You know those key training products you just can't go without? We've all got 'em and everyone has a different little arsenal that they've perfected over the course of their running career. For me it's taken 5+ years to identify the perfect training essentials that work right with me. I still find something new every now and then, but the key group of products I use really hasn't changed for the past few years. Which is why for most of them, as you can see on the side panel, I am a product ambassador. It's not for free product, discounts, etc., it's because I truly believe these products play a key role in my training and have been game changers for me in the past. So with 7 weeks to go, aka when I start getting organized to make sure I'm stocked up on all my essentials for the marathon, I thought I'd share my favorite essentials and why I love them.
First up: Nuun Hydration.
In particular, I train with Nuun Performance (Orange Mango). I started using new about 4 years ago because I have such a sensitive stomach and Gatorade/Powerade just completely destroy me. Nuun does not do that to me and it has no artificial sweeteners, which I avoid.
Nuun Performance is a recent addition to the Nuun family and is for sustained endurance, aka longer/more intense training sessions. I love the stuff for long runs, races, and long speedwork sessions. And I learned last summer that it works wonders for battling heat and humidity.
Third: Honey Stinger Waffles.
If you haven't tried these, even just as a snack, you are missing out! They are so good! I used to use them post-long run as a treat, but last summer I switched it up and made them a more integral part of my training.
Now I use them as my pre-run breakfast. I do 1 for a hard workout or 6-10 miler, 2 for a 10-20 miles, and 3 for a marathon. They sit really well. I can eat a waffle and start running 10-15 mins later with no stomach issues or cramps. Plus they provide energy to power you through the workout. And as someone who needs GF flavors, they have plenty variety to choose from!
Fifth: Enertor Insoles.
This company reached out to me a little over a year and a half ago, right as I was rehabbing my IT band, and asked if I wanted to try out these insoles. I figured why not. The difference was apparent after the first run. I could feel the impact lessened when running on them. I even tried a few runs without them to be sure it wasn't a placebo effect. It definitely wasn't. These things seriously help prevent injury and I stand by the belief that they were critical in my IT band rehab.
These are just a few of the many things I use in my training, but these 5 are definitely my "can't go withouts". And I can guarantee you I'll be using these babies at Cleveland!
What are your favorite training essentials? And have you signed up for the Cleveland Marathon yet? HKCLE10 will still score you 10% off your registration!