- Our Favorite Running Gear for Marathons and Ultramarathons
- The Accessories
- All the Running Gear You Need for Cold, Wet Weather
- 26 of the best items on Amazon to support your marathon training
- 5 Things You Need to Run Your First Marathon
- 1. Watch: Garmin Fenix 5
- 2. Fluids: Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5L Hydration Vest
- 3. Fuel: Nuun Hydration, Maurten Gels and Revere Cardio Recovery Mix
- 4. Shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider 22 and WaveKnit R2
- 5. Massage: Brazyn Morph Foam Roller
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- The Best Running Gear to Buy in 2020 for Marathon Training
- 15 must-have pieces of gear that helped me train for my first half-marathon
- Below, you'll find my healthy habit shortcuts and most of my all-time favorite products for running. They deliver on durability and performance best of all the options I've tried yet.
- Running Gear You Might Actually Want
- Clothes & Shoes
- Running Gear: Gadgets and Gizmos
- Running Gear for Recovery & Well Being
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Our Favorite Running Gear for Marathons and Ultramarathons
The marathon is perhaps the most iconic race distance.
At 26.2 miles, the marathon’s sheer length makes it a daunting physical challenge, and the time you spend on your feet is an equal test of your mental toughness.
The sub-two hour marathon is one of the greatest tests of the limits of human performance. The barrier has yet to be broken even as shoe companies make running shoes more efficient.
If 26.2 miles wasn’t enough for you, there’s also a growing number of ultramarathons that push you even farther your comfort zone.
So if you signed up for a marathon (or beyond), you need running gear that will help you along the way. With technical running shirts and hydration vests built specifically for long distances, this marathon running gear will be with you from start to finish.
A technical running shirt will make your race a whole lot more comfortable.
Cotton T-shirts will soak up sweat and moisture, and they dry slowly. Running in a wet shirt is uncomfortable at best and painful at worst. So get yourself something that’s made for running.
A shirt the men’s ASICS Dorai Short Sleeve or the women’s New Balance Transform Perfect Short Sleeve will wick sweat away from your skin and dry quickly, so you stay comfortable for all 26.2 miles.
a good pair of running shoes, women also need a sports bra that provides ample support, mops up sweat and doesn’t irritate skin. Enter the Brooks Juno sports bra. The Juno is one of the best-selling sports bras for runners because it delivers high-impact support and adjustable straps for a dialed-in fit.
When you’re running for hours on end, there’s always the chance the weather can turn sour. One of our favorite layers for the unexpected is the On Weather Jacket. Built with water-resistant pockets and a DWR coating, the Weather Jacket is the perfect protection against wind and rain.
Shorts and leggings made specifically for running are designed to let you move freely so you can focus on your pace.
One of our favorite running shorts for men is the On Hybrid Short. The Hybrid Short is built from lightweight technical four-way stretch fabric and includes a detachable internal compression short that can be worn on its own.
For women, we love the Brooks Greenlight Capri and On Running Short. The Greenlight is soft and supportive, thanks to Brooks’ DriLayer HorsePower fabric, and it includes no-bounce pockets that are perfect for stashing a few essentials.
The On Running Short are a minimalist option for runners who don’t want to think about their clothes during a long training run. The short’s stretchy and light fabric dries in a flash, and an extended inner short gives you coverage without holding you back. And, the Greenlight Capri, there’s a pocket to hold keys and a few cards.
Having the best running socks is a non-negotiable part of your training and race day kits.
Compression helps improve blood flow so you feel fresher for longer. That’s why we the CEP Compression Sock 3.0.
The medical-grade compression in the 3.0 can help reduce swelling and muscle strain, which can help you recover faster. High-tech fibers mitigate moisture to keep you dry during your longest runs.
For runners who don’t want compression, the Feetures Elite Light Cushion No Show Tab will keep your feet happy. The socks are cut specifically for your left and right foot to eliminate bagginess that can cause hot spots and blisters. Plus, the nylon, polyester and spandex blend delivers a snug fit and excellent moisture management.
