all my essentials.

39 days from today, I'll be running the Marine Corps Marathon in DC! I haven't run a full marathon since 2004, so the pre-race jitters are already in full force. I have been fine-tuning my routine to see what products do {and don't work} for me. Some of these goodies are recent favorites, but others have been in my repertoire for years. These are my latest running essentials...


Clif Shot Bloks - I like these "gummies" because I can spread them out over a few miles, rather than all at once. | Johnson's Baby Powder - With a little baby powder, I help reduce the possibility for chafing by minimizing sweat ;) | Aquaphor Healing Ointment - For the times I do chafe or get a blister, I lather myself in this goodness. It seriously works. | Spenco Total Support for Her Insoles - After six weeks of running in these insoles, my only regret is that I didn't find them sooner. The insoles in your running shoes are probably thin and {reasonably} worthless. They're more than worth the $30 pricetag. | iFitness Hydration Belt - I always made fun of people who wore these--until I had to do an 18-miler solo. It was my saving grace--and it stays in place!

The Stick Marathon Stick - I bought my Stick back in 2004 and religiously used it ever since. It definitely helps work through the tightness in my thighs and calves. | Sweaty Bands Bandit-Rock Solid Headband - My bff running guru {kp} swears by these headbands, but I was skeptical--until I ran with one. They stay put and help keep sweat out of your eyes. I want one in every color! | Body Glide for Her Anti-Chafing Stick - This stick helps for the waistband of my shorts--and everywhere else I need it ;) | Moving Comfort Maia Sports Bra - After years of double sports bras, I finally said good-bye when I discovered these armor-like beauties. They may not be colorful, but I don't care. No more uni-boob or "bouncage" for me!

P.S. I can't attest to be a professional runner. I'll leave that to my junior prom date, who really i. (And no, it wasn't {cv} ha!)

35 comments:

  1. Love this list! I would definitely say asics running shoes. I've tried other brands but the asics with the arch support are perfect for me, year after year. Good luck with your training!

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  2. ooo thanks for the tips! about to start training for my first half-marathon and these are very helpful!

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  3. I'm running Marine Corps as well! MCM was my first marathon ever in 2010 and this year's race will be my fourth marathon. I'm officially hooked.

    My running fuel is a bit different, but I love Nuun hydration tabs and Sport Beans.

    I haven't gotten The Stick yet, but I'm probably going to pick up a foam roller here soon because I need one.

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  4. Ooh great list! I love CEP compression socks, knee bands, and superfeet insoles, these 3 things make a world of difference for me! I'll have to try that headband. Good luck in your marathon:)

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  5. Ooh love this list! I DEFINITELY need to check out those insoles if I get accepted onto a team for the Boston Marathon this year. Or, you know, just in general. And I'm a big fan of the sports jelly beans. I used them on a run the other day and HOLY MOLY were they awesome. I used to only use Gu Chomps for runs, but the jelly beans go down much easier (and get stuck in my teeth less). And thanks for reminding me I need some body glide for my half ;)

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  6. Girl you are awesome! I want to run a half marathon at some point and I think these products will help! I just wish I could find something for my terrible feet! I finally have found a good brand of running shoes (asics) but my bony feet still kill me! So proud of you and can't wait to follow along your progress!

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  7. i just looked at my calendar and i am in philly that weekend. rarr. i have the fiona moving comfort bra and it's great also. good luck!

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  8. love the list! i'm definitely learning to like the shot blocks but i always have my vanilla power gel on hand. and sadly, my ipod is a running essential. nothing like a great set list to keep me motivated!! oh, and can't forget the gps watch (garmin 405) to track my distance and pace. :)

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  9. My fiancé and I are running MCM also! It will be his first and my second marathon. I definitely need to grab a tub of the Aquaphor because chafing always seems to happen, no matter how much Body Glide I slather on myself. Good luck finishing up the last few weeks of training!

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  10. great list! i recently got one of these belts & totally felt like a dork with it... until i used it of course! love it! My compression sleeves and McDavid runners knee strap are my lifesavers so I can keep up with my training. I am so excited for you that you're running the MCM. I hope to be able to run a full one day. Cheering for you!

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  11. An iPod is definitely on my essentials list--as well as those Clif gummies. I feel like they actually charge me up!

    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  12. I take a half of ibuprofen every 6-8 miles during marathons. It helps with your joints and makes a huge difference the next day! I ran the Marine Corp Marathon last year, you get so caught up in looking around it goes by fast (hint: you pass a j.crew!) Good Luck!

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  13. I'm starting to train more for 5ks and such, so this posting is great for me! I need to get everything on this list! :)

    <3
    carelessly graceful

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  14. I love this post! I'm so excited for you to run Marine Corps! I can't wait to hear about it. I don't have a water belt, but it's something I'm considering buying. I signed up for the Disney Marathon in January! I'm in week 2 training and will definitely be purchasing some aquaphor. I get the worst blisters. Good luck as you keep training!

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  15. I am beyond impressed that you're running the marine corps marathon! I am not a runner - the most I've ever done is a 10K and I don't really see myself doing anything more than that. You're my fitness idol!

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  16. I'm not a runner but I love the stick - it is such a great way to get rid of knots at home without having to pay for weekly massages!

    - Sara @ Gameday Stylist

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  17. Such a great post! I'll need to look into some of these things since I'm training for my first half!
    My number one essential is my iPod shuffle! It's amazing, and soooo not bulky like other iPods. Love sport beans for fuel and Nuun in strawberry lemonade. I've recently become obsessed with lululemon cool racerback tops; they're perfect!
    good luck with the marathon!

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  18. LOVE this list! I always love hearing about new workout products. Those gummies look great!

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  19. You're such an inspiration! I'm always in awe when I see your Tweets with the numbers of miles you log on the weekends - wow! Good luck with your marathon - I only wish there would be another Blogger Blitz this time you're in DC :) xoxo!

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  20. hey! i found out about your polyvore thing from herlatenightcravings! i joined the mailing list! any way you can fill me in on this friday's challenge so i can get started? not sure if i am too late for this week! thank you so much!

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  21. Being a big girl, with big girls, I love the Maia bra! I have found it in various colors - lime green, blue-both light and dark. The colors are not always available and a little harder to find, but they make a nice change. I've got some pretty good deals on eBay.

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  22. My list is very similar to yours.. Except we all need SUNBLOCK!!

    Clarissa

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