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.
Heads up: this can be avoided and you can look great in those after-marathon snaps. Here’s how:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
There’s nothing like a headphone and armband set to make this a worthwhile purchase. It's available in silver, blue and pink (pictured).
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.
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.
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.
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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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