Race Day Necessities!
1. Capri leggings. I wear both UA and Nike. I’ve found leggings to a much, much better job protecting from chaffing.
2. Dri-fit top (or any other sweat-wicking fabric). Depending on the weather, tank, T-shirt, or long sleeve. I no longer wear cotton shirts for running.
3. Smartwool socks. I love my smartwools, I have about 4 pair and wear them for all longer runs. Yes, these little things are mighty expensive, but I think well worth it. If you can’t justify spending that much on socks, ask for them as a gift.
4. Spi Belt. I purchased this little things over the summer to carry my house keys when I go for a run. It’s great to throw your Shot Blocks in as well. Just don’t put too much in (like an iPhone) because then it moves a lot. Once you’ve found the perfect place on your hips, it pretty much stays put.
5. Body Glide. This was a new purchase for me that I made at the expo the day before the race. I’ve had friends swear by this and thought I’d give it a shot. It seems that my body can chafe in places I didn’t think possible and all those that are possible, especially during a marathon. I put this stuff in all my usual and unusual chaffing areas and I had ABSOLUTELY NO chaffing. It was awesome, highly recommend!
6. Garmin. Of course, I don’t leave home without this guy! One of the best Christmas gifts my dad ever gave me!
7. Sunglasses. Although I didn’t need them this race, I love my Nike sunglasses. I stay put and are super durable! Another great gift from dad!
8. Headband/hat. Because of my short hair, I always have to wear something to keep my do under control (or at least try). I’ve bragged about this cute headband before, so I’ll do it again. I work this Busybee headband during my marathon and it didn’t shift a millimeter!
9. Bib. One of the most important items! I try to attach it to my shirt the night before, just in case! One year I left my bib in the car and had to borrow a random stranger’s cell phone to call my BF to drive it to me. Save yourself the headache and just pin it the night before.