Boobgate 2014

Welcome to Boobgate boys and girls. Boys, brace yourselves, we are talking boobs. Boobs throw a giant monkey wrench into the running machine of life. I am sick and tired of reading articles titled "The 10 Best Sports Bras" when every single one of those sports bras works just as poorly as the next. Now I am going to get really personal with you all, I have big boobs. I am in the double letters and on the reg I wear 2 sports bras.

This was the first Summer that it actually became a huge issue for me. Normally I double up and it's not a big deal. But because of the heat and humidity I have been RUBBED RAW and I now have some intense battle scars. I was in my best friends wedding a few weeks ago and everyone kept asking me if I had hickeys all over my chest. NO! THEY AREN'T HICKEYS I AM TRAINING FOR A MARATHON AND I CAN'T FIND A SPORTS BRA THAT ISN'T OUT FOR BLOOD! 

A few weeks ago I sent a message out into the universe asking for the best sports bras. I bought the two sports bras with the most positive feedback and tried them out. I tried Moving Comfort's "Juno" Sports Bra and Wacoal's '855170' Underwire Sports Bra. Out of the two I liked the Moving Comfort Juno Sports Bra a million times more but it still chafed and made me bleed. The Wacoal bra felt more like a bra and there was bounce. When I run I want 0 bounce! NONE!

I like knowing those bad boys AREN'T going to move. It may be because I am used to wearing two sports bras and feeling a bit of pressure but I didn't like it. I didn't like it one bit! Here are their pro's and cons. 

Moving Comfort "Juno" Sports Bra

Pros

  • Didn't start to chafe until the 10th mile
  • Felt secure
  • Covers a large area, larger than most bras which I liked.
  • Has really thick straps

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Has to be smoothed out or else the lining bunches.

Wacoal '855170' Underwire Sports Bra

Pros

  • Feels like a bra
  • Makes your boobs look like boobs

Cons

  • Didn't feel incredibly supportive
  • Has movement
  • Is very thin-not ideal for cold weather. (wink wink, nudge nudge.)
  • Expensive

If you are in the same boat as I am, avoiding chafing is a top priority. The lovely women on twitter gave me a tip I NEVER thought to employ, use moleskin! Normally I only use chafing cream and it's still not good enough. Especially during longer runs. But I tried moleskin last week and it was AMAZING! Thanks for the tip ladies! 

Next up I am trying Unfussy Fit by KSwiss and LuluLemon's Ta Ta Tamer II. Stay tuned for the results y'all. I am going to find a bra that doesn't eat me alive if it kills me! (Which it actually might.) Let me know if you have a sports bra or tip you love. Comment below or email me RunSelfieRepeat@gmail.com or tweet me @KellyKKRoberts. Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.

 

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.