I have an incredible running bra to talk about with you today (it does way more than just provide awesome support and comfort) along with a discount for you to try it out! This post is sponsored by OMBra and I seriously am so excited about this—> the numbers geek inside of me is rejoicing over all of this information that I can get about my runs and how I can use this to become a stronger runner.
There are runners out there that are simplistic and just need their running shoes and a road. Then there are runners like me that love knowing as much as possible about all of the data that happens during the run. I get excited (especially after a speed workout or long run) to pull up any data that I can about the run on my computer afterwards to analyze it, to see any improvements and to come up with ways that I can improve.
OMbra has made it to my favorites list. It makes me smile to even type about it because I’m so excited about all of the information it gives to me during and after each run. OMbra is the first piece of fitness tech apparel to combine deep heart rate signal and breathing rhythms to calculate your personal intensity zones… and it is all combined into our sports bra. I wear a sports bra for every run so I might as well get all the facts from it too right?
With the OMbra, the sensor technology is seamlessly embedded in the fabric. This allows everything to be captured from the body’s core (rather than just limited wrist-based metrics like the garmin I have been using to get my heart rate).
When I first heard about OMbra I wasn’t super sure about it. The bras colors and design are super cute and that caught my attention immediately. I just wasn’t sure how it would work on my body based on the fact that I have tried out chest heart rate straps for years and always ended up tossing them in the back of my closet because they annoyed me so badly. I did not like heart rate chest straps because I had to adjust them every .3 miles and whenever I got sick of adjusting and tightening them, I would end up with a nice chafing line that went around my entire body. Oh and they made me feel claustrophobic too. I definitely went into trying this bra out not sure what I would think but by mile 1 or 2 of my first run with it, I fell in love.
I was also a little nervous that the OMbox (what is used to track the movement and steps) would be bothersome for me… but I don’t even notice it is there. My arms don’t touch and I don’t feel it next to my body. Now, if I am wearing a super tight tank then you can notice a bump but in everything else you can’t see it.
Let’s talk about the sports bra itself for a second. I have experienced the annoyance/discomfort that comes from a bad sports bra and would never wish that even on my worst enemy;)
I LOVE the ladder straps which allow you to fit the bra to exactly where is most comfortable to you. The cups are flattering and comfortable and I don’t feel a thing moving around while I’m running:) It’s the perfect combo of not feeling constricted, like everything is too compressed together but then also providing perfect control during the run. There is a super soft underwire to help reduce the bounce and the racerback absorbs pressure produced while we run. It’s the type of sports bra you are more than happy to wear for hours on end. It can more than handle everything that comes along with endurance running—> high impact and lots of time out there on the roads.
Oh and that adjustable hook on the OMbra and eye closure at the bottom makes it a lot easier to put the bra on and take it off (which can be a workout in itself at times (ha!) but this one is so much easier to take off).
Not with OMbra haha:
PS I’m in the single digits of number of days until my marathon… AHHHHHHH!
During your run the OMbox just streams all of your info to your iPhone via Bluetooth onto your OMrun app for real-time data. This allows you to have a super personalized coaching experience with every run from your easy days to the days you are out there crushing it with speed.
I always have my phone with me while I run and I just slip it into a belt so I am hands free while running. I just pull it out every so often and glance over all of the data and what zones I am in etc throughout the run and then really study the information once I am done. For those who wear headphones/ear buds, you can turn audio notifications on and customize them depending on what you want to get updates on.
And a shout out to the photographer of above pictures. #instagramhusband;)
As soon as I finish my run, I get an email that takes me to all of the runs information, which I can either access from my laptop or from within the app.
I am so intrigued by the smart zones that it offers me. These zones are all determined scientifically and can help us really figure out if we are running too hard too often or if we need to pick things up in order to improve. Once it knows your personal thresholds (through the deep and accurate heart rate and real-time breathing while you run) it can help you to run within your own Smart Zones. This can all help us to achieve more mindful running, understanding our bodies and increasing our running efficiency.
The below zones were from a 5 mile run where I did the first and last mile easy and the three middle miles at race pace. It made me happy to see that my heart rate and breathing told me I was in the right zones for the workout I was attempting. The OMbra is the first piece of fitness tracking apparel to combine the deep heart rate signal and breathing rhythms to help each user to figure out their specific intensity zones. We are all in different places with our fitness (and it changes over time for all of us) and it is so fun to understand my different zones for where I am NOW (and how I can improve with the Biometric coaching).
Another big question I had was how do you charge and wash the OMBra? You just have to remove the smart box and wash the bra on cold, gentle cycle and hang to dry! The battery lasts for about 18-20 hours if in use. It is super easy to just plug into your computer to charge.
It’s super fun to see how much the temperature outside and changes in elevation affect our heart rate and breathing over the course of a run too.
So once you finish your run you are sent an email right away with all of your stats. It includes everything in your report from pace, distance, how many calories you burned and even things like your stride length, cadence (I need to work on that!!!!) and your breathing rhythm including how many breaths you take during a run!!!). The OMbra offers you your personal Anaerobic Threshold since it tracks your heart rate and breathing at the same time. So so cool.
It is so fun for me to see how my heart rate, breathing rate, pace and elevation all correlate and work together.
Some of the info from my trail run the other day (my cadence is even lower on the trails): PS I wore another gps at the same time for this run and the distance from my OMbra was right on and also exact with where I know each mile hits on this trail… but with the OMbra I got so much more information from the sensors in the band of the bra at the core.
I’ll stop going on and on about it now but I do have a little video clip too:
The OMbra comes in black, pink, a super cute print or maroon. Once you have the OMbra starter kit you can just purchase the different bras if you would like and connect the box to it. I’ll be buying the maroon next and probably adding another to my Christmas list (Andrew, you are reading right?).
Get 20% off your first purchase with OMbra using the code 20OFFHUNGRY at checkout! Valid through 10/7!!!
What stats do you love knowing during the run?
Let’s play would you rather for a few questions mmmkay (answer a few of them or all)?
**Would you rather run a flat race course or a super hilly one?
**Would you rather run with shoes that are too small or no shoes at all?
**Would you rather be too hot or too cold on the run?
**Would you rather run for distance or speed?
**Would you rather run on the trails or the road?
**Would you rather run (safely) really late at night or really early in the morning?
**Would you rather run with a group, solo or with your pup?
**Would you rather run a long race with crazy blisters on your feet or stomach issues?
**Would you rather travel for a race or run one in a super familiar place for you?
**Would you rather recover with an ice bath or a long foam rolling session?
**Would you rather run in a strong headwind or on ice?
**Would you rather the first half of your run be uphill or the second half?