Marathon Survival Kit

Marathon Survival Kit

Don’t leave home without ‘em! Our must-have race day items.

Islanders are spoilt for choice when it comes to local running events, and with the GoodLife Fitness Marathon just around the corner, the staff at Cowichan Valley Running are sharing their race day must-haves that keep them comfortable and smiling from start to finish.

“My number one thing is BodyGlide!” says Laura Shand, owner of Cowichan Valley Running. “No matter the weather, when you’re running longer distances you will chafe in places you never knew existed. I slather BodyGlide anywhere and everywhere—especially under my bra straps and band, and all over my feet.”

Staff member Sarah Cook recently turned to running after a shoulder injury cut her volleyball career short. When training for her first half-marathon she found she was getting a lot of blisters on her long runs. Once she switched to Feetures! running socks, no more blisters! Now she doesn’t run without them.

“I can only choose one thing?” Dusty Spiller, Cowichan Valley Running’s newest employee and pro triathlete jokes. “I’ve got three things I won’t leave home without on race day; my On Cloudflows, a light-weight singlet, and sunglasses to hide my pain!”

Their number one piece of advice? Don’t do anything new on race day! Experiment on your training runs and find your tried-and-true favourites. That goes for shoes, accessories, clothing, and nutrition. Get your race kit ready the night before your event and rest easy knowing you’re all set to toe the line on race morning.

What are YOUR race day must-haves? Feel free to share with us below! And if you need any training advice or help with choosing the best gear, pop in to Cowichan Valley Running and ask their friendly staff! They love hearing about your training experiences and look forward to sharing their knowledge with you.


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