Marathon Packing List // What I Packed for the NYC Marathon

November 15, 2023

HI! I’m Molly.

Here to encourage you on your own bold pursuit of intentional living as I live out my own. I’m passionate about running, spending time doing what I love and cheering others on to approach running with joy.

I recently ran the NYC Marathon and wanted to share what I packed to run the marathon.

My husband and I traveled from Austin to NYC to run our first marathon major. He got in via lottery and I raised money to run with a charity. This year, there were over 50,000 runners from around the globe and it was an absolutely incredible day! I cannot recommend the New York City Marathon enough and feel so grateful to have been able to run it. 

If you're looking for a recap of the race and weekend, you can watch the video above! But this blog post will review all the running-related items I packed for the New York City Marathon.


Shirt: the weather started in the low 50s and finished mid-60s. In hindsight, I could’ve gone with a short sleeve top, but since we waited around so much at the beginning, I am glad I had long sleeves. I always wear this style of shirt for marathons and it has never steered me wrong!

Shorts: I did a lot of my long runs in this style of short and have never had any chafing issues in them. The style is super flattering, too! Plus, they're affordable -- I've got nothing bad to say about these!

Shoes: This was my first time ever training in On’s and I absolutely loved them! I’m eager to try some of their other styles, but thought this pair was perfect for all the training I did. I’ve never worn specific “race day” shoes, but rather wear the shoes I did all my long runs in.

Socks: I wear socks from only a couple brands when I run and Bombas is one of them! I love the height and pattern of these. 

Hat: I recently discovered the brand Skida and love their fun hats. They’re not as breathable as some other running hats I own, but since the weather was cooler, I didn’t mind! 


Headphones: You all know I have been a Shokz lover for years now. Dom and I both ran in the Shokz OpenRun headphones – honestly, neither of us listened to our music much...if you ever wanted to try running a race without music, this one would be it! 

SPI Belt: I’ve been using my SPI Belt to hold my gels and my phone while running for years now. You can use code RUNNINGBFF for 20% off :) I use the double pouch for races because it can hold more and use the single while doing training runs. 

Portable charger: I brought a portable charger during my ultramarathons, but had never brought one for a marathon until this one. Because there was so much waiting involved, I knew I would need one regardless of how little I planned to be on my phone beforehand. I’m glad I had it because my phone was at 15% by the time I hit mile 20! 

Anti-chafe rub: I will not run any sort of long run without this stuff! I put it absolutely everywhere and it work wonders.

COROS Pace 2: I love this watch because it has such a great battery life. I brought it with a charge of about 75% and never charged it while in NYC; it was only down to about 50% by the time we left!

I hope this is helpful as you're packing for your marathon!

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