11 Pieces of Must-Have Marathon Training Gear

From sneakers to an anti-chafing stick, here's what you need.


Body Glide, Brooks Ghost 9 GTX, Garmin Forerunner 35/Photos provided

A ratty college t-shirt and your only pair of clean shorts may cut it for a quick summer jog. But when you’re running 14 miles on a cold winter morning, you’re going to wish you’d invested in some quality gear.

Do yourself a favor and try coach Dan Fitzgerald’s recommendations on for size.

1. R8 Roll Recovery

Aching muscles need a little TLC. This deep tissue massager adjusts to target IT-bands, quads, hamstrings, calves, shins, glutes, or whatever else ails you.

$119, rollrecovery.com.

2. Body Glide Anti-Chafing Stick

Fitzgerald recommends applying this stuff liberally before any run that will last longer than 90 minutes. “It’s much better to put on too much than to find out why it’s so important,” he cautions.

$10 for 1.5 ounces, bodyglide.com.

3. Stance Fusion Run Hot Fuse Crew Socks

These socks have a “reflective flair” that’ll keep you safe on dark mornings and evenings.

$18, stance.com.

4. Garmin Forerunner 35 Watch

When it comes to smart watches, this model is the “best bang for your buck,” Fitzgerald says.

$200, garmin.com.

5. Brooks Ghost 9 GTX Sneakers

These kicks are equipped with Gore-Tex, keeping your feet dry and comfortable even in dismal conditions.

$150, brooksrunning.com.

6. Yaktrax Pro Grips 

Like it or not, you’re going to have to train through winter snow and ice. These grippers will keep you steady.

$30, yaktrax.com.

7. Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 3 GTX Sneakers

These lightweight sneakers also boast a Gore-Tex membrane for extra durability.

$130, nike.com.

8. Mizuno Breath Thermo Warmalite Gloves

Protect your hands with these breathable running gloves.

$35, mizunousa.com.

9. Craft Heartbreak Race Hat

Fitzgerald’s store stocks this classic winter cap, emblazoned with the Heartbreakers’ logo.

$25, craftsports.us.

10. Nike Aeroloft Flash Running Vest 

Yes, it’s a little pricey. But this reflective vest is a stylish way to keep visibility up. *Note: This piece is no longer available on Nike’s website, but can be purchased at Heartbreak Hill Running Company.

$280, nike.com.

11. Saysky Merino Wolfpack LS Tee

Danish brand SaySky thought of everything. Its tops are breathable, odor resistant, snug at the neck to keep out wind, and even biodegradable.

$122, saysky.dk.

All products can also be purchased at Heartbreak Hill Running Company.