You’ll need to hydrate and get some extra calories when you’re spending a few hours on your feet. But carrying water and nutrition with you can be cumbersome.
Nathan packs make carrying your calories a breeze.
The Nathan VaporKrar 2.0 4L and Nathan VaporHowe 12L were designed in collaboration with elite ultrarunners Rob Krar and Stephanie Howe. The packs each hold two soft flasks on the front and work with extra bladders so you can haul all the H2O you need, and they have enough storage space to stash energy gels, chews or whatever else you to eat on the go.
When you’re preparing your pack, think about grabbing Maurten energy gels. Maurten uses a unique hydrogel to help transport carbs and sodium through your stomach and into your intestines, where it can be absorbed easily.
Fleet Feet runners have been using mixing Maurten into their nutrition plans and found that it lives up to the hype.
All the Running Gear You Need for Cold, Wet Weather
I live in Portland, Oregon, where it rains nearly every day and the sun sets at 4:30 pm.
But no matter how grim, dark, and damp it gets, I would still rather bundle up and head outside than putter on a public treadmill that has norovirus splashed on every surface. (Sorry! I also don't have a gym membership.
) That's why I've updated our running gear guide with some of the best wet-weather sports gear that has kept me heading out the door.
Be sure to also check out our Best Fitness Trackers and Best Running Shoes guides—and all the gear that helped WIRED's editor in chief run faster marathons in his forties.
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- Topo Athletic UltraventureEveryone has different running shoe preferences, but Topo Athletic's fit mine—their roomy toe boxes accommodate my wide toe spread, the result of years of barefoot running, and they don’t let my skinny heels slip. The plush, 3-layer EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) midsole and 5-mm heel-to-toe drop offers cushioning on a variety of surfaces, from mud or hardpack to blacktop. The drainage gills squish out water quickly and efficiently, and they’re also gaiter-compatible.
- North Face Futurelight Flight JacketThe North Face's Flight is technically a lightweight rain jacket. But I've found that the nanospun Futurelight fabric works just as well as a light outer shell in colder temperatures. It breaks the wind, and it doesn't have pit zips or perforations that let any cold air or rain in.I run in 30-degree temperatures with this jacket and a Smartwool base layer and don't get cold. If I were to buy it, I'd probably get a version in a brighter color for better visibility in rainy weather.
- Showers Pass Waterproof Knit GlovesShowers Pass makes cycling gear, but I've found the company's waterproof gloves work well as running attire. The gloves feel a lightweight knit glove. But they actually have three layers: a durable knit exterior, a waterproof Artex membrane that lets moisture out, and a wicking Coolmax lining. They don't do a great job of insulating, so I'd switch to a heftier pair in colder temperatures. But for rain in the 30s and 40s, they keep my hands dry, and the knit outer layer is handy (ha!) for wiping my nose.
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26 of the best items on Amazon to support your marathon training
Whether it's your first marathon or your fiftieth, some things never change. Here's 26 of the best items on amazon for marathon runners.
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1 Compeed Anti-Blister Stick 8ml
You’re running 26.2 miles – your feet are going to rub. This anti-blister stick save your feet from unnecessary chafing, whilst being small enough to carry in your running belt.
2 Science in Sport Go Isotonic Energy Gels – Box of 35s
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Of course, nothing new on race day, but start fuelling with these running gels now. They made it into our best running gels list, supplying a convenient source of energy (22g carbs) and electrolytes (118mg sodium, 9.5mg potassium and 1.5mg magnesium) in one hit.
3 Mpow Running Armband for Phone
If you’ve been training with your phone in a running belt, you might want to think about how you’ll fit it in there along with gels on race day. This running armband is a cheap option if you want to test out the feeling of carrying your phone on your arm.
4 Spibelt Black with Turquoise Zip
It doesn’t bounce, it fits most phones and it has loops for gels. If you’re worrying about how you’re going to carry all your belongings for 26.2 miles, this will help.
5 Lightweight Hydration Pack Functional Running Vest 5.5L
If you’re looking for a solution to how to carry water with you on your training runs, a hydration vest might be the answer. This one is an affordable option, with plenty of pockets for your phone, water and gels.
