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Another running-related fashion post

Who’d have thought that one could get this much leverage out of running? Not me, that’s who. I have long been a believer that there is no possible way of making sportswear fashionable, but gear does fall into the “attire” …

Mon, May 10, 2010, 08:36

   

Who’d have thought that one could get this much leverage out of running? Not me, that’s who. I have long been a believer that there is no possible way of making sportswear fashionable, but gear does fall into the “attire” bracket, ergo:

A few weeks ago, the lovely folks over at Shock Absorber sent me the above monstrosity* to try out with my new running regime. I’ve had good and bad luck with sports bras; if you have particularly bad luck, they rub (ouch!) and don’t support your breasts well. Good luck is, well, the opposite.

In this case, I had high hopes – the range has been developed with specific sports in mind, and comes in Run, Ball and Racket forms. Mine is the run (although I do have high hopes of one day being amazing at tennis, like Teddy Montgomery) and is quite orthopedic looking. The straps are very thick, there is a lot of material, and it is tight (which may be due to a wrong bra size selection, but the results suggest that it’s actually the right size).

And the results? Not an ache in sight. I am now up to running for 25 minutes, and in that 25 minutes I barely even notice my boobs are there. No running, no movement whatsoever. And, more importantly, a quick handwash and out on the line, and it’s dry the next day – and doesn’t feel stiff or scratchy, which is my main peeve with certain materials. In conclusion, this comes highly recommended.

The Run bra is available from Debenhams, Arnotts, Clery’s, Champion Sports and Elverys – as well as selected retailers – and costs €47.50.

* I guess it’s not that monstrous, but my insides hurt when I have to spend money on functional fashion items – so sue me.