Why do we run? We run to push ourselves, to prove ourselves. We make sacrifices, eat nurturing food, and keep at it every day so we can be our best selves. When we get together this Sunday, September 30th, we want everyone to have a good, fulfilling experience. That starts with a smart outfit.
The temperature this Sunday is expected to stay in the 50s for the majority of the race. This is good news for the marathon runners in the mix. A low air temperature lets the body work extra hard without overheating. The challenge will be the rainfall. There is a 50% chance of showers expected throughout the day, so breathable rain gear is in order.
What to Wear
One word: layers. Do you have everything on the checklist?
- Base layer (tank top, sports bra)
- Top layer (long-sleeved top, jacket)
- Bottom layer (running tights, shorts)
- Running shoes
- Absorbent socks
- Rain protection
- Petroleum jelly or anti-chafing gel
- Warm, dry clothes to change into
- Compression gear
- Portable phone battery
- Running belt or light backpack
- Energy bars (for half marathon and marathon)
- Water bottle or bladder (there are water checkpoints along the race track)
The Best Running Gear for Every Day
Running gear should always be three things: breathable, tight-fitting, and absorbent. A runner’s best friend is a garment that takes on all three traits.
Light clothing lets out body heat and allows moisture to escape while also offering protection against the elements. On a cold morning, one warm layer goes a long way. Tight-fitting clothing helps prevent chafing, which can be a nightmare running a marathon if not kept under control. Wicking materials like polyester, polypropylene, and CoolMax keep the skin dry and healthy.
Keep your running clothes tight-fitting, breathable, and made out of an absorbent, wicking material. This is true from head to toe, with extra emphasis on high-quality socks.
Pro tip: Don’t wear anything brand new. New clothing should be broken in before a race.
The Best Rain Cover
If you live in the PNW, rain gear is a closet staple. Good waterproof jackets can be hard to find – some are light and breathable but let the rainwater soak through; others are entirely waterproof but don’t breathe like the lighter coats. The most widely recommended rain cover for runners is a brimmed hat, light-tinted sunglasses, and a loose parka. It may not be fashionable, but it gets the job done.
Pro tip: Bring anti-fog with you to keep your sunglasses clear.
No matter how long of a race you are involved in, no matter whether you will be running or walking, water is your friend. A bottle by your side or a water bladder in your backpack will keep you hydrated. High-carb, high-protein snacks are the key to keeping your energy level at a max and preventing a crash later on. Even if you have never used it before, it is a good idea to bring anti-chafing balm or petroleum jelly to ease chafing. It’s good to pack light, but it’s better to have all of the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed.
We hope for everyone to have a grand experience at the Bellingham Bay Marathon. It is a chance for each of us to remind ourselves why we work so hard to take care of our bodies. Still feeling lost? Visit BBay Running or Fairhaven Runners for personal recommendations from staff.