I wanted to write a little overview of the gear I use when I run and what I used during the marathon (and I'll try to give some advice in the process)
- The shoes.If there's one (well, two actually) piece of equipment that is going to be crucial to your running, it's obviously the shoes.Wether you're training for a marathon or running your weekly 5k, a decent pair of running shoes are worth investing in. Go to a specialty running store and ask for advice. They'll let you try on shoes and will let you run with them on a treadmill. In a really decent store, they'll even make a video-recording of you running to analyze how your feet land wearing those specific shoes and give you advice based on that.
I'm running in a pair of Brooks GTS 11, size 11,5 (UK)
- The Socks
If shoes are important, so are the socks. Support, shock and sweat-absorption, ventilation, .....You'll probably be able to find a decent pair of running socks starting ?12 and up.
My preferred pair is a set of Asics Kayano socks. (Another pair I've used are the X-Socks Speed One socks, a good alternative)
- Timing / Heart rate / Tracking
When you're training for a race, a distance or a certain pace, you'll probably want to keep track of your time. Additionally, you can also keep track of your heart-rate and use GPS to track the route along which you are running. This can be done using a number of tools: a polar watch with GPS pod or by using a smartphone and a number of applications).
I run with a Garmin Forerunner 110, Garmin's most basic Forerunner model. It keeps track of time, records my heart-rate and it saves the GPS coördinates of the course I ran. (No training buddy, no heart rate monitoring, no time per lap beep).
Once you starting running longer distances or you start running in very hot weather, you'll want to take some form of hydration with you. Weather or an energy-drink of the like.
Personally, I find running while holding a bottle in my hand very uncomfortable so that wasn't an option. One brand that is very known for hydration-products, and with which I've had good experiences in the past, is Camelbak. So I headed to their website and stumbled upon the Delaney waist pack. It comes with 24oz bottle and is very comfortable to wear while running.
But since 1 bottle of water is nowhere near enough to run a marathon, I upgrade to the 2-bottle model and it served me very well. It has to same fine fit and the bottle or excellent. Highly recommend this one!