6 Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS Running Watch
7 Nike Women's Air Zoom Pegasus 35
They were one of the most popular shoes in our best running shoes test, and it’s not hard to see why. The Pegasus has reached the age of 35 by offending almost nobody and our testers loved this latest iteration, which has been changed a lot while retaining its ‘good for any type of run’ DNA.
8 Stance Men's Run Aspire Tab Medium
We’re a big fan of Stance – these hidden socks have an extra tab at the back to prevent rubbing, and are also available in women’s sizes.
9 Jog On: How Running Saved My Life
Everyone will reach a stage during marathon training when they ask themselves why on earth they started. The solution? Try a motivational book, that makes you feel great about the power of running.
10 Anker Bluetooth Headphones
If you’re looking for a pair of headphones that won’t break the bank, these are affordable, sweatproof and have a seven hour battery life, so should last till you cross the line on race day.
11 Flipbelt Zipper Premium Running Belt
Another popular running belt, you’ve got plenty of room for your phone, keys and running gels both whilst you’re training, and on rest day.
12 BetterYou Original Magnesium Oil Spray – 100ml
Aching legs? Magnesium oil supports natural muscle recovery. Try spritzing this on your legs before bed, and wake up feeling ready for your next training run.
13 BetterYou Original Magnesium Flakes (Foot & Body Soak) – 1kg
14 Athletic Tea Co – Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Powder with Yerba Mate – 30 Servings
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A great pre-run fuel, this zingy brew, with Japanese matcha green tea and South American yerba maté, delivers a steady energy boost without the jitters of some caffeine drinks.
15 Ronhill Trail Fuel Bottle (2 Pack)
If you’re carrying water on your training runs, these silicone bottles are lightweight and can be rolled away once you’ve finished. This pack has two different sizes – one holds 237ml and the other holds 148ml.
16 Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring and Bracelet, Crystal Clear Suitable for All Hair Types
If you’ve got long hair, you’ll probably want to get it off your face before you reach the start line. These hair bands will keep everything in place, and won’t slip when you’re running.
17 Powerbar Sports Shots 60 g Bag x 16 Bags (Pack of 9)
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Another item that made it onto our best running gels list, these liquid-filled jelly sweets have a great texture, with a gooey middle that means less chewing. Each shot contains 5g carbs, ideal for a little-but-often approach to refuelling.
18 The Runner's World Cookbook
Of course, a big part of your training is fuelling your runs. We might be biased, but this cookbook is pretty great, and has over 150 recipes suited for runners.
19 Edge Sports Complete Trigger Point Foam Roller Kit
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Another way to make sure you’re looking after your legs is preventing them from getting too tight. This set has two different foam rollers and a massage ball, plus a book on how to use them.
20 Proviz Unisex's 360 Reflective Running Cap-Silver
If you’re clocking up your miles early in the morning or after work, staying seen is important. This running cap will protect you from the elements, whilst being fully reflective in lower light.
21 Compeed Extreme Medium Plasters
This one doesn't need much explaining – you’ll probably need them.
22 Pip & Nut Smooth Peanut Butter – 1kg, Pack of 2
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The secret behind a lot of runners pre-run and post-run fuelling.
23 INMAKER Resistance Bands for Women and Men
24 Riemann P20 Once a Day Sun Protection Spray
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If this year’s London Marathon is as hot as it was last year, you’ll want to invest in some good sun screen to keep you protected.
25 NipEaze – 15pairs – The Original Transparent Nip Protector
Usually one for the men, these little patches protect your nipples from any rubbing or bleeding when running.
26 Tony's Chocolonely Dark Milk Chocolate Pretzel Toffee 180g
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Whether you manage to save it till you get to the finish line, or use it as a reward during your training, in our book, chocolate always helps and this one tastes pretty great.
5 Things You Need to Run Your First Marathon
Eighth grade, third period. That’s when I first heard the story of Pheidippides (sometimes known as Philippides), the messenger who ran from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to proclaim the outnumbered Greek army’s victory over the Persians.
