggeration -in one of my hospital photos my son was lying on my breast and it was mistaken for a pillow (my face was not in the picture) until the next shot that included me. In my motherly haze I sent those pictures to everyone and was teased about the size of my bodacious tatas!

    I also like the Enell, I recently tried that out too. The girls do not move an inch in that compression bra. And finally, I like the Wacol sports bra. I was surprised but this company has a great bra too!

    For all the big girls (D and up) out there – I’ve reviewed each of these bras on my blog if you want more details.

    • September 8, 2010 6:45 am

      Hey Renee: can you post a link to your blog? I think people would love to see it. Too funny about that pic….the things we–and our bodies–do for our kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Laurie permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:23 am

    I haven’t got much going on up there so the Champion bras at Target do pretty well for me. Although I did just clear out some old ones and bought a new one and was shocked (and loving) how snug the new one was – I need to replace more often – and at $14 there isn’t really a reason not too. I would like to try an expensive bra, just because I never have.

    Laughing at your Brown Bear reference. Yesterday during my run, my girlfriend and I started reciting/singing from Sandra Boyton’s Pajama Time . . . Jammy to the left. Jammy to the right. Jamma Jamma Jamma Jamma P – J!

    • Laurie permalink
      September 8, 2010 8:00 am

      This is the “other” Laurie, but I laughed when I read your post. My kids LOVE Pajama Time and I have frequently been at work with “Jammy to the left…..” running through my head like the song that wouldn’t go away!

      • Karen permalink
        September 8, 2010 6:52 pm

        My daughter loves Personal Penguin, and that song gets stuck in my head while running all the time!!

        • Laurie permalink
          September 9, 2010 4:32 pm

          @Karen -oohh! I don’t know Personal Penguin. I must investigate!

          @Laurie & Karen – isn’t Sandra Boyton just the best!?!

  19. canuck_grad permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:27 am

    I’ve tried on TONS of sports bras – lots of expensive ones that are supposed to be “supportive” for larger chests, and I still flop all over the place. The only ones I’ve found that I really like are Bestform ones I bought at Wal-Mart that have underwire on the outside of the cups. It’s kind of hard to explain, but there is almost like a shelf bra, but then extra pieces over the outside of them with underwire. Lots of support, but without any chafing or rubbing from the underwire. Luckily they are only about $10 or $15 dollars each… I can’t quite remember b/c it’s been about 4-5 years since I bought them… they did have a 2 or 2 1/2 year break in the middle of that for pregnancy and nursing – but still they are still going strong and last a long time! I just looked on the Bestform website, though, and don’t see them, so it looks like maybe they don’t make them anymore… it would be great to win this so I’ll have something to try when mine finally wear out!!

  20. September 8, 2010 6:28 am

    My beef? Bras with the stitching across the cup. Its bad enough to have VPL, but I prefer the girls go as unnoticed as possible, despite being all wrapped up and strapped in. I found some Speedo bras on a TJMaxx clearance rack several years ago and those are still my favorites. Can’t do the el’cheapos, this RLAM needs steel girders!

  21. September 8, 2010 6:39 am

    I have yet to find a sports bra that I love (I’m currently nursing, and the girls are just not cooperating). Right now I’m wearing two, plus a tank with a built-in shelf overtop. Would love to try out some moving comfort bras!!

  22. September 8, 2010 6:51 am

    Ah–this is too funny. Because of my running and training this year I moved DOWN to a 34C (from a 38DD)–very weird for me after all these years. So I’ve restocked all my sports bras. I have a mix of favorites–like the MC Fiona bra–the first wireless bra that I’ve ever loved–and the Champion 360–so comfortable!

    Bras are nearly as important as running shoes to me. When I did the Boilermaker 15K for the first time five years ago I wore the “wrong” bra (too much metal in all the wrong places). The chafing was so bad that I actually lost skin on my back–that’ when I vowed, “never again”! My “girls” have been happy ever since.

  23. September 8, 2010 7:02 am

    I tend to avoid wearing my technical tee race shirts, because I hate the chaffing that comes with sports bras. I like to wear running tops with built-ins, because of it. My favorite running brought that I’ve tried out is from Experia. No seams are the best!!

  24. September 8, 2010 7:06 am

    right now I’ve only invested in a few champion C9’s from Target, I needed to know if I would stay with running before investing more… now that I seem to be committed :), I need to start investing!

  25. September 8, 2010 7:07 am

    I did not see a comment about the Enell yet, so I must share. The Enell is quite simply why I have been able to run for the past, oh, 7 years or so since my daughter was born. I was already way into those heavy duty Champions in the 90s (pre-kids) and after…..let’s just say my letter went beyond two D’s. I nursed each kid for 2.5 years and wore the Enell up and down many sizes. I finally got to get a smaller one after my last kid weaned, but I still wear it.

    I bought an Enell in 2003 and it’s still holding up okay! I’ve bought three Enells in 7 years and they are unbelievable. It’s like a vest, but in a good way. It’s pricey, but worth Every. Single. Penny.

    Don’t buy one if you don’t have to, but if you’ve tried everything else and STILL bounce, go for this one. It’s also known as the Last Resort Bra in the Title 9 Catalog. No, they don’t pay me, but they SO should.

  26. Natalie permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:15 am

    My faves are all Moving Comfort. In fact, I’m pretty sure I have the Juno. I wear a 38D, so I’m happy when I can get a wide range of colors (other than black and white) and something that looks reasonably cute. It is amazing to me the bras that will be marked “high impact” in the store but are actually anything but. Try on before you buy, ladies!

    I’ll probably never buy anything other than Moving Comfort again because other brands just disappoint me. Have to say though, I’m not a fan of the Juno’s over the head styling. It’s really hard to get on and off after a sweaty run. Or maybe that’s a different MC bra I’m thinking of.

    Wish they weren’t so expensive. I have a bunch that should be retired, but at $40 a pop, I can’t afford to buy three or four new ones at a time!

  27. Jamie permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:25 am

    So far I’ve only bought sports bras from Target. The C9 brand. I really like them. I did not wear sports bras until about 2 years ago because I always thought they made my chest look too flat. Once I bought one, I was so pleasantly surprised about how much better my runs felt, that there is no way I would run without one now.

  28. September 8, 2010 7:30 am

    I’m a cotton Target sports bra offender. This is really informative!

  29. September 8, 2010 7:32 am

    I’m a recent convert to Moving Comfort bras! They’re awesome. I’m not overly endowed in the chest area, but I cannot stand a bra that smooshes me flat or gives me the moob look. Need to have some definition there, people!!

  30. September 8, 2010 7:33 am

    Love love LOVE Moving Comfort! My favorite sports bra is their Maia. My boob issue is that I’m a 34DD. (Yes, they’re real. And they’re FABULOUS.) It is impossible for me to buy a regular everyday bra off the rack in pretty much any department store, let alone a sports bra. Small, Medium and Large? I don’t think so! If the band fits, the cups are too small. And if the cups fit, the band is HUGE. I found Moving Comfort when doing an online search for sports bras in my size and they were one of the few results that came up. I was blown away by the number of styles and sizes they had available! What I especially love about the Maia is that it’s double-layered so there is no bounce and no show-through. (I know I sound like a suck-up or commercial since they are sponsoring the giveaway, but seriously, LOVE their bras!)

  31. September 8, 2010 7:35 am

    I’ve been double-bagging it for quite some time now with two not-so-great bras alone, but at least together they got the job done. However, I finally found a bra that does the trick. It’s a Danskin at Walmart of all places. I was reluctant to try it because it zips up the front. I’m still terrified of accidentally zipping the girls in the zipper, but it works! I already have two colors (and they do come in fun colors!), and I’m on the lookout for my size in the others. No bounce, no chafing…hallelujah! I was so excited the first time I ran without my normal bra/bra tank combo. It doesn’t take much, does it?

  32. Gina permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:36 am

    I’ve been doubling up on the sports bra for a while now. I tend to find it hard to drop $50+ on bras – why do they have to be so expensive? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I bought one at Walmart that looked like it had a lot of support (danskin brand) and it literally cut through my shoulders – ouch! Training now for my 1st full marathon and have learned a lot about seams & chafing – not so much when I trained for the half.

  33. Jill permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:39 am

    I am content with my nike and adidas sports bras… I have a moving comfort but I’ve never loved it..

    I wanna know where do you put your hrm strap? I usually try and tuck it under the band of the sports bra for the most part this works…

    I am ‘blessed’ with a 35 AA chest, which translates to a 34 A, so though they do bounce a bit it isn’t much… though when I get these babies pumped back up to their B cup glory, then we’ll have something to take care of… Ha… Like that will ever happen…

  34. Jaclyn permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:46 am

    Your best bra blow-out story?

    Wore a yoga top with spaghetti straps and a built in “bra” on one of my first runs ever. Ran home in a strapless tube top with my hands over my boobs. ‘Nuff said.

    • Annette M permalink
      September 10, 2010 10:11 pm

      Thank you Jaclyn, your sense of humor in that sensitive predicament, made my night!

  35. September 8, 2010 7:49 am

    Frustrations: 1. Price ‘Nuf said 2. The under arm pooch so many of them give. Brings attention to little extra fat pockets most of us have. 3. My lack of “boob-age” Seriously, after breastfeeding and getting in *awesome* shape, where did they go? And how can my little A cups (when I used to be a C) really be so droopy? But that’s a topic for a different blog. I don’t have any favorites. But I hate white sports bras and dark colors are the best.

  36. September 8, 2010 7:49 am

    As a new runner, post-baby and post-breastfeeding, I decided to treat myself to a fitting and a new sports bra. I am completely sold on Moving Comfort. Cute, comfortable, and strong. I love the Fiona for having clasps instead of having to cantalever it over my head, and I love the Vixen for it’s amazing feel — nothing is moving in that bra, and it is cute, cute, cute.

  37. jessica carter permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:51 am

    I’m not just saying this because they are the prize, but Moving Comfort makes me happy with their ability to make me NOT moving. I just love their support and comfort.

  38. Annette M permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:54 am

    um… so the 2 (and only) bras I started running w/ 10 years ago might need replacing? uni-boob was really the only selection for the not-too-big girls… but I guess I was still nursing then. OK, time for new shoes AND new bras.

  39. Marisa Olsen permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:55 am

    Love moving comfort! Even my 6 year old ones are still holding up!!

  40. Becky permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:58 am

    I just bought my first Moving Comfort bra a few weeks ago – love it! I was trying it on with my 4 year old son in tow and he questioned what his crazy mama was doing jumping and jogging around the fitting room. Then he decided to imitate me as we were doing a little more shopping afterward. I had to laugh because he looked a little ridiculous and also because only I knew what he was doing ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m doing the Boulder half next weekend and worried about the fires. I really hope the situation is better by then.

  41. September 8, 2010 7:58 am

    Maybe this is a sign that I need to buy a new sports bra for my 34 A, sometimes B self…. I usually just buy them at Target. After nursing two babies there isn’t much left, but I certainly don’t want it to sag anymore!

  42. Amber Izzo permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:11 am

    My fave bra is the Maia by Moving Comfort. I have had trouble finding the right bra and even used the Frog Bra at one point, think massive compression and rather restricted breathing:) The Maia is comfortable, encapsulating and supresses embarrassing bouncing.

  43. Laurie permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:13 am

    Still use the Target C9, although I think I have to replace them too often as they lose their “snap” a little. I have not noticed excessive jiggling, but I do notice when I buy a new one a distinct difference. Probably should really try a good bra. I am a decent 36 C and do not mind a uniboob too much, although with my new addiction to running skirts, I am focusing a little more on looking like the superWOMAN I am. HA!!!

  44. Robin permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:14 am

    I am, like so many women here, a Moving Comfort (Fiona) fan. It has been the best to breastfeed in (baby #4 just turned 4 months) since you can let down the straps. The adjustable straps are also awesome for me because my breasts seem to be located unusually close to my head (maybe it is because I am 5′ 4″?) Most bra makers assume there is a lot more distance, leading to bouncing humps in the middle of my body instead of the high up perkiness I was born to have, but not born with. This is timely for me, as I just lost all the baby weight (hooray for running!) It is already time for new bras again!

  45. September 8, 2010 8:17 am

    Sigh…I guess I’ve never known a good sports bra. I have subscribed to the unwise notion that if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. I’m embarrased to admit I have resigned myself to the awful contortions I have to go through putting that bad boy on and never mind what I have to go through to get it off. If not for this article, it was just a matter of time before this running mom succumbed to injury. Off to surf the net for some MC relief. Thanks!

