Training for a marathon – not to mention running the race itself – is seriously tough work. There’s a whole lot of sweat and, quite likely, blood and tears too.
So, to maximize your chances of clutching that medal at the finish line, you’re going to want the right marathon clothing, the best tech and top nutritional support.
We’ve put together a kit list that ranges from tees and shorts to earphones and trainers to help you run in style.
Lululemon Tight Stuff Tight II
Specially designed for running, these training tights offer moderate compression to help stabilize your muscles. The fabric provides great support and coverage with a smooth feel. It’s sweat-wicking with four-way stretch.
The scallop-effect on the ankle is flattering while the thigh pockets (plus back pocket) are perfectly placed to stash your phone and keys. Reflective details will help keep you visible in low light.
Available in nine colors, ranging from Black Cherry and Submarine to Midnight Navy and Area Ice Grey.
Ellesse Vesta Long Sleeve T-Shirt
This bold top is crafted from moisture wicking material to keep you cool and comfortable under pressure.
The long-sleeved design features logo taping that crosses around the waist and metallic ellesse wording on the sleeves
£30 | $41.86 www.ellesse.co.uk
Adidas By Stella McCartney: Run Tee, Run Ultra Flat Knit Mix Shorts and Run Hooded Jacket
Uniting the worlds of fashion and sport, adidas by Stella McCartney brings together cutting-edge performance, striking style and sustainability.
The run tee has a sleek design that champions you through your daily run. Sheer mesh panels help regulate your temperature as your run heats up.
The shorts’ seamless knit design on the lower legs allows for full freedom of movement. They feature an exposed elastic waistband with engineered adidas by Stella McCartney logo, contrast-color engineered stripes and seamless knit on lower legs.
The jacket is elevated by perforated details for breathability as you log your miles. It boasts a back zip pocket with reflective a logo, perforated panels on the sleeves and chest plus thumbholes for extra coverage.
Run Tee, £62.95 www.adidas.co.uk
Run Ultra Flat Knit Mix Shorts, £62.95 www.adidas.co.uk
Sweaty Betty Fleece Tech Workout Sweatshirt
Ideal for cold weather running, this relaxed-fit sweatshirt features technical soft fleece fabric with a drop hem and high neck.
It’s sweat-wicking enough for outdoor runs and sleek enough for layering. It also promises to automatically regulate body temperature.
Runderwear Anti-VPL Hipsters
Designed to give you maximum comfort whilst you run, these hipsters offer premium quality technical fabric engineered with a Laser-Cut finish to make sure you won’t see the Runderwear at all under your outer marathon clothing.
They feature a moisture wicking transport system and improved core temperature control.
£18 | $25.03 www.runderwear.co.uk
Nike Motion Adapt Women’s High Support Sports Bra
This high support sports bra features sweat-wicking fabric and adaptive compression to help keep you dry, comfortable and supported through your toughest workout.
The underbust band provides secure comfort and flat seams feel smooth against your skin. Plus, strategically placed mesh enhances airflow where you need it most.
Available in white, red, grey and black.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080
These trainers boast a breathable engineered mesh upper with a molded foam collar.
A no-sew bootie fit offers an extra snug-feel, and New Balance’s signature Fresh Foam midsole technology provides advanced cushioning mile after mile.
This model improves upon its predecessors with newly reconfigured flex grooves on the blown rubber outsole.
Adidas Ultraboost Shoes
These neutral shoes offer flexibility and versatility, with premium cushioning.
Built with a sock-like Adidas Primeknit upper that adapts to every footstrike, these sneakers feature a molded heel which allows the Achilles to move naturally and comfortably over the miles.
A midfoot cage ensures a locked-down fit and a super-grippy outsole offers superior traction in wet or dry conditions.
– RELATED: A Quick Guide To Post-marathon Recovery –
Snugs Wireless Earphones
Wireless earphones don’t come more personalized than this: Snugs are modeled on the exact shape of your ear canal using a 3D scan which is then 3D printed to fit you perfectly.
Constructed from soft and lightweight silicone, you won’t need to worry about them falling out, plus they isolate passive noise which can help you focus. They’re also bad weather and sweat-resistant, making them really durable.
Choose from an exotic range of colors (a different shade for each tip if you fancy) from red glitter and lemon drop glitter to black metallic to clear among many others. Your initials or name of choice will also be imprinted on the Snugs so you won’t need to worry about misplacing them.
Once ordered, a member of Snugs customer service team will contact you to help you find a local audiologist (available in most towns) where they can get a physical impression done. They’re also available in selected retailers including Selfridges and Richer Sounds.
From £199 | $237.31 www.snugs.com
Bose SoundSport wireless headphones
These earbuds will stay secure and comfortable, no matter what the weather or how much you sweat and will pair quickly with your phone.
The tips’ unique shape creates a gentle seal in your ear, which helps improve audio performance. The extended flexible wing provides support and improved stability.
On full charge, their battery life lasts for six hours.
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music Watch
This device measures crucial running metrics that you can use to analyze your performance. Biomechanical measurements, such as cadence, stride length, ground contact time and balance, vertical oscillation and vertical ratio are the key to understanding your form, so you can bring your best on race day.
It uses wrist-based heart rate to offer performance monitoring features, including evaluating your current training status. The smartwatch also comes with a compatible heart rate strap.
Additionally, you can easily download up to 500 songs to your watch and connect with Bluetooth headphones. The battery lasts up to seven days in smartwatch mode and five hours in GPS mode.
Stealth Advanced Isotonic Energy Gel
Perfect for energy mid-race, these gel sachets provide a quicker supply of energy to the working muscles than a non-isotonic gel.
Suitable for vegans the gel is designed to be consumed without water but is easily digestible and light on the stomach. They’re naturally flavored and sweetened for a great taste.
14 x 60ml: £17.50 www.secret-training.com | Not available in the US
Whey’d 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Single Serve Sachets
Designed to overcome the frustration of carrying whey around, these single serve sachets claim to have 18% higher BCAA’s than the UK’s best-selling whey and five times CLA than grain-fed cows.
Informed Sport Approved, the powder comes in Strawberries & Cream, Chocolate or mixed.
5 x 24g: £10 | $13.98 www.wheyd.com
Powerhouse Fitness, Fitness Mad Trigger Point Massage Ball Set
This set comprises of three balls of different hardness for acupressure massage and trigger point release.
Simply select a ball of suitable hardness and place it on the point of the body which requires massage. Combine the exercises with a foam roller for terrific results.
£9.44 | $13.20 www.powerhouse-fitness.co.uk
Olverum Bath Oil
After you’ve struggled through the final mile, treat yourself to a well-deserved soak in the bath with this luxurious aromatic blend of essential oils which combine to ease stress and relax tension in both mind and body.
Only half a capful (5ml) is needed per bath. Accordingly, virtually all the oil is absorbed by the skin leaving no greasy residue in the bath after use.
125ml £29 | $40.54 www.olverum.com
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