The 8 Essentials You Need To Run a Marathon

May 9, 2024

For those whose stamina drives them on long runs, hikes and walks, donning the right gear and packing protein-forward goodies is supremely vital. Be prepared for all walks of life, with the eight marathon-ready releases below. —Julia Dumbrell

The Lululemon blissfeel 2 Women’s Running Shoes were designed for women’s running ($168). With a female-centric fit and cushioning profile, these custom-feeling runners are based on 4 years of research and development.

Lightweight, stable and comfortable, The North Face Women’s Altamesa 300 Trail Run Shoes are everyday runners for enthusiasts of all levels ($180). From gravel paths to mountainous trails, their plush cushioning, SKYCORE rock guards and trail-tuned SURFACE CTRL rubber outsoles are an ideal fit.

Smartwool’s newly released Women’s Run Targeted Cushion Compression OTC Socks were created with mesh patterning in the leg of the sock, for improved breathability ($50).

Made with a blend of responsibly sourced Merino wool and TENCEL Lyocell fibers, the Smartwool Women’s Active Ultralite Short Sleeve is a cooling essential ($75). The shirt offers freedom of movement without bulk as a light, soft and comfortable tee.

The Women’s Intraknit Active Tank by Smartwool was designed to offer a supportive fit for bodies in motion ($100). Combining the moisture management, temperature regulation, and odor resistance of Merino with the softness and cooling properties of TENCEL Lyocell fibre, its slim fit is intended to follow the contours of the body.

The Lululemon Hotty Hot Low-Rise Lined Short 4″ offers weightless coverage for long strides, deep squats, and everything in between ($68). The shorts’ discreet side-seam pocket helps keep essentials secure, which proves to be a long-run lifesaver.

The Summer LT Run Hat from The North Face offers vital sun protection for the most strenuous of runs ($55). The North Face combines moisture-managing FlashDry fabrics with advanced LIGHTRANGE finish for UPF coverage, engineered to help runners reach their next personal record.

Quaker Canada expanded its line of protein-enriched products with ‘The Humble Runner’ in mind. With new items including instant oatmeal, granola cereal and pancake mix, Quaker’s running fuel is committed to helping as many people cross the finish line as possible ($ prices vary).


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