  46. Marianne permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:21 am

    Biggest sports bra beef: OMG! Have you seen the all cotton, zero support, uni-boob, sorriest exuse ever for a sports bra the Biggest Loser women contestants wear?! All those lovely women on a quest for a healthier life are required to stand on national television in front of millions with their girls at belly button level! Season after season, I am amazed that a sports bra manufacturer doesn’t step up to the plate and give these women a sports bra that would allow them to hold their heads a little higher (not to mention their breasts!) as they stand on that scale and announce their weight to the entire world! Advertising dollars well spent, wouldn’t you say?!

    • Heidi permalink
      September 8, 2010 8:57 am

      OMG! I couldn’t agree more! I’m practically holding my girls and howling when I watch theirs swinging and bouncing. It’s truly painful to see. I think you’ve got a great suggestion there – it’s time for a bra manufacturer to step up to the plate there.

    • September 8, 2010 2:11 pm

      So true! Good call Marrianne.

  47. Celeste permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:22 am

    I admit to going the cheap-o route when it comes to sports bras: mine are a couple sizes too big (I bought them during a pregnancy a few years back) as a two-pack from Walmart. So…yeah…I could probably stand to get something a bit more supportive.

  48. OtherJulie permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:28 am

    I love the “Shock Absorber”:
    A – the brand name always cracks me up
    B – Got the bra for $10 and it fits great (found at Vic”s Secret in UK)
    C – Funniest website in the world: http://www.shockabsorber.co.uk/bounceometer/shock.html

    Really…bounceometer…

  49. September 8, 2010 8:31 am

    The cost just kills me. Thankfully my girls aren’t big enough to need a heavy duty bra, and I’ve had success with the C9 bras at Target.

    Thankfully also they’re pretty reasonably priced or I’d just use gauze and duct tape. Ok, not really, but I would whine incessantly if I had to pay more than $20 for a bra.

  50. Ruthie permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:33 am

    A few months ago and a week away from a weekend triathlon, I decide to do a hill workout in my tri-tank. It was really hot and it was as if I had just gotten out of the water, even though I had skipped the swim. I’m sweating down this steep hill and I hear this strange slapping sound. Holy cow…it was ME! Damn, those ladies were loud. My conclusion, time to wear my great MC bra under my tri-tank until I invest in a more supportive tri-suit.

  51. Sarah permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:35 am

    I’m a 32 or 34 DD and i pretty much just buy small C9 sportsbras and cram them in there. got to be sure to put deodorant between em. I know I need to just splurge and buy some good ones, but it’s hard to spend so much on something no one will see!

  52. September 8, 2010 8:40 am

    Currently I am wearing (to death!) my Nike sports bra. It is tight. I don’t like my girls to move while I am running. That is just another thing to potentially become an issue on long runs.
    Since I am STILL nursing I have the added issue of a fluctuating size. Couple that with my habit of double runs a day and I really need to keep the girl in check! So far the Nike sports bra has been worth is price tag in durability and sability but I know that it is not properly fit to my body and it’s changing needs. Like most everyone I drag my feet when it come to spending money so I put up with what I have even though I know there are better things out there. (It’s easier to put the money towards back to school, new windows, car repairs than myself!)
    I am a fan of Moving Comfort on Facebook. My boobs are boring. No funny stories about them while running or otherwise. Having nursed babies till they are 3+ years old and still currently nursing the 2 year old, they are more about function than anything. Boring but beneficial.

  53. September 8, 2010 8:41 am

    Being well-endowed from an early age, I hated anything that caused me to have to run – they just did not make decent bras, much less sports bras, back in the day (I’m talking late 1970’s here). Seriously, I used to cross one arm over my chest if I HAD to run – is that embarrassing enough for ya? LOL – obviously I never took up jogging (as they called running back then – wow, this is like a trip down memory/mammary lane!).

    I recently discovered the Moving Comfort Maia bra and I have to say that the angels sang that day in the dressing room when I tried the jump test while wearing it. AMAZING BRA – I absolutely love it and sing its praises to every well-endowed woman I know! Love, love, love Moving Comfort for designing a bra that FINALLY works for me!

  54. Tryna permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:49 am

    I too have a beef with the cost of bras. Why?

    But my story goes like this. Went out for a long 2ยฝ hr run, and half way in had a guy on a motorcycle yell, “Nice rack.” Ok, really? On a good day I’m a C, but mostly I’m a B so figured the guy didn’t get out much.

    On my way home, about 2 blocks from the house stopped to say hi to a neighbor and his dog, who was very uncomfortable talking to me. Got home to realize I had two gigantic sweat stains on the front of my shirt. Awesome! So glad I ran on the busy road that day. Sigh. Now ALL of my sports bras are dri-fit.

  55. Lisa Zieger permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:50 am

    As an A cup (and that’s being generous), I haven’t had a lot of trouble with supporting the girls — I do, however, have a hard time finding an sb that doesn’t rub under my arms or straps that pull so hard that my shoulders ache by the end of the run. My biggest sb challenge, though, was while I was still nursing — the only nursing sb that I could find was from La Leche League, and while I appreciated the fact that I could easily unclasp it for easy pre- or post-run (if rather salty) access, it was like wearing a bloody corset.

  56. September 8, 2010 8:57 am

    I am not very well endowed, so justifying the cost of sports bras is tough. I have a nike and a champion that do the job just fine, but I HATE HATE HATE having to tug them on and off over my head. My husband, however, finds it hilarious….

    • Csaf permalink
      September 8, 2010 10:47 am

      had to laugh at this. When I was pregnant, I had to ask my husband to help me get the darn over-the-head jog bra off. He thought it was hysterical. This, however, coming from the man who calls my pantyhose a “scuba suit.” LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. CaRoline Eakle permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:58 am

    I know a thing or two about finding good sport bras…until a very recent dramatic weight loss (67 lbs) I used to be size 38DD and in weight loss journey that area was the last to shrink.. So I had trouble finding sport bras in that size in general store and ended up with 2 or 3 bras and the very unflattering uniboob! Until the day that change my training life…went to REI and there they were in the back…moving comfort bras! Yes they cost more but they are worth every penny. I LOVE them. They keep everything in place and I don’t feel like I will be hit in the chin at every step. Now that the size went down It is much easier but I do not cheat on my beloved moving C bras! I just need smaller size but still need lots of support!
    Large strap is key and also 3 hooks.
    I had a Victoria secret sport bras (not really sport bras I can tell you) and during a class one strap went off! They had strap with a hook sliding in a small opening should have known better right…

  58. September 8, 2010 9:14 am

    My biggest bra beef is that sports bras have an unfortunate tendency to make me look like I’m a 12-year-old boy. It’s not exactly the look I want when running. Things are a bit better in that area currently because I’m nursing my 6-month-old, but nursing is also the only time when I actually need a sports bra. Other than that, I don’t bounce so any sports bra that emphasizes a subtle curve is a must with me. My favorite for that reason is actually a yoga bra with some “shaping” from Target by C9, followed closely by Champion’s T-back Shape sports bra.

  59. Lyndsay S. permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:25 am

    My biggest frustration is trying to get off over my head a soaking wet sports bra after running 20 miles and being exhausted!

  60. virginia permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:32 am

    Here’s my beef with sports bras: for me, they’re like lays potato chips. you can’t just have one. and i don’t mean like an array in my drawer. i mean, gotta wear two bras at a time. UGH!

    Perhaps, i’ve not tried enough. but i’ve tried a butt—er, boatload! i’m a 34c. resized and sized again since having a little one going up to an *ahem*36D, and right back on down to a 34c. i must admit, like my abs that have shrunken back down to pre-preggo size, they ARE a bit more flaccid (which by the way, i would never use that word to describe my abs or boobage outside this page….ok, with my girlfriends. and hubby. and sisters. whatever. don’t judge.)

    still looking for that perfect match. you know, one that supports all on its own without the help of a friend, and one that maybe, JUST MAYBE, i could wear under my regular clothes because it seems i’m ALWAYS chasing my very active 1 and 1/2 year old around the park, the house, or grandma’s. i’d love for once to use my arms to propel me to usain bolt speed instead of holding the girls tight against my chest. (thereby slowing my speed to just normal supermom and not ludicrous speed supermom.) oh, and amazingly, not have it peek out of my CONSERVATIVE v neck tee (not real housewives of NJ or snooki-style v neck) would be great. *HINT, HINT, moving comfort. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    if anyone knows of this bra…please bring me to the light!

  61. Tracy permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:33 am

    I am cheap too – Target, Kohls, even Old Navy. I usually stay away from the cotton and ALWAYS do the double to keep the girls in place becuase one is usually never enough! but recently, after my third (and FINAL child) I was out for a run and only had an old cotton one left. I put that one on first and the one of my others over it! I went about 4 miles (in the heat and humidity) and came home with the ‘girls’ as chafed as can be! The girls say ‘No’ to cotton!

  62. Erin permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:36 am

    I really like Champion sports bras to run in. They are tight enough to reign in the girls, but you can actually breathe in them while you run. However, I am yet to find the magic bra that does not leave some sort of “marathon tattoo”: the dreaded chafe after a long sweat session. The only that works is to apply Aquaphor around the area before I go out for a run.

  63. Nicole permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:38 am

    I used to have ’em and now I don’t. My 2 kids and years of BF took away from my chest, but no complaints. I like being smaller, just wish they were a little more perky shall we say:) I love to run in tanks with built in shelf bras, but they need to be tight and with nothing moving around.

  64. Sarah AJ permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:41 am

    I’m on the Moving Comfort bandwagon too. I bought my first one (a Maia, did wonders for my 34DDs!) to try to contain the nursing boobs after my first child was born 5 1/2 years ago and haven’t bought any other brand since. My current favorite is the Grace, which has a zip-front. I loved the zip when I was still nursing and loved it even more this summer when I realized how much easier it was to get off post-run!

    I usually buy my MC bras from sierratradingpost.com. If you’re on their mailing list, they send links for up to 30% off.

  65. karen permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:46 am

    Im still trying them all out so I dont have a favorite yet. I need one with some padding–no need to let those headlights shine to all that I run past. I hate thin ones with no support and when they say they are one size and you order them and you either swim in them (your boobs as buoys) or you are so smashed your ta tas are baking bread out the side. One time I bought a bra on ebay (new, okay, new) and proudly trotted off on my morning run. About a mile into it I heard a snap and the damn hook slipped. I stopped, rehooked it and then promptly had to do it every few miles. My girls dont appriciate a rude awakening like that. So Im still trying to find a slam dunk bra I can buy in a few colors so I can worry about other more important things…like which ice cream to eat post run.

  66. Lori permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:56 am

    Biggest complaint is that the most comfortable ones for me, tend not to be the most flattering. Haven’t tried moving comfort…

  67. September 8, 2010 9:58 am

    I got nuttin’. Even when I was 65lbs heavier, the weight was never up top. What I DO have is these built in binky’s that that seem to say “hello! look at me” regardless of the the weather in or out of the boudoir.

    Padding is a must unless I want googly eyes looking out of or at me.

    My cheapassmama self hates spending $$, but a one good one beats three that show off my nipple*nuks.

  68. September 8, 2010 10:02 am

    My favorite bra would be a free Moving Comfort bra. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have some bras that are only worn to bed because they are like 2x too big – I was much bigger chested while pregnant/nursing (the 3 days I nursed). I have two that I wear to run; they aren’t any brand name but they fit.

  69. September 8, 2010 10:04 am

    I detest bra shopping of any kind. My girls are larger than DD and the selection drops dramatically at that point especially in my small city in Canada. I am fairly new to running and hate the bounce it hurts. Most stores here only sell the cotton uniboob models which have no support left after 2 or 3 times out running if that. My girls are currently squished into a too small DD because that is the largest size I could find when I was looking early last month that is not cotton. I love the style of the bra. I don’t love that the girls want to squish out the top and sides. Thankfully last week I found a store in one of the neighboring small towns that specializes in bras of all kinds and they may have one, yes one only that works at a cost that makes the moving comfort bras look cheap. I wish bra companies would realize that big girls like to move too. As I am hoping that a side effect of running and being active is shrinking into smaller sizes of everything, I know that I will likely have some brand loyalty to companies that I can wear through the whole journey.

