The London Marathon - running gear essentials17 April 2019
Whether it’s your first marathon or your fiftieth, every runner wants to make it over the finish line with ease. Investing in the best running gear for a long distance race doesn’t just give your performance the edge, it will keep you as comfortable as possible, allowing you to focus on giving it your all. If you’re preparing for the mighty London Marathon or have your sights set on next year’s event, why not treat yourself to these top running gear essentials to ensure you take the big race in your stride?
What should I wear to run a marathon?
Comfortable shoes and socks
It goes without saying that specially-designed running shoes are the number one packing essential on race day, although it is important to give yourself time to break in a new pair before you hit the highway. While the best running shoes for a marathon are those that comfortably match your own unique gait, the world-class Pegasus Running Trainers range by Nike and Ultraboost collection by adidas are both highly recommended by athletes. Just don’t forget to pair with cushioned, lightweight socks from New Balance and you’ll stand the best possible chance of swerving bothersome blisters and leaving your competitors in the dust.
The London Marathon 2019 takes place on April 28, so you can dodge stocking up on the best running gear for winter and focus on springtime attire. A high-quality sweat-wicking running top will help keep you cool and dry while you run - look for fabric that stretches comfortably and doesn’t cling or chafe. Under Armour offers a stellar range of stylish vests, t-shirts and long-sleeved running tops, so you can pack a selection and make the right choice on the day, no matter how unpredictable the weather.
Secure running belt
It’s annoying enough to keep ahold of a water bottle, keys and phone on a jog around the park, let alone at a strenuous event like the London Marathon. Browse Amazon’s collection of running waistpacks to find the best fit for your belongings. The stretchy FlipBelt Zipper Running Belt doesn’t jiggle or rub, thanks to its sleek design, while the Ultimate Direction Ultra Belt can house lightweight 500ml soft bottles - keeping you comfy and hydrated in style.
Even when your gear fits right, you never know when the age-old runner’s ailment of chafing might scupper your chances of success. Whether it’s fabric irritating the wrong areas or skin rubbing on skin, a slick of anti-chafe product on problem parts could prove your saviour, no matter how sweaty you get. Add a little dab of Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel where it’s needed to create a breathable, anti-friction barrier that won’t stain your clothes. Buy yours today from Chemist Direct and throw in a few plasters just to be safe!