The Best Running Kit for a Marathon or Half Marathon
Seasonal Running & Racing: What to Wear,Marathon & Half-Marathon Training Advice
The Best Running Kit for a Marathon or Half Marathon

Putting in all those miles of training is of course a big factor in reaching the finish line of a marathon or half-marathon. But it can be just as important to get the right kit, and to give yourself enough time to test it before a race. With this simple checklist, we hope to get you race-ready and flying through the finish line with a smile. So what are the 9 must-haves for marathon & half-marathon runners?

Running Shoes / Running Clothing / GPS Running Watches / Running Socks / Compression Gear / Other Accessories / Nutrition / Chafe & Blister Prevention / Supports & Injury Care

Road running shoes

1. Running Shoes

In case you've suddenly realised that your current shoes have done way too much mileage than they should have, or they're causing you some problems, just pop in. The friendly expert teams in our London, Edinburgh and Cardiff branches are happy to help you! With our Natural Gait Analysis service we'll make sure that your shoes are still the right ones for you and won't bring you any surprises on race day. If you can't make it to a store, check out Online Gait Analysis.

Running clothing

2. Running Clothing

When running long distances, it's especially important to wear technical running gear with excellent moisture-wicking properties and breathability. On top of that, you will also appreciate having plenty of storage space in your shorts to carry your energy chews and gels.

All Men's Clothing / All Women's Clothing

Men's Ronhill Tech Marathon Tee
£33.00 £40.00

Carefully designed to help you go the distance. The breathable, high-wicking fabric is crafted from super-soft performance yarn that’s chafe-free.

Men's Ronhill Tech Marathon Twin Shorts

Perfect bottoms for a longer distance, thanks to the great combination of freedom and support. Multitude of storage options.

Men's Odlo Blackcomb Ceramicool Tee
£42.00 £50.00

This lightweight running top features ceramic compounds that actively cool the skin by up to 1°C. Seamless construction for chafe-free comfort.

Women's Ronhill Tech Marathon Tee
£33.00 £40.00

One of the most breathable and high-wicking Ronhill tops. Super-soft, high-stretch seamless knit construction for zero chafing.

Women's Ronhill Tech Marathon Twin Shorts

Super-technical and packed with features to help you keep going, and going, and going. Plenty of storage room for your fuel and essentials.
Running GPS Watch

3. Running Watches

A GPS running watch is a great companion for runners, and even more so for a race. It can help you during your training to measure your distance, time, speed, heart rate etc. It will also track your stats and give you detailed running data. The models featured below tick all the boxes.

In addition, some models will also offer you training plans to follow (Garmin Forerunner 245, Garmin Forerunner 55) or they will even create a personal training plan for you based on your individual metrics (Polar Vantage M2). Some watches can help prevent injury by giving you advice on your recovery or notifying you when it’s time to rest up (Coros Apex Premium, Polar Ignite 2, Polar Vantage M2).

All GPS Running Watches

Polar Vantage M2 Multisport Watch

Tracks your sleep and recovery so you know when you can safely push your body further.

Garmin Forerunner 55

PacePro technology with its GPS-based pace guidance will help you to plan your race-day strategy.

Coros Apex Premium Multisport GPS Watch 42mm

This watch monitors your training effort and notifies you when it’s time to rest up.

Polar Ignite 2

With the Fitspark feature you’ll receive custom-made workout suggestions based on your goals.

Coros Pace 2 Premium GPS Sport Watch

This model offers 30 hours of full GPS battery life and 20 days of daily use.
Running Socks

4. Running Socks

Runners don't always realise how important it is to have a pair of proper running socks. If you think an old pair of regular socks will do, you may find yourself having to stop to adjust them a few times during a race, or even end up with a few unwelcome blisters. To keep your feet comfy, fresh and blister-free throughout the race, we recommend you invest in a pair of technical running socks. Here are some of our top tips:

All Running Socks

Injinji Run Lightweight Mini-Crew Toe Socks

The 5-toe design eliminates skin on skin contact between toes helping blister prevention.

Hilly Lite Comfort Quarter Socks

A lightweight, soft-feel sock in an ankle length design. "Y" fit heel prevents slippage.

Balega Enduro Quarter Socks

Natural wool fibres wick sweat and help to regulate temperature, keeping your feet cool and dry.

Injinji Run Lightweight No Show Toe Socks

The 5-toe design & superior fibre construction keep feet dry and protected on any surface, at any distance.

Thorlo Experia Ocean Breeze Socks

ThorWick Cool® for moisture management. Mesh upper for maximum breathability.
Compression Running Clothing

5. Compression Gear

According to research, compression wear reduces exercise-induced muscle damage, accelerates recovery processes, removes lactic acid faster, increases strength and power, improves endurance, increases muscle oxygenation, and improves body temperature control.

