I highly recommend the M&S under-wired sports bra. I've got two now! It fits like a regular bra and is better than the cross-over back (I have one and still use it depending on which top I wear!) and gives loads of support. I've never had any blisters or chaffing and have run three halfs and two full marathons in the same style. I think they're about £20 which seems really good value. I bought a Shock Absorber thinking I should try something else but it's really uncomfortable and rubs. Bit of waste of money as it was much more expensive than Marks' and not even comfy for aerobics! About the HRM, I don't have a problem with it. You can move it down slightly at the front and it still works. Just keep trying until you find a comfortable position. I find that putting the strap underneath the bra at the back keeps the HRM in place. Phew! It shouldn't really be so difficult, should it?
Don't know if anyone can give me some advice....I am relatively new to running (began Jan 2002) but have completed two marathons and am about to begin training for Bristol Half in September. I recently went for a fitness assessment at my local gym, on eyear on from the last and whilst most things had changed considearbly (and for the better), my lung capacity stayed the same. Sometimes when I run faster than usual I feel quite breathless and can't catch my breath properly. I wonder if there is anything I can do to help this? I want to improve on my time and think this might help.....
I don't know of any threads as I don't frequent these pages very often but I did my first marathon in New York last November. I read Richard Neurkahr's (spelling?) Marathon book which gives loads of good info about the whole thing, including food.
My diet consists mainly of carbohydrates anyway (being a potato freak!?!) but "they" reckon you should have a good amount of protein a day too. Protein is especially important after the long runs to rebuild strength.
Definitely try having a huge bowl of pasta the night before a long run. I'm sure I can feel the difference when I run without having eaten carbs. Or maybe that's psychological?