Scholars argue over which telling of the account is true — in another version by Herodotus, the herald covered 140 miles from Athens to Sparta — but in the one I first learned, he ran the distance in his armor. The feat seemed impossible but birthed what might be running’s most famous distance race.
And, of course, after completing his mission, the ancient runner died on the spot.
From that moment, I began relating modern Olympic marathon runners to Pheidippides; they became heroes in my mind (even as they wore ultralight polyester shorts and singlets and carried neither spear nor sword nor shield). And to run such a long distance became heroic and, accordingly, unachievable.
Tell eighth-grade me that a decade later he’d toe the line of the New York City Marathon, and he wouldn’t believe you.
Tell him he’d shoot up those daunting bridges without faltering, that he’d hit a low point in the Bronx around mile 20 but would finish strong, with a smile on his face (and negative splits!), and he wouldn’t laugh in your face, but his insides and legs would tighten with self-doubt. After all, he was no hero of Greece, no Pheidippides.
Back in those days, I ran occasionally, mostly to feel I was maintaining a certain standard of fitness between sports seasons, but I never took running seriously.
(I even had to run extra hill sprints for being the last to finish a team 5k at the start of lacrosse season one year.) I never monitored my heart rate or measured my pace, I didn’t target intervals, and I didn’t know what a tempo run was.
Those were the concerns of serious runners, a crowd whose entry required an exclusive membership card I’d never acquire.
It wasn’t until much later, 16 months before the NYC Marathon, that I ran anything farther than six miles. I had accepted an invite to the French Alps for a story and, a week before departure, received a trip itinerary that included seven- and nine-mile trail runs.
Despite indulging heavily in fondue and French wine throughout my entire stay, I eked out both runs and felt good about them, too.
That trip was proof to me that longer distances were within reach, and that the primary obstacle between them and me was the self-created notion that they were off-limits in the first place.
When I came home from the trip, I signed up for a half marathon (which I documented for Gear Patrol). Naturally, doubling that distance germinated in my mind while my quadriceps still quaked in the finish area.
But then, during my first run after that race, a heel injury flared up and refused to abate for weeks. Meanwhile, the New England days shortened significantly (dark by 4:30 PM) and the winter cold set in. I put my training regimen on hold.
In the spring, not long after the vernal equinox’s passing, marathon aspirations began to creep up from my lower psyche the daffodils in my backyard.
By June they were in full bloom, with no time to spare if I were to have adequate time to train my stagnant legs up from zero to 26.2.
I quickly realized that marathon training called for more thought, planning and attention to detail, not excluding the small collection of items needed to get through it.
In the absence of a proper training journal — which I do suggest keeping, even if it’s just a spreadsheet — they became the record of the entire endeavor.
I used them as tools for carrying out an intended purpose, but they also took on an additional meaning that went beyond (another Athenian) Plato’s philosophical ideas of object and form.
1. Watch: Garmin Fenix 5
How I Used It: The Fenix 5 can record mileage (or kilometer-age), pace and heart rate, it can track you via GPS, it can measure splits, it can execute pre-programmed workouts and, when you’re finished with a run, it can give you a full summary of what you did. I paid the most attention to the first two metrics, but this watch can go as deep into training analytics you’d . (Garmin also recently released the updated Fenix 6.)
What It Symbolized: Time. Specifically, how little of it there is.
After working a full-time job, going to after-work events, grocery shopping, cooking, commuting, moving the car for the street sweeper four times a week, traveling, binging shows on Netflix and sometimes, sleeping, it wasn’t easy to find time to run 30, 40, 50 miles per week. A sheer lack of time might’ve been a greater challenge to overcome than anything having to do with stride or pace. But nobody has time; you make it.
2. Fluids: Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 5L Hydration Vest
How I Used It: Except on race days, there are no volunteers waiting cup-in-hand every few miles to replenish your fluids. That means that on long runs you have to bring your own. This vest comes with two half-liter flasks and has handy pockets for your credit card, ID, keys, phone and whatever else you might need as you extend your max distance.
