Anyone else been on the quest for the perfect sports bra? Have you gotten to the point where money is (almost) no object because all you want is a sports bra that fits and functions properly and you don't care how much it costs?
Well, me too.
I am pretty sure I have at least fifteen different sports bras- no actually closer to twenty. Almost every brand you can imagine. I am glad to say that I have found ONE that is just right.
|This is the perfect bra.|
I was incredibly tempted to edit this photo. But I won't.
Handful sent me a bra to try. I was very skeptical. I am more about comfort, fit and function than I am about fashion when it comes to my running gear. Many reviews boasted more about how great this bra looks, rather than how great it was to wear during a long sweaty run. And lets face it, after a marathon, one can only look so uhm... great. When I'm running, the only aesthetic issues (which equally double as comfort issues) I am concerned with are:
Do I have a wedgie?
Are my shorts riding up?
Is my bra TIGHT enough so that nothing is moving around, but not so tight that I look like I struggled to squeeze into it?
|Yay. I can adjust the straps. |
Most sports bra straps are too long on me.
From my perspective, this bra is PERFECT for women who are not impressively endowed in the upper torso area. (OK, you know what I mean- smaller boobs) It has removable inserts that actually provide more support while giving you a little extra... definition WITHOUT totally exaggerating the truth of what you have up there. (I am not a fan of false advertising.) The Handful website sums it up best: "Flatter, NOT flatten."
What I love most about my Handful Adjustable Bra is that it dries faster than any other bra that I own. I find that all my other bras stay soaked with sweat for so much longer. I don't know how this happens, but I noticed it first after a few long runs at the end of the summer. I appreciated not having to walk around with a dry shirt and wet bra at the Runner's World Running Festival Expo this past weekend. The fabric components are simple- nylon and spandex- and perhaps that is why.
Handful is also an approved mastectomy bra. There is a variety of colors to choose from. They have other awesome products on their site. Make sure you go and take a look!
So here's the question:
Do you want one?
One lucky winner is going to get one. And in the spirit of Trick-Or-Treating and getting lots of good loot (a little early) and because I'm SO excited that the Marine Corps Marathon is only a few days away (and my impulsive generosity is often triggered when I'm excited) our lucky winner will also get these:
|The mother of all callous erasers.|
This has become one of my favorite personal maintenance things. Once all my toenails are back (almost there) I will have nice looking feet again. With Micro Pedi, they have been feeling good (as in not calloused or cracked or any other... yuck...) even though I am short one toenail.
This should be essential to your running repertoire. If you are just starting to run and don't feel you need Bodyglide right now, I promise you will when you start running longer distances or increasing your weekly mileage. That is, of course, unless you enjoy the feeling of being on fire.
|My pStyle can go long. Is that too vulgar?|
Headsweats Velocity Visor
We can't say enough about Headsweats. Our team has tried many different hats/visors, and we don't want anything but Headsweats anymore. For real. (FYI: if you want to buy something from their site, use code "pacepermile" and save 25% when you check out!)
Instead Softcup (box of 24)
I don't use anything else but this product during my special time of the month. I won't go on and on about it, but here is your chance to try it, no strings attached. (HA pun intended!) If you are a blogger who is new to my site, and you don't know about my Instead Softcup Challenge, watch/read/sign up. It's a total win-win situation. Softcup has allowed me to run period-carefree. I did do a dance of joy when I realized that I would not have to worry about my period during the Runner's World Hat Trick (review coming soon) OR The Marine Corps Marathon. I did sport my Softcup Visor during the Runner's World 5k this weekend since it matched my Altra Running Shoes!
|I'm not sure what I'm doing in this photo. |
It's early... And I have 3 races ahead of me!
Let's get a move on. I would like to cram one more giveaway into my Race Day Ready series right before or shortly after the Marine Corps Marathon. Right now, the weather predicts rain. BRING IT! (Ok, really, don't. I don't want rain, I am just trying to be a bad ass and act like I am totally down for 26.2 while soaking wet. I'm not. So that last statement was not literal.) If you want to win this heaping pile of For The Love Of The Run awesomeness, give me a motivational quote/thought/word/idea/poem/haiku/visual/anything that I can call upon during my marathon. AND please share this link on facebook or twitter if you are on either one for bonus points. (And if you are not following me on facebook, uhm.. what's up with that?) Do not feel threatened, there MAY be more than one winner for some of these items! For the Marine Corps Marathon, I have two main goals:
1. A new PR. I plan to actually RACE this race. Not just conquer the distance. This is my fifth marathon. My best so far is 4:35 right here at home at the NJ Marathon.
|Eros and I minutes after finishing the|
NJ Marathon. Feeling so alive and dead
all at the same time.