Marathon training means long runs, early mornings, and plenty of sacrifice along the way. So, when it comes down to the big day, make sure you’re ready with the right marathon gear.\nYou should begin thinking about your marathon day gear as soon as you begin your training regimen. That’s because you should never try anything new before the opening gun \u2014 don’t buy a new pair of shoes or sport a new pair of running leggings. Stick to what you know.\nWith the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon quickly approaching, make sure you have all your essentials, from the right pair of sunglasses to friction-free sport socks. Get your bag together\u00a0with our marathon gear checklist.\n\n\n\n\n \nMarathon Item Checklist\n\nTank top, short sleeve shirt, or long sleeve shirt, as dictated by race-day weather, made from moisture-wicking fabrics, such as polyester or poly-blends (remember to dress for the temperature at the finish, not the temperature at the start)\nShorts or cropped pants, also made of moisture-wicking material\nSports bra\nSocks made from a wicking material (no cotton!)\nTried and tested running shoes\u00a0(if your shoes have too many miles on them, now is the time to go to a local running store and get fitted for a new pair)\nHat or visor\nSunglasses\nSunscreen\nPetroleum jelly, body glide, or other anti-chafing lotion\nLip balm with sunscreen\nGPS watch if you use one (make sure to charge it the night before)\nGels or sports drink if you have been training with them (these will be provided on the course, but make sure you try the ones being offered on the course before race day to avoid any stomach issues)\nThrow-away shirt\/pants to stay warm at the start (these are collected by race officials and donated to charity)\nAdhesive bandages\/nip guards\nSafety pins\nRace bib with emergency contact information filled out\n\nThings to Put in Your Marathon\u00a0Gear-Check Bag\n\nSandals or flip-flops so you can take your running shoes off when you’re done\nYour preferred post-race sports drink or snack\nWet wipes to get the gritty salt feeling off of your face\nChange of clothes\nTowel, if rain is in the forecast\n\n\nPacking Tips for Marathon Race Day\n\nLay out your race day clothes ahead of time \u2014 this will help you to not forget anything in the morning, especially if you are feeling nervous about the race.\nTry not to spend too much time on your feet walking around the marathon expo.\nEat dinner earlier than usual the night before the race and try to go to bed early.\nSet your alarm for the morning to give yourself enough time to eat breakfast and only eat something that you have already tested and has worked well for you in the past \u2014 nothing new on race day.\nArrive early to the race start so that you can use the bathroom, get in your corral, and find your pacer.\nDon’t forget to breathe and have fun. Relish in your accomplishment.