This article was published on December 30th, 2013
It’s essential to have the right running gear to train for a marathon. After all, why would you spend hundreds of hours training for an event if you didn’t have the right gear? If this is your first marathon or your first time training for any kind of run, here is a run-down of the gear you’ll need to get you started.
While you may have an old pair of shoes in the back of your closet from your high school days and a pair of gym shorts, they aren’t even going to get you through the first day of training. You really need to invest in good quality running gear. No one said running is a cheap sport and you certainly don’t want to be one of the worst dressed runners out there! Having the right gear will make running more enjoyable, improve your speed, reduce injuries, and increase your overall performance.
Here is top 10 pieces of running gear you’ll need for marathon training:
- Running Shoes – shoes are your single most important investment for training. Get a complete analysis done of your running form and gait by a trained shoe professional to help determine which type of running shoe is best for you.
- Technical Shirt – Technical fabrics wick moisture away from the body, keeping you dry and comfortable. Wear long sleeves on cooler days and short sleeves or tank tops on warmer days. Tip: get bright colours so you will easily stand out.
- Socks – Cotton is rotten! You’ll want to get running socks made of technical fabric. No mater how much your feet sweat or how many puddles you run through, your feet will stay drier and reduce the risk of blisters in running socks.
- Running Tights – When the temperatures drop below 5’c, put on a pair of tights. They’ll keep your legs and muscles warm. They are available in light wear and insulated. Try to get a pair that have reflective tape on them. It is not acceptable to wear shorts over top of your running tights!
- Shorts – Running shorts come in a variety of styles and are made from light-weight material. It’s important you get a pair with a built-in liner. Running shorts are also made of material that wick moisture from the body, reducing chaffing.
- Hydration Belt – Runners need to drink 4-6 oz of water for every hour of running, making a hydration belt an important piece of gear. From hand-carriers to belts with one large bottle, or multiple smaller bottles, find which style works for you. Start wearing it early on in training to get used to packing it around.
- Gloves – If it’s a cold morning you’ll want to keep your hands warm. It’s miserable running with cold fingers; trying to warm them up once they are cold is almost impossible. Gloves, depending on the type, are also great for wiping your nose (more gross things about being a runner).
- GPS Watch – Running watches help track your time, pace, distance and heart rate. It’s an essential piece of technology to transition from a beginner runner to serious recreational long-distance runner.
- Sunglasses – On a sunny day you’ll want a great pair of sun glasses to keep the sun out of your eye, or on cloudy days, a pair to brighten the sky. Choose a pair of sunglasses made for running.
- Jacket – Choose a jacket has a couple of pockets, is lightweight, has vents, is brightly coloured, and has reflective tape.