Equip: 12 Essentials for Marathon Runners, Week of March 20

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Running a marathon is an end goal for many runners, but many others enjoy regularly training and running these races for enjoyment and to stay in shape. No matter your reason for running a marathon, these products can help you accomplish your goals.

Saucony Endorphin Speed 2

Your shoes will make your break your marathon success. They don’t have to be expensive or come with special features, but they do need to fit properly and last the race without giving you blisters and pain. Saucony has a reputation for creating excellent shoes and this Endorphin model caters to your training and race day needs. They’re versatile, so you can also enjoy them after you accomplish your marathon goals.

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Balega Support Quarters

Shoes are just part of the equation when it comes to preserving your feet and endurance during a marathon. A good pair of running socks can make your training and race a more comfortable adventure. These Balega socks give the comfort of compression socks but the breathability and durability you need when running 26.6 miles.

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CeraVe Mineral Sunscreen Stick

Sunscreen is an essential protective measure for any climate where you can get exposure to a large amount of UVA and UVB rays, which can cause skin damage. Applying sunscreen every two hours — even when you’re sweating — can make a huge difference in preventing future skin cancer. This mineral sunscreen stick is quick to apply, gentle on the skin and provides excellent sun protection.

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Honey Stinger Energy Gels

If you’re running a marathon, you need fuel to ensure your body has enough energy to finish the race strong. With a good mix of carbohydrates in great-tasting formulas, these energy gels are easy on your body, containing electrolytes, no artificial ingredients and gluten-free recipes.

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Salomon Active Skin 4

Any reputable marathon has plenty of hydration stations along the way, but it’s good to have some water with electrolytes on hand. Every race is slightly different and your body might need water before you reach the next station. This lightweight, breathable hydration vest holds two flasks, giving you plenty of options to change amounts, add things to it or even get rid of one once it’s empty. This helps you quickly find ways to optimize your run mid-race.

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Gymboss Minimax

Interval running is a popular training and race-running method that gives different muscle groups rest periods by dividing the distance between running and walking. Popularized by runner Jeff Galloway, this type of running can help prevent injury and increase endurance. This reliable timer can save up to 20 interval patterns and perform intervals up to 90 times.

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Oakley Flak Beta 

Sunglasses are essential for many activities, as they reduce glare and protect your eyes from the sun. For runners, sunglasses that provide optimal visibility and stay secure throughout the run are necessary. These sunglasses have the stability and protection to be as effective at mile 26 as they are at mile one. They even come in prescription versions.

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Polar H10 

Heart rate monitors help you identify patterns, healthily build endurance and get to know your body. Chest strap monitors are popular tools that provide accurate heart rate readings. This is one of the most accurate monitors out there and transmits data to training apps via Bluetooth.

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Stretch ID

Having identification with you on long runs is an overlooked but crucial part of running safely. It lists who you are, any medical conditions and who to contact during an emergency. This ID is flexible and provides quick and obvious access to this information if something happens to you on the route.

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While many runners use safety pins to secure their race bibs, they can damage your bib and clothes. These clips are a way to connect your bib to your outfit without causing damage. They are even customizable and you can upload your own design.

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Shokz OpenRun Pro Headphones 

The sounds you experience during your run can motivate you or slow you down — that’s why many runners prefer to run to their favorite music. However, that distraction can be dangerous during training and your race, as you need to stay aware of the people and vehicles around you. These running headphones have excellent audio quality while not impeding your ears.

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Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt 

Epsom salt baths are a popular way to reduce muscle inflammation and aid recovery after long runs. This is a famous and reliable brand of Epsom salts that utilize lavender to help with mental relaxation as well.

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Taking on a Marathon

Running a marathon is an exhilarating experience. These 12 products will help you cross the finish line with ease.

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