Get in Marathon Shape: 3 Brands That Can Help

Today, tens of thousands of runners from all over the world are hitting the streets, from Hopkinton to Boston, in the 2014 Boston Marathon. It’s always an inspiring scene to watch. But this year, in the aftermath of last year’s tragedy, the dedication and determination of each and every runner feels all the more profound. Putting one foot in front of the other for 26.2 miles is no easy feat, yet more people than ever are rising to the challenge.

Looking to complete a marathon of your own? These three brands make that journey to the finish line just a little bit easier.

Brands That Make Running Better

1. Misfit Wearables
Try: Shine Activity Tracker
Why: Steps. Calories. Distance. This sleek physical-activity monitor records them all and easily clips to your shirt, shorts, or shoes. Use it to set your goals and track every bit of progress, and simply place it on your smartphone to sync the stats. Bonus? There’s no charging necessary. Just switch out the watch battery every four to six months.

2. CW-X
Try: Compression Pants
Why: Their patented Support Web technology offers targeted support that increases stability in the knees and core to help prevent injury and muscle soreness.

3. Altra
Try: Sneakers
Why: Built to maximize comfort and speed, this brand’s running shoes feature a foot-shaped toe box and a cushioned Zero Drop platform that encourages a low-impact stride.

Ready to start your training? Our Run Smart: High-Tech Clothing & Gear for All Boutique opens Monday, April 21, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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April 21, 2014