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Monday, 15 October 2018

7 Days into Marathon Life...7 Items I Need!

The perils of social media - follow a shed load of super inspiring people and you’ll also be inspired to want some of the fabulous specialist products they use!

7 days into life as a marathon runner and of course I have already encountered the joys of shopping for the big day. Some items necessary, some items not so necessary - more items of pure fantasy (who doesn't want a £300 smart watch?!), here's what has taken my fancy in just the 1st week of marathon prep, but what do I really need to buy?

1. Garmin Vivoactive 3
RRP: £299.99
The Garmin equivalent to the Apple watch a GPS Smartwatch with built-in Sports Apps and wrist-based heart rate. It’s a pretty expensive does a lot for its money though and the look of it doubles as a ‘normal’ watch so it’s allure is justified!
RRP: £120

Possibly the most important piece of kit I'll need; these offer the support & cushioning required for my gait and flat feet!

3. Caterpy Laces
RRP: £6.99 or 3 for £15

To prevent any time lost in lace tieing or from fretting about laces being done right these are the bestselling 'no-tie' shoe lace, allows adjustable tension for comfort and ease.

4. FlipBelt

Carries everything you might need while exercising. Easily slide in your essentials through any of the three access points, secure your keys on the sewn-in clip and place valuables inside the zipper pocket. FlipBelt Zipper stays securely in place without bouncing or shifting. Available in 5 sizes.

5. Torq Fuelling Gels
RRP: £22.80 for a box of 15

TORQ Gel represents the fastest possible method of consuming 30 grams of carbohydrate (1 TORQ Unit), so is suitable for use at all exercise intensities and is especially favoured during high intensity racing or training when heavy breathing makes consuming a TORQ Bar or TORQ Chew more difficult. 2-3 are recommended per hour of activity - so for a 5 hour marathon a maximum of 15 would be needed.         

6. Kalennji Headband and LED Nightlight
RRP: £6.99 (headband), £2.99 (LED nightlight)

Winter training essentials (I think) a headband to keep my ears warm and a nightlight so I can be seen in the dark!

RRP: £13.00
100% vegan organic anti-chafing (friction) stick that protects your skin against rubbing. Our advanced anti-friction formula prevents chafing, saddle sores, rashes, blisters, dry and cracking skin. 

TOTAL: £504.76

A marathon runner can dream...or at least save her pennies to make some exciting purchases! Anything I buy I will of course report back on and let you know how it helps me in my training and race.

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