What It Symbolized: Self-sufficiency. Running long miles can be a lonely pursuit, but embrace the matter of covering distances others might only attempt in a vehicle, and it becomes remarkably empowering. Or, join a run club.
3. Fuel: Nuun Hydration, Maurten Gels and Revere Cardio Recovery Mix
How I Used Them: Once you begin to exercise for longer than an hour at a time, biology will demand that you replace the fuel your body is burning.
There are innumerable choices when it comes to hydration mixes, gels, chews and post-workout drinks; the combo I landed on is mostly plant-based and helped me get through long distances.
Here’s a tip: try lots of different types of fuel during training to figure out what works for you (so that you don’t end up with an upset stomach on race day).
What They Symbolized: Science! So much of running is mental — maintaining the enthusiasm to train for weeks, focusing on things other than your aching muscles, fighting through the last few miles of a long run. These, for me, were the major challenges that I came up against. But a lot of it is physiological too. Demand more of your body and it will demand more of you.
4. Shoes: Mizuno Wave Rider 22 and WaveKnit R2
How I Used Them: When we think of the things needed for running, shoes top the list. Finding the right shoe can be easy for some — I know runners who are comfortable wearing anything — and trickier for others.
My job at Gear Patrol allowed me to test loads of shoes to find the best pair, and I ended up cycling through a few preferred ones during four months of training, depending on the run (I wore On Running’s Cloud X and Nike’s Zoom Fly Flyknit in addition to these two).
Mizuno’s flagship Wave Rider became my go-to for longer training runs, and once I discovered the WaveKnit, a similar but more comfortable option, I saved it for race day. Both of these shoes have lots of support in the heel cup and plenty of cushioning through the midsole.
They were perfect for my style of running, but again, they might not work for everyone.
My recommendation for finding a decent set of shoes is to do some research online (start with our guide to the best running shoes) and then head to a specialty running store where you can receive a gait analysis and try on lots of different pairs.
What They Symbolized: Everything? Shoes take on so much in running. They’re a runner’s primary tool, the link between body and ground, propelling one over the other.
Running shoes become a stand-in for the sport itself — they can represent movement, flow, routine, comfort (and discomfort), control, connection and groundedness.
As the miles pile up, they become so much more than rubber and fabric.
5. Massage: Brazyn Morph Foam Roller
How I Used It: I began my training by going to physical therapy to address a persistent injury.
There, I was told that I had an imbalance, that the muscles on one side of my body were more active (and stressed) than the other, which had a trickle-down that manifested as plantar fasciitis and a right calf in a semi-permanent deathlock.
The solution? An adjustment in my running form, targeted stretching before physical activity and consistent self-massaging with a foam roller. The Morph became indispensable — I used it nearly every day, including while traveling, which was manageable because of a collapsible construction that made it easy to pack.
What It Symbolized: Self-care. One of the more revealing pieces of marathon training, I found, was that as I focused intensely on this single endeavor, I was forced to pay more attention to everything else happening in my life.
With my physical state under the microscope of training, rest became as crucial as activity. The choices that I made when I wasn’t running — what to eat and drink, when to wake up and go to bed — carried consequences into the time that I was.
Naturally, and almost subconsciously, these habits shifted to align with a new lifestyle.
That’s not to say that I gave up all vices and lived a monk — I didn’t adopt a strict new diet or give anything up.
But I did become more aware of how certain foods made me feel (or jostled around in my stomach), and what might’ve been five-beer nights turned into two-beer evenings.
After all, I was determined not to end up Pheidippides, crossing the finish line in Central Park only to collapse in a lifeless pile after collecting my medal.
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The Best Running Gear to Buy in 2020 for Marathon Training
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As a marathoner-in-training, you're running long enough that you need to hydrate during your runs.
Since finding fluids on the run isn't always easy, many long distance runners use hydration carriers such as a Fuel Belt to have their fluids close at hand.
Fuel Belt's Helium 4 makes it easier to carry your fluids. The belt is made of ventilated foam pads, which help make the belt lighter, comfortable and breathable.
The belt has a Velcro closure, which makes it very easy to adjust on the run. It also has a detachable race pocket that can hold gels, money, keys, and other essentials.
