Marathon Running Essentials
Marathon Running Essentials
The first post yayy I want to share about the Marathon Running Essentials. To complete a long distance run/ marathon hassle free, it is very important to go to the race with some running essentials. I am sharing the running essentials that I carried and I forgot to carry to my last endurance race.
1. Hooded cap
It is a cap which provides extra shielding from the sun rays. The main challenge with long distance races is to bear with the weather. Sunny or windy weather causes tanning or discomfort respt while running. This type of cap has an extra clothing attached to the back of the cap to cover the back neck and upper back area. Basically it covers the area that is exposed to the sun.
I made my pillow dogi wear the cap
One should not run in the sun or wind without the sunnies. As sunnies protects the eyes. I ran my first half marathon without sunnies and I had a severe headache later.
3. Torch Caps
If you are running overnight or starting really early in the morning then these caps are very essential. They have an inbuilt torch in them which will guide you on the path. My last ultramarathon started at 5 am in the jungle. It was dark and shady . I did not carry this cap with me so I had to run behind others, till the time there was light gain.
4. Carry a water bottle
The best thing to do during any race is to stay hydrated. Although all race organizers place camps at a frequent distance, on the running track. But what if you are really thirsty and there is no aid station around? So it is better to run with a small bottle in hand. You can have glucose or juice or simple water in that bottle. Whenever you feel thirsty just sip sip while running. I run with this small bottle.
5. Running Shoes
Do not run in normal shoes. It gives injuries. Normal shoes are not meant to absorb the shock of the foot striking the ground so they transfer the shock to the ankles or shin or knees. Get good running shoes, practice in them and get your feet used to them before the race.
A good shoe should have
1) Good cushioning
2) Good grip
and it should be of proper size
6. Good carbs
Carry some good carbs like snickers, banana, chocolates etc with you. Although all these things are provided on the aid station but if you are used to eat something particular while running then carry it. You can have a light waist pouch and keep all these basic things in it.
While practicing for a long distance race be prepared for bruises, blisters, chaffing and sprains .. Get yourself surgical tapes for the blisters.
You may also get chaffing in your inner thighs. To deal with it apply vaseline petroleum jelly on your inner things. For sprains use volini spray and knee caps. These things make life easier on a long distance race. You get all these things at the aid stations on the track but still if you want you can carry them in your pouch. Also when you start training for the race, you will start needing atleast the shoes, the surgical tapes, vaseline, and sprays
These were certain tangible marathon essentials. Apart from these carry a wonderful smile and a killer attitude to the race. It is all in the mind. Come out of your skin, your believes, your mindblocks and create a new milestone for yourself )
Next I will write about carbo loading, diet and training before the race. btw.. how many of you are soon running a marathon? I am running Airtel Delhi half marathon on 15th dec. Anyone coming for it?
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