6 expert tips and gear suggestions for your next marathon

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It seems like each weekend during the summer you can find either a half or full marathon race to run. Knowing a few expert tips and having the right gear can make all the difference in having an enjoyable race. Below are a few suggestions to get you through your next marathon. 

Hydration:

With any kind of running, staying hydrated is of utmost importance. Traditional hydration packs can be bulky and add unnecessary weight. Invest in a lightweight pack like the hydration belt, which also includes a pocket to carry energy gels, cash and more.

The Right Shoe:

Another important factor to consider for a marathon is finding a running shoe that complements the unique gait of the runner. Sport Chalet offers complimentary gait analysis and shoe fitting at every location to help runners select the perfect shoe for marathon day. 

Apparel:

Runners should consider wearing compression apparel to decrease the muscle vibration caused by running, which in turn will help reduce fatigue over a long distance. In addition, compression apparel also increases blood flow, offers core support and provides muscle warmth that can support performance and aid in post-run recovery. 

Know Your Pace:

For marathoners looking to track their pace, distance or heart rate, a running watch can be a great tracking tool throughout training and on race day. A running watch can also help push yourself while training and a great way to see improvement over time.

Friction:

Twenty-six miles of constant motion can cause friction that irritates the skin. Use a body balm to create a barrier between the skin and clothing to prevent any discomfort during a marathon. Body balms can also be used on the feet to help prevent blistering.

Above all else, runners should always default to their training. The excitement of marathon day should not deviate from an established routine. Even changes in the diet can often negatively affect marathon performance. Be sure to stick to a race-day schedule that has proven to be successful in training.