This is my third round of marathon training, and I’m almost halfway through. (Eek!) Although running has a reputation for being a cheap sport…marathon training certainly is not! In order to keep healthy and sane while training, there are a few things I have been relying on this time around.
Every runner needs a great pair of shoes to rely on! I’m still deciding on what my marathon shoes will be, and I just recently tried out the new Mizuno Wave Rider 21’s. They’re a neutral shoe, which is good for me with my history of IT-band issues, and they’re also more cushioned than previous versions of the Wave Riders. They’re also almost entirely mesh, which provides breathability (very important in the Austin heat!) They’re great for beginners as well as marathoners doing high weekly mileage. I’ve only worn them for shorter runs so far and have yet to try them out on a long run, but I’m building up to that and loving them so far. It’s so important to try different shoes to find the pair that’s best for you (or better yet – go to a local running store and get professionally fitted!) so that you can jump into marathon training feeling confident and healthy.
MUSIC. I wish I were one of those runners who just loved listening to their own thoughts…and on the rare occasion I do, but most of the time I need some distractions. I get a Spotify premium account through work and it has been great for marathon training because I am never bored with my music, like I used to get before the days of Spotify. Having so many song choices at my fingertips make it easy to keep up my running motivation. I also like to switch it up with podcasts – I’ll do a separate post of my favorite podcasts to listen to while running!
These are a game-changer! I got a pair of the Bose bluetooth sport headphones over the summer, and it’s so nice not to have to deal with wires while running. I will say that they block out a lot of sound, so I will often run with only one earbud in. They hold a charge for a long time, too!
Headspace Meditation App
This is a new one for me: meditation. I also get a Headspace subscription through work (they offer them for free to all non-profits!) and they have an entire section of meditation series devoted to sport. The categories include motivation, focus, training, competition, communication, analysis, recovery, and rehab. I’m trying to do them more consistently, especially since so much research points to training the brain and the mental muscle as an essential part of marathon training!
Nothing beats a relaxing bath on a Sunday night. I’m not much of a bath person but they’ve become necessary during the past few weeks of long runs – a hot epsom salt bath makes my sore legs feel a million times better.
If you don’t have a foam roller yet, what are you waiting for?! I’ll admit that I don’t use it nearly as much as I should, but it’s essential for keeping my quads, calves, and glutes happy during marathon training. My favorite is the TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller.
Last month I wrote about how I’m using Jasyoga videos in my training. The short 5-15 minute videos are my favorites; I’ve been a subscriber for about a year and I have really noticed a difference in my body’s resiliency and ability to recover quickly from hard workouts – and I think a big part of that has to do with incorporating running-specific yoga into my routine.
Ahhhhhh. These are amazing. I also had never tried these before this round of marathon training. They have them at a lot of sports fitness and physical therapy places; I have been going to Athletic Outcomes (through ClassPass) and doing their “Recovery Lounge” which is 10 minutes in their cold tub (essentially an ice bath) and then 45 minutes in the compression boots. They are meant to massage your muscles, increase blood flow, and speed recovery. They feel very relaxing!
That’s what’s been keeping me going in training for the Austin Marathon.
What are your marathon training essentials?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.