Whether you’re gearing up for the 2023 New York City Marathon, training for a different race, or simply looking to get into a new workout routine, we’ve got you covered with this guide to all things running. From the right clothing to staying properly hydrated to choosing the perfect running shoes, we’ve got expert recommendations to help you succeed on your running journey.
When it comes to running attire, the right fit is paramount for comfort and performance. Here are some of our top picks.
Some runners prefer the freedom of running shorts, while others opt for a snugger fit with spandex. To avoid thigh chafing, consider Outdoor Voices’ 6-inch “Snack” shorts ($78). These shorts have more than four pockets (!) and a removable mini backpack to carry hydration and energy gels, making long runs a breeze. They offer a compression fit that stays in place, and there’s even a shirt loop for easy layer shedding during your workout. These versatile shorts aren’t great just for running; they’re great for hiking, HIIT workouts, and other high-intensity or long workout activities. For a more budget-friendly option, check out Nike’s Mid-Rise 7-inch biker shorts ($37) for reliable training and cross-training gear.
For warmer weather, Lululemon’s Wunder tank top ($68) is a fantastic choice. It comes with a built-in bra for added convenience. Brooks’ Drive 3 Pocket Run Bra ($50) is another great option – plus, it comes with a phone pocket in the back.
Selecting the right pair of running shoes is a critical decision that can make or break your running experience. Here are some guidelines to follow:
First and foremost, you must get properly sized! A visit to your local shoe store for a fitting is essential, but if you have the opportunity, consider a store with 3D foot scanning technology for a more precise fit. On my last visit, I discovered that my foot was nearly a full size off!
An important note before my recommendations: different shoes cater to different feet. If you have high arches, like myself, opt for a shoe with a softer upper. For wider feet, try for a shoe with a larger toe box.
In my current training, I have been enjoying New Balance’s latest launch – the FreshFoam X 1080v13 ($170). The 6mm drop makes high mileage weeks no biggie. For race day, our recommended choice is the New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Elite v3 ($230). These shoes are built with a carbon plate that provides a spring-like bounce with each step meant to conserve energy and make long runs easy. The shoes are ultra-light and incredibly comfortable. Finally, for those seeking less cushioning and a roomier toe box, consider Altra’s Rivera 3 ($140).
Hydration is key for maintaining pace and easing recovery. For runs over 8 miles, try adding hydration and energy gels to your regimen. Honeystingers are a good option for sensitive stomachs – the brand’s ingredient list is cleaner than a lot of others. Plus, if you’re a honey fan, the taste is not bad at all.
For protein powders, we recommend Gainful. Gainful offers a personalized and all-natural solution. They tailor their blends based on your preferences, dietary needs, and health goals. These customized protein blends come with Flavor Boost options, and Gainful prides itself on using high-quality, clean ingredients chosen by registered dietitians, without soy, gluten, fillers, or artificial additives. The subscription-based service starts at $45 for 14 servings, with add-on options including hydration, creatine, and fiber supplements, with the flexibility to skip or cancel shipments.
Quality sleep is essential for peak performance and recovery, especially before a big race. If you struggle with pre-race nerves and anxiety, consider using the Nodpod weighted blanket. TSA-approved and portable, it’s perfect for runners traveling to races and can help calm nerves before race day.
Whether you’re chasing a marathon completion, a personal best, or simply the joy of a healthier, more active lifestyle, keep in mind that every stride is a victory and every challenge is an opportunity for growth. Happy running!