Ladies, wear a good Sports Bra! May 16 2013

My last blog brings me on the subject of the sports bra for this week... The amount of women I saw not wearing a sports bra last week.  A friend of mine used to be a Sports Instructor and she always used to say that you should invest in a good sports bra and unless you’re a man, there is no excuse for not wearing one when you are doing any form of exercise.  Now every time I see a woman exercising and not wearing a supportive sports bra, I just want to stop them and say, "Look, do you realise the damage you’re doing to your breasts?"  But for the fear of maybe getting a smack in the mouth and being told to mind my own business, I don’t say anything at all.  Unfortunately, so many women don't seem to understand the importance of wearing a sports bra during exercise because once those ligaments around the breast stretch, that's it, nothing can be done to shorten them.

Sports bras are expensive but I think it's better to shell out a little bit more than to opt for say, a Primark or Tesco sports bra just because it’s only £6 instead of £30.  Not that I'm knocking those shops in any way but you just won’t get the proper support you need with a cheap sports bra.  I asked my friends what brands they wear and most of them wear Shock Absorber which ranges from about £25-£40 and Marks and Spencer ranges from about £20-25.  Whereas, I wear Sportjock which is around £30-£40.

The Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra is a moulded cup but it's not padded or wired with a hook and eye fastening at the back and non slip adjustable straps.  It comes in the several different colours with sizing from 30A to 38F. Most of the girls I spoke to seem to favour this one saying how comfortable and how supportive it is.

The Shock Absorber

Marks and Spencer do both an underwired and soft high impact sports bra that again has a hook and eye fastening and adjustable straps that can be crossed over at the back depending on preference.  They also do crop tops.  Sizes go from A-GG cups in Black, White or Grey.

The Sportjock crop top top that has no fastenings and a racer back and it literally binds your boobs, they do not move when exercising!  The only thing with the Sportsjock is that it can be quite difficult to get off when you're hot and sweaty but I always manage it despite.  The Action Sports Bra is for A-C cups and Super Sports Bra is for C-F cups. It comes in many different colours and can be worn on its own.

The Sportjock

It doesn't matter if you're small or large breasted, just don't let gravity defy your lovely assets, make sure you keep your boobs as upright as possible and wear a good sports bra when exercising.  Not only will it make exercise more comfortable for you but it will also stop your bubumbas falling down past your waistline and heading for your knees!

So ladies please, please get me off my soap box and wear a good sports bra!

I am not a Number... May 14 2013

No, this isn't a blog about "The Prisoner" and prisoner "Number Six" but if you add my entry number up, it comes to six!  Hence the title, clever eh?  No?  Oh okay, I'll move swiftly on... Over the weekend, my friend Emma and I went to Hastings where Emma’s Uncle Paul and Auntie Carol live to do a 5 mile charity run along the seafront.  To be honest,  I thought I was going to struggle as I hadn't really prepared for it because I had forgotten all about it… until 2 weeks ago!

And up until a week ago, Emma and I found out that her Uncle Paul was one of the sponsors so no pressure there then!

As we waited near the back for the race to start, it made me nervous seeing people looking professional and polished in their running attire, swinging their legs back and forth loosening their muscles with a pair of £200 running trainers on the end of each leg.

New trainers everyone??

"Linda, it's ALL for show." said Auntie Carol trying to make me feel a bit better.  "What, you mean all the gear but no idea?" I queried.  "Yes, pay no attention, you'll be fine." she said reassuringly.  "Just run at your own pace and enjoy it." said Uncle Paul who has run the London Marathon six, yes SIX times!!!  As I said, no pressure, walking any of this was not going to be an option!

Although the wind was pushing us back and hindering that day, the sea air seemed to help with my breathing giving me more oxygen than normal but it did nothing for the dreaded stitch I keep getting when I run.  "Just relax!" shouted a lady spectator at us. "That's all very well for her to say that when she's not doing the running!" a fellow lady runner said as she saddled up beside me.  She had a point, it is easy to say something like that when you're not battling against the elements over a 5 mile stretch and with a stitch (irritation of the diaphragm I'm told).  Anyway, I managed to run through the pain, how I don't know but I completed the 5 miles in 51 minutes and 11 seconds with which I was pleased considering the stopwatch started as soon as the gun went off and we were near the back and I got a stitch.  Did I mention I got a stitch??  Emma came in just before me at 50 minutes 46 seconds.  The fastest time was 28 minutes and 11 seconds, a whole 23 minutes quicker than me!  Well at least I didn't come last...

Both happy with our times and feeling good about ourselves, we guzzled a cup or two of water while admiring our shiny medals and Emma’s Uncle Paul rewarded us with an ice-cream each (you're never too old for an ice-cream) before heading back for a shower and a spot of lunch of roast chicken, chips, homemade coleslaw and a rocket salad mixed with grapes and tangerine, yum, it was delicious!

Me and a Banksy getting totally windswept on Hastings seafront

PS  A titbit for anyone who gets a stitch while out running... Put your hands on your head and keep on running.  You might look a bit of an idiot doing it but apparently it works.  Thank you Emma's Uncle Paul for telling me that...