5 steps to look good while running a marathon

Avoid the cringe-worthy post-marathon photo with our five steps to looking good while breaking a sweat, without breaking the bank.

As a friend of mine once said, there’s nothing dignified about the way you look while running. Your face goes red, you sweat, your hair spins in all the wrong directions and you develop Tyrannosaurus arms. Well, some of us do.

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Heads up: this can be avoided and you can look great in those after-marathon snaps. Here’s how:

1. Train

Sounds like an obvious step but training for the big run makes a world of difference. Hit the gym, run around the block during your lunch break or join a running group to get your body into marathon-mode. Take training one step further and organise a training plan to make sure you’ll meet your personal best at the finishing line.


Online Training Programs

Online training programs are easy to subscribe to and mean you can train anywhere, anytime. One of the hottest ones at the moment is Kate Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide.

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Running Apps

For those on a budget, there are plenty of running apps on the market. The Nike+ Training Club app allows you to access over 100 workouts and Sydney also has a dedicated running team.

Download Nike+ free

Gym Memberships

It’s still never too late to join a gym to motivate you to run and get yourself into shape. Groupon has great deals on select gyms around Australia to help you save while you sweat.

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2. Get the right shoes

As cool as they look, Converse kicks won’t cut it on the marathon route. Make sure you have good quality comfortable runners under your feet at the very least. Those taking the run more seriously should invest in lightweight performance/running shoes with good support and cushioning. Here are some good lookin’ kicks that are just as swish as Converse, but are much better for finishing the race in decent condition.


Brooks Beast 14 (Men’s)

The Brooks Beast is a maximum stability shoe that provides the ultimate pronation support. Books DNA Adaptable cushioning means your foot will be supported from heel to toe.

Buy it from Rebel Sport


Nike Air Max (Men’s)

The Nike Air Max is lightweight and breathable. The Dynamic Flywire reinforces and stabilises without restricting your foot motion while the sold rubber outsole provides complete traction.

Buy it from Eastbay


Asics Gel Noosa Tri 10 (Women’s)

Offering stability and cushioning while on the run (pun intended) the Gel Noosa Tri 10 features gel cushioning units to attenuate shock and improve the transition of your foot motion.

Buy it from Rebel Sport

3. Get the right kit

It’s not difficult to find a fashionable outfit to work out in, but you need one that will wick away all that unsightly sweat that comes with running a marathon. Dry-fit shirts, running clothes made from wicking material and outfits with breathable panels are your best friend. You’ll look, feel and - most importantly - appear uber-photogenic in these:


Strong Mind Bra

Make a statement on your run. Sometimes all you need is a motivational message to keep those legs pumping and your skin glowing. That’s right ladies, we don’t sweat, we glow.

Buy it from Lorna Jane


Triple Jump Run Shorts

Lightweight, sweat wicking and utterly gorgeous. Be inspired to run in these marbled colours. They feature mesh panelling and pockets to keep all your necessities in.

Buy it from Sweaty Betty


Men’s ESS Logo Tank

Men, it's all about the colours. We are serious.
Light colours + high sweat = bad combination. the solution? Wear it dark but make sure the singlet is breathable.

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4. Get a smartwatch

Not just a passing gadget trend, wearing a smartwatch/fitness track means you can keep up to date with your speed and distance without having to fumble for a phone in front of the cameras. These ones are on the money.


Fitbit Surge

Track just above every movement on the big screen (of your Surge) including your physical activity and heart rate. The GPS tracker allows you to measure route, runtime, distance, pace and elevation and wireless syncing means play songs from your playlist with it.

Buy it now from Rebel Sport


Garmin Vivoactive

Garmin’s Vivoactive does the brand justice in the world of smartwatches. It allows for multiple sports tracking across various sports including running, cycling, swimming and golf. It also tracks distance, time, pace, heart rate and the quality and the length and quality of your sleep.

Buy it now from Garmin


Pebble Steel

If you’re going to invest in a Pebble, make it a premium model like the Steel. It’s water resistant, has up to 7 days battery life, allows you to control your music and is compatible with Runkeeper, because the whole point of getting it was to monitor your run, right?

Buy it now from Dick Smith’s eBay store

5. Headphones

Music not only helps pump you up and keep you focused during the run, a nice pair of ear-candy buds will also turn heads on the run and look great in photos. Make sure your playlist is packed full of energetic tunes and you’ll be smiling and singing all the way to the finish line.


Liberty Wireless Yurbuds

Yurbud’s TwistLock technology means these fit securely in your ear and will not fall out when you’re flying past the competition. They’re sweat resistance and provide 6+ hours of music and call time.

Buy it now from Amino Z


Bluetooth Headphones and Armband Set

There’s nothing like a headphone and armband set to make this a worthwhile purchase. It's available in silver, blue and pink (pictured).

Buy it now from Free People


Outdoor Tech Ochas Wireless Earbuds

These minimalist earbuds are sweat proof, water resistant and feature active fit hi/fi and Bluetooth. They come with three sizes of ear tips and two of secure fit ear fins.

BONUS STEP: Book a room

Look fresh by staying close to the race! Whether you live in the same town as the race or are visiting, there's nothing better than to get a good night's sleep right before the race. Well, there is one thing - and that's being able to run straight from the finish line and into a hot shower instead of sweating it out on public transport home. Anyone running in a Sydney event Marathon will find that these hotels hit the spot.

Booked out? Here are our top 5-star hotels in Sydney and how you can get them at the cheapest price online.


Sir Stamford, Circular Quay

Situated on Macquarie Street amongst the Royal Botanic Gardens and Circular Quay, it's a luxurious abode with a view in the heart of the city.

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Park Hyatt, The Rocks

This is a popular choice for travellers and for anyone wishing to stay at the foot of The Harbour Bridge with views of the Opera House a stone's throw away.

Book it at


Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

A walk away from Town Hall, Circular Quay and The Royal Botanic Gardens - get in a warm-up run through the gardens and first before the big race.

Book it at finder hotels

Now that you look fabulous and trained up, you’re practically marathon-ready. One last tip though, if you do want to come out looking as fresh as a daisy in those snaps: look out for the cameras. They tend to pool around the end of the race, so pull out your best running smile, look effortless and sprint past them like you are Usain Bolt.

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