We are about 3 and a half days away from one of the biggest events in Chicago. Thousands and thousands of people will come to our city and participate in one of the most physically challenging events in existence.
Most of these individuals have trained for months in order to finish the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. For some, this is not their first marathon. These experienced marathoners know the importance of having the right clothing and equipment in order to successfully complete the marathon.
To help out the new marathon runners and update the old, I met with the Nike PR Rep in Chicago to learn what clothing and equipment Nike has to offer our marathoners.
Here is some detailed information from the experts writing the Nike Chicago Marathon Blog:
Socks: Let's start with the absolute rule about socks. Cotton kills. That favorite pair of cotton tube socks that your kids gave you for your birthday might be fine for a casual softball game, but they will tear your feet to shreds during a long distance training program. Avoid blisters by investing in a few pairs of technical running socks like Nike's Elite Running Structure Socks. They will wick the moisture away from your skin, give you extra support and help you avoid the chance of developing the dreaded long run blister.
Nike Dri-Fit Apparel and Bodyglide: Rule number two. Anything that can chafe, will chafe when you combine moisture and friction. There are two easy ways to avoid painful chafing and run more comfortably during the 26.2. One, wear only Dri-Fit fabrics (bra, top and shorts). They will keep you cooler and dryer as they wick the moisture away from your skin. And two, lube your high-chafing areas (thighs, under arms, bra lines) with Bodyglide. It comes in a container that looks like deodorant, but works like Vaseline. It's a must-have item for runs longer than 90 minutes!
This women's dry-fit top will keep you feeling cool and looking cool while running the marathon. This top features one of our favorite Chicago statues, the Bean. It also has the entire route of the race on the back of the shirt. This shirt is $35 dollars and is available at Niketown on Michigan Ave. and on Nike.com
Technical Hat, Visor and Sunscreen: Even though it might be chilly on race day, it is best to plan ahead and work with the sun. Wearing a technical hat or visor such as Nike's Feather Light Cap or Visor will keep the sun out of your eyes and off your face. Plus, if it rains, you'll be able to see more clearly. It is also important to use a sports-specific sunscreen to protect from the damaging effects of the sun. The Feather Light Cap and Visor are also available in the Chicago Marathon editions at Niketown.
Nike also has a new pair of running shoes out, the Nike LunarGlide+. To continue the love for the Chicago Marathon, there is a Chicago edition of the shoe. This shoe has, "an innovative mid-sole architecture called Dynamic Support, a patent-pending system that adapts to a runner's gait with each step, providing superior cushioning and as-needed stability". These shoes also work with the Nike Sport Band, which will show you your pace, calories burned, time and distance. This is great for runners who don't use their ipod during races.
Nike has also designed an awesome long sleeve finisher shirt for those of you to wear proudly after you complete the race. Also available, is the half zip Nike Chicago Marathon Finisher pullover for $65.(logo is on the back). These shirts will be available on Nike.com and the Nike booth at the Marathon Expo the morning of the race. They will also be available at Nike Town on Monday morning. I visited the store today and they will open at 9am. Last year they sold out of finisher apparel quickly. So
be sure to get there early.
You've worked so hard to prepare for this amazing event. Don't let the wrong clothing and equipment ruin all of your hard work! So make sure you have everything you need before race day. Head over to Niketown if you need any help or have any questions about clothing and equipment.
Of course, good luck with training in the next few days. I'm so excited to see everyone at the Marathon on Sunday.