  70. Allyson permalink
    September 8, 2010 10:04 am

    My new favorite running bra is a Nike one that I found at TJ Maxx. I wear a 32AA so I’ve never really worried about support for the “little girls”. The best part of this Nike sports bra is that has clasps so I can avoid the “soggy bra” dance after a run. Nothing worse that trying to pull a wet bra over your head. I love being able to release the clasp with one hand -especially since I broke my left arm ( DO NOT USE POTTERY BARN KIDS CHAIR AS A STEP LADDER!) and have limited mobility at the moment. Best part of breaking arm was realizing that I hadn’t broken a leg and can still run!

  71. girlsworld permalink
    September 8, 2010 10:13 am

    I’m a small B which has made it hard in the past to find something that wasn’t just a smoosh-them-until-they-don’t-move type bra. And I have wider shoulders, so the ones that are just stretchy are hard to pull over my head and then off again when it is dripping with sweat. I do have a Nike tank with a bra built in that works amazing, but the shoulder thing.

  72. September 8, 2010 10:15 am

    No particular favorite. No particular horror story. My teeny ladies and I do okay with almost nothing… However a few weeks back I did a 16 miler and made it home to realize I had extremely visible THO (thank you to the RLAM dictionary posting so I now know that valuable abbreviation!). This is not an Action News Exclusive, of course, but what was amazing is that I was so focused on rocking that run that I never even looked down to notice. In other words, my self-consciousness disappeared in the face of my bad ass run. It was cool. And quite a thrill for the hundreds of motorists and pedestrians who happened by me as well…. : )

  73. misty permalink
    September 8, 2010 10:34 am

    I don’t have a favorite bra yet, nor do I have a good one! I’m training for my first half-marathon and have been running for a year now. What I can tell you about my horror story is this. I wear a grey, cotton sports bra. UGH! And now that my mileage is increasing I’ve got gorgeous chafe marks on the top of my breasts, where the bra rubs and rubs and RUBS. I’ve tried body lube, aquaphor, etc. Everything but a new bra quite yet. See, I needed to buy new shoes first as THOSE were getting worn out too. So, one thing at a time. New sports bra comes out of the next pay period. I tried on a Moving Comfort at the running store yesterday and was amazed. We’ll head back there soon.

  74. April permalink
    September 8, 2010 10:46 am

    Advice on how to decide what color or thickness of sports bra to wear: Check with weather prior to leaving the shirt at home. The rain or cold breeze may want you to stray from white or thin sports bras.

  75. Csaf permalink
    September 8, 2010 10:57 am

    I know this post is really geared toward my RLAM sisters with B+ or greater, so my question is whether, as a 34 A (A+ on a good day), do I need something more than my Nike DriFit uni-boob over-the-head holder? I hesitate to even try on the ones with separate molded cups b/c I really detest when my normal bras “gap” between me and the padded fabric (my A/B cup sisters probably get this — anyone over a B probably has never experienced the “gap” before!). It’s demoralizing enough as it is in my regular bra when my t-shirt fabric accentuates the fact that I don’t have enough boob to fill the padded cup!! So I guess I’m left having to be satisfied with looking like a teenaged boy when I run….? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  76. Steph permalink
    September 8, 2010 10:59 am

    I started running when I was 17 years old and a size 34B. I am now 41 and have a size 34DD chest, but I have narrow shoulders and a slim build. I have struggled to find a bra to support me. I always had to buy the small and just squeeze “the girls” in because the medium would hang on me. I was always uncomfotable. I have always had suspension problems!

    Just this year, I discovered the best bra, I have been looking for a supportive bra for most of my life. I found the Juno bra at Moving Comfort. I bought three Junos and have since donated all of my other failed attempt at running bras!! When I put it on, I have lift! No bounce and I can breathe. No squishing, no moving. Everything stays separated and in place. No chafing! When I run, I feel like I am wearing nothing on top, that is how comfortable this bra is on me!!

    Horror story – In fact, my husband picked me up from the gym one day and I had a bra on that I thought supported me. He asked “Just wondering, but do you have a bra on?” I did, but apparently, it was NOT doing the job. I was mortified because I can’t even imagine what everyone at the gym thought… and I always want to look good for my husband ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. September 8, 2010 11:01 am

    I am a 36DD and I can’t find anything that fits me just right, I would love to try a bra that actually keeps the girls where they should be!

  78. Patty permalink
    September 8, 2010 11:04 am

    I LOVE Moving Comfort bras. All during college I was one of those girls with the cheap cotton bra that offered no support and it made me loath running. Now that I have a little more money I have tried several of the more expensive brands and once I tried Moving Comfort I haven’t looked back! I am slowly expanding my sports bra wardrobe and hope to have one in every color soon!

  79. Tori permalink
    September 8, 2010 11:04 am

    I sadly own only 2 sports bras and every time I go to the store to buy a new one I’m reminded why! Even though I’m sure the more expensive ones are much better quality, I just can’t bring myself to spend $35 or more for something no one ever sees! I run about 5 times a week, so it could be justified, but I just keep washing my 2 old faithfuls and hanging them to dry. One is about 4 yrs old and the other is 2 yrs old and they’re both Champion. I may be cheap, but I always buy the most expensive sports bra Target carries because I am a firm believer in having support while you run. Who wants to be stressing about THAT while they’re running?!?! Can’t feel good… Anyways, would LOVE to win a Moving Comfort bra…

  80. September 8, 2010 11:06 am

    I LOVE the Moving Comfort Juno Bra. I have several of them and they make my world a better, more supported place. Honestly, no chaffing, lots of support, little bounce (and its hard to tame my girls).

  81. September 8, 2010 11:08 am

    Confession: I own 2 sports bras and they are cheap. Like, wal-mart cheap. I’m a relatively new (serious) runner (just started really booking it and increasing distance this spring) and I just can’t pull the trigger on anything pricey…yet. I’m sure that if I tried a MC bra, the clouds would part and angels would sing from the heavens. Or something.

  82. Elana permalink
    September 8, 2010 11:11 am

    For the past few years, I’ve been a pretty huge Under Armor fan. I was already well-endowed before I got pregnant, and they provide lots of great support. Never tried Moving Comfort, so now I’m intrigued! Of course, I might be unusual, because I really do go for the super-supportive, tight, squish my chest into uniboob styles… I don’t like ANY bounce when I run.

  83. September 8, 2010 11:13 am

    I do not, nor will I ever, own or wear a sports bra. I am, however, giving serious consideration to a “bro” or “mansiere.” Incidentally, men have similar issues (although admittedly not as big – oops) when it comes to finding a good shorts liner to support the family jewels.

    • Laurie permalink
      September 8, 2010 12:53 pm

      Jim, I seriously hope the random picker chooses you for this prize! You are hysterical.

  84. Melanie B. permalink
    September 8, 2010 11:18 am

    I need help, serious help. My nursing bra (stopped wearing 6 months ago) was a 34 I. The bras I’m wearing now which I know are too small are 36DDD. I wear a cheap cotton sports bra from Target I bought probably 4 years ago when I run. I actually tried this bra on in a running store a couple of weekends ago when I purchased my shoes, BUT the 38 D was way too small. I don’t know what to do. I know I need something better than what I’m using!! Help me. My beef w/bras is that they NEVER fit me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Thanks!!!!!

    • September 8, 2010 2:20 pm

      Hey Melanie–
      One place to look is herroom.com. They’ve got a huge selection of bras for larger chests. Sorry to hear about your troubles…I applaud you for getting out there.

  85. Billie permalink
    September 8, 2010 11:18 am

    I love love love Moving Comfort. I have 1 lonely one which I just got 2 months ago. My other bras are champion bras simply because Moving Comfort is so expensive. I am saving up now to buy another one though since the other day I did an 8 mile run in my champion bra since the MC bra was in the washer and Boy could I feel a difference!
    My best bra story. I had a champion bra that had a metal o ring to attach the strap to the bra. As I was putting it on at the gym the ring snapped in half. Instead of skipping my kickboxing class, I used a bobby pin twisted into a knot to hold it together until the class was done! Now I look for stupid things like metal on a bra before I buy it!

  86. Leslie permalink
    September 8, 2010 11:30 am

    I have one C9 that I really like. It fits/feels nice and no movement by the girls while running in it. Sadly, I went back to get another one and that style was gone.

  87. September 8, 2010 11:39 am

    Biggest beef with [good] sports bras has to be the cost. As a paycheck-to-paycheck mom, I mostly buy new Champion bras when they’re on clearance at Target. Sacrilege, I know ๐Ÿ˜‰

  88. Melissa Bannerot permalink
    September 8, 2010 11:42 am

    My favorites are no longer being made. Nike used to make a really supportive jog bra. It had an extra panel just above the elastic at the bottom of the bra.

    I love my Moving Comfort. My only issue is the velcro adjustment. I bought it because of the velcro so I could nurse my baby. Not nursing anymore. Have to be careful to match the velcro or I get scratched.

  89. September 8, 2010 11:50 am

    When I’m not nursing, I seriously have nothing there so it doesn’t matter what I wear, but nursing is a different story. Finally, on my 4th kid, I’ve found a combination of Nike bras that seem to work well for me. I always double up and its with a Nike Airborne under a Nike DriFit… absolutely no bounce whatsoever, especially when I pair that with a built in bra tank… can you say strapped down?! The only real problem is that when I need to get a quick nursing in for a fussy baby mid-run or one last “top off” before a race it can be a real pain… not to mention that there is no way those things are coming off if I’m at all sweaty. I seriously got stuck the other day and had to call my husband in for help. ๐Ÿ˜› I would love to try the Moving Comfort Fiona… I’ve heard it’s great!

  90. Janette permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:03 pm

    Like a lot of women I’ve tried many, many sports bras and eventually found my favorite which is Adidas and they had them at Costco! in a 2-pack for less than $25. What a deal! I bought 3 packs and recently went back to get some more and of course they don’t carry them anymore *sigh*. My only other brand is a Nike which I don’t like cuz I can’t get it off when I’m all sweaty and I have to have my hubby help me wrestle it off. every. single. time. but seeing as it wasn’t cheap I can’t afford to toss it. The Moving Comfort bras sound great but usually out of my price range right now.

  91. Katie permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:07 pm

    My favorite sports bra is the Moving Comfort Fiona for its ability to hold my rather large chest reliably in place. I also like the front adjustable straps, because it can pretend that its a nursing bra, which will work well when I soon return to running (with my sweet baby in the BOB!).

    Biggest beef with sports bras? I love having a good one, but I hate buying them. I find it endlessly irritating that because I have a larger chest I have to spend upwards of $40-60 on a good bra, while those with less can get away spending $12-20 for a little spandex number at the name-your-favorite-big-box.

    But ahhh, to not bounce…the money spent becomes worth it!
    Thanks for this giveaway! I’m looking forward to getting a bra in my even shapelier nursing size!

  92. September 8, 2010 12:09 pm

    My girls have been large and in charge since I was 14. Practically overnight (literally, in 5 days) I went from an flat A, to a full C. I continued to blossom to a DD by the time I graduated high school. I spent many years doubling up on lame sports bras while I played basketball and volleyball. I had a breast reduction at the age of 20, which brought me back to a C cup, but after babes and nursing, I’m now back to a D cup.

    I watched a Oprah show devoted to properly fitting bras, and heard about Moving Comfort’s Fiona bra. I was sold. I’ve been wearing mine for 2 years, and it’s held up so well and still is supportive. This bra has kept the ladies firmly in place while I run. This would have saved me so much grief and embarrassment as a 16 year old, running laps in gym class. (I had a coach actually bring me a shirt once to try in to see if it could work for our team uniform, because my “girls” were so big. So embarrassing!) A solid comfortable supportive bra is a MUST for me. I was just wishing that there was something as supportive as Fiona in a racer back, and I was excited today to see that the Juno style looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try it!

  93. September 8, 2010 12:09 pm

    oops, i typed in my blog address wrong before.

  94. Denise permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:20 pm

    I found one at WalMart that I love ($10) – can’t remember brand – Champion, Danskin – not sure. It does give me a uniboob, but I don’t feel any bounce. After reading about Moving Comfort, I’m gonna have to check into them.

  95. September 8, 2010 12:23 pm

    I have gotten over the cost of them, the good ones “hold up” much better than some off the rack at big box store. I still we should get some type of federal tax break for keeping our girls in check

    I am still in search of a bra that separates a little better than the ones I currently have.

  96. September 8, 2010 12:27 pm

    I hate sports bras that don’t separate the girls so much that the sweaty, uncomfortable uni-boob result is enough to make me toss every sports bra I’ve ever tried. I could really use a new one as I’m training for my first 5k in December.

