Monday, December 3, 2012

Life of the sports bra


Today I decided that it's time, time to finally have the sports bra funeral that I've been thinking about for months years.

Maybe it's just me being frugal, but I hold onto sports bras far longer than I should. Like years longer than I should. I know that they shouldn't have a birthday and that once the elastic starts to wear where they really don't hold things where they should be held that it's time to let go. But I don't, and there are members in the collection that have earned their tenure. 

Over the years I've enacted a system to maximize the life of the sports bra

First, the bra is introduced into the running category. Here it is kept until it no longer meets the standard of minimizing the bouncing factor.

Don't know how other people appropriately purchase their sports bras, but my very official way of buying them is to look for the smallest size in hopes that it will be so tight that it will hold everything in.
It's a full-proof method that hasn't failed me yet.

Next, it drops down to the wear around the house kind of bra on those days I'm feeling too lazy to put on a real bra (which in all seriousness is probably at least 5 out of 7 days per week). 

Then, it moves to the sleeping sports bra genre where it's only job is to cover and provide a false sense of security while sleeping (there seem to be quite of few of them lingering in this category these days).

Lastly, it becomes time to retire. This is the stage I struggle the most with where the bra usually sits in my designated sports bra drawer for a year, or in some cases 5+ years, until I am able to muster up the strength to dispose of it and let go of the memories we share.



With as many miles that I've ran in my life, you would think I am the kind of gal that could let go of a bra that is well past it's prime. But I can't. In all honesty, I'm 28 years old and have sports bras that date back to 1999 in my collection. Most of these I don't even wear anymore, but just can't bring myself to get rid of them.

What an odd thing to hold on to...

23 comments:

  1. I do the same thing, only I just quit wearing them....but refuse to throw them out. Makes absolutely no sense!

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  2. I also share a "hoarding" tendency for sports bras as well as running shoes. Can't bring myself to toss them even though they are well past their prime...

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  3. I have some that are due to throw out. I actually got rid of some recently that I still had from high school. I didn't have fond memories so I just tossed them, wondering why I had kept them for so long. Finding a good sports bra can be difficult so understand if you don't want to get rid of one :)

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  4. I guess that's an advantage of being a guy. You save $$s by not having to buy hundreds of sports bras. :-)

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  5. Hahaha Classic! I think you've trumped me with your 1999 models. I too am a big fan of the Nike Pro. What's not to love? I need to go cull the herd as well...

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  6. I've got a few sports bras that are past their prime, as well. I don't know why I keep them in my overflowing drawer but I do, and complain that my drawers are always full. Haha.

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  7. Love the pic!!! I do the same thing - buy a smaller size so they squish everything in! I only use them for working out though and have to throw them away when they get too smelly. Since I still do not know how to get my stench out of clothes!

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  8. And now you will have so much more room in your drawers!! I did this a few months ago and it was very freeing!

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  9. lol i wrote a post about this once http://www.runnerindenial.com/2011/09/cheap-lazy-or-just-plain-stupid.html

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  10. Wait, you sleep in a sports bra? That just doesn't seem comfortable.

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  11. I have a few too....I like 'em all :)

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  12. I wear sports bras forever too, they are so expensive, if you get the good kind, I don't want to waste any time in them!

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  13. I have several as well, but not in all these snappy colors. There are worse things to horde in my opinion. hehe

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  14. i'm the same way! i've recently buckled down and bought a few new sports bras from target. like you, most of mine are from eons ago when i didn't know what to look for in a sports bra. now, i know better. :)

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  15. lol love this post! I am the same way and my sports bra lifetime functionality order is exactly the same!

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  16. ohhh my goodness you just inspired me to add "throwing away old workout gear" to my holiday must-do list. I'm thinking if I make a deal with myself to get 1-new item for every 3 I throw away, it won't be so hard :)
    I hope your week is off to a great start Britt!!!
    xoxo!

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  17. I actually have two Nike sports bras I should toss, but they still hold me up better than ANY other and they are 15ish years old. I have spent a pretty penny on the rest of them...most recently highly acclaimed ones..

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  18. HAHAHA I'm glad I'm not the only one! No joke, I have a sports bra that has literally been in my drawer since 2002. I can't let them go either! Why are we so attached to them?

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  19. I just ran across your blog somehow, and I luuuurve it! You are such a beast! Sports for me, are just elastic straps to keep things in place. I feel so fortunate to not be a big busted woman. Itty Bitty Titty Committee, party of one!

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    1. me too. somehow i missed the large busted gene that most of the women in my family have.

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  20. I finally threw out a bunch of mine. I had some from high school still and hadn't worn them in years!

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  21. I wear a size 36D and I do Irish Dancing. Usually, big boobs and dance don't mix, unless you have a supportive bra. bali bras works well for me. Keeps everything in place.

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