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Wyliefan
08-18-2012, 03:53 PM
My best friend has signed up for a half-marathon in October. It's her first in quite a while, and she's pretty excited about it.

I thought it would be fun to put together a little care package for her, to show support. But I'm not a runner -- I am, in fact, a huge couch potato -- and don't know anything about what kind of supplies and things runners might need or want. She's mentioned various things in the past, but it was so long ago that I can't remember what they were.

So, runners here: If someone were making you a half-marathon care package, what would you want in it? I would really appreciate some suggestions!

Aceon6
08-18-2012, 04:09 PM
I can think of a few things:
BodyGlide to prevent chafing
A moisture locking microfiber towel like a Chill Towel to wear around the neck. The longer ones work best
Thin socks especially for running with no seams
Cotton gloves in case it's cool at the start
High visibility clothing or wrist bands for training

snoopy
08-18-2012, 06:44 PM
Some runners carb up the night before the run so dried pasta, jarred spaghetti sauce, spices, etc.

LilJen
08-18-2012, 07:17 PM
I have no clue, but what a great idea! I'm sure your friend will appreciate the thought.

KCC
08-18-2012, 09:49 PM
Small gym bag
Runner's watch
Odor stuff for running shoes
Runner's log for mileage
Gift certificate for a massage for after the race
Rain shell
Goo or power bars of some sort for energy during long runs
water bottle that is easy to carry
Map of local running routes with distances
Subscription to Runner's World magazine

Fridge_Break
08-19-2012, 04:49 AM
Gift certificate for a massage for after the race

This for sure! Although some local business typically offer discounted and/or free services for race participants (at least in the ones that I have run), a post-race massage after a 13.1 miles hits the spot amazingly well! :swoon:

Wyliefan
08-19-2012, 10:06 PM
Goo or power bars of some sort for energy during long runs


By goo, do you mean that gel stuff? I do think I remember her mentioning that. Where do you get that, at a sporting goods store?

Thanks, you guys, this has been very helpful!

Wiery
08-19-2012, 10:10 PM
Motrin and an ice pack. Seriously. :) I am a runner.

Prancer
08-20-2012, 12:27 AM
A massaging foot bath. I got one for my husband for after he did his first (and last) marathon, and he really liked it.

Also, if she doesn't have a ride home, offer to go and cheer and then drive her home. My husband always insists on driving, but he's learned that after a long race, he's better off letting me do it so he can move around and not get as stiff.

PrincessLeppard
08-20-2012, 12:53 AM
By goo, do you mean that gel stuff? I do think I remember her mentioning that. Where do you get that, at a sporting goods store?

Yes. In all sorts of fun flavors. :)

BigB08822
08-20-2012, 01:42 AM
I saw some type of towel at Bed Bath and Beyond that is like a squeegee but when it is wet it turns cold. It would probably be great for her to wet before the marathon and then throw over her neck. I am not sure how long it stays cold but perhaps rewetting it during the race would cool it back down quickly?

elka_sk8
08-20-2012, 05:26 PM
Yes. In all sorts of fun flavors. :)

Also, see if you can find out if there are any particular flavors/brands she likes/doesn't like. There are some that taste fine and others that made me want to gag! It's a personal preference thing. There are gummy options now too- same idea but less messy. I may try those next time I finally do a race again....:scream:

Great idea for sure!