The 6 Gear Essentials You Need for Marathon Training Season


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While you don’t need to throw in your beach towel quite yet, fall is right around the corner — which means marathon season has arrived. Once the temperatures reach a more comfortable zone (soon!) and you have a race on the calendar, it’s time to really up your pace.

Whether you are heading to a marathon in the next town over, or traveling to a destination event, these items will keep you hydrated, fueled and comfortable.

Nuun Electrolyte Tabs

These small, plant-based tabs are the perfect way to stay hydrated and full of vitamins while busy traveling. They come in four different styles: You can use Nuun Active while training or on race day, Nuun Energy when you need a boost, Plus for Nuun for an extra boost with Active or Energy Nuun, and Nuun All Day to add some fun flavors to plain water; starting at $7 per tube.

Farm to Feet Greensboro

This company, founded in 2013, comes out of North Carolina, and exclusively uses materials, workers and manufacturing from the U.S. One of the company’s best selling socks — the Greensboro — comes in crew, quarter crew and low heights for both men and women. The socks are knit with 200-needle construction with American merino wool, which helps create a comfortable, durable, lightweight and slightly cushioned sock ideal for long runs; starting at $17.

Nathan Hydration Pack

The Firecatcher Hydration Backpack from Nathan is an ultralight race vest that isn’t bulky, but still carries a pair of 10 ounces flasks and is compatible with a two-liter bladder. The pack features an adjustable strap system, and is designed to be bounce-free as your pace gets going. The pack also gives you all the pockets you need for electrolyte tabs, gel packets and a mobile phone; $85.

FuelBelt

If running with a pack isn’t comfortable for you, try out belt options from FuelBelt. Their belts come in two-, three- and four-bottle options. Each belt has storage pockets for access to nutrition and adjustable, breathable foam padding; starting at $39.95.

Superfeet Sandals

Perfect for both pre- and post-race, the Superfeet Women’s Bermuda or Men’s Bison are comfortable, lightweight sandals that are more than just flipflops. They offer support with a deep heel cup and absorb impact with a foot-friendly top layer; starting at $60.

Brooks Running Company LSD Running Jacket

This lightweight jacket from Brooks Running is windproof and water-resistant, but won’t take up too much space, either. The jacket folds up into its own pocket, and has a built-in arm strap for carrying in case the skies clear up and you don’t need to wear it anymore. Brooks also sells an insulated LSD running jacket for runners training in colder states; starting at $50.

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About the Author

Mattie Schuler is an adventure journalist who lives in Boulder, Colo. She covers all things outdoors, travel, health and fitness, yoga and gear.