The essential gear for running a 1/2 marathon

The essential gear for running a 1/2 marathon

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The essential gear for running a 1/2 marathon

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Committed to your first 1/2 marathon? You can make it easier by making sure you’ve got the right gear for training and race day.

Before you undertake any training, the one thing you really need and shouldn’t compromise on is a really good pair of running shoes. It’s the only way you’re going to survive the distance without ending up feeling crippled. The Asics Dynoflytes 2 features a rear GEL cushioning system to  provide a smoother stride, while the rubber outsole offer excellent speed and traction. Available for both men and women’s these are one of our favourites. Mizuano Wave Inspire is also a good solid shoe.

Unfortunately great weather can”t be guaranteed all year around so a lightweight weatherproof jacket will stop you ditching your training run at the first sign of rain. You don’t want anything too heavy duty as it can cause you to overheat. Look for a jacket with vents for breathability and side pockets so you can keep all your essentials on hand.

Thorlo Experia Socks are designed for high performance runners and feature sculpted Thorlo pads in the ball and heel provide protection from impact where needed. Coolmax enhanced performance in the ball and heel pads provide maximum moisture management. Moisture is conducted away from the skin to keep your feet cool, dry and comfortable.  They also have a lightweight achilles tendon pad to protects against rubbing and chafing.

Carry more while you’re running by making sure you have the Karrimor running belt, a must-have running accessory for any dedicated runner.  With the capacity to 2 x 170ml bottles and reflective details for twilight runs.you can carrying everything you need while keeping your hands free. It even features an audio port.

You’re going to need a trigger point foam roller to ease those tired muscles are a hard run. Comfortably roll out calves, quads, hamstrings, glutes, back, pecs or the thoracic spine for instance. Combine it with Pain Away bath salts to soothe those aching muscles