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Lorna Jane Active: Sports Bra Review

A little while ago I wrote about running mantras and how they can motivate you. Within that post I included an image of a sports bra by Lorna Jane Active, an Australian brand that is now available in the UK. A couple of weeks ago my back was feeling better enough for me to start a few short runs so in celebration I ordered the Determined Bra to try out.

Now I’m fairly fussy when it comes to sports bras. Some bras claim to be high impact and to absorb all the wobbles but when you try them on it’s like the bra can’t actually be bothered. And because my exercise is predominantly high impact I need a sports bra that’s going to work as hard as me. It’s not even that I’m particularly well endowed at a 32B (thanks kids). Even so when I wear a sports bra I like to feel like I’m a medieval woman who has bandaged her breasts down so tight that she could enter court and masquerade as a boy. My Shock Absorber bras have always done this for me so I never thought I would stray from my usual brand. If I’m honest I was a bit worried that the new bra would be a let down like others before it.

I had picked the Determined bra because yes, I had been impressed by the mantra by the same name along the rear band. The bra was £40 but at the time of purchase there was a special Valentine’s Day discount of 20% which brought the price to £32. This combined with free delivery for purchases over £30 left me an extremely happy customer. What can I say, I’m easily pleased. I ordered the bra on a Thursday and it was with me by the following Monday. Speedy delivery, what’s not to love?

I wasn’t able to get out for a run straight away but I dashed upstairs and put it on under my normal clothes. I think this is a nice test for sports bras to see if you can get away with wearing it doing your usual day to day activities. I had ordered an XS size by using the sizing scale on the Lorna Jane UK site and it tallied right with my bra size. It was easy to get on with no awkward contortionist manoeuvres or attempts to fiddle with fastenings. I was able to slip the bra over my head with ease. There were adjusters on the straps if required. I thought the extra padding might annoy me but it actually felt quite comfortable and under my t-shirt gave a nice silhouette.

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I left the bra on and carried on playing with my 3 year old and doing the school run. By the end of the afternoon I realised that I had forgotten I had the bra on. A sign of a good bra is one that you are not aware that you are wearing and I can definitely say this was the case with the Determined bra.

Crunch time came that evening when my husband came home and I got my first chance to go out for a run. As I’m just getting over injury it was a short one. I was concerned that I would become aware of this bra as soon as I started running or that the padding would make me overheat in that area and annoy me. But nothing. Nada. Good, firm support. No jiggling and no strap irritation. It as a cold evening and I think the extra padding may have helped!

So far so good but how would it come out in the wash? I followed the instructions according to the label but I did wonder if the pads would move or become misshapen  Again I was proved wrong in my scepticism. The bra washed really well, the bra maintained it’s shape and I was able to use it for a slightly longer run on the weekend. Again the bra was supportive and gave me no issues with rubbing or irritation.

Overall I think this bra is a really good buy. The price is what I’d expect to pay for a decent sports bra. The styling is flattering under clothes and I would wear this as a day to day bra if I needed to. The bra was comfortable during my steady runs and I was really happy with it. I’m not sure though if it would be suitable for someone with a larger chest size who needs more support than me. This probably highlights the need for a proper sports bra fitting if you’re not a seasoned runner and you’re not sure what your body shape requires in terms of fit and support.

I really liked this bra and it is a great addition to my running kit. Lorna Jane Active are still fairly new to the UK but if all their products are like this I think they’ll do well. Hopefully I ‘ll get to try some of their other products when I’m in the market for some new running tights or even the leopard print bra, because you can never have too many sports bras!

20130223_172514On another note, the running has been going ok. Coming back from injury is hard but I’m definitely Determined. If you don’t believe me read my bra!

For Lorna Jane’s full range of work out gear, which covers yoga, running, gym, dance and leisure, visit http://www.activeinstyle.co.uk.

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My Running Obsessions This Week

There have been many running related topics rushing around my brain this week. I have many things I want to blog about at length but for my first post this week I wanted to share some of the running related subjects I’ve been getting excited about! I’m still officially injured so I’m allowed, indulge me.

Glutes

Following my back injury the gluteal muscles on the right side are no longer buns of steel, more like buns of jelly. Pain has inhibited the muscles so much that my glutes are quivering at the top of my thigh in fear of all exercise. For runner’s this isn’t a good thing. In basic terms our glutes help with weight transference from trunk to lower limb, stabilise our pelvis and help with our propulsion. Right now I can barely single leg squat on my right. So my new rehab obsession to get back to running is working my glutes like they are the latest running revolution and everyone’s talking about them. My glutes need a BOOST (sorry Adidas).

Avocados and Pine Nuts

In between all the hen weekends, birthday celebrations and weddings I’ve had recently I have, honestly, been trying to eat healthily while my body heals and repairs. I have no idea if avocados are good for runners but I know they have plenty of the ‘good fats’. Pine nuts are full of protein for repair and I’ve been combining both of these in chicken spinach salads or popping the whole lot in a pitta or wrap. When you’re injured it’s all too easy to eat junk but these foods have been a tasty alternative to hitting the cookie jar.

Lorna Jane Active

Lorna Jane is an Australian brand that is now available in the UK via Active Instyle. Their designs provide a feminine twist on the standard running gear of vests, capris and tights. Adding mantras to their clothes give them an added bad ass runner girl feel. I’ve just purchased the ‘Determined’ sports bra and I’ll be blogging about it once I’ve given it a jog round the block.

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European Indoor Championships

The 32nd European Athletics Indoors Championships will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden over the weekend of 1-3 March. The buzz is building quite nicely for me with the UK indoor trials and last weekend’s Birmingham Grand Prix event. On the weekend we saw Olympic GB athletes like Mo Farah smash it. Today British Athletics announced a strong looking team although they failed to include any male 1500m runners. Paula Radcliffe was on Twitter slamming this as ‘totally ridiculous’ and I have to agree. GB have plenty of decent male middle distance runners. Seems a shame not to field any. They can’t blame Charles Van Commenee for any selection mishaps this time!

Jenny Meadows

Jenny Meadows missed last year’s track season through injury but she’s back! She made her comeback at the Birmingham Grand Prix on the weekend and has been announced as captain of the GB & NI team going to Gothenburg. Jenny goes as defending champion having won the 800m two years ago. Jenny is a talented, tenacious athlete and it’s exciting to see her back!

Go Jenny, go Jenny! Picture from britishathletics.org.uk

Mary Cain

Mary Cain is a 16 year old high school student from New York. Mary Cain is a middle distance runner. Mary Cain is coached by Alberto Salazar, the same man who coaches double Olympic champion Mo Farah. Mary Cain is breaking records all over the place and can run 1500m in 4.11.01. Mary Cain is 16 YEARS OLD. The world of running needs to get excited about Mary Cain. I hope she’s the real deal and I hope as she develops, she’ll be looked after and we’ll see her competing on the European circuit. There’s a strong team of U20 women in the UK right now too so female middle and long distance running has some exciting prospects in the years leading up to Rio 2016.

Mary Cain. Image from nationalscolastic.org

So these are my running obsessions this week. Happy training.