It comes in four different colors, so you can choose one that fits your style best.
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Marathoners need to carry a lot of stuff on the run and they're always looking for placing to stash it. This hat's zippered side pockets are perfect for quick access to energy gels, keys, money, and ID.
Other great features include ventilated mesh side panels, reflective safety piping, and moisture-wicking material. Available in pink, safety yellow, and black/white.
As you increase your distance, you may start to suffer from blisters and chafing if you don't take some preventive measures. Body Glide is a lubricant that's designed to prevent chafing and/or blisters in vulnerable areas, such as your feet, inner thighs, sports bra lines, and underarms.
It comes in a stick and is applied a deodorant, leaving no sticky, oily or powdery mess. It contains no petroleum products and won't stain your race gear.
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Once you start running longer than 90 minutes on training runs, you'll need to start replacing your stored energy with calories on the run. Jelly Belly Sport Beans are a tasty and convenient option for eating on the run.
Available in six different flavors, sport beans contain carbs for energy, electrolytes to replace those that you're losing through sweat, and vitamins B and C. Many runners say that they're a tastier option than most sports gels. But you will need water to wash them down!
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Even if you plan to carry fluids in your hand-held bottles for training runs and use hydration stops during the marathon, you'll still need something to hold your nutrition and other necessities. This waist carrier from Amphipod features three internal pockets designed for keys, cash, electronics, energy gels, jelly beans and other essentials.
Its hybrid mesh technology wicks away moisture and circulates air between your back and the pack, so it won't feel hot and constricting. It also has a fully adjustable belt for a comfortable fit.
Many marathoners-in-training can't live without their foam rollers, which are cylindrical foam pieces.
Using your own body weight and a foam roller, you can perform a self-massage that offers similar benefits as deep-tissue massage, including stretching muscles and tendons, decreasing muscle tension, breaking up trigger points, soothing tight fascia, and increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues.
If you don't have the time or money for regular, professional massages, foam rollers are a convenient, less expensive alternative. They're especially helpful for long distance runners who are prone to ITB syndrome and tight calves or hamstrings.
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WrightSock Double Layer socks feature two totally separate layers that allow movement between the layers. As a result, heat and friction stay between the layers, not between the sock and your foot. The socks' Dri-WRIGHT, multi-channeled yarns wick moisture away from the foot, which allows the moisture to spread out, giving it a larger area from which to evaporate.
What does this mean for you, the runner? You'll have blister-free runs every time you hit the road. WrightSock's Lite Anklet socks are better for warmer weather running. If you're running in cold weather, try WrightSock's Running Quarter Crew Socks.
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Whenever a runner asks for a recommendation for a basic running watch, I always suggest the Timex Ironman Triathlon Watch. It's a simple watch, yet it's powerful enough to meet your training and race timing needs.
It features a 100-hour stopwatch with 1/100 second resolution; 50 lap memory, 50 split memory, 50 workout memory; a training log with best lap, average lap, and total segment time with date; indiglo backlight for easy viewing in low light conditions; 3 alarms; and 2 interval timers with 99 rep counter.
In addition, it's very sleek, stylish, and available in a few different colors. I even wear it sometimes when I'm not running!
And, guys, don't worry, there's a men's version of the Timex Ironman Triathlon Watch: Buy from Amazon.com.
This book of quotes will help runners get through their toughest workouts or races. The Quotable Runner is full of inspirational, practical and humorous quotes about running. Mao, Bill Clinton, Churchill, and George Sheehan are among others quoted in this book.
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15 must-have pieces of gear that helped me train for my first half-marathon
If you don't want to hate every second of a race, your only option is to prepare. For half- and full-marathons, that ideally includes a good training plan, healthy habits that support your training, and the right toolkit of great gear.
most physical activities, the products you use take on heightened importance. In every other area of your day, a sock is an understudy. On a long-distance run, it is just as vital as the shorts that don't chafe, the sneakers with adequate arch support and energy return, and the supportive sports bra.
