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Top 18 must-haves
- Activewear ☐ – Half marathon running gear is so important, getting the right running singlet and shorts/leggings is a must. We would recommend trying on your marathon gear before the big day to ensure no wardrobe malfunctions. You don’t want anything to hold you back so make sure you do it!
- Running shoes ☐
- Running hydration pack ☐
- Running jacket ☐ – We would recommend packing a lightweight waterproof.
- Sunglasses/Running hat ☐ – Sun glare can be dangerous when you’re running for a long period of time. It can cause eye and skin damage so you’re better off being safe rather than sorry!
- Water bottle ☐ – To rehydrate.
- Food for fuel ☐ – We would recommend bananas, white bread honey sandwich or energy gels to keep you going.
- Headphones ☐ – For zoning out.
- Mobile Phone ☐ – Your phone isn’t for taking selfies or Instagram stories while you run, it’s for your safety and emergencies.
- Suncream ☐
- Headband ☐
- Race bib ☐
- Plasters ☐
- Safety pins ☐ – Be prepared for the unprepared, always.
- Flip flops ☐ – Flip flops are needed for after your race, they’ll let your feet breathe and it’ll prevent further blistering.
- Anti-chafe balm ☐ – Your activewear can stop you from chaffing as it should be seamless and moisture-wicking. However, having anti-chafe balm to hand can be beneficial on the day.
- Podcast/Playlists ☐ – Podcasts or playlists can push you to be more consistent with your runs, by putting on your headphones you are also cancelling out your surroundings. Provisional vision takes a back seat, it’s all about looking forward and in turn, seeing the finishing line.
- Support system ☐ – Something as simple as having a great support system for the days running up to the race where you’re demotivated, tired or in pain. You could have a support system at home as well as having a group of runners in a similar position to you, whether it’s digitally through a Facebook group or a local group you train physically with.