What will you pack for your marathon? 5 essentials.
It’s almost time for your marathon and you need to get your bags packed and ready to go for race day. Of course you will need your favorite running clothes and your running shoes but what other essential items should go in your bag? Experience racing marathons has helped me to refine what I bring in my bag for the big race in order to be 100% prepared. Figuring out what you will need during those 26.2 miles will be something that you will figure out as you train. You should “practice” your runs using the gear and essentials that you will want on race day.
- Body Glide, Vaseline, Aquaphor, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste . . . really any of these will do. Running long distances can mean one thing, CHAFING! Even if you have worn your marathon day gear on long training runs chafing can always rear its ugly head and when it does it can mean miles of excruciating torture and may necessitate grabbing a glob of vaseline of the cardboard from a volunteer at an aid station just to get some relief. Be sure to apply one of these lubricants to any and all areas of skin that can become problematic during the run and you will be much happier!
- Compression socks or sleeves. I like to wear mine while I run a marathon but they can also be an essential tool if you spend tool long on your feet at the marathon expo (this is a no-no!). Your legs will also be screaming for them the day after the race as you hobble around and attempt to climb flights of stairs. Compression socks can aid in post marathon recovery.
- Sunscreen. I have learned me lesson to remember sunscreen after too many sunburns. The key is to find a sunscreen that is waterproof and sweatproof (if you are like me you will be sweating a ton!). Also, look for sunscreen that will not make your eyes sting in case sweat causes it to get in your eyes. Another strategy for preventing this is to wear a visor or hat and to skip applying sunscreen to your forehead.
- Fuelbelt, Flipbelt, Fitletic Hydration belt or some method for carrying fuel. This essential gear is completely personal. During long training runs I carry a Nathan Hydration pack which is not allowed at some marathons so I like to carry my gels and other fuel in my Skirt Sports pockets and any addition fuel in a Flip Belt which fits close to the body. You will want to practice wearing your fuel carrier during training to make sure that it is comfortable and fits without riding up.
- GPS watch. I have come to love wearing a GPS watch during a marathon. You can use the watch to check your pacing, to check your mileage . . . essentially your watch will become a best friend during marathon training. I feel naked without mine when I run even if I don’t look at it at every mile.
Now that I have shared my top 5 essential items to bring in your marathon bag with you I’d love to hear your must-haves! Please share your ideas with a comment below!