I've been an on-and-off runner for the last six years, and I recently trained for a half-marathon.
For the last three of those years, I've also tested and reviewed hundreds of products for Insider Picks.
Below, I've aggregated the tools that I used in my own training, and the ones I trusted on race day. If you're looking for products that won't let you down, I highly recommend any of them.
Below, you'll find my healthy habit shortcuts and most of my all-time favorite products for running. They deliver on durability and performance best of all the options I've tried yet.
If you didn't know, Under Armour makes pajamas that use infrared light to help you recover faster while you sleep. A mineral-lined fabric sends infrared energy back to your muscles to improve circulation and muscle regeneration. It's the tech Tom Brady is known to use, and its part of the TB12 Sleepwear line at Under Armour.
The pajamas themselves are super soft. They're loose, and the fabric is lightweight, has four-way stretch, and feels cool-to-the-touch. Despite the proposed cheat code of infrared tech, they're also just some of the best pajamas I own.
I can't measure if these pajamas' infrared tech works. But coworkers and friends and other reviewers at ESPN tend to think they do help.
And, even if it's a placebo effect, they make me feel good about having an intentional regimen, which helps me maintain healthy habits that make training easier.
I'm more ly to eat well and wake up early when I'm taking steps as granular as wearing a specific pair of pajamas right after a tough workout.
If you're working and training, sometimes heading to the grocery store is a nice break. Other times, it's a chore and your muscles are sore and your hair is wet. For the latter, it may be good to treat yourself to grocery delivery Instacart.
Or, use a healthy eating meal kit service. You'll give up some autonomy in making your own diet, but it's also unbeatably convenient. My personal favorite is Hungryroot. The ingredients are healthy and fresh, the packaging relatively eco-friendly, lots of dietary restriction options available, and the food is always delicious.
If you're doing your own grocery shopping, focus on proteins and carbohydrates and keep these rules of thumb in mind.
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Running Gear You Might Actually Want
It’s true that you don’t need any marathon running gear except a pair of shoes and really you don’t even need that (the 1976 Olympic Marathon in Rome was won by a barefoot runner).
However many runners to have certain gadgets and jogging gear to make they’re runs, especially their long runs more comfortable.
So what else might you need as far as marathon running accessories go?
Clothes & Shoes
1. Running Shoes:
As most runners choose to not run sans shoes it is an excellent idea to invest in a strong and sturdy pair of running shoes.
Running shoes should generally be traded out for a new pair about every 350- 500 miles.
Spend a little more money (and time) to find a durable and especially comfortable shoe for training.
Here are my running shoe recommendations. + Shop Our Running Shoe Store!
2. Polyester Clothing
Yes, you can run in whatever you find comfortable but anything made with polyester is usually hard to beat as far as comfort is concerned.
Polyester wicks away sweat and prevents rashes.
It also is a thermoregulating material that will keep you cool in the hot summer and warm in the winter.
How can you beat an outfit that does double duty for you?!
3. Sports Bra
Wearing the right sports bra can make all the difference between a comfortable run and one that's not.
It also will make a difference in the coming years so treat your girls right and follow these tips.
4. Running Skirts
It's easy to get in a rut with your running but adding a fun wardrobe change a running skirt really can give you and extra boost of motivation while making you feel feminine and pretty.
Plus there are so many different prints, patterns, styles and colors out there on the market that makes hard to choose from!
5. Compression Socks
We've all seen them worn by professionals and amateurs a.
What is the positive and negative research about these babies, and are they really worth buying? (Spoiler alert: they are.)
6. For those who hate running in the heat – you have to get a Way 2 Cool Microfiber cloth!
It works a charm to keep you feeling cool and fresh DURING your run and it will stay cool and hydrated well after your long run is done.
Running Gear: Gadgets and Gizmos
7. A Good Running Watch
A good stopwatch will become one of your best friends during marathon training especially if you are trying to make a time goal.
You don’t need to get an expensive stopwatch just one that works!
It might also be a good idea to get a watch that helps you keep track of running intervals if you feel this is necessary for you.
