What do I really need for marathon training?
Below is a comprehensive list of marathon running gear that I use myself (or my husband, if it is men’s gear) and have found helpful. Each runner is different and may find something that works better for their body/needs. Do not purchase lots of gear if you are just starting out or are on a budget. You will need to start with a few foundational types of gear (indicated by “must have”), and can always expand from there.
I encourage you to send me your gear findings/tips via the contact page. I am constantly researching the best gear options and will continue to update my recommendations.
Disclaimer: If you find this a helpful resource and need a specific item, I would appreciate you purchasing via the below links. I earn a commission if you purchase through these links (at not extra cost to you), but I recommend these items because I find them helpful, not because I earn a commission.
Wicking socks Anti-Chafe cream/gel
Non chafing Shorts
Non chafing capri tights (in lieu of shorts)
Non chafing tights (for colder weather)
Non chafing singlet
Long sleeve shirt
Sports Bra Nipple Guards
Handheld Running Bottle (My preference) Fuel Belt (Alternative)
Energy Running Watch (Basic)
Comfortable running shoes
Please go directly to a local running specialty store to be fit (this really depends on your feet!). I have worn shoes by Nike, Asics and Saucony without a problem.
GOOD TO HAVE:
Running Arm bands (in lieu of jacket or long sleeves with a singlet)
NICE TO HAVE:
Music headphones w/ microphone
GPS enabled watch
Foam Roller for stretching