With marathon training over halfway done, it seemed like the perfect time to look at some training essentials. Besides shoes, clothing, and a watch, here are some other training must haves that are just as important to me!
Never underestimate the importance of staying properly hydrated. I’ve posted about my love affair with Essentia Water before and it is still going strong. I’ve upped my intake of Essentia now. It’s the only water I use exclusively on my long runs and I now am drinking it every Friday and after my long runs on Saturdays. As I get closer to my marathon, I really am contemplating wearing my water belt so I’ll have my bottles fillled with Essentia throughout the race. After this weekend’s race in Fayetteville, I realized that the regular water and sports drinks available at the stops really weren’t cutting it. I’ve run in conditions similar to last Saturday and didn’t have the break down with hydration that I’ve had before and I’m convinced it’s the difference that Essentia has made in my training.
FRIENDS and FAMILY
Having a supportive group of people who are there to run miles with you, cheer you and support you through training is greatly appreciated! For me, knowing that I’m meeting someone to run is such a huge motivator and it makes training fun! I know that I’m fortunate to have a large group of friends who run and I’m thankful that I do. I also love that Nick and Hayden are always encouraging me as I head out the door to hit the pavement on my weekday and long run days. Knowing that they believe in me makes a huge difference!
HUMOR and FUN
You have to be able to laugh at yourself and have fun with your training! I follow my training plan and do my best to complete all my runs, but sometimes you just have to laugh and have fun with it all and not take it too seriously. Some days it’s just not happening and you’ve got to be willing to just go with it and turn it into something more entertaining or it will flat wear you out. Cara and I were having a miserable time running Wrightsville Marathon in March. We just stopped at a DJ station, started dancing and laughing at ourselves. Why should we continue to feel miserable and beaten up?! Just stop, breathe, and put some fun back into it. Plan runs around events to make it more enjoyable! We’ve run from yogurt shops, restaurants, our favorite breakfast places just to mix it up!
Something that’s not fun, chafing! If there is one product that I’d recommend more than any would be an anti-chafing stick. Holy smokes! There is nothing worse than getting into a hot shower and finding out that your sports bra rubbed along your back for those 18 miles and left one nasty burn. Whew wee! That hurts! I really would love to invent a contraption like a spray tan booth where runners can spray their whole body with a lotion to prevent chafing. I’d do it in a minute before every long run!
A ROLLER, A STICK and A YOGA STRAP
The pain contraptions of training! These are a lifesaver when you need to help loosen up an IT band, stretch muscles, roll out some hard spots on your calves, etc. Stretching is such an important part of running and investing in any or all of these will be of great help at some point during training. Truly they are helpful in working out any soreness or tightness!
Check out other training essentials over at Powered By BLING, Pretty Lil Mudder, Half Marathon Mama, Girl on the Move and The Runner Within for Let’s Talk Training Thursday! Jill Conyers and MCM Mama Runs for Tuesdays on the Run where I’ve linked up!
What are your training essentials?! What gets you through your training? Share!
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