  97. Erica permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:32 pm

    I’ve already designed my perfect sports bra; I just haven’t found the manufactured version yet! Seems so simple, too:
    * T-back / pullover, so that the hooks and straps don’t get ruined in the wash
    * Comfortable wicking material without restrictive seams on the edges that cut into that lovely bit of fat between armpit and boob
    * Cups/compartments that separate, but that aren’t padded
    * Very supportive, even for A-B-C cups

    Moving Comfort has come really close! The hooks tend to get me every time, though…

    • Erica permalink
      September 8, 2010 12:39 pm

      I should have done my research — the “Charity” looks very similar to what I just described!

  98. September 8, 2010 12:33 pm

    My favorite sports bra is the Moving Comfort Maia – I ended up buying it just because it was the only one they had in my size in store at REI, but I went back the next week and picked up a second one. It’s *so* comfortable for hiking and running! Before this, I always exercised in the uniboob-style, but the two compartments keep my DDs happier (and less sweaty, which is important when you’re backpacking for four days)…

  99. September 8, 2010 12:34 pm

    I’m 36B and just beginning to run, and I’ve had the hardest time to find a good sports bra. It’s really discouraging! I don’t want any bounce at all (my main issue is the damage being done, as you mention), but when I find one that takes care of that, it creates other problems in that it’s super tight or uncomfy around the bend (because I am not as slim as I could be…hence the initial motivation for running).

  100. Melanie ~ but you can call me Mel! permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:34 pm

    I wear the Champion brand cause it’s available at TARGET. Easy, but not so smart. I have purchased a couple of more expensive bra’s at Title Nine, however I tend not to wear them cause I feel they need to have special “laundry attention”…

    I do a lot of different things including many hours of volleyball, in and outside. I need support and am always looking for the new best thing…this may just be a contender.

    ~m

  101. September 8, 2010 12:34 pm

    I teach Taekwon-do for a living, so I wear sports bras to work. Up until Mother’s Day I had been making do with cheapie ones from Target, but my fab husband gave me a gift card to get a Moving Comfort bra as my Mother’s Day gift. Shut. Up. Completely changed my views on what a good sports bra should be like! (no more uni-boob! Hurray!) I only have one, though, so it would be nice not to have to wash it every SINGLE day!

  102. September 8, 2010 12:35 pm

    I have to say Moving Comfort is my fave. I went into a Title 9 store, with no previous sports bra buying experience, and they got me hooked up in a Maia bra. It’s held me in so well, I bought a back up. Mind you, I’m a 36C, so it’s not like it’s holding back the Himalaya or anything, but it does hold these old elf boots in place perfectly. Nary a bounce to be found.

    (Mind you, I DO wear Body Glide under my bra for each run. Just keeps everything smooth and chafe free!)

  103. Lisa permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:35 pm

    I’ve only ever had the boob tube style sports bras..that, to me, are not all that comfortable..I hate sweating in between my boobs, lol…I’ve taken to wearing a cotton bra with a minimizer over it because it seems to be the most comfortable option.

  104. Lynna Demay permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:37 pm

    I’m a fan. and I am spreading the word. I never win giveaways, but it would be great if someone I know wins!

  105. September 8, 2010 12:37 pm

    hmm Sports bra.. Nope never had one.. Go ahead and gasp.. I wear reg. bra and just wear 2 tight tan tops and get moving.. I know sad right? ha.. I have issues when it comes to bras after 4 babies well just say I’ve been around the size world LOL…

  106. Carla permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:41 pm

    My biggest complaint is when poerfectly good running bras are constructed with lots of seams that leave awful chafe marks. Ouch!

  107. Marcie L permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:42 pm

    I am still in search of the perfect running bra, if I win this my search will probably end!

  108. Alison permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:46 pm

    My old champion bras seem to support the best without rubbing too much. However, with size 34DD boobs, I have yet to find a bra that doesn’t cause bleeding after 15 miles (but I would love to try a new style-especially for free!!)

  109. Jennifer W. permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:46 pm

    I recently started running again after several years. All my running bras are wwwoorrnn oouutt! Every tine I go to buy one I end up putting it back cuz I am too cheap! I would love a fresh start with thus prize!

  110. September 8, 2010 12:49 pm

    I’m sporting the Target ones, and they are okay. I haven’t been able to break the bank yet for one of those super supportive mamas. I’m not super well-endowed, but after three preggies and three babies nursing one after the other for a span of about 6 years, they are not as “perky” as the once were. They definitely need something to stop them from running away by themselves…

  111. Catrina permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:51 pm

    I don’t have a sports bra story, only that I really need a good one. I nursed my daughter for 12 months, and twin boys for 18 months which by the time I was 25, had left me very saggy. I was just thinking the other run, that I really need a good sports bra. Thanks for the info on finding the right one!

  112. Robyn permalink
    September 8, 2010 12:56 pm

    Moving Comfort – FIONA holds the girls so well!!!

  113. September 8, 2010 12:57 pm

    I always had to wear two bras until I bought a Moving Comfort bra two weeks ago. Running went from a bouncy hell to a joy – well, at least as far as my bodacious boobage is concerned.

    I had back surgery and nothing tweaks it quite like trying on bras – oh the misery.

  114. Patti permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:00 pm

    If I don’t win I’m going to have to buy one! I’m a 59 year old grandmother trying to get back into running. My size D girls need real support, something that has hindered me from getting back into running.

  115. September 8, 2010 1:10 pm

    Woo-hoo! I’m participating in my first 5K this weekend and am constantly in search of the right support – I’ve relied on lululemon tanks to make it through the run, but they aren’t quite what I’m looking for. Time for the right undergarment for the job ๐Ÿ™‚

  116. September 8, 2010 1:14 pm

    I LOVE that Moving Comfort has larger sizes! Most bra companies don’t seem to think busty chicks run. I’m a 36DD or DDD depending on the company and I find it virtually impossible to find good bras. I’ve ran a marathon and am very active, what’s up bra companies?!

  117. Vivian Papp permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:17 pm

    As a big-busted gal, in the old days I used to run with 2 ace bandages holding it all together. I find the combination of a good supportive bra and a tank that has a inner shelf to be about the only thing that can control the mayhem. Always looking for a good sports bra, or should I say a miracle?

  118. Christina permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:20 pm

    I am still trying to find “the one.” My girls on the bigger side but I have a small band size, and find that a lot of the manufacturers don’t have runners like ME in mind. The only ones that fit well and support me (that I’ve found anyway) have a lot of seams and give me awful chafing when I run for a long time. And a lot of the options for my size seem to be very $$$ and often frightfully ugly (not that looks matter so much I guess…) Sooooo frustrating!

    • margothere permalink
      September 8, 2010 1:39 pm

      I know how you feel. I have similar problems… very frustrating!

  119. Becky permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:24 pm

    While I love my girls, there are times I wish I could wear just any old bra and be cute and supported. Alas, I still search for the perfect fit to strap them down for a good hard workout.

  120. Terzah permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:29 pm

    I am a 34 B, in the demographic that can wear the C9s from Target without many issues (though I do need Body Glide for the bony spot on my sternum where the tops of these bras chafe on long runs). I also really like Moving Comfort bras. I bought my first one when I got pregnant and went up a cup size almost overnight during the first trimester. The girls were just too sore to be inappropriately supported! I then bought my second one when the babies were born and I was nursing and *really* scared that running was going to give me mastitis. I needed something that supported without squishing. Now I wear a mix of both kinds (cheap and luxurious), depending on the length of my run.

    My bra story is that, packing for the 2005 NYC Marathon, I *forgot* to pack a bra. Luckily one of the women I was traveling to the shuttle bus with, a local, is almost exactly my size. She lent me one, and none of the horror stories of running in unfamiliar clothing came true for me during the race. But it did teach me that, really, a checklist when traveling for a big race is, um, a good idea.

  121. Erin permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:32 pm

    As a former/current swimmer, I need the girls to not move at ALL! I wear Nike and Champion sausage casings. They are probably too tight, but that’s how I (steam)roll!

  122. Kathy permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:33 pm

    I absolutely love love love my Moving Comfort bras!! It is so worth the money to protect yourself while running. They last forever!

  123. ShelleyMM permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:36 pm

    On a really good day, I am a 34 A, so I just use a Champion and a Nike. The problem is getting a wet, sweaty, smelly bra over my head at the end of my runs…

  124. Ali Hernandez permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:37 pm

    I just wear a Champion from Target. It works well, but what’s with all of these sports bras with seams that run down the middle of your boobs? How is it possible for any shirt to look good with those massive seams sticking out? So many people love Moving Comfort… guess I know what I’m saving for next!

  125. Carolyn permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:38 pm

    Before kids I was a 34B now after nursing 2 babes for a year each I could run with no bra and not even know it! NO JOKE. However, I still like a nice sport bra, preferably one that is stylish and NOT COTTON! I like Champion and Nike but its been years since I have bought myself a new sports bra.

  126. margothere permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:38 pm

    Oh! Please, pick me. I’m a 5’1″ med-small frame, 34D (I may actually be a 32 D now; better get remeasured!) The bras I loved are no longer made in models I love. I need bras!, and winning one would be very, very nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  127. Joanmarie permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:44 pm

    Once skeptical about the encapsulating bras because, let’s facet, I’m a realist with not much in the chest area, I have since been reformed! They are pretty great after all. If I’m splurging, I love Moving Comfort; on the economy side, Champion is pretty darn good as well. What irritates me? The variation in sizes, even within the same company. Uniformity would be nice, especially when ordering online.

  128. Katie permalink
    September 8, 2010 1:46 pm

    I love my Enell sports bra. I have worn ENELL when I was nursing and a 40H. And I DIDN’T move. Now I am down to a “modest” 36D and it still does the job. Wouldn’t start a run wearing anything else.

  129. September 8, 2010 1:57 pm

    I DESPERATELY would like to win a sports bra! I have a really hard time spending money on undergarments. I lay down the money for good running shoes, but when it comes to sports bras, I still am wearing ones from college. In order to make them work, I layer. First trimester of pregnancy = wearing three sports bras because my boobs are so tender. Newly breastfeeding = wearing two “stretched out” sports bras. Past 6 months of breastfeeding = two sports bras that aren’t “as stretched out”. The only time I only wear one is if I’m just briskly walking :). Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!

  130. September 8, 2010 2:05 pm

    I have gone up a bra size since I’ve gotten pregnant and I don’t have a sports bra that fits me! I love the Charity in Dawn!

  131. Jennifer permalink
    September 8, 2010 2:06 pm

    Eleven years ago when I first started running, I bought some cheapy running bras at discount store. I still have them! Even though some of the fabric has literally worn away, exposing the elastic. I finally bought some new ones; I just need to throw away the old ones to keep from being tempted to wear them again!!!

  132. Jennifer permalink
    September 8, 2010 2:07 pm

    This is something that I really need! I figured it out this morning at the gym. I could hardly stand it. I wonder what others thought. Anyways, I am in the same boat-never spend the money on me or things that I need so a giveaway would be awesome!!!

  133. Steph H permalink
    September 8, 2010 2:17 pm

    I can honestly say my boobs almost kept me from running. I remember standing in my neighbor’s driveway as we were discussing her plan to start Couch to 5k and when she suggested that I join in my immediate response was…”I can’t run. Have you seen my boobs?”
    I was (and still kind of am) terrified of the bouncing out of control/getting a black eye/people staring as they drive by scenario. It’s not easy dealing with big girls!

  134. September 8, 2010 2:19 pm

    awesome giveaway- and so my life right now! i’ve been having sports bra issues since i started running past 3 miles. i’ve tried everything, one time it was as simple as i needed a smaller bra- my size had shrunk as i was losing baby weight & weaning from breast feeding. but as my miles got longer and longer (did my first half, and now training for a full marathon) i still chafe every time i do a long run. i bought a new bra and am going to try it out on saturday- i really hope it works! and if it does, i will be sure to take good care of it.
    thanks for the chance to win!

  135. Heather permalink
    September 8, 2010 2:26 pm

    I am very small chested and I used to wear the bras from Target until I discovered Lululemon power Y sports bra. It is my fav and it gives me the support I need and hold my heart monitor in place. (very important to me!)

  136. Reagan Wentzell permalink
    September 8, 2010 2:26 pm

    I have been wearing Enell bras for a few years now. I’m a larger chested lady (DD) and love the support they give. But just recently I’ve found that the clasps on them have started to rub against the skin under my bust. I thought it was because the bra was a bit older and the clasps got twisted. So I bought 2 more. But they do the same. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m very sad.
    My biggest beef is the cost. With 4 kids, money is tight and spending $50+ on a bra is hard to do.

