Being about halfway through with half marathon training for my third race, I’m already looking towards race day and what I need to be prepared.I’ve found that the most important thing when it comes to race day comfort is finding the proper attire. What is the proper attire? Well, it varies from person to person, but whatever you choose must be moisture-wicking! If you’re running a half-marathon, I’m sure you already knew that, right? Chaffing ain’t no joke, people.Investing in the right pieces doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny either. I found my Addidas capris, which I prefer over shorts for distance running (they don’t move as much), for only $24.99 at Marshalls (they were originally $40!), and I scored a pack of moisture-wicking socks at TJ Maxx on the cheap as well!
My other running attire essentials? A great pair of running shoes, and a moisture-wicking hat. As far as other essentials go, I’ll never run a race again without a running belt. Sure, your non-runner friends might mercilessly make fun of you for carrying a “fanny pack,” but let me tell you, when you have your phone accessible to locate your family and friends post-race (without having to search or trek back to the bag drop), you won’t mind the jokes.The belt is also great for carrying your ID (in case of injury or post-race celebratory beverages), money, and even GU or Shot Bloks.Lastly, I always carry my iPod shuffle. I am a no-music runner through and through and truly enjoy the peace of running without music, but a little music can really help through a rough patch in a race. In fact having music pretty much carried me through miles 11 and 12 during my last race.Last bits of advice:
-Leave the jewelry at home (including the rings!) Sweat makes my engagement ring constantly spin, which is way more annoying than it sounds.
-Pack a bag with fresh clothes, socks, and shoes for the bag drop!
-Never try anything new on race day! Make sure you figure out what clothes are most comfortable, if running with a belt works for you, what you’ll eat for breakfast, etc. beforehand!
Have you ever run a 10K, half marathon or full marathon? What are your running essentials?
Top: HMTT Training singlet, Sports bra: Champion, Capris: Addidas c/o Marshalls (similar), Socks: Saucony via TJ Maxx (similar), shoes: Brooks Defyance 6, Hat: Shamrock finisher gift (similar), Sports pouch: Sprigs c/o Marshalls (similar), Earbuds: Skullcandy c/o Marshalls
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*Disclosure: I have received free products or value from Marshalls or The TJX Companies, Inc. in connection with my affiliation with Marshalls Project FAB.*