Just one foot in front of the other?
During your half marathon training and indeed in the race itself, so many small decisions and choices you make can ultimately have a huge bearing on the eventual outcome. Do I stick to my pre-planned pace? Do I go with that surge from the group as I’m feeling good? Simple choices.
However, the area which can really make or break your experience on race day is the kit choices you make. There are so many products out there which can help make both your training and race much more straightforward. Let’s have a look at some of them, remembering that the cardinal sin any runner can make is turning up on race day and trying something new! Tried and tested is the way to go, so now’s the time to make sure what you use works for you!
It’s all about…
1) Shoes that fit your feet
It goes almost without saying that both shoes and socks are hugely important. At Run4It we stock a vast range of both from the leading brands, including Saucony, Brooks, Asics, Hilly, Balega and Feetures, and are best placed to inform you what will be most suitable for you.
You can pop-in store anytime and hop on the treadmill for a free +runlab video analysis and shoe fitting service!
2) Technical fabrics
If you’re still dragging that old cotton t-shirt you got at the village Fun Run back in 2002 out of the drawer for every run you do, then stop! Technical fabrics really can make a huge difference, wicking moisture away from your body, keeping you cooler, drier and more comfortable.
Run in cotton and you may as well wrap a wet towel around yourself and head out the door! Check out some of the great technical tees and shorts we currently have in-store, like the men’s Nike DriFit Contour t-shirt.
Or the ladies Puma Graphic tee, both incorporating technologies and materials which will ultimately improve your run.
And the best bit? You can currently take advantage of our Road to Rio offer: save 15% when buying 2 or more items from our Nike, Adidas and Puma ranges!
3) Anti- chafing balm
Another essential in any runner’s kit bag should be some anti-chafing balm. Despite all the efforts made by brands to eliminate rubbing and irritation from clothing, if you head out in some of our wonderful Scottish weather regularly, chances are you may (!!!) experience the odd cloudburst…the Scottish monsoon has been known to defeat all technical innovations and bring on some chafing in those unmentionable areas that only runners chat to each other about!
Slap on some Run Guard before you head out the door and you’ll be doing plenty to ensure you don’t scream the house down when you step into a hot shower after your run!
4) Handy Pockets
Should you be looking to carry a few extra bits and pieces (house keys, cash, cards, phone, nutrition etc.) during your longer training runs, you’re going to need something to keep everything safe and secure.
A Flipbelt (a super lightweight all-material band) could be the answer, or if you’re looking for something with roomier pockets, the Nike Expandable Waistpack is a favourite, as is Ronhill’s Cargo Belt.
5) Nutritious & delicious powders, gels & bars
Finally, on the subject of nutrition, there is no area where trying and testing is more important! If you’re a newbie to running nutrition, now’s really the time to introduce some of the vast array of products from brands like SIS, Torq, Nuun and Cliff into your training regime, to ensure you are keeping your energy levels up and recovery time down!
We use a traffic light system to categorise our nutrition products into before, during, and after exercise – so you can identify what fuels to take, and when.
If you have any questions (or doubts) about nutrition, then don’t hesitate to chat to the team at any of our Run4It shops. They’ll happily guide you through the product range, to ensure you gain the maximum benefit throughout your training and on race day.
Running…it really is just all about putting one foot in front of the other, isn’t it? All the best for the half marathon!