8. Running Logs
Running Logs are a fantastic idea specially if you are in a training program or are trying to improve your times.
You will become a better, smarter marathoner by making this a part of your run.
Logs help you figure out what works and doesn't work for you when it comes to running.
Investing the small amount of time it takes to write about your run is invigorating and practical.
Check the link out for more about running logs and why you should keep one it really is an essential piece of running gear! This is my favorite running log.
9. A Gymboss Interval Timer
If you don't have a smart watch where you can set up laps and a beeper system then the Gymboss solves that problem!
With the Gymboss interval timer you can set an alarm (or vibration) to go off at different intervals signaling you to speed up or slow down.
You just program your interval workout into it (how many minutes you need to run and how long your rest intervals are) and let it do the rest while you focus on your form and pace during your speed exercise.
No more checking your watch to see if you are done with your interval. Best of all…it's actually affordable.
10. A good pair of jogging headphones
Many runners find that listening to music, audiobooks, or podcasts makes their long runs more enjoyable and helps the miles fly by.
Finding a good pair of jogging headphones can be a challenge though.
Many tend to fall your ear and constantly need to be readjusted or start feeling uncomfortable during a run.
Honestly, for me Bluetooth headphones are the only way to go!
You don't have to worry about them falling your ear because you accidentally yanked the cord.
They are less dangerous when running on the treadmill and strength training and are absolutely worth getting a pair!
Find ones that hook over your ears for best results for runners!
11. Don't forget about safety gear!
Think about when you run and where you run and plan accordingly.
Should you be wearing a reflective vest? carrying mace spray? Accidents happen but many can be prevented.
12. A Treadmill!
I can't live without mine!
I will always prefer to run in the great outdoors but there are times that I can't leave the house but I have to get a run in which renders my treadmill invaluable!
Here are my favorite 11 Benefits to Treadmill Running!
14. Heart Rate Monitor
Some might to know their heart rates and know the intensity that they are working out at but that is a personal preference.
Just know that these aren't absolutely necessary even when training for a marathon but they can be fun to play around with.
My husband loves his FitBit Blaze for heart rate and all the other features!
15. Hydration Pack:
It is so important to maintain your body fluids while training for a marathon and especially during your long runs!
When I was training for my first marathon my dad would bike next to me with water. I Could have saved him many an hour with one of these hydration packs.
I have heard that wearing a hydration pack that has a fuel bottle on either side is unbalancing and annoying and that is why I prefer a side strap belt and bottle.
If you do end up going the backpack route just make sure you take precautions to prevent chafing.
If you need to carry your phone and other small items along with you on a training run or during the race the FlipBelt is the best piece of running gear for the job!
Very smooth, not bulky, and keeps everything where you need it. I highly recommend!
Running Gear for Recovery & Well Being
17. Body Glide
This will save your thighs, nipples, underarms, basically anywhere that rubs when you run or that is prone to blisters. You will completely avoid those horrible skin burns caused by increase friction and movement if you stay lubricated with Body Glide!
I have found Vaseline to soak into the skin and therefore reduce it's effectiveness. It's not worth taking a chance to look you have been riding a pony all day and to feel as if you need to scream in agony with each step after your run!
18. Vitamins C & Vitamin B.
After a long run your immunity will be somewhat compromised making your more prone to colds and sicknesses that are in the air.
Pop about 500 grams of Vitamin C immediately after a long run to help build that immunity back up! Vitamin B will help to boost your energy levels.
You can also take this vitamin before a long run to help start building up your immunity and energy levels.
See this page for the best supplements for runners!
19. Tennis Balls
These are a cheap and highly effective massage tool for your feet after a long run. Just grab your water, take a seat and roll your balls underneath your feet for several minutes. So good!
Motivational Running Gear
- Find yourself a great running book to devour or watch a running movie!
- Hang up a motivational poster with your favorite running quote.
- Download the CharityMiles app that will donate 25 cents for every mile that you run to a charity of your choice.
How awesome is that! All you have to do is run!
Running gear may be a necessity for you or something that motivates you.
Whatever running gear you decide to get do what's right for you and have fun with it!
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