My marathon favorites tend to change with each training cycle. These are some of my marathon favorites for 2018.
Every year during marathon training, I begin to gravitate toward some favorites. Some tried-and-true items if you will. Items that I either use for safety, convenience, or comfort. My marathon favorites don’t change with every new race; oftentimes they stay the same. But when I do find a favorite, they tend to stick for the duration of the training cycle.
My Marathon Favorites for 2018: Friday Five 2.0
1. Brooks Chaser 3″ Short
After a rough season of relentless chafing, I’ve been ready to throw in the towel more than once. I runfessed a couple weeks ago that some of my more expensive shorts have been the cause of the issue. Thankfully I have a few pairs that have proven to be comfortable, functional, and non-chafing. My favorites of the bunch are the Brooks Chaser 3″ shorts. They’re comfortable and lightweight and I really like them.
2. PayDay as run fuel
A couple years ago my good friend, Carole, introduced me to the loveliness of using PayDay candy bars as run fuel. They’re sweet, salty, provide carbs and protein, and because there’s no chocolate, they don’t melt! That means I can run with them in my shorts pocket, in my pack, and in 90˚ heat. Brilliant. Helpful hint: get the snack size for convenience while running!
3. Musical variety
Or perhaps aural. Because I don’t only listen to music. I’ve recently downloaded a book on Audible called Endure by Alex Hutchinson and Malcolm Gladwell. So far it’s really interesting. But music has been my marathon favorite this cycle. It’s been hard to narrow it down to one but if you read my post last Friday, you’ll know I have at least five current favorites!
4. Newton Gravity IV
I know, I know. They don’t even make these shoes anymore. But damn if they’re not my all-time favorite running shoe. I runfess I stockpiled several pairs of them last year (or maybe two years ago now). I’m now on my last pair and the right one is water-logged from running so many miles in the rain. It makes me so sad I won’t be able to replace them. I still like my Newtons but the Gravity IV was by far the best shoe I’ve ever run in.
5. Feetures! Socks
I was a Feetures! ambassador last year. I’m a little sad I’m not one again this year but that doesn’t mean I stopped loving the socks. They’re among my favorites! I really like my Feetures! merino wool no shows. They’re perfect for trail, rain, and everyday running.
Sometimes my marathon favorites change during each training cycle, but a lot of times they stay the same. I wonder if I’ll like the same things again in 2019!
What’s your go-to piece of running apparel?
Do you have the same favorites for each training cycle?
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