All Compression Running Clothing

Men's Skins Long Tights Series 3

Firm support for the calves, glutes, quads and hamstrings. Great for reducing muscle fatigue.

Compressport R2V2 Calf Guards V3

Designed to reduce shock waves, helping to prevent muscle tears, joint pain and muscle fatigue.

Men's Skins Series 3 Compression Shorts

Firm support for the glutes, quads and hamstrings. Side mesh panel pocket for smartphone storage.

Women's Skins Skyscraper Tights Series 3
£85.00 £100.00

A reduction in muscle vibration and distortion during activity reduces fatigue.

Compressport R2V2 Calf Guards V3

A great aid for long distance runners, or runners with calf / Achilles injuries, shin splints etc.

Women's Compressport Trail Compression Shorts

Boosted blood flow oxygenates muscles faster, allowing you to run faster, for longer. Women's-specific cut.
Running Waist Belts

6. Running Accessories

These running accessories won’t make your marathon or half-marathon distance shorter, but they can definitely make it more enjoyable. Running caps and sunglasses will keep you protected from the sun, and race belts come handy for carrying essentials.

All Sunglasses / All Caps / All Waist Belts

Sunwise Greenwich Polarised Sunglasses

Highly efficient, impact-resistant and safe polarised lenses for strong sun protection.

Odlo Visor Cap Ceramicool Light

Ceramicool technology on the forehead band actively cools your skin by up to 1°C.

Running Belt With Window

Separate compartment for your phone and another one for extras such as keys and energy gels.

Fitletic Hydration Belt 16oz

Two 8oz BPA-free bottles and a neoprene water-resistant pouch for any size of phone.
Running Nutrition

7. Running Nutrition

Energy (e.g. Maurten Gel 100, Maurten Drink Mix 320, Lucho Dillitos,) and electrolytes (e.g. Nuun Tabs, Saltstick Fastchews) are important to take before and during a run. Protein, on the other hand, is crucial after your run to help your muscles with recovery (e.g. SIS Rego Rapid Recovery Drink, Pulsin Protein Bar). Test your nutrition on your training runs to make sure you get on well with it during a race.

All Drink Powders / All Energy Chews / All Energy Gels

Maurten Gel 100 Box

Energy gel built with six natural ingredients – no colourants or preservatives.

Maurten Drink Mix 320 Sachets

The most carbohydrate-rich sports drink on the market. Popular with elite marathon runners.

Lucho Dillitos Guava Paste

Energy bar with only natural ingredients in it. Packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre.

Nuun Sport Tabs

Perfect for mineral replenishment and optimal hydration before / during / after your run.

REGO Rapid Recovery Protein Drink 500g

Replenishes your energy stores, promotes muscle recovery and supports your immune system.
Anti-Chafe & Blister Prevention

8. Anti-Chafe & Blister Prevention

Some runners think that a marathon equals painful chafing and blisters. But all that can be avoided thanks to these great little helpers. BodyGlide is an amazing, miraculous, invisible lubricant that glides over your skin and leaves a protective, slick layer, thus cutting down on friction-induced problems. Apply to your feet or underwear area to keep blisters and chafing at bay. Nip Guards are great protection for male runners. And Compeed could save your feet if the worst comes to the worst. Best to put it on your hot spots in advance.

All Anti-Chafe & Blister Prevention

Original Anti-Chafe Balm 22g

If you've ever suffered from chafing, nipple rub, skin abrasion from a heart-rate monitor belt or running bra, then here's your solution!

Men's Nip Guards

100% protection against nipple chafing and blistering, just pop them on before a race.

Compeed Blister Pads Medium

The best solution for friction-induced blistering. To be used for treatment or prevention.
Running Injury Care & Massage

9. Supports & Injury Care

In case you picked up any niggles or feel any aches, these magical bits and bobs can decrease your discomfort and help you through your race with less pain. Rocktape is a kinesiology tape that offers fantastic support for runners suffering from knee pain, ITB, shin splints of plantar fasciitis. And to massage your sore muscles before or after training, try a massage aid and/or BioFreeze Gel.

All Supports & Tape / All Muscle Recovery / All Massage Aids

Trigger Point STK Contour Massage Stick

Excellent tool for warm-up to prepare for movement, and in cool-down to help with recovery.

Flow Mini Massage Gun

‘Must-have' gadget for anyone training hard. It accelerates warm-up of muscles before exercise.

Trigger Point The Grid Foam Roller

A revolutionary type of foam roller which is great for either self-massage or warming up.

Fitness-Mad Foot Roller

Helps to relieve foot, heel & plantar fasciitis pain. Ease tight muscles of the feet before or after exercise.

Biofreeze Gel 30ml

Helps to relieve pain from sprains, strains, swellings, inflammations, sore muscles & joints etc.

Best of luck with your training and preparation! Get loads more free tips from our expert advice team in this Run Better section:

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