Even though we're stuck in the thick of winter, I'm holding on to the fact that spring isn't too far away. While I'm under-prepared for my spring race season (oops), it is quickly approaching. Soon everyone will be running, racing, and coming out of hibernation to train. I thought I'd share five of my favorite products from training for my second marathon-the Chicago Marathon, last year. This list is slightly different from my favorite gear list during training for my first marathon.
Actually all of these products, besides the shoes, I use all the time no matter the distance I'm training for!
1. Adidas Energy Boost 2
2. Garmin Forerunner 15
|Also picture is my Road ID which I highly recommend.|
However when I'm running I just need a simple watch to help with speed workouts and to track my pace, time, and mileage so this watch does the job.
3. Fuel: Salted Caramel Gu & Nuun Energy
Clearly as a Team Nuun member for the second year in a row, I love me some Nuun. The tablets are like Alka Seltzer and dissolve in water, leaving me with a slightly effervescent, flavored hydration drink with no sugar and lots of vitamins and electrolytes. For races I love the Nuun Energy Lemon-Lime flavor. It has the usual electrolyte mix but is boosted with caffeine (about the amount in a cup of coffee, nothing crazy). Nuun has no carbs though so I always need to fuel during long runs and training. My marathon method of choice this past time was the delicious Salted Caramel Gu every 5-6 miles. I used this throughout training to make sure I felt good with it. Each packet is 100 calories with 22g of carbs and was enough for me during the marathon after doing a pre-race carb-load.
|Hydrating with Nuun as I spectated the 2014 Boston Marathon|
|From the Pacebands Facebook page|
I know I've seen stickers or even people writing the paces per mile to reach a certain goal time on their arm, but I liked the idea of a reusable band I could wear on my wrist. They retail for $8.99 and come in a variety of paces for races including half marathons,marathons, 10Ks, and even 5Ks.
5. Feetures! running socks
I've mentioned multiple how excited I am to be a Feetures! Ambassador this year. I discovered the running socks brand when I was training for my first marathon 2 years ago and realized how important a good pair of socks was. I mostly use the high performance Feetures! in the light cushion style. They have just the right amount of cushioning for my feet. I love how the socks are so soft and comfortable, but also keep my feet blister-free and dry when the mileage creeps up during training.
What are your favorite race training products? Do you have any big spring races coming up?