It’s the day before my first half marathon since my injury last summer (this will be my 4th half overall). I have not trained for it quite as much as I wanted, but I am excited to get back out there doing long distances. I am not expecting a PR but I am hoping to have fun running here in downtown Chattanooga.
With my upcoming race in mind and not counting my favorite clothes (I love Swirlgear) or shoes (Newton Running Lady Isaac), on this 5 things Friday I have decided to share the 5 pieces of half marathon gear that I do not run without.
Iphone. I love to run to music. It helps me stay focussed on my pace and pass the time while I am out on the course for 3+ hours. My playlist consists of what I like to call my happy songs. I have dance, rap, Disney, country and broadway all on the phone to keep me running. My theme song of the moment is “Let It Go” from the Frozen soundtrack.
Garmin. I never leave the house for a run without my trusty pink Garmin. I will be the first to tell you that I do not run a half marathon – ever. I follow the run/walk method, typically running around 2 minutes and walking about 1 minute at a time. Not only does my Garmin show my time, pace, and distance but it also beeps at me when it is time to run or walk.
The RooSport Pocket. This is a nifty piece of gear that I picked up at the Hot Chocolate 15K Atlanta expo. Basically it is a pocket that folds over your short/pants and connects with a sturdy magnet. The pocket itself is big enough to put my phone or my gels in. It also has a smaller zippered pocket that is perfect for my ID, medical insurance card and any other small items I may need during the race.
Gels & Hydration. This is essential during the race. I typically take a gel every 45 minutes – 1 hour which means about 3 for a half marathon. My favorite gels are Huma Chia Gels which are all natural and easy on my stomach. I also run with my water bottle filled with Ignite Naturals IN Refresh Electrolytes. This water bottle will last pretty much the whole race though I do grab some water at the water stations along the way as well.
Compression sleeves or socks. I have a history with achilles issues, shin splints and plantar fasciitis. This means that for longer distances, I will wear either compression calf sleeves (I like Zensah and ProCompression) or socks (I love Feetures!). Usually the socks or sleeves match whatever outfit or costume I am wearing at the time which is super fun.
What are your essentials when running a race?