On Saturday, June 9, Chicago is host to the "Allstate Life Insurance" Chicago 13.1 Marathon & Karhu 5k takes place. It's one of many shorter races leading up to the Chicago's biggest race of the year, the Chicago Marathon.
Lori McGee-Koch, head running coach for the Chicago Endurance Sports staff shares here picks for 2012's best running gear to help runners train for their best season yet.
The Allstate Life Insurance Chicago 13.1 Marathon & Karhu 5K
Saturday, June 9, 7AM
South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S. South Shore Drive
Accessories & Technology
- This Motorola product can be worn like a watch, this sweat-proof fitness tool includes GPS tracking, audio coach, and workout tracker. Runners can use the MP3 feature, track new running routes and process workout data results, receive Facebook and SMS text notifications, connect to any Bluetooth devices, and much more.
-This is no ordinary 8-ounce portable water pouch; The Bod? is designed for maximum portability and ease of use while in motion. The packaging uses less plastic and is extremely lightweight so runners won't be slowed down when they need to hydrate!
NIKE TRAINING CLUB
-Runners can download their own personal trainer straight from iTunes, and gain access to over 100 training guides, custom-built workouts, drills, and more. Workout playlists can be customized from an existing music library, and audio guidance keeps the runner on track and motivated. Rewards are also available, including exclusive tips and workouts from Rihanna's personal trainer.
-This spray powder keeps runners cool and dry during training and races. Moisture is absorbed quickly, but the powder adheres to the skin for an extended period of time to prevent chafing or skin irritation that could interfere with an athlete's focus and motivation to get to the finish line.
NIKE CYCLONE VAPOR JACKET
- This jacket will be any runner's go-to staple to continue training when weather isn't always ideal for outdoor activities. A water-resistant coating protects runners from wind and light rain, while the material is lightweight but durable so it doesn't cling to the wearer. When the jacket isn't being worn, simply fold it up into its back pocket for easy carrying and storage!
110 PERCENT COMPRESSION+ RECOVERY GEAR
-This recovery gear increases blood flow while reducing vibrations, helping a runner's body bounce back faster and get back to training. Included in the design elements are special pockets for immediate icing, and reusable ice sheets and insulated thermal bags allow for instant recovery.
ICEBREAKER TECH T LITE
- Made from New Zealand Merino wool, this versatile soft t-shirt will keep runners cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The shirt fits right on the skin, but the lightweight material allows for comfortable movement. It is also odor resistant, available in a variety of colors, and is easy to care for.
-These Swedish products are designed after much scientific research and actual performance testing on athletes before they are available to the public. Their products are 'functional sportswear based exclusively on ergonomic perfection.'
ACTIVE RUN FUNK TEE
-The soft and flexible fabric allows for proper ventilation, while mesh details, feminine neckline, and cuffed bottom provide a loose yet comfortable fit.
ACTIVE RUN FLOW CAPRI
-These lightweight running capris are designed with a mesh inseam that provides ventilation for maximum comfort to the runner. A small pocket to store keys is perfect for the athlete on the go.
- KARHU's Spring 2012 line features a newly redesigned fulcrum -- the unique component layered between foot bed and outsole that is literally at the heart of every Karhu shoe -- and is available in a neutral Forward3 model and in the Stable2 stability model. This efficient design leverages the runner's natural stride and forward-leaning posture into an easier, more efficient running style, which results in greater performance for the wearer, without exerting extra energy.