Earlier this month, Nike invited myself and a few other editors to participate in their Women’s Half-Marathon. The course wound through 13.1 miles of Washington, D.C.’s iconic sites including Capitol Hill and the Washington Monument, and along the way I found myself transformed into “a runner.” As I finished the race (in 2 hours 2 minutes!) and gear up to run the Brooklyn Half-Marathon this coming weekend, I thought I’d put together a list of wardrobe essentials I think one needs to successfully complete such a long run.
A high-impact sports bra that is actually your size: My bra of choice was the Panache Sports Moulded bra from Figleaves. It firmly held my 32DDs in place and drastically reduced bounce. Padded, adjustable straps and three hook-and-eye closures made it super easy to get off when I was super sweaty.
A sleek baseball cap and bright scarf: Believe it or not, on my 10- and 11-mile runs, my mind would often wander to how my hair looked. I found that wrapping my hair in a bright scarf and wearing a baseball cap over it kept my ‘do in place (and also made me feel like a badass).
Over-the-ear headphones: One problem I often face while running is ear buds constantly falling out or getting tangled. Once I got a pair of Urbanears headphones that issue was solved.
One pair of running shoes that will pick you up on your hardest days: After having the way I run analyzed by the folks at Nike, they suggested I go with the Flyknit Lunar 2. The shoes provided the extra support I’d need for runs that were longer than three miles but didn’t leave me feeling weighed down. Go up half a size from your normal size for wiggle room and choose a bright color that will make you smile every time you see them. You’ll need every pick-me-up possible to get you through those last few miles.
Running capris: As you can see in this picture, many editors went with running capris as opposed to shorts because they don’t ride up. And trust me, chafing and shorts that ride up are two things you definitely don’t want to deal with while running 13.1 miles.
A small running fanny pack: Go ahead and laugh—most of my colleagues did when they found out I wore one on every single run. Packed with my Metro Card, insurance card, photo ID, keys, and $20, I felt prepared and safe for any issues that may have popped up.
Add your running top of choice and a sick playlist and you’re ready for long runs!