What You Want To Know
- Our favourite must-have gear for working a marathon
- We’ve run a mixed 65+ marathons between the three of us
- No matter you select, ensure you observe this cardinal rule: Nothing new on race day!
Marathon season is upon us (isn’t it at all times although?), and whereas we’re about to run the London Marathon subsequent weekend, there’s nonetheless some bangers just like the New York Metropolis Marathon and California Worldwide Marathon coming later within the season. No matter race you’re working, we’re certain this complete checklist of the perfect marathon gear may help you out. In spite of everything, we’ve run rather a lot of marathons during the last decade, so we all know what works and what doesn’t.
Listed below are our favourite picks for racing proper now from Thomas, Meaghan, and Ben.
Our Picks For Finest Marathon Working Gear
SHORTS ➡︎ Tracksmith Van Cortlandt ($64). These shorts are tried and true in any scenario. No chafing, buttery tender, and look nice with something. I nonetheless have pairs which might be 5 years previous and nonetheless going robust.
SINGLET ➡︎ Regardless of the Quicker Bastards’ are presently sporting as the usual subject uniform. Proper now, that might be the Saysky Clear Fight Singlet ($58). It’s mild and ethereal, and the reduce is flattering. For chilly climate, I at all times go along with the Tracksmith Brighton Base Layer ($88), a temperature-regulating merino-wool piece that can keep in your working assortment perpetually.
SOCKS ➡︎ Feetures Elite Lite Cushion No-Present Tab ($18). All the things you want and nothing you don’t on race day.
SUNGLASSES ➡︎ Dynafit Extremely EVO ($149). The total protection of those shields helps me conceal my sport face.
HAT ➡︎ Consider within the Run cap, duh ($25).
WATCH ➡︎ Coros Tempo 2. Extremely light-weight watch that disappears on the wrist. Nice on race day, and I by no means have to fret about battery life. At $199, it’s an insane worth.
MUST HAVE ➡︎ Physique Glide ($17). This roll-on glide will enable you keep away from that friction hearth, as a result of nothing worse than a nasty chafe midway via the race.
SHOES ➡︎ Nike Alphafly Subsequent% 1 ($275). I imply, do I must say extra? Different manufacturers are catching up, however this one nonetheless sits on the throne. And sure, each Meg and I are taking this over model two (sorry, Ben).
My marathon tip: Don’t exit too quick. Like, significantly. Banking time is a idiot’s errand, so go approach slower than you assume you’re working (and perhaps even slower than your aim race tempo). Higher to make it up within the again finish than crash at mile 15 and dying march it to the end.
SHORTS ➡︎ Tracksmith Session Pace ($72). Whereas this brief solely has one pocket for gels (see under for the remainder of my gasoline storage technique), it looks like they’re not there on race day, which is basically all you need.
SPORTS BRA ➡︎ Rabbit pocket bra ($50). This bra is ideal for holding a few additional gels (or my cellphone) without having to fret about chafing.
SOCKS ➡︎ Bombas Ankle Sock ($16.50). And I’m not simply saying it as a result of it can save you 20% off your first order by utilizing code BITR20.
NUTRITION ➡︎ Maurten Caffeine and Common. If it’s adequate for Eliud Kipchoge, it’s adequate for all of us on this checklist. That must be sufficient to persuade you, even when the worth ($43-$50 for a 12-pack) appears a bit steep.
HYDRATION ➡︎ Skratch Labs hydration drink combine ($22 for 16 servings) in a Nathan SpeedDraw Plus handheld ($37). I observe what I preach, so I by no means strive one thing new on race day (i.e. the course hydration/vitamin). For me, carrying a handheld bottle with a mixture that can work is a key a part of my race-day technique.
SHOES ➡︎ Nike Alphafly Subsequent% 1 ($275). I imply, two years later and there’s nonetheless nothing that may toe the road with this shoe over the course of the marathon distance.
MY MARATHON TIP ➡︎ Gas early and infrequently. Should you wait till you are feeling such as you want a choose me up, it’s already too late. For extra insights on how this works and the perfect technique for you, try our Gas For The Sole episode on race day vitamin.
NOTE: Ben maintains an ongoing partnership with Nike, so fairly expectedly, all his race day shit is Nike. Contemplate this part a “Finest Nike Marathon Gear” roundup.
SINGLET ➡︎ Nike Aeroswift ($70). Ultralight with bonded seams and hems and comprised of a fabric that doesn’t take in moisture. Plus, it’s at all times accessible in brilliant colours! Measurement up as a result of it’s a extremely slim reduce, and be warned that it’s very brief (contemplate it a weight financial savings).
SHORTS ➡︎ Nike Aeroswift half tights ($85). All the time been a fan of half tights. The Aeroswift are tremendous comfy and now consists of drop-in pockets for gasoline storage and a zippered pocket within the again. “Seems like I’m sporting nothing in any respect!” -Ned Flanders
NUTRITION & HYDRATION ➡︎ Maurten with caffeine. I begin with a handheld bottle of the Maurten combine ($42 for 18 servings) and toss it as soon as empty. Then I swap to Maurten gels ($43-$50). They go down simply, don’t upset my abdomen, and have the carbs and caffeine I would like.
SOCKS ➡︎: Nike Racing ($28). Nice match with grippy sections on the underside to maintain your ft from sliding round. Nonetheless, they’re very skinny and fragile, so save them for race day.
WATCH ➡︎: COROS Tempo 2. As Thomas mentioned, this watch is mild, low worth ($199), nice battery, and does every thing I would like. It’s tremendous easy to make use of and has by no means let me know.
HEADWEAR ➡︎ Something that I can tie round my head. The Nike head ties ($12) are nice and are available many colours and designs. Ties are my choose as a result of they maintain sweat away whereas permitting for some air flow, and might be tied in order that they aren’t too tight.
SHOES ➡︎ Nike Alphafly Subsequent% 2 ($275). Plenty of bounce and loads of cushion to maintain the legs feeling recent for the final 10K of the race.
MY MARATHON TIP ➡︎ Ensure you have enjoyable. Smile, wave ‘hello’ to individuals, take within the surroundings on the race course. On the finish of the day, that’s why we’re doing this. Even for those who’re having a nasty race, there’ll at all times be extra. Working is a present, so respect it absolutely.
Thanks for studying our checklist of the Finest Marathon Gear, and good luck in all of your fall and winter races! You probably have another solutions, please go away them within the feedback.
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Thomas is the Founding father of Consider within the Run and has at all times been a gear junkie, and when he fell in love with working, he additionally discovered a ardour for the gear that goes with it. He has been reviewing trainers and kit via Consider within the Run since 2009. Stats: Shoe measurement: 10.5 USA, Foot form: Slim, Midfoot strike, 35 Marathons, 13 Extremely Marathons, 2 Ironman 70.3