Earlier this spring, I was toying with the idea of running a marathon. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do since running my half with my sister and friends a few years ago in SLO but the training, not to mention the actual running the darn thing, seemed daunting.
But after a stressful year, I decided it was just the thing I needed to challenge myself physically, instead of just mentally. Plus, I hadn’t been working out too regularly or eating too well this past spring, and my body was not happy! So, I jumped online, found the Richmond Marathon, and submitted my registration before I could talk myself out of it!
The marathon is not until November 16th, so I found a manageable 5-month training plan which hopefully, will get me where I need to be by then! Jeff also signed up for the 8k race for moral support, though I kinda just think he’s in it for the free food at the end…
Of course, one of the best parts about marathon training is running gear + clothes! Here are my must-haves on any run.
1. A wicking tank top. Cotton is great for some purposes, but definitely not long training runs. And despite my pale skin, I still tend to run in tank tops to give my arms the freedom, or at least the illusion off freedom, to move. Let’s just say I’m going through a lot of sunscreen!
2. Running Shorts. Old Navy running shorts have been my go-to for awhile. I’ve had expensive Nike shorts before, and I always find myself going back to these shorts!
3. Running Hat. I try to do my longer runs during the early mornings but if I’m running in the afternoon or on a sunny day, my running hat is a must. I used to hate working out with hats on, but once I discovered true moisture wicking running hats, I was hooked.
4. Smartwool Socks. Wool socks? For running? In the summer? Oh the magic of Smartwool, my friends. I used to work at a sock store and Smartwool socks are as good as socks get. The wool is naturally antimicrobial, moisture wicking, breathable, and pre-treated so that it feels like a soft cotton. It also holds up so much better than those synthetic running socks!
5. Fitted Running Shoes. I’m currently running in the Mizuno Wave Rider 16, but I could have cared less about what shoe it was–it just needed to fit perfectly! Though I know it’s sooo tempting, I highly recommend skipping those cute, colorful Nikes and going to a real running store to get fitted by a professional. Don’t look at the price or the color–just go with what feels/fits the best after testing it. It’s the only time I go shopping sans discounts!
To keep my mileage on track, I also use the Map My Run app on my iPhone. Each mile, it gives me updates about my split time pace and overall distance towards my goal. The newest version also has a nice little voice to tell you these things, so you don’t have to dig the phone out of a belt or armband. Plus, you can get updates from friends who also have the app to train together at a distance. My sister and I did this for our half marathon training, and it definitely made training more fun!
My other biggest motivator is changing up my playlist every few runs. If I create it well enough, I’ll happily run 6 miles just to get to the last song! Here’s what it currently looks like:
What are your workout gear essentials?
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