What are the best running shoes for marathon training? (Post 6: Essential running gear)

running_shoes_for_marathonThey are the most controversial piece of running gear.  Ready to be confused?  Try figuring out what the best running shoes for marathon training are.  I went through three brands and styles in six weeks, before finding a running shoe that worked.  Two months later (just before my first marathon), I discovered that my model had been discontinued.  Poor shoe salesperson.  I had a serious meltdown…

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What are the best running socks for marathon training? (Post 5: Essential running gear)

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Please do NOT do any of the following things:  Get a pedicure while training for a marathon.  Get a male pedicurist for that pedicure (no offense guys).    Evoke scream from said male pedicurist with your incredibly nasty blistered and calloused runner feet.  Render said talkative male pedicurist speechless when one of your sad toenails falls off and he’s forced to paint your “nub”.  Follow this one tip, to prevent this scenario.

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What are the best running shorts for marathon training? (Post 4: Essential running gear)

running_tights_for_marathonI refuse to wear running shorts (during long runs or races, that is).  Did that get your attention?  Thought so!  No, I don’t run naked.  I am way too self-conscious for that.  In fact, in an effort to avoid the brazen head to toe spandex look, I used to wear shorts.  Unfortunately, women’s running shorts seem to get shorter and shorter each year.  My skin is very sensitive and even with bike shorts under my shorts; I still had a few cases of chafed thighs.  So, I converted to running tights (tight running shorts) and haven’t chafed since!  If tight pants aren’t for you, don’t worry.  There are plenty of options.

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What is the best running bra for marathon training? (Post 3: Essential running gear)

running_bras_are_importantGuys, stop here.  Ladies, let’s have some girl talk.  This morning a very smiley (oddly, given what I’m about to tell you) woman bounced past my sister and I on the running trail.  We watched in horror.  Well actually, we cringed.  It wasn’t her smile (that was fine).  It was her chest.  Or rather the bouncing blur that was her chest.  She had no bra on whatsoever!  Ouch! Perhaps you feel a kinship with our free styling jogger lady.  However, I beg of you, not to “hang loose” when you run.  Here’s why…

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