If you’re running a long distance marathon, just showing up in your favourite pair of sports shoes and your comfiest sweatpants is probably not going to be enough to get you to the finish line.
If this is your first time, don’t be too befuddled by all the essentials that the shop assistant recommends you. Here’s our quick guide of the key running essentials to help you get through the run.
If you’ve participated in other marathons before or you’re planning on your own running routes, you may want to compare with our checklist to see if you’re missing out on any thing! This list should give you an ultimate guide on what you need to bring.
1. Water Bottles
Price: USD 32.25 = SGD 45.79
A marathon is no easy feat . You’ll need plenty of liquids to keep you hydrated enough so you can actually last until the finish line. However, how do you pick the right water bottle that doesn’t hamper your run?
Choose a water bottle or sport pack that is light, has adequate capacity, and preferably spill-proof. Pick one to best fit your running style – either a handheld or sport pack that is secured at the waist. These water bottles are recommended by Runner’s World.
The Salomon Park Hydro Handset Pack here contains an 18 oz or 532 ml flask that collapses as you drink, while its stretchy strap system has small pockets for you to put other items such as your handphone, cards, key etc.
Alternatively if you prefer a sports pack, be sure to choose a lightweight one which doesn’t bounce. Choosing an unsuitable sports pack may hinder your movements and ultimately, your running momentum.
Here’s another item recommended by Runner’s World that we like. The classically styled Dart TLS (Technical Lumbar System) sports pack secures your bottle at a low, stable, and good angle for easy retrieval.
Price: USD $34.66 = SGD 49.21
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With over 100+ positive Amazon reviews, we recommend this 24-ounce stainless steel Avex bottle which has a spill-proof system that lets you take a sip with a one-handed squeeze.
Price: USD $28.78 = SGD 40.86
2. Compression Clothing
Price: SGD 10-15 (varies)
In sports, compression garments are meant to improve performance and expedite recovery. The main benefits of compression sportswear is that it keeps the muscles warm to prevent muscle strain and soreness. From running long distances or marathons, the compression sportswear also keep sweat away from your body to prevent chafes and rashes.
Almost all of us are aware of how harmful UV rays are to our skin. The DR Skin Compression Wear blocks off UV rays, and has 4000+ positive reviews on Qoo10 ! It’s worth a try for their affordable price!
No more shin splints! The Skins Unisex Calf Compression Sleeves reduces the burden on the leg during sports. The sleeves does not interfere with your movement and also alleviates fatigue, which contributes to improved athletic performance.
Price: SGD 47.99
The #1 selling compression leg sleeve, it ensures the best quality for people ranging from olympic athletes to runners, fitness enthusiasts and more. With over 1150+ positive customer reviews on Amazon, I’m sure you will find this a perfect fit, especially if you have a calf or shin injury!
Price: USD $29.08 = SGD 41.28
With almost 2000 positive reviews on Amazon, this is a great find. This compression socks help to repair muscles efficiently and athletes are recommended to wear them for long sessions.
Price: USD $22.49 = SGD 31.93
Alternative: Original USA Compression Miracle Socks
If you’re looking for an even cheaper alternative, we’ve found a good alternative with over 400+ positive reviews on Qoo10.
Price: SGD 4.95
3. Sports bra for the Ladies
Price: USD $16.28 = SGD 23.11
Especially for the ladies, going without the right fit or correct support can cause breast pain, upper back aches and shoulder problems. Lack of breast support will lead to tissue damage which causes stretch marks and sagging over time. If you’re missing the most vital piece of exercise equipment, you jolly well should invest in one right now.
These Champion Women’s Freedom Sports Bra comes in sizes ranging from XS to XL, which can fit sizes from A to D! There’s a wide range of fun colours for you to choose from. Other than that, it has 900+ positive reviews on Amazon about the high level of support it provides. We think it is definitely worth the price!
Here are some other designs:
More suited for women with cups A and B, this Under Armour sports bra aims to eliminate painful rubbing and chafing while still providing support for the user, and has 100+ positive reviews on Amazon.
Price: USD $34.99 = SGD 49.67
Preferably for cups C to D, Moving Comfort’s sports bra is perfectly designed for high-impact sports and long runs. The #1 selling sports bra, it provides a high level of support with adjustable straps for a right fit. Backed up with 1400+ reviews, I doubt you will be disappointed.
Price: USD $46 = SGD 65.31
If you worried about getting the right fit for bra cup sizes, you might want to check this out >> How to Measure your Bra Size <<
4. Workout Arm Band
Price: USD 16.99 = SGD 24.12
Music can sometimes make running feel easier. Studies have shown that music reduces the runner’s perception of how hard they are running by about 10%.
