Over the next few months on your journey, you will be experiencing a lot of new things! We want to make sure you are fully prepared and comfortable. MIT members receive 15% off during the entire season! Here a few things you will find necessary to your journey.
* Shoes! Switch out shoes around 350-450 miles. Listen to your body as everyone is different. It's also a good idea to get a new pair of the same shoes (assuming they are working well for you) about a month out from your marathon. Use those for your longer runs and that way you'll have a fresh pair for the big day!
* Socks! Being in a pair of non-cotton socks will make your experience running ten times better. Why? Because cotton is rotten! Cotton essentially holds on to any moisture that your foot produces, making it very uncomfortable for you. A staff favorite around Fleet Feet is Balega. Not only do they feel like clouds on your feet, but they will aid in preventing blisters, irritation and chafing on your foot. Balega's will also hold their shape and stay on your foot so they don't slide down into your shoe!
* Technical apparel - The same concept with socks applies to your apparel! Don't wear cotton! Technical apparel will allow you to stay dry and will wick any moisture away from your skin. We recommend dressing like it is 20 degrees warmer than it really is. This is because as you move you will warm up and do not want to over heat. Check out this article that will discuss how to dress in the cold!
* Properly Fit Sports Bra - 60% of women wear the wrong size bra; and it can be vastly different than your everyday bra. The life of a sports bra is only 6-12 months, especially if you're training everyday. We suggest you replace one of your sports bras each time you change your shoes.
* Massage roller! A favorite around here is the Addaday. Hopefully your massage roller is already your best friend but if not, pick one up asap! Stretching is great but a massage roller will help reduce scar tissue build up and make stretching that more effective. There are various types of rollers so stop by and try a few before you commit!
*GPS Unit - Even if you really don't care about your pace, it's great to be able to track your workouts for mileage. And if you want pace and heart rate info to maximize your training, we have that too!
* Compression Gear - Have you seen someone running and seen colored sleeves on their calves and think..."what is that for"? They are a little slice of heaven for your legs...that's what they are! Great to use them either during your run/walk and/or after. When you slip them on, they instantly make your legs feel relaxed. They increase circulation, reduce inflammation and reduce recovery time! There are differences between brands and we proudly sell the two best: CEP and 110%.
* Hydration Unit - While MIT does provide hydration on the trail, it will not hurt to carry your own if you thirst quicker. The benefit to carrying your own hydration unit is that you can stay hydrated when you want and you can drink what you want. You have been training and hopefully trying out different hydration/nutrition options, so continue to use that on race day. Remember, nothing NEW on race day! We suggest that you drink 4 ounces every 15 minutes or 20 ounces an hour.
* Body Glide - Keep chafing at bay with either the Body Glide balm or the stick! Rub it on the apparel/sock/heart rate strap and on you to create a barrier for blistering and chafing!
* Nutrition - As your mileage increases, you'll want to replace your carbohydrate and electrolyte loss. You need to give your body fuel to burn! Use your longer runs as practice to see what tastes good and any effects (good or bad) it has on your system. We recommend fueling every 45 minutes for a run that lasts longer than 60 minutes. Check out this article about best fueling practices!