Essential Running Gear to Help You Train for Your Next Marathon

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You've figured out your pre-marathon training schedule and now it's time to gear up. From running belts to hydration vests, these accessories will help you stay focused on crossing the finish line.

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Running Belt

If you've ever had to awkwardly carry your phone or MP3 player while running, it can put a damper on your workout. Say goodbye to sweaty palms with this comfortable running belt. You can put you phone, ID, keys, and some cash inside the slim pouch for safekeeping so you don't have to worry about them falling out of your pocket as you pound the pavement. Plus, it features an earphone outlet to allow you to listen to your music hands free.

To Buy: $13; amazon.com

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CamelBak Dart Running Vest

Designed with runners in mind, this racerback CamelBak Running Vest is both lightweight and features reflective accents to ensure visibility during early morning runs and late night jogs. Our favorite part? You can leave the bulky water bottle at home thanks to the included water reservoir and an on/off lever to prevent leaking while on the move.

To Buy: $70; dickssportinggoods.com

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Garmin Vívosmart 4

You can keep track of every milestone while you train with the Vívosmart 4 by Garmin. Set the timer before each workout so you can view your stats on the free Garmin Connect app when you're done. And if you want even more motivation, you can join challenges to compete with the online community. This slim activity tracker features a small screen that can display everything from text messages to your heart rate; it can even help you find your phone. Plus, the battery life lasts up to seven days!

To Buy: $130; garmin.com

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Brooks Ghost 11 Running Shoes

Running on hard pavement just got a lot more comfortable with the Brook Ghost 11 tennis shoes. These shoes feature a high energizing cushion (read: extremely comfy bounce without throwing off your balance) and Omega Flex Grooves that encourage natural movement. Pick from 10 stylish colors and wear these lightweight shoes before, during, and after your marathon to take your run to the next level. And did we mention this model has near-perfect reviews?

To Buy: $100; zappos.com

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Sport Headband

Sweating is unavoidable when you're training for a marathon. Besides applying your favorite deodorant, you can also battle sweat with this moisture-wicking sweatband. Its purpose is two-fold: to keep sweat from dripping in your eyes and keep hair out of your face. You won't have to constantly adjust it thanks to its non-slip material, and it's comfortable fit isn't as likely to cause headaches like other hair accessories can.

To Buy: $13 (was $38); walmart.com

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Smartwool PhD Run Elite 3-Pair Pack

There's a lot of emphasis on finding the right running shoe (and for good reason), but a good pair of socks is just as important. Coming in a set of three pairs, these Smartwool socks were made for runners. Their low-cut design won't slip down in your shoes thanks to the heel tab, and mesh panels are placed to maximize airflow and keep excess moisture to a minimum. Bonus: The cushioning is lightweight enough to not feel bulky, yet they still feel like you're running on clouds.

To Buy: $51; zappos.com

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