Alternatively, if you’ve downloaded a fitness app to track your exercise metrics such as distance and calories burnt, you’ll need a good sports armband to hold your device. Running with a phone in your sweaty hand for the entire marathon isn’t a very practical idea.
This SUPCASE Sports Armband ranked 4th in the “Top 5 Best iPhone 6 Armband Cases“ allows you to access your iPhone’s essential ports, controls, headphones, buttons and screen fully. The silicon casing is also lightweight, which is crucial in a marathon.
Not an iPhone 6 user? Fret not! Here are other alternatives:
With over 1000+ positive reviews on Amazon, this arm band is designed for iPhone 5/5S users which has a convenient open face design. With complete access to your phone’s screen and other functions, it does the job perfectly of securing your device to your arm.
Price: USD $9.99 = SGD 14.18
With almost 500 positive reviews on Qoo10 and an extremely affordable price, this is a much cheaper alternative with many different armbands available for specific phone models. Secured tightly and waterproof, you can also choose your desired colour.
Price: SGD 3.70
Price: SGD 359
Any marathon runner or hiker would need a trusty watch. This is to measure the distance you’ve run, calories burnt, time spent and your pace. This is an alternative if you prefer to wear a watch instead of using an arm band.
A GPS watch such as Garmin Forerunner 225 is the latest model and a great all-rounder as it has all the features needed in a trusty watch. Featured first in the article “Best Running Watch for New and Serious Runners“, the Garmin Forerunner 225 has a built-in heart rate tracking feature and a colourful gauge of zone areas. For example, if grey shows up, it indicates a warm-up zone. If red shows up, it indicates the maximum zone, according to your heart rate. This makes training within zones much easier and users are better able to understand their bodies. You can read an in-depth review here >>>.
A cheaper alternative would be the:
Also featured in the article mentioned is the Polar M400 GPD Sports Watch which is both comfortable and durable. It has advanced training features such as tracking, recording your run and monitoring your heart rate accurately. Also, the Polar Flow mobile app is available to keep your records.
Price: SGD 250
Price: USD $30.87 = SGD 43.83
A lightweight and dri-fit cap is essential especially if you are running under the hot sun or cold weather. A running hat will help cool your head effectively while it allows heat to escape. The pre-curved brim anti-glare design also helps to block the sun out. Under Singapore’s unpredictable weather conditions, it is better to pack a dri-fit cap just in case.
The Nike Feather Light Cap has over 200+ positive reviews on Amazon, is stylish and built for the summer sports such as running and outdoor activities. The cap features a great breathability through the dri-fit fabric and also an adjustable strap for a comfortable fit for your head.
With 200+ positive reviews on Amazon, Perfect for outdoor activities, the Adidas Adizero Cap includes mesh panels for breathability and anti-glare design. There is also UPF protection that prevents harmful UV rays from damaging your skin.
Price: USD $19.05 = SGD 27.05
Price: USD $122.17 = SGD 173.44
Of course, we will definitely need eye protection as well! Investing in a pair of running sunglasses helps protects your eyes by blocking off strong sunlight and UV rays, reducing glare and preventing dust and dirt from entering the eye. A pair of good-quality sunglasses can protect the eyes from harmful rays, ensuing that they are not damaged.
Under the “The 10 Best Sports Sunglasses“, the Oakley Radar Path Sunglasses is the ultimate sports sunglasses as it has an interchangeable lens technology to optimise performance in any type of environment. The Oakley Radar Path not only has an unrivalled clarity and impact-resistance feature, it is also lightweight with a perfect fit for users.
Ranked first in “The 10 Best Sports Sunglasses“, the Nike Impel Swift Sunglasses boasts a lightweight frame and adjustable nose bridge for a customized fit. It also has all of the latest Nike technology to maximise durability.
Price: USD $153.57 = SGD 218.02
Note from us:
If the item you want from Amazon doesn’t ship to Singapore, you can make use of parcel forwarding agents such as 65Daigou or Peeka.
If you need filler items to hit the SGD 125 mark for free shipping, do check out our article on “10 Useful items to pick up to qualify for Free Amazon Shipping”!
That’s our top 7 items we think every marathon runner should have ! Is there any other items you think we should add to the list?
Do share with us too if you’ve suggestions of good brands for the checklist above!
Don’t forget to check out our previous post on the cheapest places to buy running shoes specially for Marathon running here >> “Top 10 Cheapest Places To Buy Running Shoes” .
All the best with your marathon! 🙂
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