January 20, 2015

Boston Marathon Training: must have running accessories

During this training cycle, there are certain items in my running collection that are getting plenty of use.  Some are new items and some are old standbys that still are important for all my runs. What a coincidence that the accessories that I am highlighting today are all made by the company Nathan.  Each and every one of these items was purchased by me at my local running store except the hydration bottle which I bought on Amazon.  It was delivered to my Mom's house so I had it for my training run several weeks ago on the Boston Marathon course. Does anyone else love Amazon prime?  When I can't get to the store, I know ordering online will get that item to me in just a couple days and it saves time being able to order almost anything online!

1.Safety Vest:  I am a broken record talking about safety while running, but honestly winter seems the most dangerous time for outdoor runs because of the lack of sunshine and the shorter days.  Wearing a vest takes no effort and is a very inexpensive purchase.  You can get one here.  I normally would go to my local running store before visiting Amazon because I want them to stay in business and the prices are usually the same!



2. Nylon mesh belt I have owned this belt for a couple years.  It was purchased strictly to hold my phone and a couple gels. In my old neighborhood, I did not need to carry water since there were places to get it on my route.  Now, I carry water and the pouch can hold quite a bit.  However, on runs over 12 miles, I need more fuel and this belt does the trick!




3.  Nathan Strobe Light  This light while small in size, does a fabulous job of letting traffic and other runners know you are coming.  It has several settings including a flashing light that is very effective at making you obvious to any moving objects!  And best of all they retail for around $10-$12.  Buy one now!



4. Nathan Quick draw plus hydration bottle Funny story about this bottle.  I bought it to use very occasionally when visiting my mom in the Boston area.  I always run a couple times during my visit and a bottle was necessary.  Who would have thought I would love it so much that it came home in my suitcase.  The best feature of this bottle is the thumb hole.  While I love thumb holes in my running shirts, I never imagined how great one could be on the strap of your hand held bottle.  You do not have to grip the bottle which makes it easy to carry during a run.  Best of all, it holds 22 ounces of water or whatever drink you use while running. It also has an adjustable strap on the side. If you are in the market for a new bottle, try this one. You can see in the photo that the little pocket can hole alot of fuel!




Last of all, I would be remiss if I did not include my trusted running shoes.  Brooks Ravenna 4's have made my feet happy for the last 12 months.  In advance of this training cycle, I found three pair and just started wearing them.  The blue pair are already earmarked for marathon Monday, April 20th and will probably just have 50 miles on them when I start the Boston Marathon!



Do you have any go to accessories to recommend?


27 comments:

  1. I have that older version of that water bottle and it doesn't have the thumbhole, makes me want to but another one, but I can't justify spending money on another when I have a perfectly good one : (

    I'd say other than the items you mention, my go-to marathon training things include a lot of recovery stuff! Amazing how much stuff you need to run!

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    1. I had another handheld bottle at home, but the thumb hole is what makes this bottle so awesome.

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  2. I have the older version of that water bottle, too! A thumb-hole sounds like an improvement. I ran in my comfortable Brooks Ravenna's yesterday and may use them for my upcoming half marathon and marathon. Great list! One other thing I use is a small plastic baggy for my phone.

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    1. Tina, great suggestion for the baggy for the phone. I always try to remember that too!

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  3. I've been eyeing that water bottle for awhile now! May just have to splurge and get it!

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    1. Go for it Mindy, or alternatively, give your boys a hint for Valentine's Day!

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  4. Love the strobe light -- I cover myself with blinking lights on early morning runs. However, my dark runs only happen in the warmer weather months. I am SUPER impressed that you run in the dark when it's so cold!

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    1. Jen, I only run with a group when it is cold and dark, never by myself.

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  5. Love the small light. Even though I don't run in the dark. This is a great idea. I used to have the same water bottle but I have had it so long that it started to get moldy so I got a new one recently that I like but doesn't fit many GUs in.-L

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    1. This one holds a ton of gels, probably could cram in 7 if I tried. But I don't need that many either!

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  6. I'm a HUGE Nathan fan. Love my Nathan hand bottle.

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    1. I never realized until I was putting the post together that I owned so many Nathan items. They have great quality products.

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  7. The Nathan flashing light is a great idea! I have a clip on one that's similar from road ID and I love it!

    I have to tell you that you crossed my mind several times during Sunday's race. Your determination to qualify for Boston (and your BQ race recap) was so inspiring to me, it was one of the things that helped keep me going!

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    1. Aww Karen, that is really sweet. You did a tremendous job at your race and we are so excited you broke the 2 hour barrier in your half.

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  8. I admit with shame that while 95% of my runs so far happen at night, I do not have any safety gear for them. That light sounds like a good start though.

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    1. Please buy a light Frank. A mother of one of Christine's college friends got killed by a car while out running at dusk....it is so important to be seen.

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  9. The Boston Marathon is the best marathon ever. Enjoy.

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    1. Thanks, super excited to share this experience with my sister!

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  10. I love your broken record on safety and I'm so excited for you to run the Boston Marathon! You're going to do awesome, Pam!!!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, We won't have any goal time, but want to finish with big smiles on our faces!

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  11. I'm in the market for a new/larger water bottle, so I'll def take a look at the Quick draw (I love that it happens to be Boston colors as well) :)

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    1. I chose that one because of the colors Jenny!

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    1. I made the mistake of leaving it on my shirt and it went through the wash today. It is in a bag with rice and I hope it will survive being cleaned!

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  13. I absolutely LOVE Nathan products!! I have a couple of water bottles and a hydration pack. So well made! Yay for Boston! I'll be there this weekend to visit my bestie :)

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    1. Have a blast in Boston Mar and be sure to bring warm clothes....it was so cold when I visited two weeks ago!

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  14. I have a child sized camelbak that I LOVE! It's not too big, the pouch can hold my keys, phone, gels, etc. The only drawback is that Otis an obnoxious pink color. But I love it!

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