  137. September 8, 2010 2:28 pm

    I love my padded Moving Comfort bras… got them at on the show floor of a fitness instructors’ conference last summer. I can’t get over how GOOD my barely an A cup body looks and feels in my Moving Comfort bra!

  138. September 8, 2010 2:28 pm

    First off, “Jump Around” by House of Pain is on my running playlist as it was a big party song when I was in college. Hearing it always brings back memories of fun (and drunken) times from Penn State and a smile to my face. Now hearing it will bring a smile to my face for a different reason ๐Ÿ™‚ Before pregnancy and breast feeding for a year I swore by a Nike sports bra my husband got me after he read about the research behind it showing that the girls actually move in a figure 8 pattern during a run. Between the straps, back hook, and (my favorite) center-dividing hook you had a perfect fit every time. Alas, my girls are a shell of their former selves and the bra doesn’t fit anymore. Now I swear by Lucy’s support sport bra. It has molded cups, some padding, and is supportive without squeezing my ribs. The pattern on mine matches the boyshorts on my running skirt which doesn’t hurt either (not that I’m brave enough to head out without a tank on over it). Get off your seat and jump around…..

  139. Pam permalink
    September 8, 2010 2:33 pm

    I would like a sports bra that still allows me to look like a woman – not some flat chested 10 year old! Contain those girls, but give them a lift & let them be seen!

  140. Tonya permalink
    September 8, 2010 2:37 pm

    10th grade track tryouts
    boys and girls together
    small group sprints down the football field
    everyone watching
    snap!

    why, oh, why did I NOT have on a sports bra?
    it was just a thin regular bra
    and EVERYONE knew
    as one boob went flopping up and down the field

    wanting to run a 5K for the first time in October and these DDs need some support!

    thanks!

  141. SherryG permalink
    September 8, 2010 2:49 pm

    I have yet to find something that fits my picky-ness, If it’s comfy, it’s not supporting; if it is supporting, it doesn’t feel right in some places… It’s hard enough to find an everyday bra that I like and one that fits. I’ve also noticed that for some reason my breasts have gotten much less firm and perky—-curse you gravity & age & hormones.

    I’m hoping this one will be the charm…

  142. September 8, 2010 3:00 pm

    I don’t run, but I do high impact work outs and I wear an Enell and a shock absorber (yes, I have big boobs!). The Enell is ugly as all get out, but it is supportive and I bascially feel like my chest is immobolized. The Shock Absorber I had read made one a little pointy and it does, plus the strap widths are not as wide and tend to cut in a bit (I bought online, perhaps a mistake for trying it out). I find the shock absorber is better for lower impact. It does hold the girls up though.

    I guess my biggest beef is that most places I’ve gone to buy sports bras do not have good staff to measure and recommend bras. I go to a great lingerie store for regular bras (and I do not want my jubblies to turn into udders, so I’m willing to shell out) but I have not found such good staff at the athletic stores I go to, plus it’s hard to find places that carry good brands in my size.

    I am very interested in this description of Moving Comfort though because it sounds much more adjustable to my needs.

  143. Janet permalink
    September 8, 2010 3:17 pm

    I have DDs and would LOVE to find a running bra that supports each side individually (that uni-boob is not my favorite look) without making me feel like I can’t breathe. Anything that can help reduce the bounce would also be great. I think I may have to splurge and check these bras out and if I win consider it an addition to my wardrobe!

  144. Anna Johnson (MAJ) permalink
    September 8, 2010 3:28 pm

    I got all my running bra’s from the Army, every time I deploy (and I have gone 3 times) the army issues me 4 new bra’s – they used to be under armor but I guess that got expensive, since the deployment have not let up – anyway. Now I have a collection of the ugly beige generic bra’s – what I wouldn’t do for some new bra’s but I feel so guilty with a draw full of them.
    I have an assignment to “tell the army story through a blog” and since I started following run like a mother on my last deployment I felt a duty to tell you all how challenging it is to be a full time mother/soldier and runner – thanks for supporting me through this last Afghanistan trip and BTW I will be running in the army 10 miler next month!!

    • Csaf permalink
      September 9, 2010 10:49 am

      Wow Anna!

      First, THANK YOU for your service to our country and on behalf of others not as fortunate as we are here in the U.S.A. And thank you to your family, too. I have many friends who are military and I’ve seen the struggles their families go through with each deployment.

      Second, keep us posted on your blog — would love to “follow” you!

      Last, GOOD LUCK at the ATM next month! I only ran it once (and I live here, so what’s my excuse the other 10 years??), but it was great fun — a huge crowd, both running and spectating. Hope you have a blast!!

      • Anna Johnson (MAJ) permalink
        September 9, 2010 3:49 pm

        Hi – I have been letting the running slack off but I am still going out there next month. Thanks for your support!

  145. September 8, 2010 3:59 pm

    I’ve always felt fortunate that I am only a 34A/B, because I do not know how I’d survive having to buy very expensive bras or wear two sports bras (I can’t stand so many layers!) I love colorful sports bras; my favorite are Nike long mesh bra-tanks. I love finding expensive bras for cheap on clearance sales! Running clothes are my absolute favorite.

  146. sandra m. permalink
    September 8, 2010 4:06 pm

    i so totally need this! I wear 2 sports at one time just to keep the movement at a standstill. I am a 36DD and while i love to run, i certainly pay for it with sports bras. (and yes they are all mine, i would never choose to have this burden!) It is so hard to find one that fits much less supports AND keeps them in their place! Thanks for all the info and tips today, I definately will check into MC’s.

  147. Julie permalink
    September 8, 2010 4:09 pm

    I have a Nike, a moving comfort and a Brooks. All hold up very well and last a long time for me. I’m always amazed at women who are able to work out in shirts with built in bras. I’m only a 34 a/b and I can’t stand the bouncing that I get with those shirts.

    I wish the good bras were cheaper but will pay for the better ones.

  148. Monica permalink
    September 8, 2010 4:09 pm

    I love my Moving Comfort bra too. I only have one, so when it’s in the wash I have to settle for my other bras that just don’t cut it. I just bought my first MC bra about 4 months ago. From now on, this is the only bra I’ll get.

    I haven’t tried doubling up on bras (as suggested in the comments), but I might try that with the cheapo Champion bras from Costco.

  149. Suzanne M permalink
    September 8, 2010 4:11 pm

    Whatโ€™s your favorite brand or style and why? I am squarely in the itty bitty, ahem, committee so I am more into comfort than support so, honestly, the Champion bras at Target work for me!

    Whatโ€™s your biggest bra beef? Hate bras that come up too high. Who wants to run in a turtleneck (not counting when it is February and the turtleneck is Under Armour)? I also hate the workout tanks that have “bras” built in them. I cut them out and just wear a regular sports bra underneath.

  150. Jessica Douglas permalink
    September 8, 2010 4:12 pm

    It’s so funny that this is the topic today. I was just talking with my girlfriend today, telling her that I need a new sports bra and that I want to get one by Moving Comfort. Well, I’ve been wearing one (Target special) that I bought right after having our 1st child (our 2nd child is now 1yrs). I went running the other day with my sister-in-law. We were stretching and getting ready to head out when she looked at me and said, “Umm, are you locked and loaded?” I gave her the look like I had no idea what she was talking about. She said, “jump up and down”, so I did, her eyes got as big as saucers. She said, “No You’re Not! They’re all over the place!”. So, I guess that after 2 pregnancies and nursing babies I DO need a new bra that can tame my girls โ˜บ

  151. September 8, 2010 4:18 pm

    I am sports bra challenged!!! I need so much help in that department, it isn’t funny. I currently wear 2 sports bras together to get all the support that I need. I’ve got big girls and the sports bras that I have right now I’ve had for at least 10 years if not more!!! HELP A GIRL OUT!!! ***Crossing fingers that I’m chosen for this one…I really need it!***

  152. September 8, 2010 4:19 pm

    I wrote about my ill-fitting sports bra yesterday. It was an old one, probably from when I was bigger and it did not stop the bounce! It went to live in the bin when I got home. http://mumsontherun.com.au/personal-updates/sports-bras
    I like mine to be supportive and actually prefer wider shoulder straps, but I like them to look good also, which is now getting easier as they are becoming more popular.
    If I won I would share with my sister who has just started running

  153. Amanda Muhlbauer permalink
    September 8, 2010 4:25 pm

    I am not too picky when it comes to sports bras- EXCEPT when I am nursing- as I am now. I have to double bag them no matter what kind of bra it is. I am normally a small chested person, but nursing make such a difference. When I first got back into running after my daughter was born back in January, I had to wear nursing pads, i was always leaking. I ended up with horrible chaffing under both breasts. I no longer have to wear the nursing pads, but just the other day did a 10 miler, and got home and realized the same spots were raw again. It is the injury that never heals! I will have to remember to add that to the place where i have to put vaseline now!

  154. emily daniel permalink
    September 8, 2010 4:25 pm

    The right sports bra makes all the difference! i’ve had several…and one – even though it had been fit – still mauled me during a race…seriously it looked like i had been attacked. Luckily i was able to return it – i swapped it out for the awesome Moving Comfort Juno. And I love it! i need all the help i can get when i run so having the right bra makes it that much easier.

    I’ve been threatening to create little cards to hand out to other female runners when they are clearly wearing the wrong sports bra. They must not know there’s a better way!

  155. Jenny permalink
    September 8, 2010 4:25 pm

    I’m currently searching for the perfect sports bra…..searching high and low and all around and maybe now i’ve found it in this post….hmmm…..i guess even if i don’t win i’ll splurge and purchase one….my current one is 100% cotton and giving me a heat rash….that doesn’t encourage running now does it? yuck!

  156. sarah permalink
    September 8, 2010 4:30 pm

    i have small sisters but a good running bra makes for a good run. my favorite right now is a new balance coconut something. i love it but can’t find more. i am going to have to check out the MC. any reviews on “the handful”. i know my friend wears them as an everyday (she also loves her nursing bra for marathons or long runs because of the storage…) but how do they run??

    love how boobies get everyone talking.

  157. September 8, 2010 4:36 pm

    For both running and yoga I require a good sports bra that keeps “the girls” in place. No wardrobe malfunctions please! Lululemon athletica makes awesome, really well designed, wicking bras but they are priiicey. I have the Champion sports bras from Target and they’re pretty decent – a much more affordable option. I’ve never tried MC. They sound great!!

  158. Julie permalink
    September 8, 2010 4:41 pm

    I have an OK one, from Walmart. I definitely tried on a few and I stayed away from the all-cotton. I don’t want to spend $50 on one but I would like to find one better than my $10 one!

  159. Stephanie permalink
    September 8, 2010 5:01 pm

    When I was pregnant and moving up in bra sizes I just bit the bullet and bought two bras for the size I was at the time — I checked out the sales online. So worth it!!! I could stay active while I was expecting and I was able to get good use out of them on the way back down too. Without those bras I don’t think I could have gone out and run comfortably postpartum either (or at least not as soon as I did).

  160. Erin Go Bra permalink
    September 8, 2010 5:29 pm

    As a 5’2″ 38DD, I run, jog, and practice tae kwon do. My friends call me Erin Go Bra for the number of bras I ordered this year alone. I finally stopped the two bra at a time game (bali underwire and a C9 compression) and settled on the Moving Comfort Maia for martial arts — its perfect under the DoBok. The Maia covers and doesn’t look like underwear as the same time it allows great freedom of movement of arms and torso as I punch, kick, and practice forms.

    I am also pretty happy with the Enell brand for straight running with zero bounce — it looks like very pretty surgical compression bra and is also the winner for most expensive. For lower impact, I find the new Champion underwire sports worthwhile and the under amour compression types great quality. I am sold on the new fabrics and have replaced all my cotton workout clothes as much as I can.

    I love the comments about handing out cards. My BF raved about her bra but when I saw hers all I saw was pain and bounce.

    My greatest wish would be for more color!

  161. September 8, 2010 5:29 pm

    After running in high school in the late 70s (before they had jogbras) and later having two kids, my boobs have been stretched to the max. They are big and floppy, and it takes two bras to corral them so I can run bounce-free. I’m not super-huge (36 C/D) but I have a hard time finding a sportsbra that works for my “girls”. The only two that come close are from Champion and Moving Comfort (do not remember the style names). My beef about sportsbras is that there are lots of cute styles and colors for the smaller gals, but normally only white and black choices for us bigger girls. The manufacturers need to make cute bras for us big girls too!

