Regular readers will know I like nothing better than to run. A few months ago I decided to share my love of running with my readers with some running tips – for whether you are just starting out or whether you want to up your distance or start competing.
Now there’s one of those tips I’ve been ignoring myself for the last 19 years… Naughty. You see, I’m not big breasted, not by any stretch of the imagination. So, all those hundreds of miles I’ve run and I’ve never worn a sports bra.
I’ll be honest, I never thought I needed one. But, actually smaller breasted women need them too. I don’t get the pain big boobed ladies get and I’m never going to whack myself in the face with my knockers, but this doesn’t mean I’m not doing damage.
Apparently the boobs are held in place by some not particularly strong ligaments (called Coopers ligaments, you learn something new every day). Once stretched, these babies aren’t going back. As a 39 year old woman, who has breastfed three children for a long time, gravity has already done some damage, so probably sensible to prevent further damage?
So I was rather pleased when the The Dublin Lingerie Company got in touch and offered me the chance to try out one of their Pure Lime sports bras.
It arrived just in time for a short training run before the ultimate test – the Forest of Dean half marathon And I’m pleased to say it served me very well.
The bra is comfortable and tight fitting. It squashes everything right down (and when I say ‘everything’ I mean ‘the little bit I have’), which would make a big difference to larger breasted ladies.
And I noticed a couple of things I only realised in their absence… I usually run in my everyday underwired bras. I know there are one or two of them which I can’t wear to run because they are getting older and the wires are a bit dodgy – they’re fine for every day, but will dig in when I run. Needless to say, there are no wires in the sports bra, which makes it very comfortable indeed!
Sometimes when I run, I find myself niggled by a bra strap which is falling down. I push it up and it comes back down again seconds later. Things like that over several miles can get quite irritating. There were no such problems with the sports bra, the straps fitted perfectly and stayed in place.
So I’m converted. I’ve tried a sports bra and I’m never going back. When this one wears out, I will most definitely be investing in a new one.
The Dublin Lingerie Company was also kind enough to send me a pair of three quarter length Pure Lime running leggings. These are great for running in at this time of year. Well, they would be, if we’d had normal weather for this time of year!
They’ve got a reflective strip for safety when running in the dark and a little zip pocket on the bum big enough for carrying keys.
I usually wear full length running leggings in winter, then switch to really short shorts in about April. These leggings are a nice in between. They are made from a really comfy, stretchy material, which doesn’t squeeze my legs so tightly as my usual leggings. I’m no expert, but I believe the squeezing your legs tightly thing is good for running very long distances. But if you’re just running up to 10k or taking part in exercise classes etc, these would be great. Now the weather has turned for the better, I will definitely be getting a lot more use out of them.
I was sent the bra and leggings by The Dubling Lingerie Company for the purposes of this review. I have received no payment for this review and opinions are my own.