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What to Wear in a Marathon


Running a marathon is a serious task that requires a lot of planning and attention to detail. Some of the planning of course is choosing the perfect outfit to wear during the marathon. The marathon outfit isn’t about looking great- it’s all about making yourself more comfortable and able to go the distance.

The Weather

An important component of marathon clothing is how to dress for the local weather. You should dress warmly enough that you will not be uncomfortable while running. However, you also have to remember how heated your body will get after running mile after mile. Think about the different times of day that you will be running. Even if you begin during daylight, it may be dark by the time you finish. Depending on your running time, it could be several hours before you reach the finish line, and the weather could be quite different by that time.

For cold weather, consider spandex pants that go all the way to the ankle. This will insulate you from the cold wind while not providing too much bulk during your run. If you’ll be running in hot weather, choose short spandex pants that won’t leave you overheated. There are also running skirts and skorts available that can take the place of running shorts. Wearing a short running skirt can keep air circulation to your legs in hot weather without constricting your movements.

Some women prefer to wear a short running skirt over a pair of spandex pants. This can be a way to stay warm as well as to not be uncomfortable with the amount that is revealed. In warmer weather, there are also short running skirts that come with capri-length spandex pants. This keeps you cool and provides a little extra coverage.


If your marathon will take place in cold or very windy weather, wearing a hat is extremely important. Much of the body’s heat is lost through the head, and keeping the head covered will ensure that you keep enough body heat to stay comfortable. Even if you take no other cold-weather precautions, you will need a hat. A small hat that doesn’t add bulk to your head will not adversely affect your aerodynamics. It may also help to absorb some sweat and keep it from running into your eyes.

Another option is a thick headband that goes over the ears to protect them from the cold. This will also absorb sweat same way that a hat would.


You may want to bring a jacket for your warm-up period and then get rid of it before you start the actual marathon. In cold climates, people often wear a jacket and then remove it before they run. The easiest way to handle this is to wear a thick jacket to the race that you do not plan to keep. This can be a thrift store jacket or an old jacket that you no longer want. Some races actually collect these leftover jackets and give them to charity.


What to Wear While Running


Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and running is a great way to accomplish your exercise goals. Not only is running simple and free (forget the pricey gym memberships), it gives you an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the weather and beautiful scenery of all four seasons. If you are ready to give running a try, it’s important to wear the right apparel and footwear to stay comfortable and avoid injury.

Warm Weather Apparel

The apparel you choose for your run will depend heavily on the weather conditions and the area where you live. If the weather is very warm, start with a basic pair of runner’s shorts made from lightweight nylon or polyester (Check out Men’s Shorts, Women’s Shorts from Road Runner Sports). While you might be tempted to go shirtless, you will actually stay cooler and more comfortable by wearing a t-shirt made from a breathable fabric that pulls moisture away from the body. COOLMAX® is one such engineered fabric, and a variety of athletic apparel items are available in this material. Women may opt for a jog bra. If the weather is mild enough for a t-shirt but not yet warm enough for shorts, a pair of lightweight nylon jogging pants will keep your legs comfortable.

Cold Weather Apparel

When weather is brisk, dress in layers that can be easily removed once you warm up. A sweatshirt or jacket can be tied around the waist should you not need it anymore. Lycra tights are an essential layer for the legs when temperatures start to dip, and can be worn under loose jogging pants when cold weather becomes extreme. Similar to the engineered t-shirt, a long-sleeved shirt of engineered fabric will allow perspiration to escape and prevent your body from becoming cold and clammy on a winter day. Running jackets are another method to retain heat in frigid temperatures.

On cold days, a winter cap is a must to retain the maximum amount of body heat. Hats made especially for runners can be purchased at athletic shops. Finally, insulated gloves will keep hands from becoming dry and cracked in the cold.


Proper footwear is the most important element of your running wardrobe. Of all the injuries a runner could sustain, foot problems due to improperly fitting footwear are the most likely. Running puts a great deal of stress on a foot, especially if you are running on paved surfaces. Feet have different characteristics, such as high or low arches, so it is important that you be properly fitted in a running shoe that will suit your foot type and keep you running in comfort. Never run in walking shoes or sport sandals, or you risk blisters and bruising on your feet.  Check out Runners World for a large number of running shoe reviews or purchase them online at Finish Line or Zappos.

Sun Protection

Don’t forget a hat or visor to keep the rays out of your eyes when you’re running. A good pair of sunglasses can prevent your eyes from tiring during a run, and sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher will protect against sunburn and long-term skin damage. These items are especially important if you are a frequent runner.