Patriot’s Day. Marathon Monday. Whoo! Day off! Some will flock to the streets, drink heavily and “encourage” runners. Many will also actually run. Both have their merits, but if you’re trying to get through a full ‘thon, good for you, I imagine you have lovely legs. This distance can and has destroyed many overly-ambitious folks. It’s no walk in the park (unless your park is 26.2 miles ‘round) so these items will help.
NEW BALANCE BODY GLIDE:
We’re all adults here, people. When you’re out there doing your thing, skin can get raw. New Balance understands that distance running will cause flippin’ and flappin’. This is the ultimate pre-gaming for a distance runner. Get the glide to keep your bits in order.
THORLOS EXPERIA SOCKS:
Whether you take your jaunt in a pair of minimal shoes or not, these are cozy socks. They keep your stride cool and full of bounce. Über comfort in the long stretch is important to avoid feeling like you’re moving on sawed-off stumps.
CLIF ENERGY GOODS:
Energy food has come a long way; no longer does it have to be reminiscent of eating cardboard coated in dirt. A runner’s companion for years, Clif fuels before, during and after. You can’t always just rely on your mom’s banana bread.
NEW BALANCE NBx PRISM LONG SLEEVE AND 3″ SPLIT SHORT:
Running in your Hootie ’99 tour t-shirt may seem like fun, but you’re wrong. That thick cotton makes you sweat extra, stink extra and add to the chafe-factor. Get gear that keeps you cool and dry. Your nips will, again, thank you.
These smooth riders have a classic running shape, but cut the heft. The shoes are very lightweight and flexible. They’re ideal for easing into minimalist shoes. It’s like running on travel pillows.
NEW BALANCE MINIMUS ZERO:
If you’re ready to cut to the bare minimum, these shoes are a safer, better version of running in flip-flops. They look badass, are lighter than a pencil and move with speedy grace. The finest in barefoot. You could even actually fold them up and out them in your pocket!
Your loved ones may not want to ease your sweat soaked pains post-run. Odds are you’ll be fairly grimy and delirious. This little fella helps relax your muscles, DIY.
Photos by Ryan Jolley.