If your new year’s resolution included training for a half marathon, I’ve got some tips to help you along with your training.
Last month, I completed my thirteenth (!) half marathon. I’m currently training for #14 in April, and hoping to complete 4 total this year. Over the years, I’ve figured out what works for me, here are my essential training (and race day) items, and some of my favorite brands. This post contains affiliate links.
(Obviously, I am not a doctor, and I recommend you seek the advice of your doctor if you are uncertain of your fitness level to take on training for a half marathon).
- Hat | A hat (and lots of sunscreen) is a no-brainer. I like mesh hats, I find them to breathe which helps keep you cool.
- Light | If you are running at night or even at dusk, a light will keep you visible to drivers. This one has multiple settings and easily clips onto your pants or waist pack
- Nathan Speed 2 Waist Pack | This is my all time favorite pack. The velcro means it doesn’t slide around and loosen as you run and the pouch is large enough to fit my phone, keys and chapstick (with room to spare)
- Body Glide | Not the sexiest product, but chafing is a real thing. Keep this on hand and use it liberally
- Garmin GPS Watch | Tracking your progress and having your pace and distance right on your wrist
- Honey Stinger Energy Gel | I don’t usually eat while running, but these are gentle on your stomach so if you do feel like you need a pick me up during your run, these are a good choice
- GU Energy – Espresso Love | I also love the taste of these for running, so many of these energy shots are unbearable to eat, so when you find one that tastes good to take note
- MPG Pants | MPG makes my favorite running pants, they have great compression but are stylish so I can also wear them to the store or for school drop off, etc.
- Runkeeper App | If you don’t see yourself getting a GPS watch for training, this app works great to track your runs and gives audio cues right into your ear while running
If you’re looking for a good training plan, I recommend Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training Guide.
If you’re tired of your current playlist, try listening to a Podcast or Audiobook. Some of my favorites are This American Life, RadioLab, Fresh Air and Pod Save the People. (Obviously, I like to use this time to listen to all the NPR that I now miss out on since I’m no longer commuting.)
Hopefully this quick list is helpful as you train for your first (or 14th) half marathon. What are your must-have items? What are you favorite Podcasts?