  162. September 8, 2010 5:55 pm

    I am not overly large in the chest area since losing the baby weight, and that is okay with me! I used to use the cotton ones from Walmart until a BAD chaffing incident. Owie. I didn’t even know what chaffing was before then. Now I just use the cotton ones for dance or core at home. For running I have been using the C9 from Target that I don’t love. They stretch out really fast! In the summer I wear a Nike bra tank, that works pretty well. I don’t know if they are stretching out too, or if my boobs are getting bigger-but after my last long run, my boobs hurt! Not somewhere I would care to be sore, thank you very much. I don’t want my ice bath to extend to my boobs!
    I have looked at Moving Comfort too many times to count, but have a hard time getting past the price. I know they are great, but it is a lot of money!

  163. September 8, 2010 6:28 pm

    I sport a rather flat look so a jogging bra is purely to keep the nips hidden. That said, I love Moving Comfort bras. I don’t even feel them on, they don’t itch, I can wear them alone (when running in the woods or now, along the beach). Best ever bras!

  164. Megan permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:34 pm

    I am a relatively new runner, and a 38 DDD, and thought I had won the lottery when I discovered Moving Comfort. THey fit and feel great, keep the ladies securely in place, and for the first time *evah* I can wear only 1 bra when doing anything active.

  165. September 8, 2010 6:39 pm

    I wear the Lululemon Not So Deep V Bra. I picked it because it was black, on sale at the outlet and fit. That said, it’s not hard to find a bra that fits a 32B verging on an A. Surprisingly it’s worked out very well – keeps me dry and I’ve never chafed with it. I would love to replace it though since it’s already had it’s first birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  166. katie rhodes permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:41 pm

    I used to wear 3 regular sports bras. Let’s talk super chaffing. Then I saw a moving comfort demo and I was hooked on the fiona. Now in a group of runners if we see a girl whose bounce is going on we all have one word fiona. Love that bra.

  167. Donna MacDonald permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:41 pm

    I have had 4 of the Maia model Moving Comfort bras. They are comfortable enough to wear all day and do a super job of keeping the “girls” corralled. This is not an easy task, as I’m a 38 DD. I can’t imagine wearing anything else.

  168. September 8, 2010 6:43 pm

    My biggest pet peeve- the ones worth wearing are so damn expensive!! And if you are a daily or almost daily runner/worker outer…. youneed to wash them frequently. I find myself not wearing the better ones just because I can’t afford to need to replace them every couple months or so.

  169. Caitlin permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:43 pm

    I love Champion and have a soft spot for their classic cotton-on-the-outside bra; they support my (small ) Bs well. But I cannot wear them for long runs or hot runs for fear of underarm chafing. I usually stick with Champion’s seamless (?) ones for the long or hot hauls. I have trouble finding other bras that fit well because I am between a medium and a small–I have a broad back and ribcage, but, as I mentioned, (small) Bs. Also, I find many bras have thick hems/seams (?) under the arms, which can chafe. I wish that area could be more flat.

  170. Kat permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:44 pm

    Gotta say, I am pushing it to call myself a 34B. So I go with the target C9. Recently, I have been stocking up on anything tank toppish, light colored (for visibility) and lined. Don’t need the separate cups…they are lonely enough in the bandage.

  171. Gigi permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:47 pm

    I tried on lululemon’s TaTaTamer’s and LOVED them, just didn’t love the sticker price.

    And I especially can’t stand bras that roll when you are putting them on thereby necessitating me needing someone to help me unroll my bra before my run… so annoying. And I’m speaking from my NIKE bra experience, they always seem to roll.

    Right now my favorite is Champion…. great prices as well.

  172. TAMMY permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:53 pm

    I nursed two girls (who are now 9 and 13) and mine are headed south, so I definitely need support. I found a great bra by New Balance that keeps the girls from jostling around. it was expensive but worth it. I wear it so much that now it stinks and I am thinking I don’t want to offend anyone with the stench so I might need to purchase another one. SOON.

    A friend and I were running the other day on a crush and run trail and we saw two ladies heading towards us, one of whom had a bra with NO support, and she was well-endowed. All we could think was – OUCH!!

  173. Jess M permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:58 pm

    Funny, I was just thinking about my sports bras today! I’ve lost almost 35 lbs this year, and the girls are starting to get loose in there. With some of my cheap old cotton ones, I get chaffing really bad where the elastic is – nowadays I only wear those on the short runs… really need 2 new ones so I can throw those away! My bra must also have some kinda padding or the headlights are a blazin’ even with a tank over top.

  174. Tinkster permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:00 pm

    I’ve got an enell sports bra that is great, the girls don’t move, but I HATE the effort of getting out of it!
    All those little hooks and eyes are annoying enough to get on, but once I’m all sweaty and yuck I hate having to wrestle out of it!!

  175. Karen permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:02 pm

    Right now I’m wearing some cheapo bra that I got from WalMart but it’s my favorite–it’s a size too small so the girls are mushed flat but they don’t bounce at all! I’m still a novice runner, but have had to stop due to pain from excessive bounce (and am NOT that amply endowed!). I do hate the seams right across the middle of the girls but so far it’s worth it. Perhaps I’ll get a couple of nicer ones for Christmas….. Hey Santa!

  176. Heather permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:03 pm

    LOVE my MC…fits great and blue geo design OK to wear uncovered…want more
    Champion C9’s from Target..pseudocups fit great but mine are just white and they’re showing their age more quickly than I’d like
    Fila from Kohl’s…weak support and cut a bit high under the arms…won’t buy again

  177. September 8, 2010 7:05 pm

    I am currently breastfeeding #2 and the bra I purchased 3 months ago already doesn’t fit. So, instead of buying more I am just wearing 2 at a time.

  178. Rene Baker permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:11 pm

    I am a bigger chested girl. I’ve done extensive (and expensive) searching for a good sports bra that controls the bounce. I finally found one that does just that, the Under Armor brand. We have a love hate relationship though. I love that it controls the all important bouncing and manages any resulting pain, I hate that it gives me the dreaded uni-boob.

  179. Carrianne B permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:17 pm

    I still only have “it’s ok” sports bras. My new nike one is the best of the lot. I have large ladies, likes comfort but constrained. They don’t make nearly enough varieties in my size (2xl) and for someone that is trying to find good gear, that is frustrating!

  180. September 8, 2010 7:21 pm

    So far, I have only worn cheap Target running bras. I figure if it stays put and I’m strapped down within an inch of my life, it’s good.

    Will a good running bra make me want to burn all my cheapo’s?

  181. Steph permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:23 pm

    I actually have no problems with my current Under Armour bra! I used to have a Moving Comfort bra that chaffed me so bad I bled, but I was wearing the bra when it should have been buried with pride long before. Anyway, my daughter felt the need to tell the babysitter (my father in law) that mama had a boo boo on her boobie from her bra! TMI!

  182. Stephanie permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:24 pm

    I’m still experimenting on finding the right running bra. Like finding a regular bra, it seriously is turning into a holy grail type search. My biggest annoyance: shoulder straps that dig. I hate feeling all that tension around my neck and upper shoulders because of straps that are not wide enough or just aren’t positioned correctly. It really ruins a run. Second annoyance: finding a running bra that can also double as a triathlon bra. I need something that has maximum support, but that dries super fast. Super, super fast.

  183. Teresa permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:26 pm

    I can wear almost anything for short weekday runs, but the longer weekend runs were a different story. I was experiencing bra-band chafing on all my longer runs, no matter what bra I wore or how much body glide I used. I’ve worn my new moving comfort alexis for two longer runs – the longest at 12.5 miles – with excellent results. Comfortable running and no nasty surprises at the end!

  184. ashlee permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:30 pm

    what has saved me while i’ve nursed my last two children? a zip-up-the-front sports bra. never would have tried one on before the need-to-nurse came along, but it’s been grrrreat. Champion brand from Target. as i’ll be done nursing (FOREVER!!) in another month or so, i’ll be in the market for new sports bras (for my much deflated once-a-B-cup now most likely to be AA!). those MC bras look fantastic!

  185. September 8, 2010 7:33 pm

    I don’t normally require a great deal of support, so I usually make do with an inexpensive option from Target. The exception is when I am nursing. Even then I can layer a sports bra top with the regular sports bra and be just fine. After my youngest (and last) is weaned in a few months, I suspect I’ll be able to make do with a shelf tank! ๐Ÿ˜€ ~K

  186. Deborah permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:38 pm

    Well, my favorite running bra is a pink Moving Comfort bra (don’t know the model name….oops!) because it keeps them firmly in place, minimizes the headlights, and is wicked comfy. That said, I have a special place in my heart for a bra I got in college (like 12 or 13 years ago, but I still wear it!). I went to Wellesley College, which is a women’s school, and the bra says “Wellesley Supports Women!”. Get it? I still giggle.

  187. September 8, 2010 7:39 pm

    My favourite sports bra is the Moving Comfort Fiona bra. I’m a 36D (was a 38DD at one point) and this was the most comfy I’ve ever tried while being super supportive.

  188. Alison H. permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:40 pm

    Ooooh oooooh, pick me, pick me! I just weaned baby #2 last week, so I expect my current bras are going to be too big soon.

    Right now, my fave is by Under Armour. It’s the C-cup style, which provides perfect support for me right now. It is lightly padded for to keep the headlights hidden, and it is easy enough to take off after a long, sweaty run.

    Like many of the other comments, it is the price of a good bra that makes me balk. I tend to frequent outlet malls, consignment shops, and bargain stores when I go shopping, so dropping over $50 on a sports bra is a step I haven’t quite been able to take.

  189. Miriam permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:42 pm

    Didn’t buy my first “real” running bra until about 6 weeks into my training my first 5k. I’m not a big chested gal, but still the same it was like going from driving a go-cart to a Mercedes!

  190. Sarah permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:43 pm

    When I first started running (less than a year ago), I wore a $16 dollar sports bra from Target that offers no support (at least not for a D cup) plus a too-tight nursing tank. Together, for a time, they worked okay. When I realized I was getting serious about running and started reading everything I could get my hands on about it, I knew I had to get a real sports bra. I now buy bras from Hibbets, but I honestly can’t tell you the brand name. I have no idea. But it’s a good bra and it does the job for my girls. I have never been fitted for a bra, part of cringes at the thought of someone measuring my boobs for me.

  191. Angela permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:53 pm

    I love Moving Comfort, but the only bra that really supports is “The Last Resort Bra” from Title 9. It’s hard to put on and the closures sometimes chafe, but nothing moves. I would love to see a sports bra for bigger women with a built-in place for a heart rate monitor.

  192. Jackie O. permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:01 pm

    Never tried Moving Comfort but would love to win one! My recent favorite is an under armor – having gone from DD to a C cup as a result of shedding the college pounds and picking up running full time – on my way to my second marathon in just weeks – finding the right sports bra has always been a challenge. Wouldn’t a new Moving Comfort sports bra for the Chicago marathon be a nice treat for all those miles I have put in .. pick me, pick me!

  193. Janice S permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:01 pm

    Ugh. I have yet to find a sports bra I love! My current favorite is a Nike sports bra—BUT it chafes me under the arms and on longer runs, it irritates the area under my breasts. I keep looking at the Moving Comfort bras, but just can’t quite commit to spending that much on one! Winning one would be so wonderful!!

  194. Meghan permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:04 pm

    I cannot STAND the headlights look, so I’ve started wearing Lucy bras that have the boob liners. Great for running and also cute!

  195. Debbie H permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:05 pm

    I have two Nike sports bras–very old! I recently bought a new one–same size, but when I put it on it was WAY too small! It shows that my old ones are WAY too stretched out. I sure could use a new GOOD one!

  196. Kim permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:08 pm

    I love the Moving Comfort Maia. I’m one of the more endowed gals and need a ton of support. My bras work hard and these do the job. I don’t have any complaints and no bad experiences because I’ve had the Maia’s since I started and they are great!

  197. KathyinMN permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:12 pm

    I want more cool (vibrant) colors and designs. I wear Moving Comfort-have tried others and (although the kind is escaping me) its all I buy now. The girls don’t move-heck I don’t even think about them. I do tend to sweat/chafe just underneath the front band, but if I use body glide there it helps tremendously. Not sure if softer material there would be better? And I like the racer back style!

  198. Cheryl permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:42 pm

    Hmm. I like the Champion bras that I have, but there are only two of them and they are a bit ancient (definitely can’t read the tags). If the bra really fits you, can you avoid chafing? Without bodyglide, I get chafing under the band.

  199. Beth permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:55 pm

    Isis sport bra is my favorite right now. Seamless and no chafing. They have great sport undies to match for an added bonus. http://www.isisforwomen.com/bras.html

    Ditto on the pain felt for the gal running with her galls a’jigglin’. OUCH.

