Summer begins today! To everyone that loves this season, enjoy the sunshine while I count down the days until Fall (haha). But seriously, I really think summer came early this year because the weather last week was hot and sticky.
So let’s talk about a few of my favorite marathon training products. I’m about a month into training for my second marathon (Chicago). When I was training for my first marathon last year, I discovered a few must-have products. These are the items that I need to make it through weeks and weeks of running and strength training. Here are just five of my favorite marathon training products (I’m sure there will be a part 2 to this post at some point)!
Body Glide has saved me numerous times during marathon training. It’s definitely an essential summer running product! When you’re logging double digit runs in the heat and humidity, no one has time for chafing!
I tend to use KT Tape for any runs over 6 miles. Lately I’ve been using it on my knees, foot and a small section of my back. In the past I’ve used it on my hamstrings, quads and IT band. I still don’t really know all the “technical” reasoning behind KT Tape, all I know is that it works for me!
KT Tape can get expensive, so I order it in “bulk” from Amazon. I prefer this jumbo roll of pre-cut strips but you can also buy the un-cut roll (it’s a little cheaper).
Pro Compression Socks
If you know me, this should come as no surprise at all! I’ve been a huge supporter, and ambassador, for Pro Compression for years. I started out with a pair of their black marathon socks and my collection will surpass 40 pairs once I receive my order from them later on this week.
If I’m doing a long run (sometimes even shorter runs), you can guarantee that I’m rocking a pair of marathon socks. My legs feel way less fatigued when I am wearing them while running. I also slip on a pair after a run to help aid in recovery. There’s no doubt in my mind that the reason my legs felt pretty good last year after the marathon was because of my socks. When I am doing any type of strength or cross training, I wear their trainer low socks for extra support.
I never used a running coach when I was training for a half marathon, but I knew that tackling a marathon was something I couldn’t do solo. Luckily I have some amazing running buddies that are also kick-ass coaches. I hired Abby as my running coach when I was training for the NYC Marathon last year and I had a fantastic experience. It helped that she was running the race as well!
It was a no-brainer that I would work with her again this year for the Chicago Marathon. Again, she is running it as well – do you see a theme here?! LOL. After discussing my schedule and goals for Chicago, Abby devised a training plan that is perfect for me. She took into account my injuries and a few Fall races that I already had scheduled in September/October. Because I am also running the NYC Marathon, my training plan gives me workouts to do in those four weeks between the two marathons. By hiring a coach I am taking the guess work out of what I “should” be doing. Having a plan makes everything less stressful for me.
The journal is great for me because I get to write down my daily workouts, my running paces, what went right, what went wrong, how I felt during the workout, etc. It’s particularly useful for my long runs because I also include what I used for fuel/hydration. It also helps me when I do my weekly training recaps because I can look back and see exactly what I did on each day of the week. After a training cycle, it’s always fun to look back in the journal to relive your journey as well.
What are your “go to” products when you are training for a race?