Here’s a list of things I must have during Half Marathon Training, Marathon Training and for Race Day. I’ll link to all my favorites below and add notes on similar items and options. I use all of these for both full and half training so they are things you can apply to either distance.
I’m listing these mostly head to toe running clothes, then non-clothing items I wear / carry while running (like technology and hydration gear). The second list will be post-run essentials like recovery gear, cross training, etc.
I’ll link to the specific brand/style in the list with some notes on why I like to use it for running. Most of these items are probably available at your local running store, big running stores or athletic clothing stores. I shop for 99% of my running gear online now. But if you’re a new runner or need new running shoes and don’t have a favorite pair – definitely check out your local run store to get fitted for shoes and get suggestions on options that are best for your running goals and needs.
Half Marathon & Full Marathon Must Haves (for RUNNING)
Running Visor – I wear a Run Eat Repeat visor with a wider brim that usual running visors. They’re not available for sale at this time, but DM me if you’re interested and I’ll look into ordering more.
Goodr Sunglasses [Running Sunglasses] — Love that these come in a variety of lens and frame colors. I have many pairs and switch them up depending on lighting and preference.
Sports Bra – with adjustable straps and clasp back closure — My sports bra has to have adjustable straps AND a clasp back closure.
Pro Compression Socks [Running Socks] — Great compression and so many fun design and color options.
Low Cut Compression Socks– I think the right socks and shoes can help prevent blisters and that’s important.
Flip Belt Running Belt – I like a ‘step in’ design. And it has to be big to fit my phone.
Nathan Speedshot Handheld Running Water Bottle – Sometimes I prefer using a hand held water bottle over the small bottles you can put in a fuel belt because they can bounce.
Nuun Hydration Tabs – This is one of the electrolytes I put in my water bottles and drink before long runs.
Clif Shot Blocks – Margarita Shot Blocks are my favorite, but try these in training to figure out your preference.
Clif Energy Gels Variety Pack (with Mocha)– Again, try this while you’re training to figure out what kind of fuel you like.
Podcasts and Audio Books – (PS… the Run Eat Repeat Podcast is coming back soon!)
Aftershokz Aeropex Open Ear Headphones– Love these! So important to head what’s going on around you when you’re running outside.
And here’s a list of things I use after running, for strength and conditioning work, rest days and recovery.