  200. Shannon permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:03 pm

    I run in the Moving Comfort Fiona. I wear a 34DD, and before I found the Fiona I used to have to wear 2-3 sports bras at a time to stop the bouncing. Now I have 2 Fionas and I love them! If only I could find a regular bra that was this comfy, this supportive, *and* didn’t show under a t-shirt…

  201. September 8, 2010 9:21 pm

    right now I am loving some really thin wireless bras that I bought at walmart of all places.
    I found a wonderful seamless bra at Old Navy that I wear for running most days. I love that bra and would wear it all the time but then I found the ones at walmart for $5 a piece. Its weird but they fit me perfectly and I have never had that happen before. They even make me look naturally perky and not “the bra is squishing me into a perky shape” kind of perky ๐Ÿ™‚

    The girls are as small or smaller than in highschool though. After leaning up and getting down to a great pre baby weight I lost all my boobs ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Its nice in that I don’t have to worry about bounce but I do remember the days of DD and nursing. Loved nursing…. the bounce, not so much!

    I have a Moving Comfort bra and I still don’t have the right size. Its too small and I usually wear a medium and this is still too tight around my rib cage. The rest is fine and I like the way it fits.

  202. sharlaelizabeth permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:25 pm

    I just bought a Moving Comfort Juno bra and I LOVE it. I need the support it offers, and the added bonus is that I am now able to wear racer back tanks in the summer months (yeah, I’m a little vain like that). The only thing that is a tiny negative is that it can be a hard to get off after a run. I would also love just a bit more structure to retain the separation of Church and State, ifyouknowwhatimean. This is my first Moving Comfort bra and now I’m torn between getting a second Juno or trying the Fiona (rated #1). Either way, it would take a lot to get me to try a different brand. I’m hooked on MC for good.

  203. September 8, 2010 9:26 pm

    My sports bras last forever…when I’m not nursing…their job is pretty light weight, but alas my newest is going on 5 years…yep, it’s true…so sad, but true.

  204. September 8, 2010 9:37 pm

    My girls are generous to say the least and I have to say that my simple Under Armour bra has served me quite well…however, I 99.9% of the time pair it with a very snug, bra-lined Nike tank. So today I started thinking more deeply about this…I’m really basically wearing two bras. What the heck? And if you were to look at me, I bet I have a bit of a uni-boob going on…hmmmmm…I must break out of my box and try these MC bras!

  205. Beth in Wi permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:42 pm

    I just bought my first “real” sports bra that does what it should – support me! It truely makes a world of difference. I bought the Moving Comfort Fiona. Love it!

  206. Iliana permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:42 pm

    I am a 34-AA so I need something with little support but enough not to get breast pain. I actually had a physical last week and I had pain in one nipple after a long training run. My fave sport bras so far are NIke. they have built in structure that are perfect for small breasts and comfy to wear!

  207. September 8, 2010 9:47 pm

    After one long run, I had a terrible problem with my rotator cuff. It was so sore that I couldn’t lift my arm without cringing. A few days later, I realized that it was my jog bra that caused the problem; it was just tight enough that it pinched in the wrong places.
    I tried a RunningSkirts.com strappy top because of the four straps (two on each side) so that there is less pressure on just one point. I absolutely loved it. And, the cup inserts give me extra support and breasts – something this body only had while pregnant! Now, it’s the only style of jogbra that I wear.

  208. joanne godfrey permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:51 pm

    I know this is late in the game and that I am #219 in comments…but…I love my running bra because – putting simply, it FITS~

    I have this bra (2 of them and will be getting another…) and loved it the moment I put it on…

    It FITS on my skinny days with adjustable straps and it FITS on my fat days when no other running bra will…NO chaffing, NO pinching and NO pain when I run – one less thing to worry about…

    The “girls” are D’s and the bra makes me feel like they are not…and it gives me a nice cleavage to put my sunglasses in a safe place if I don’t need them!!!

  209. Trish permalink
    September 8, 2010 9:55 pm

    I’ve bounced around (pun intended) from Champion to Nike to my latest “steel trap” CWX front zip. My Champion and Nike bras were chafing at the seams under the arms and the band was too narrow. Seems my whole chest stretched out post kid. CWX has great support, wide shoulders and the zip is well covered so no chafing. Cost is shocking at $75 and it seems more shirt than bra like but the girls are happy. My biggest beef on bras in general besides costs is narrow straps and poorly positioned seams. Just keep them simple, I am never gong to be someone who runs shirtless so don’t need to make a fashion statement, just want support and comfort! Am a fan o f MC but have not found a bra from them that worked for me, not sure what models I tried, am willing to try again especially for FREE!!!

  210. gail permalink
    September 8, 2010 10:11 pm

    Uni-boob. I hate it. Any sports bra I’ve tried causes it.

  211. September 8, 2010 10:18 pm

    I have just about every brand – but that said some are designated as biking or gym only as they don’t provide the support I need for running. I find after kids I am more sensitive to the needs of “my girls” where in the past just about any bra seemed fine, now I need one that is really meant for high impact activity.

  212. September 8, 2010 10:24 pm

    When I finally decided I needed to try a good bra for running, I read one of your older posts about the topic. It had been a rough day with the kiddos, and my husband came home and I told him I had 2 $60 sports bras in my shopping cart and I was ready to hit the check out button. He laughed, and said, “Go ahead, if you want to!” I love him!!!! I ended up finding one on Ebay for a little cheaper…..but it’s still a Moving Comfort. And I do LOVE it, and would love to add to my collection!

  213. Erin Turner permalink
    September 8, 2010 10:30 pm

    At first glance I thought you were writing about me. Cotton bra? Check. No support? Check. The similarities end there as I have the good sense to at least wear a 100% cotton sweat-soaked tee over my heather gray bra! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Please add me to the list of bouncing beauties who need more support.

  214. Cheryl permalink
    September 8, 2010 10:33 pm

    I have a couple of Moving Comfort bras that I love and also several Champion. I tried the C9 from Target but it had a terrible itchy spot and I threw it away–way too annoying to run in! Check out sierratradingpost.com for great prices on closeout Moving Comfort bras. That’s where I got mine–I hate the high prices, too. They actually had some good colors, too. Sooooo tired of white (that turns a really yucky color after much washing).

  215. Patti permalink
    September 8, 2010 11:13 pm

    After losing 75 lbs and most of my boobs, I’ve honestly found that the bra that provides the best support (no sagging, no uni-boob, no nipples), and best color choice (fun — different) is Moving Comfort bras. AND, almost MORE importantly, they don’t rub when I sweat and I sweat ALOT. If only I had the abs to show off my bra!!!

  216. Mary permalink
    September 8, 2010 11:52 pm

    After losing all the baby weight and then some, I sooo needed a new sports bra (or 5!). I just found the moving comfort 3 reasons support bra. What a difference! I feel so much more confident out on the trails.

  217. Holly permalink
    September 9, 2010 12:56 am

    I barely filled an A cup before I got pregnant, but found myself with two mosquito bites after nursing a child…which is why I love the Alexis bra from Moving Comfort. Love how it’s padded and give some sort definition, while providing great support when running.

  218. Christina permalink
    September 9, 2010 4:34 am

    We just got a real running store in my town this year and they have Moving Comfort bras. My favorite is the padded one- they call it the “Wonder Bra of sports bras”..

  219. September 9, 2010 5:39 am

    Give me seamless or bust ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously, though, my little girls just cannot handle bras with seams in them, especially ones that run underneath the cup. Thus, my favorite bras have become the Champion double dry and the NuMetrex heart rate monitor bra. The NuMetrex bras are a little pricey, but the fact that I don’t have to wear a separate heart rate monitor strap makes up for the price I’d pay in chafing.

  220. renee s permalink
    September 9, 2010 6:44 am

    I use champion bc I need very little support. I bought the Moving Comfort for my sis-in-law, when she was a Sophmore in high school and already at a D. She was wearing el-cheapo Wal-Mart bra and I thought she was going to knock herself out. What an amazing difference! It also completely corrected her posture.

  221. September 9, 2010 6:59 am

    I currently don’t run, but I love to walk and am hoping to work my way back up to running. The saggy grey cotton sports bra/top thingie is SO me!!! And that’s my biggest beef. I’m a cotton girl and just can’t handle MOST synthetic fabrics in “delicate” places. So maybe I need to go check out the running store in the valley here and see if they can “hook me up”!!

  222. September 9, 2010 7:12 am

    Bra blow-out? Does milk count?

    Six weeks after birthing my 9lb bundle of screams I began hitting the trails again. Wearing up to 3 bras to hold those girls in place. On one wintery run I felt so excited to feel sweat running down my ‘valley’ – only to get home and realize my chest, stomach, all three bras and shirt were completely soaked in milk!

    Always, Always pump or nurse before running.

    ps – 9 years ago and I still wear one of those bras. It’s the best! but Nike doesn’t make it anymore ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  223. julie permalink
    September 9, 2010 7:25 am

    This post is close to my heart. I’m a 34 DDD. That size does not exist on the racks. You have to special order it from a bra store. It’s even hard to find online, in the entire Google universe. So I have hunted down bras my whole life.

    My favorite sports bra, god bless it’s heart, is the Vixen bra from Moving Comfort. Idon’t chafe, it has a racer back, which I like, and it’s supportive. It’s difficult to get on and off, but so what. I also love the Last Resort bra from Title IV. That one will hold you up thru the most vigorous aerobics class.

    Thanks for listening! I’d love to win a Moving Comfort bra. They are my favorites.

  224. cathy permalink
    September 9, 2010 7:37 am

    oh boy…or girls…I have bra issues. After a lot of money and countless chafe scars I’m just about done with it all. I continue to wear two bras for running and one is always a heavy duty ‘D+’ running bra.
    Just recently I realized I’m probably wearing the wrong size. A very friendly sales girls at a running store suggested I move done in size. Great…but they don’t carry that size…what???
    Leave it to Moving Comfort to carry a size 32 DD, the most rare animal in the bra kingdom. Special order is on its way…I just hope it works well on it’s own and I can leave the second layer at home.

  225. Leigh Ann permalink
    September 9, 2010 7:44 am

    I’m a 32/34 DD or E, and my babies are real, have gone through nursing two children…needless to say I need A LOT of support. I have two fave bras now and I love them b/c they allow me to only wear ONE bra, not two. I hate having to wear two.

    One thing I would love to see as a bigger breasted runner is a sports bra that has a racer back but stills gives great support, is that possible? Both of my “good” bras have regular straps but I hate that they peep out of the back of my racer back tank tops – and finding non racer back tops isn’t so easy.

    It’s purely for fashion, but it’s on my wishlist!

    • September 9, 2010 8:57 am

      I so agree that a a racer back that provides support for larger sizes would be nice to find!

  226. September 9, 2010 7:45 am

    Having the chest of a 12 yo boy doesn’t give me much room to comment on the subject, but I will anyway! I hate most bras because they don’t fit a 32AA. None of the cute ones in the lingerie dept or the sports dept come in this size. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    That said, my bras I like the best are from Moving Comfort – they have a zipper up the middle as the closure – because who wants to try and get a sweaty rubber band over their head after a long run? That said, my only complaint is that the zipper sticks up farther than the cups themselves because it is a heavy duty zipper, but that is really a personal issue! ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you had anything of substance on your chest I don’t think it would be an issue and no one would notice. I just wear them at 5am and no one ever sees me anyway!

    I thought I hit the jackpot a couple of years ago when I found them for $20 each… I bought a bunch in lots of fun colors!

  227. September 9, 2010 8:11 am

    I despised the over-the-head type of sports bras, as they’re a real PITA when sweaty to wrestle out of! I don’t remember how I got turned on to Moving Comfort bras, but I’ve bought mine at Campmor.com to save a little money. The Fiona is what I think I currently have, but the Juno looks to be fantastic. The fact that you can get a specific size (34DD) as opposed to S/M/L/XL is a definite plus. I do get a chafing line at the lower band right at the center front if I forget to use Aquaphor for my long runs, but it’s not a deal-breaker. I want those girls locked down tight so that I don’t have to think about them at all!! I have white, and black, and have considered running without a shirt on occasion, but glad to see others have headlight visibility issues with the white ones when damp…just want my neighbors to be impressed that an old SAHM is out exercising and keeping fit, not trolling for a date.

  228. September 9, 2010 8:18 am

    Still HAVE NOT found a sports bra that I love, still test driving them all, I feel like I am close but not close enough cause I still get the occasionally black eye!

