Race accessories are ALWAYS changing. Use the below as a checklist with your store manager. Make sure you cover the list and are comfortable with the items we carry in each category.
- Race/Accessory Belts
- Anti Chafe
- Shoe Accessories
- Odor Control
- Safety/Reflective Gear
- Injury Gear
- Why it’s important?
- Water makes up most of our total body weight, around 50-60%. So it is vital we keep hydrated, and this doesn't mean only drinking water when thirsty, because by the time we are thirsty we are already dehydrated. This needs to be made known to the customer.
- Many runners and walkers believe they only need to hydrate when it is hot out. This just isn’t true…
- Hydration Products:
- Handhelds- Different sizes and shapes here from Nathan and Ultimate Direction. Know the different features such as squeeze top and pull top, along with the different sleeves on the bottles.
- Belts- 1, 2, 4 and the list goes on. 4 bottle belts seem to balance the best on the body, because of the distribution of weight. A standard rule of thumb can be 2 bottles for up to half marathon and 4 bottles for anything over.
- People usually prefer one or the other. Would they rather hold the supply or have it on their waist. Both work, but each person is different.
- What to carry in the bottles?
- Belts make it easy. Usually divide up half of the bottles with water and the others with an electrolyte replacement. (Gatorade, heed, gu brew, nuun, motive pure, etc)
- Always make sure to carry enough water to take nutrition. All nutrition should be taken with water.”
- The hydration conversation should carry into the nutrition conversation and vice versa. Remember that by not talking about one or the other you really are doing the customer a disservice.
After your shoes, running socks are the most important item in your running wardrobe. They’re designed to keep your feet cool, dry, comfortable, and they’ll make you much less prone to blisters.
- Avoid cotton
- Cotton absorbs and hangs on to the moisture, which will make your feet cold, uncomfortable and likely to blister.
- As with all your other running clothing, you need something breathable and moisture-wicking.
- Fit matters
- A bad fitting sock=blisters.
- Some running socks come in right and left foot fittings ensuring an even better fit,
- Many are made for men or women, to accommodate their differently shaped feet.
- Sock composition is a personal choice.
- Try a few different kinds until you find some you like.
- Thick or thin?
- Thicker socks can keep you warmer and give your foot a little added protection.
- A thinner sock gives greater contact with your shoe.
- Loose vs. Tight depends on compression/spandex content.
- Low or High? Socks come in a variety of heights from no-show to crew.