There is a variety of gear needed to effectively train and run a half marathon. Along with the obvious sunscreen, lip balm, Vaseline, and a small first aid kit, here are the essentials you will need to make your half marathon a success.
Nike Feather Light Cap
This cap is so lightweight that you will barely know that you are wearing it. It is a great choice for beginner and expert runners alike. The large bill eliminates the need for sunglasses, but the hat is not so bulky that it looks bad or becomes cumbersome.
If you prefer not to wear a hat, then you should try Sweaty Bands. They are stylish and come in many different designs and colors. They are excellent for any type of hair and stay in place through the most rigorous of runs. Paired with a simple hair tie, these bands are an excellent choice for any runner with long hair.
Tifosi Jet Wrap Sunglasses
You definitely won’t want to be without some type of sun protection while you run. These sunglasses will work well whether you choose to wear a hat or a sweatband. They stay in place and won’t fog up while you run, allowing for maximum visibility. They are an excellent value for the money.
Nathan Trail Mix Hydration Belt
A half marathon is a long run, so you will need some fuel and hydration along the way. If your trail won’t have people providing water at various points, make sure you invest in a fuel belt. This hydration belt comes with a small water bottle and a flask for energy gel or an electrolyte drink. The pocket can hold a small snack, such as a power bar, and essentials, such as keys and a phone.
BeVisible Sports Men and Women’s Leg Compression Sleeves
These sleeves will help keep your calves from getting sore and cramping during your run. Compression sleeves or socks are known to help reduce shin splints and keep your muscles from straining.
Under Armour Men’s UA Flex 10” Shorts
Make sure you don’t skimp on your choice of running clothing. Anything you choose should be comfortable for a long run and shouldn’t cause any issues. For men, I recommend these shorts, as they are versatile and durable. They will be the only pair of shorts you will need to train for and run your half marathon.
Under Armour Men’s UA HeatGear Flyweight Run Pants
These pants are extremely comfortable and great for cool or warm weather. They are a great option if you would rather not wear shorts.
Under Armour Women’s UA Get Set Go Shorts
For women, I recommend these shorts because they are versatile and comfortable for running. They will keep you dry and cool if you are running your half marathon in hot weather, and they stay in place without riding up.
Under Armour Women’s UA Authentic HeatGear Tights
These tights are an excellent choice if you prefer not to wear shorts, and they are great for warm or cool weather running. They will keep you dry and comfortable throughout your run and are made for long-term wear.
Russel Athletic Men’s Short Sleeve DRi-Power Tee
This moisture wicking t-shirt will provide you with comfort and keep you dry while you run your half marathon. It effectively draws moisture away from your skin to prevent chafing and to keep you cool.
New Balance Women’s Go 2 Short Sleeve Top
For women, I recommend this top because it will keep you cool and dry during your run and provide flexibility for maximum comfort.
ASICS Women’s Thermopolis LT Full Zip Top
If you are running in cooler weather, this jacket is an excellent choice. It is comfortable and light weight, and it will keep you warm without getting in your way.
Pearl Izumi Men’s Infinity Jacket
This jacket is water resistant and will keep you warm in the cold, rain, or wind. It is great for breathability and is stylish and comfortable. The jacket’s sleek design allows for perfect freedom of movement.
Timex Women’s T5J51 1440 Sports Digital Black/Pink Resin Strap Watch
Many runners like to track their times, and if you are running a half marathon, this is the watch for you. It is durable, affordable, and functional. It is water resistant and will help you track your times without causing a distraction.
Timex Men’s T5K086 1440 Sports Watch with Black Band
This watch is an excellent choice for the beginner runner who needs something durable and long lasting without spending a lot of money.
ASICS Women’s Cushion Low Cut Socks
These socks are a great choice for running in comfort. They stay in place and keep you cool and dry while fitting comfortably inside your shoe.
ASICS Intensity Low Cut Socks
These are great running socks for men. They fit snugly and keep your feet dry in wet or hot weather. They help wick away moisture and prevent chafing, and you won’t have to worry about being distracted by your socks slipping down into your shoe.
Nike Men’s Downshifter 5 Running Shoes
Last, but certainly not least, invest in a quality, long-lasting running shoe. These are a perfect choice for the novice or expert runner. They are very comfortable and durable and offer a great fit. They absorb impact and grip the ground for a safe run.
ASICS Women’s Gel-Kayano 19 Running Shoe
This women’s running shoe is a durable, flexible shoe that will keep you comfortable and absorb running impact. They are a great choice to train for and run your half-marathon in. I recommend these as they are versatile and fit well on many different people.
Once you have all of the essential gear checked off of your list, make sure you test out every item while you train. You don’t want to be stuck with something uncomfortable that hampers your ability to run comfortably and effectively on race day. You should make sure that this long run will be an enjoyable experience.