Marathon Gear

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Are you finally starting to train for your first marathon? Finishing it will be one of the most satisfying experiences as you are going to be in a very elite group. Only 0.5 percent of Americans have done it.

Some of the reasons to the run a marathon include: You're getting fit and healthy while training; you gain a lot of confidence knowing that you can do the impossible; you may be an inspiration to others; you're making new friends; you travel; and you get to explore cities in a way few people, even locals, do.

Logging many, many miles week after week is hard to handle. But designing a training plan is not the only challenging obstacle when you're preparing for a marathon. Picking the right gear and accessories is crucial. Dressing properly is the first step to making sure you keep warm while running in cooler weather, but it's the extra accessories that can make all the difference.

The importance of selecting the right shoes cannot be overstated for a marathon runner. Since this is an individual choice, it's best that you go to a running store and have your gate evaluated. You can use Spotify, your phone, or iPod shuffle to listen to music, but you need the right headphones. You also need certain gadgets to monitor your progress during your runs.

Marathon Training Must-Haves

Adidas Supernova Glide 8
 

Adidas Supernova Glide 8

They feature a full-length boost™ midsole and a Continental™ Rubber outsole for great grip on wet or dry surfaces. The Adidas Supernova Glide 8, performance running shoes provide an ideal balance of support, breathability and energy return. According to reviews, active runners like them because they have a good amount of cushion and last for many miles.

Powerbeats Wireless
 

Powerbeats Wireless

The Powerbeats Wireless' improved ergonomic design helps you hear a much clearer and dynamic sound. Four sized eartips provide comfort and noise isolation. There is a cable management clip so you can adjust the earphones and they stay in place while you run and exercise. The battery lasts up to 12 hours.

Hydration Belt Fully Loaded
 

Hydration Belt Fully Loaded

The Fully Loaded Belt allows runners to you carry enough hydration and energy gels for long-distance runs. Fitletic's ergonomic design is upgraded with an enlarged pouch that now fits iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S5, and other similar sized phones. The belt is worn low on the hips and contours the body to eliminate bounce, allowing for single-handed access for any item.

GU Energy Gel
 

GU Energy Gel

Never try anything new on race day. Mix caffeinated and non-caffeinated gels and have a plan. The GU Energy Gel is produced with daily training and competition in mind. It is energy-dense to help sustain energy demands of any duration or activity. The 100-calorie packet contains carbs that use non-competing pathways to help maximize absorption and utilization while diminishing stomach distress.

Sun Protection
 

Sun Protection

You need sun protection even when you're in the shade. Use mineral-based products made with zinc oxide. It's one of two broad-spectrum ingredients approved by FDA (titanium dioxide) that effectively protects against UVB and UVA rays, including UV-A1, the most harmful type. Coola Mineral Collection, award-winning and chemical free, is designed to protect sensitive skin.

XCCU Experia Multi-Activity Socks
 

XCCU Experia Multi-Activity Socks

The XCCU Experia Multi-Activity socks are designed for high performance runners who prefer a minimal amount of foot protection. Reviews are raving. "I like the cushioning in certain parts of the sock. They're light and well ventilated. They also dry quickly after getting soaked from streams or rain and even a wet snow marathon," one of them says. Some say the socks even last for nine months.

Mophie Phone Case
 

Mophie Phone Case

Stay powered with innovative battery cases for your smartphone. The most compact battery case Mophie says it has ever created is the Juice Pack Reserve. It's groundbreaking in form, thin and lightweight, and provides advanced power, reliability and protection. Charge anywhere by flipping a switch. The integrated standby switch allows you to charge or save juice for when you need it most.

Roka Sport Sunglasses
 

Roka Sport Sunglasses

Protect your eyes. Opt for a sporty pair like Roka Phantom sunglasses with titanium frames. They're lightweight and incredibly durable, premium nylon lenses with anti-scratch, anti-fog and anti-reflectance coating, and no-slip retention even during the more strenuous runs. They were designed in as-worn position for optimal viewing angles without distortion.

Fast Times Supportive Sports Bra
 

Fast Times Supportive Sports Bra

The company minimized seams in the lining of the Fast Times Bra to help prevent chafing so you can focus on your pace. The bra has incredible support and coverage, sweat-wicking, four-way stretch, smooth handfeel, and is naturally breathable. Users give it 5 stars. "The material is perfectly comfortable and doesn't wear! It is my go to bra," one person wrote.

Lululemon Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Crew
 

Lululemon Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Crew

The lightweight fabric and seamless construction of the Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve Crew, designed for running and training, keep you moving freely. The mesh venting encourages airflow to keep you cool. "They are soft, breathable, don't stick to you and leave you feeling dry and cool," one review says. Others are very similar. "They are the best workout tops out there."

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