They always say you should never wear, eat, or do anything new during a race that you haven’t tried out before. The weeks of training leading up to race day are not only to get your body physically ready to run the distance, but to also test out different fueling and hydration techniques to make sure you are good to go on race day with (hopefully) no surprises. I’ve definitely had my ups and downs with training, and most of it can all be directly traced back to how well (or poorly) I fueling during the run.
With that in mind, I thought I’d show you guys the gear I plan to wear tomorrow for my half marathon (and that I use for running most long distances in general). For shorter distances, all you really need is a good pair of shoes and some comfortable clothes, but once you get into longer runs (over 6 miles for me), you need to start thinking about hydrating and fueling during the run itself. Here’s what I’ll be sporting tomorrow!
1. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10
I absolutely LOVE my shoes. I’ve tried a bunch of different ones, and these are the ones that fit me best and leave my feet feeling great after a long run. They are light, airy, and super comfortable with moderate support. I was actually wearing the wrong sized shoe for more than a year when I first started running in April 2009. I was wearing 9.5 instead of 9 wide, and it’s made a HUGE difference. Go to a specialty running store and get sized and buy the shoes at the store since they helped you. After you’ve found your shoe, you can buy replacements online for cheaper. I’ll be purchasing my third pair of these after my race!
2. Garmin 305
Now this one isn’t essential for everyone, but I just love my Garmin for outdoor running. It’s great to be able to see exactly how far you’ve run (to the hundredth of a mile!), your current pace, how fast your last mile was, calorie burn, and what time it is (it is a watch after all!). I wear my Garmin anytime I exercise outside (run or bike), but especially on race day, I want to be able to keep track of how I’m doing! (Mental note: Make sure this is charged!)
3. Camelbak Hydration Pack
I’ve experimented with and own many different types of water bottles including a fuel belt and hand-held water bottle, but the CamelBak is hands down my favorite for long distance running. It’s great not having to carry anything in your hands, and the one I have holds 1.5 liters which is perfect for any distance I’ve run to date. Though this seems counter intuitive, you can’t even tell its there because the fit is perfect, plus it’s super easy to drink from while you’re on the go. I didn’t wear my CamelBak during my first half – I just stopped at the water stations for water/gatorade, but this time I’m planning on wearing it so I don’t have to stop as much. It also has pockets to hold ID, keys, phone, and anything else you might need.
I never knew how much I’d love the Spibelt when I first bought it if I’m being totally honest. It doesn’t move around at all while you’re running and holds so much more stuff than it looks like it would. I mostly use it for fuel during races and runs because it’s easier to access than if it’s in the pocket of the CamelBak. I’m planning on stuffing it with all the GUs and Sports Beans I need for during the race so they are easy to grab when I need them. Most race expos carry them – I got mine the day before my first half marathon and I’ve used it many, many times since then.
5. Sports Beans and GU
These are my two running fuels of choice, and I’ve tried pretty much everything out there. I actually like the taste of the Sports Beans a lot and they really feel like I’m eating candy so it makes me happy, but the GUs are easier to take down quickly, so I will be using a combination of the two during my race. My favorite flavors are Lemon Lime for the Sports Beans (tastes like Gatorade Jelly Beans) and Vanilla Bean for the GUs. My plan for tomorrow is to have 2-3 GUs (200-300 calories) and 1-2 packets of Sports Beans (100-200 calories) during the race. I’ll have 4 GUs and 2 packets of beans with me just in case!
I have to freak out for one second… I can’t believe my half marathon is tomorrow!!! AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
Ok, done. 🙂
What is your #1 most essential workout accessory? If you’re a runner, what is your favorite type of running fuel (beans, shotblocks, gus, gummy bears, honey, etc)?