Marathon Checklist

25 04 2012

It’s Marathon Week!!! EEEKKK! I can’t believe it is T minus 4 days til my marathon!

I figured I’d share with you a few of my marathon essentials (and sort of use this post as a way to double check that I’ve got everything packed!)

1) Running Shoes

I have been a Mizuno’s gal since I started running tris in 2008. I’ve got super narrow feet and these seem to work the best for me.

I bought this pair about a month ago so I’d have enough time to break them in before Nashville.

2) Running Clothes

The weather for this weekend is looking pretty stellar:

(I just hope it doesn’t hit 82 ’til later in the day!)

So I decided to go with my Nike Tempo Shorts that I wore at the Rock N Roll USA Half, and I’m my Lululemon tank. I’ll probably bring an old long sleeve tee to keep me warm at the start, and then dump it along the way. Look for me in something really similar to this:

(just pretend that tee is a tank!)

I found these shorts at Ross and I thought they would be perfect for a race on St. Patty’s day. I actually really love ’em, and they make me stand out in the crowd.

As for the tank, I couldn’t find a picture of it on the Lululemon site, so I’m not sure if they make it anymore 😦 It’s really comfortable, has elastic on the bottom so it doesn’t ride up, and it has a pocket with a zipper on the back!

3) Nathan’s Quick Draw Hand Held Water Bottle

Mine’s hot pink, and I’ve been using it for pretty much my entire training. I really love this thing. Yeah, it a little heavy when it’s full, but it didn’t take long for me to get used to it.

4) My Garmin 405 CX 

I got this as a Christmas present and now I never go for a run without it!

5) SpiBelt

I bought a SpiBelt at the Gasparilla race expo. I had been running with my iPhone in my hand since the day I got my phone. Yes, I know, weird/stupid. I know I could have bought an arm band, but I just thought it would be too bulky. I decided that holding it in my hand wasn’t too bad.  At the time, I was also using my phone to track my pace and distance, so I could deal. However, when you’ve got one hand holding a water bottle and one hand holding an iPhone, it gets really awkward. Since I didn’t want to give in and buy an armband, I figured a SpiBelt would be a great solution. And, I love it! The phone fits perfectly and I can still run the earphones through the small opening at the end of the zipper. It stays put and doesn’t rub. WIN!

6) Nutrition

I certainly want to make sure that I have enough energy to get me through the race, and I want to try to prevent headaches so I’m bringing some peanut butter Gu, some vanilla AcellGel (which I just got in the mail!), some Acellerade Powder (which I also just got!) and some salt tabs. Anyone know if I need to pack my gels in with my liquids? 😉

(Yes, I was so excited that I opened the package in the car.)

And, because I’m really picky about my peanut butter, I’m bringing a few packets of Justin’s to spread on toast on race morning.

8) Aquaphor

Instead of Body Glide, I’ve started using Aquaphor. I think it works just as well, and I can put it on my lips if they are chapped.

9) Hat and Sunglasses

I  just got this new hat at the IronGril Expo. I have a TINY head (I can wear kid’s hats), so finding a hat that fits me is always a challenge. I bought the hot pink one that you’ve seen on me in pictures:

But I hate the way it fits my head. I bought it back when I did my first tri so that my parents could pick me out on the run. Not sure it it helped, but it helps block the sun and soaks up a little bit of the sweat.

It’s probably not smart to use a new piece of gear for the marathon, but I don’t think it will be a problem.

I’ve had those sunglasses for a VERY long time. They’re polarized sunglasses I got at a surf shop in New Jersey when I was still guarding. A small head makes it hard for me to find sunglasses too, but this pair of Bolle glasses gets the job done!

10) Sunscreen

I use the Sport line of Neutrogena. I actually just grabbed a new bottle this week, since it was on sale at CVS!

I think that’s it! Now time to pack! Anything else I’m missing?

Question of the day: What are your running essentials?

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14 responses

25 04 2012
sarah

Good luck this weekend! I hope the weather doesn’t get too hot for you

25 04 2012
321delish

Thanks Sarah!

25 04 2012
sallaboutme

Awesome! I love my SpiBelt, I bought mine in 2009 at the Detroit 1/2 and have used it ever since!
There is a slight possibility of rain so a trash bag or cheap walmart poncho that you can ditch will be a good idea too. Race day weather is really unpredictable here. Fingers crossed it will rain the day before and cool it off so we don’t such hot weather.
Good luck!

25 04 2012
321delish

Good idea about the poncho! I’m hoping for a cool morning! Good luck to you too!

25 04 2012
Michelle

So excited to see you run!

25 04 2012
321delish

I can’t wait to see you too!!

25 04 2012
graceMark

All the best! 😉

25 04 2012
321delish

Thanks!!

25 04 2012
Katie M (@carrotrunr)

Hey Stephanie, I’m running the Nashville Marathon also. I’m pretty excited! Your list looks pretty complete; the only things I’m adding are gloves (yes, it will be warm once the race starts, but I HATE cold hands), headphones, my Garmin charger, and my confirmation number (don’t forget this!). Good luck!

25 04 2012
321delish

Thanks Katie! I’ve got all of the above, except for gloves. I hope I won’t need em!! Good luck to you too!

26 04 2012
DiningAndDishing

Best of luck to you! I’m sure you’ll be awesome. You’re so organized…my only race day essential is a good pair of shoes :).

26 04 2012
321delish

Thanks! That’s the best part about running vs tris. You only need shoes and you’re good!!

26 04 2012
Allison

Good luck this weekend! I hope the weather behaves, but I’m sure you’ll have a great race regardless.

26 04 2012
321delish

Thanks Allison! I hope so too!!

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