  229. Anna permalink
    September 9, 2010 8:30 am

    I can’t believe I’m writing about my hooters online, but I really want those bras! I’ve gone done down 2 cup sizes with 2 pregnancies and subsequent nursing, and I am guilty of buying from the Bullseye Boutique as well as ebay (don’t worry, they were new). I can get by in the summer with my 34 A’s in a supportive tank, but now that I’m back into long sleeve, the old icky bras are back out. And the ebay ones cut into my back and chafe. So I have no good tips, I’m just crossing my fingers to get 2 decent bras!

    • Anna permalink
      September 9, 2010 1:19 pm

      PS, Dimity, your entry inspired me to ditch the cotton ones from ebay that were chafing me! Thanks for the push in the right direction (up and to the middle would be perfect). : )

  230. Janey permalink
    September 9, 2010 8:37 am

    Pee wee football practice + people parked in lawn chairs in the first two lanes of the track + plus me… trying to run a hard track workout… As I ran my frustration turned from the silly folks in lawn chairs to a woman. I kept thinking about this post I read yesterday morning… if only there was a polite way of mentioning this website to give her a “hint” that she needed some support for her large chest. She had to know right? It was almost as if her chest was propelling her forward. It was crazy. As I watched her from the opposite side of the track my little A cups actually ached. Like the ach when you need to nurse a baby. It was weird. If you know her, maybe YOU can mention it?! ๏Š I’m a BIG fan of Moving Comfort! I love the padding… and don’t think twice now what the weather is doing or what shirt I can wear. (headlight issues)

  231. Melanie permalink
    September 9, 2010 8:41 am

    i have been an A cup for most of my life, but with a nursing four-month-old who loves to eat I am now well into the C-D range. While formerly the basic Champion bras at Target did the job, I am definitely feeling the need for more support as I work to get my mileage back up. So this is a helpful thread for me!

  232. Jennifer Gould permalink
    September 9, 2010 9:19 am

    I have been using a moving comfort juno bra since I quit nursing and got back to my prepregnancy weight. I actually like it alot although I have been used to underwire (as a 32DD I usually lean towards maximum support) I have found the Juno adequate. I would love have a few more for the rotation, they are just SOOOO dang expensive. Do men’s supportive undergarments cost this much?

  233. Katie permalink
    September 9, 2010 9:20 am

    My favorite has been my Pearl Izumi sports bra (when I run, I’m kind of a Pearl Izumi advertisement– bra, hat, top, shorts, and socks. Too bad their shoes don’t work for me!). It’s the boa constrictor feel you described in the fitting bit, and that’s just what I like. No movement at all. My husband complains because I look less like a girl (at least he did… now that I’m nursing, no bra can make me look remotely close to flat chested), but I find it extremely comfortable. I’d wear a sports bra all the time if the straps didn’t show so readily with my work clothes!

  234. Kathy permalink
    September 9, 2010 9:21 am

    My fave running bra of all time is teh Shock Absorber Brand, style B109 (they are discontinuing it to “rework” it, but it is still available in many sizes)

    It is a hardcore “Steel plated” bra, with almost no stretch, but that is a good thing. My grandmother would like it I think, it is a “divide and conquer” style, that offers AMAZING support, but still a little movement, so you don’t look like an iron maiden.

    I HATE that not many bra makers make larger sizes (I wear a 38G), and the few shops in Canada that carry them, charge a premium price (often more than $100CDN).

    I”m not affiliated with them, but i LOVE lessbounce.com, their prices are great (once you convert from pounds sterling), shipping costs are reasonable, they have a “bra lady” you can message with questions, and they carry a TON of great bras, for all sports, all shapes, and all sizes.

  235. Joanna permalink
    September 9, 2010 10:46 am

    I gotta be honest, I love Lululemon’s Ta Ta Tamer. It’s a ridiculously expensive bra ($58!?), but I was given it as a gift and it is by far my favorite sports bra. It’s pretty much the only thing I would do long runs/competitions in, as it separately holds the girls nice and tight and lets you run without worrying about any jostling whatsoever.

  236. September 9, 2010 1:48 pm

    I lost some weight and had to move down a bra size. But I didn’t think about my sports bras, I just figured they were stretchy, I could keep wearing them. Well, for the longest time I thought I was having breathing problems, couldn’t catch my breath, like something was POUNDING me in the chest when I ran! WELL, DUH!! I had to get new, smaller sports bras so that I could breath!

  237. Vickie permalink
    September 9, 2010 3:23 pm

    I have never tried the MC bras but I am a huge fan of my Nike sports bras and Athleta singlet top.

  238. Dawn permalink
    September 9, 2010 3:40 pm

    I have tried the Champion bras in Target and they do not do that much for me, as a 32E I really struggle to find a good fitting bra ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I had a nike one that I bought while in England over a year ago (and did the jumping up and down thang in the dressing room, it really works!) It was the best bra I have tried but sadly is now on it’s last legs/boobs!

  239. Jamie permalink
    September 9, 2010 4:31 pm

    Sigh…I am embarrassed to admit that I haven’t bought new bras since I started running more than 6 months ago! Still wearing the all cotton ones—must get new ones soon! Luckily (i guess) I am small enough (now that I am finally not pregnant or nursing) that support isn’t an issue!

  240. Kristin permalink
    September 9, 2010 4:45 pm

    I cringe everytime I see another woman running without support. Not only is it horrible for your body it looks ridiculous.

  241. September 9, 2010 5:20 pm

    I am still searching for the perfect sports bra. I buy my regular bras at a great little custom fit shop. I wear a size 30 band and a D cup so NOTHING fits right. Custom fitted bras cost more, but sooooo worth it. Once I forgot a running bra when visiting in-laws. With a 4 month old baby my sister in law was going to watch, I was NOT missing my run due to not having a bra. I ended up wearing 2 lace nursing bras, one over the other. yes, I did have some serious chafing.

  242. Courtney permalink
    September 9, 2010 7:54 pm

    This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. After dealing with unexplained sore boobs for the last 3 weeks (no, baby #2 is not on the way yet!), I finally realized my “good” sports bra was stretched out at the band and just wasn’t supporting the ladies anymore. Couple that with longer, hilly training runs and…mystery solved. I’ve been on the hunt for a high quality replacement. My biggest beef? Non-wicking, or in my case, use-to-wick-but-now-holds-more-moisture-than-my-water-bottle fabric. Love the tip on not using dryer sheets to extend the life, thanks!

  243. September 9, 2010 8:17 pm

    I own the target C9 bras from Target and although I payed good money for the girls to hardly move I do think its time to move up in quality.

  244. alanna permalink
    September 9, 2010 8:25 pm

    Now I am not a big girl (34C or 32D, depending on how the bra is cut), but I require one hell of a supportive bra. I want absolutely ZERO bounce when I move and this has proved quite the challenge.

    My story:
    For years I wore the Frog Bra from TitleNine, but it had no structure – just serious mashing. I love front zip bras because I hate wrestling with my workout gear but they general don’t come in more supportive styles. I decided about three months ago to completely replace and restock my sports bras. Three months later…I have nothing that I love. I have a few bras that I tolerate, some that only work for biking or other low impact activties, but nothing that’s great. I went so far as to order EVERY single sports bra that Champion makes for high impact sports in multiple sizes and walked away soooo disappointed. They were super soft and comfy and get materials, but offered NO suport. I have since tried a few Nike and Under Armour and it’s always the same: just OK. I have a few moving comfort bras from a few years ago that are my go to bras, but they cause irratiation and chaifing on long runs or when I run two days in a row. The great thing about Moving Comfort is ajustability, but thats where I always have chaifing: velcro (also underwire). I think that Moving Comfort has changed the designs a bit and have eliminated the problem areas. I want support without chaifing, soft comfortable wicking fabric, and a perfect fit. In my experience and experimentation a perfect fit requires adjustibility and that causes chaifing and support requires heavier and more uncomfortable fabric. I’ve pretty much given up all hope…

  245. Amy H. permalink
    September 9, 2010 8:54 pm

    I’m a member of the minority camp who after years of nursing have only enough breast tissue left to allow their nipples to point south. I don’t generally consider myself to be very vain, but when workout gear must often double as pick-up-the-kids gear or run-to-the-grocery gear, I become a little self-concious about my complete and total lack of any evidence of breasts when wearing a sports bra that flattens. My favorite recent purchase was a top with built in cups from Oakley–just enough support plus shaping, but I’m excited to check out some of the other options suggested by my fellow “nearly-A”-cuppers.

  246. Gina permalink
    September 9, 2010 9:48 pm

    Everytime that I go into Target, I check out the C9 sports bra offerings and walk away empty handed. There is never any for high impact activities. I only have 2 workout bras that I can actually use. They both have back hooks, because I got tired of the struggle to get a sweaty sports bra over one’s head after a workout (that was a workout in itself). I’ve always been in sticker shock over the price of a goods sports bra. I just bought a hot pink Lululemon sports bra (forget which one) this summer that is “pretty” and does what it should! Not a small feat for my C/D cups. It was on clearance, because it was a discontinued color, so I got a $60 bra for $30. I’d love to have a couple more good ones to add to my wardrobe!

  247. September 10, 2010 12:09 am

    I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve actually found the perfect bra for me. I’m only a 34B, but I still like lots of support. My biggest boob pet peeve is when I see a picture of myself in a race and it looks like I’m “smuggling raisins” and the “raisins” are in two different locations (one up high and one down low). How embarassing!

    So I’m excited to read what others have to say!

  248. laura permalink
    September 10, 2010 3:16 am

    i can’t seem to find any bra that i like. they all seem like they weigh on my shoulders and bring me down. i just finished your book and i have been thinking of getting a moving comfort because you suggested it. i just have to get thru this garage sale first.

  249. September 10, 2010 3:54 pm

    Once I spent the money on a moving comfort bra, I never went back. I’d *love* to have another one in the rotation. I can’t remember which style I like, but it’s the one for the big boobies, and it’s wonderful. And my husband remembers not to throw it in the dryer:)

  250. September 11, 2010 8:13 am

    Y’all don’t know how much CHOICE you have. In this neck of the woods it is almost impossible to get a sports bra not made by Playtex, and I have never seen most of the brands mentioned here. I run with a Nike bra and Champion racerback cami with amazing support- the only combo I have ever had that prevents bounce. But the drawback is that because of the bra under it stays wet. After a good run this summer in the heat, I was sitting on my porch after stretching and my son asked me why running makes my breasts so wet….

  251. September 11, 2010 8:14 am

    I’m a large chested girl and trying to find a comforatable running bra is like finding a needle in a haystack. I could never wear the uni-boob bras not nearly enough support for me. I have found a champion running bra with underwire that has been working well. I have heard of the moving comfort bras but have yet to try one.

  252. Hannah permalink
    September 11, 2010 1:06 pm

    I’m ok with the “boa constrictor” feel and don’t mind a unaboob!! Just hate bouncing, which usually leads to chafing….uh boy. I have a Champion running bra I still wear from time to time – first wore it in 1993 when I trained for Marine Corps Marathon after having my daughter!! She just turned 18 and we both had a laugh about that bra! She told me it was time to try something new…lol.

  253. Chaya permalink
    September 12, 2010 5:22 am

    I just bought the Juno bra from Moving Comfort, thanks to a lot of help by the knowledgeable women at my local Title Nine store. And it is the BEST. I still like my CW-X bra, but I see a long and happy relationship with the Juno in my future (although I wear a 32C instead of my usual 36B/C. So glad I bought the bra in a store and not online!).

  254. Carolyn permalink
    September 12, 2010 6:03 am

    My biggest beef is that many sports bras in the US don’t accommodate small ribcage + large cup size, which means we have to squash into something to get appropriate compression and wiggle control.

  255. September 13, 2010 7:36 am

    it is such an important piece of workout equipment !

  256. Holly permalink
    September 13, 2010 1:51 pm

    The most important piece of equipment! I know runners are teeny tiny people, but some of us who are TRYING to be runners are not! Thank goodness for Moving Comfort!

  257. Julie permalink
    September 14, 2010 8:57 am

    I’m one of those women whose bra sizes can’t be found in Victoria Secret. Being cheap and active 6 or 7 days a week has made me double (or even triple) up on cheap sports bras rather than spend the big bucks on one that actually has support. I know this is wrong, but I just can’t get myself to buy a good bra! I realize that as my running increases (I just ran my first 5 miles without stopping last week!) I’m going to have to start investing in my chest, but it would definitely by nice to try one out first. ๐Ÿ™‚

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