Are you finally starting to train for your first marathon? Finishing it will be one of the most satisfying experiences as you are going to be in a very elite group. Only 0.5 percent of Americans have done it. Logging many, many miles week after week is hard to handle. But designing a training plan is not the only challenging obstacle when you’re preparing for a marathon. Picking the right gear and accessories is crucial.
They feature a full-length boost™ midsole and a Continental™ Rubber outsole for great grip on wet or dry surfaces. The Adidas Supernova Glide 8, performance running shoes provide an ideal balance of support, breathability and energy return. According to reviews, active runners like them because they have a good amount of cushion and last for many miles.
GPS watches that measure heart rate have become a necessity for every serious athlete. The Forerunner 735XT provides advanced dynamics for running, including ground contact time balance, stride length, and vertical ratio. It’s like a super computer on your wrist. The watch also offers VO2 max estimate, lactate threshold, race predictor, and recovery advisor.
The Powerbeats Wireless’s improved ergonomic design helps you hear a much clearer and dynamic sound. Four sized eartips provide comfort and noise isolation. There is a cable management clip so you can adjust the earphones and they stay in place while you run and exercise. The battery lasts up to 12 hours.
The Fully Loaded Belt allows runners to you carry enough hydration and energy gels for long-distance runs. Fitletic’s ergonomic design is upgraded with an enlarged pouch that now fits iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S5, and other similar sized phones. The belt is worn low on the hips and contours the body to eliminate bounce, allowing for single-handed access for any item.
Never try anything new on race day. Mix caffeinated and non-caffeinated gels and have a pre-determined plan. The GU Energy Gel is produced with daily training and competition in mind. It is full of energy-dense to help sustain energy demands of any duration or activity. The 100-calorie packet contains carbs that use non-competing pathways to help maximize absorption and utilization while diminishing stomach distress.
You need protection from the sun even when you’re in the shade. Use mineral-based products that are made with zinc oxide. It’s one of two broad spectrum ingredients approved by the FDA (the other being titanium dioxide) that effectively protects against UVB and UVA rays, including UV-A1 rays, which are the most harmful type. The Coola Mineral Collection is award-winning and chemical free, its designed to protect the sensitive skin of the face and body.
You can never do enough to protect yourself from the sun. The performance Haze Trucker Hat is ideal for training every day. The hat is made of Eventure™ woven and plastic mesh fabrics, making it lightweight and breathable. It fits comfortably and dries quickly too. The sweatband wrapped in Eventure knit will keep the sweat off of your face.
The Sparkly Soul headbands guarantee no headache and no slip because of the patent pending design. The entire band is elastic. Reviewers agree – they stay in place. “This headband stays in during rigorous exercise. During a two-hour stint at the gym filled with jump squats, burpees, planks, sprints, lifting, heavy cardio,( you name it) I'd say I only fix it once half way through,” one of many similar reviews says.
The XCCU Experia® Multi-Activity socks are designed for high performance runners who prefer a minimal amount of foot protection. Reviews are raving. “I like the cushioning in certain parts of the sock. They're light and well ventilated. They also dry quickly after getting soaked from streams or rain and even a wet snow marathon,” one of them says. Some say the socks even last for nine months.
Chafing is very uncomfortable. Bodyglide, which applies just like deodorant, can be put anywhere on the body and it will not sweat off. It’s also mess-free and invisible. Users have left 5-star reviews. A triathlete wrote: “Initially bought this to reduce chafing between my neck and wetsuit. Then I found it also works as chamois cream. It solves my blister issue for long run and hiking. It works anywhere rubbing occurs.”
Launched in NipGuards® revolutionized the market for protection against painful nipple chafing and abrasion. Designed and patented by marathon runners, this is a foolproof solution to the problem. NipGuards® are effective over any distance. They are waterproof and are effective in the rain. Most long-distance runners choose the disposable pair.
Stay powered and connected with innovative battery cases for your smartphone. The most compact battery case Mophie says it has every created???? is the Juice Pack Reserve. It’s groundbreaking in form, distinctly thin and lightweight. You’ll barely notice it but it provides advanced power, reliability and protection. You can charge anywhere by flipping a switch. The integrated standby switch allows you to choose when to charge or save some juice for when you need it most.
Protect your eyes with a good pair of sunglasses. Opt for a sporty pair like the Roka Phantom sunglasses which have titanium frames that are remarkably lightweight and incredibly durable, premium nylon lenses with anti-scratch, anti-fog and anti-reflectance coating, and no-slip retention even during the more strenuous runs. They were designed in as-worn position for optimal viewing angles without distortion.
You are most likely going to need arm warmers. Is this is the case, try the 2XU Compression Flex. It uses a seamless construction throughout, and features a flexible articulated panel zone for freedom of movement through the elbow. Garment features include flexible articulated elbow for greater comfort, high filament yarns for dryness, UPF50+ sun protection, and a fit to promote circulation for muscle performance and greater recovery.
You need to make up all the electrolytes you’re losing while you’re running, if you don’t want to cut your training or race short due to cramping. The Endurolytes Salt Tabs give the body what it needs to keep going. “A well-balanced, full-spectrum, rapidly assimilated electrolyte source, Endurolytes keeps cramping at bay while helping maintain the optimal.”
The company minimized seams in the lining of the Fast Times Bra to help prevent chafing so you can focus on your pace. The bra has incredible support and coverage, sweat-wicking, four-way stretch, smooth handfeel, and is naturally breathable. Users give it 5 stars. “The material is perfectly comfortable and doesn't wear! It is my go to bra,” one person wrote.
This versatile run crop is ideal for both long and short running sessions. The Lululemon Pace Rival Crop is many runners’ favorite, according to the reviews, because of the way it fits and stays in place. “I love love love these crops. They feel amazing and the pocket at the thigh is brilliant. Great for running, climbing and can work for casual Friday,” one reviewer wrote.
The lightweight fabric and seamless construction of the Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Crew, designed for running and training, keep you moving freely. The mesh venting encourages airflow to keep you cool. “They are soft, breathable, don’t stick to you and leave you feeling dry and cool,” one review says. Others are very similar. “They are the best workout tops out there.”
The Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve, which comes in 14 colors, features SILVERESCENT® Technology, powered by X-STATIC®. It inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria on the top. “It remain my most worn and versatile shirt,” one runner wrote. Another said: “It was great – good fit, lightweight, sweat wicking.”