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


Thorlo Experia(R) CoolMax(R) Sock (Unisex)                                                Body Glide Anti Chafe Balm

Non chafing Shorts


Asics Women’s 2 in 1 Short (Ladies)                                                New Balance Men’s 7″ Tempo Short (Mens)

Non chafing capri tights (in lieu of shorts)

Desc CW-X Women’s CW-X Stabilyx Tight (Ladies)

Non chafing tights (for colder weather)


New Balance Women’s Go 2 Tight (Ladies)                           ASICS Men’s Myles II Running Tight(Mens)

Non chafing singlet


ASICS Women’s Favorite Shimmel (Ladies)                                ASICS Men’s Core Tank Top (Mens)

Long sleeve shirt


ASICS Women’s Favorite Long Sleeve (Ladies)                       ASICS Men’s Core Long Sleeve (Mens)


Sports Bra                                                                                  Nipple Guards


Moving Comfort Women’s Fiona Bra (Ladies)                      Nipguards Runners Nipple Protectors

Handheld Running Bottle (My preference)              Fuel Belt (Alternative)


Nathan Water Bottles QuickDraw Elite Water Bottle  Nathan Speed 4R Waist Pack with Four 8-Ounce Nutrition Flasks

Energy                                                                               Running Watch (Basic)


GU Energy Gels                                                                                                      Nike+ Sportband

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.



Music/Phone holder




Running Arm bands (in lieu of jacket or long sleeves with a singlet)



Recovery Fuel

Chafe treatment

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste


Music headphones w/ microphone


GPS enabled watch

Foam Roller for stretching