Figuring out what to wear on race day is extremely hard whether you are a new marathoner or a seasoned veteran. Overdress and you risk sweating too much, getting dehydrated faster, or simply overheating. Underdress and you spend 3+ hours thinking about how cold you are.
I can honestly tell you that out of the 13 marathons I have run, I have over dressed for 12 of them. It has negatively affected me. Not once did I underdress, I always overdressed for fear of being cold. One time I got it right. Marine Corps 2009 when I ran a personal PR at the time of 3:31. I wore shorts and a tank – I was neither too hot or too cold.
On Saturday I am facing my fears and will be wearing WAY less than I want to wear. I hope that it will keep me from overheating, which is a major problem I have had in almost all of my marathons.
Here’s the outfit:
Why I picked it:
On my test-my-gear run last weekend my hat was blowing off, so I switched to a tight hat to keep the wind from blowing it off and also to keep the wind from blowing in my ears. I dislike the sound of the wind in my ears for 3+ hours – it gives me a headache.
I’ll be wearing gloves because warm hands make the body feel warmer than it actually is.
I chose capris over shorts simply because I am more comfortable post baby in capris than I am in shorts. A key to picking the perfect outfit is making sure it’s something you feel comfortable in as well as feel that you are fast in. Remember – what the mind believes the body believes. Fast mind = fast body.
A supportive sports bra was next on my must wear list, for this nursing mom.
I chose a tank and arm warmers simply because I feel faster in them than I do in a long or short sleeve shirt.
Sunglasses to keep the sun out of my eyes and also to help if I encounter any unwanted wind.
SPF because let’s be honest – we are going to be running for a long time and even the slightest bit of sun can cause sunburn when you are out for that long.
Body Glide – because I don’t leave home with out it. I’m a VERY sweaty girl – TMI – so I need to make sure I prevent chaffing.
My favorite Saucony socks,my A4 racing flats, my Garmin and my Road ID complete the outfit!
What will you be wearing during the race? Need advice? Comment below and I’ll do my best to help!
You may be worried about the forecast for Saturday. At last check http://www.weather.com/ said it will be 40 degrees for the high. Worry not runner friends. According to the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, the perfect temperture for optimal performance in a marathon is 41 degrees!
The course map has changed! Be sure to check out the latest map. This also means that the course elevation chart is not completely correct, but be sure to check it out anyways. The first half of the marathon is very hilly in comparision to the 2nd half. Make sure you don’t go out too fast and blow up in the later miles of the race.