in a week's time, i'll be hopefully finishing my first ever marathon :)
other than the trainings and all the runs i've had in the past months, i also have been preparing the stuff i'll be using and wearing for the big day :)
here are what i'll be using for my first full marathon :)
1. shoes: Asics Kayano 13
-it is a given that a runner's most important "weapon" in races, one should be equipped with the proper footwear :) i chose to use the asics kayano 13 based on the shoes' reputation from different running websites and other fellow runner's comments on the shoe.
i used this also during my long runs, most notably during Bald Runner's Rizal Day Run and our last long run (37KM) last Jan.17. So far, the shoe performed as expected.
i was hoping that my usual brand (mizuno) would have released the Mizuno Wave Inspire 6 in time for Condura, but i guess it got stuck with Customs, etc, so I'm back to my original gameplan of using "Lucky 13" for Condura.
2. Hydration Gear: Mizuno Hydration bag
on a side note, im thinking of leaving this bag at the last 10-12k of the race to make sure i'm going to be lighter sa last part, baka pwedeng humataw eh. pero if not, ok lang din :)
3. Wrist Accessory #1: Timex Ironman Flix Watch
Also since it is level up sha compared to my first Timex watch na madalas mapagkamalan na Garmin 405, eh i also maximized the interval timer it has. I practiced running Galloway-style, 5:1 ratio, and the interval timer of the watch is galeng! :) (Dasher, ayan ah, para hindi mo ako sisihin pag mag repeat yung sa long run natin, pati ako mag ti-time ng 5:1 ratio hehehehe)
4. Wrist Accessory #2: Road Id
initially i thought of it as an unnecessary gadget, pero since i started training for the full mary, i believed this would be beneficial (lalo na when i run alone). hindi naman sha takaw-nakaw, so i guess it wouldn't attract much attention from possible robbers (meron bang ganon). also i chose the wrist id kasi if sa shoes, usually diba they remove the shoes pag may accident or what, so there :) mas "secure" yung identity mo if needed.
5. Eyewear: Spyder Rail
I've been asking around what's a good brand for and eyewear, pero I wanted something na sporty and stylish and with enough protection from the sun, PERO hindi masakit sa bulsa. After a lot of research from the internet and other fellow runners, i've made the conclusion to get this Spyder. I was able to test run it kanina in the heat of the 2:30PM sun, and it did what was expected from it :) (ang concern ko na lang is how to wipe off the sweat dripping from my forehead during the actual run without having to remove the shades often :)
6. other items for Condura
a) Compression tights
this has been a cardinal rule i made, long runs = tights. so far, during my long runs, the compression tights was able to hold up to its intended purpose, to limit the muscles from too much "shaking" thus minimizing "energy loss" and at the same time protect my legs from other elements like lamok, or if i fall iwas gasgas (pero never pa naman ako na dapa ever in my short running career, and i don't have plans of ever being dapa).
b) Takbo.ph Visor
i've used this already before for the QCIM LSD but since then, i haven't been able to use it again. I believe this would be a good compliment with the shades and might be helpful also in absorbing the sweat from my forehead during the run :)
up until now, i haven't decided on which shirt /top to use for Condura. I know I know, it should be one of the most important part of the get up, to get used to the top i'll be using to eliminated unnecessary discomfort during the run due to the shirt/top etc. so far i have 3 options, 1. to wear the shirt i used during the Rizal Day Run, 2. to wear the IamNinoy runner shirt (or any other dryfit shirt i've used in the past like my orange Mizuno top or Mizuno Run Club shirt, which i might use na lang for the time trials in April) or 3. the Original Takbo.ph Black singlet (this singlet made its original debut at last year's Condura Run, and was noticeably seen by the running community from that time onwards. The Takbo.ph Black ninjas were seen in most of the documentation pictures of last year's races, and i am sure that we will still continue to be visible in the races to come :)
Be prepared to see this group on the Skyway for Condura Run for the Dolphins!