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I’m Training For A Marathon And Prime Day Is An Opportunity To Stock Up On Running Essentials For Less

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Prime Day, the annual two-day dealfest held by Amazon every summer, always has plenty of discounts on expensive purchases that can help runners (cough Garmin Prime Day deals cough), but it can also be useful for buying more prosaic items you know you’re going to need and if you nab a deal now you can save a bit of money in the long run.

I have wrangled myself a place in this year’s London Marathon (lucky me) and am three-weeks deep into this sub-3hr marathon training plan and oh my am I running a lot. To the point where I’m scrabbling to find clean running socks (and I’m well stocked from contributing to our best running socks round-up).

Yesterday I attended a London Marathon media event and as well trying out gait analysis and hearing from this year’s lead charity partner the British Heart Foundation (opens in new tab) talk turned to fuelling the long runs. That means gels and sports drinks, which I have little direct experience of. I need to start practising consuming carbs mid run and when better to start then this weekend?

So, armed with a shopping list of socks and supplements, I’ve dived into the morass of Prime Day deals to identify potentially useful money savers for anyone who’s following a running training plan this summer.

Prime Day Running Sock Deals

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Gore Wear Unisex M Light Mid: Was £14.99 Now From £9.12 On Amazon (opens in new tab)

Save £5.86 If blisters have slowed you down in the past, it’s worth upgrading your socks and these are a top-quality pair. Gore uses advanced, technical materials and we’d back them to keep your feet dry, and therefore be less likely to slip and rub.

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Under Armour Unisex UA Heatgear Lowcut: Was £7.95 Now £6 On Amazon (opens in new tab)

Save £1.95 For a more affordable bulk buy, try this pack of three pairs from Under Armour. The Heatgear range prioritises moisture wicking and breathability – just the thing for a long hot summer of running. 


Prime Day Gels Deals

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HIGH5 Energy Gel: Was £19.99 Now £7.25 On Amazon (opens in new tab)

Save £12.74 We’ve rated these as tasty and easy to consume, and as they’re made from natural fruit juice they’re unlikely to upset your stomach as you run either. With a substantial 64% price cut on a mixed flavour box of 20 it’s hard to pass up. If you’d prefer one flavour, browse all the HIGH5 Prime Day deals (opens in new tab)

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Science in Sport Go Isotonic Energy Gel: Was £18.48 Now £13.99 On Amazon (opens in new tab)

Save £3.79 While it’s not such a big saving, this is our pick for the best all-round gel as it’s easy to take without water. This deal is for 15 packs of the cherry flavour. The RRP and pricing is a hot mess, to be honest, but click around and you should be able to find a deal you’re happy with. The SiS website lists a pack of 15 gels for £25.50.

Jonathan Shannon
Jonathan Shannon

Jonathan Shannon has been the editor of the Coach website since 2016, developing a wide-ranging experience of health and fitness. Jonathan took up running while editing Coach and has run a sub-40min 10K and 1hr 28min half marathon. His next ambition is to complete a marathon. He’s an advocate of cycling to work and is Coach’s e-bike reviewer, and not just because he lives up a bit of a hill. He also reviews fitness trackers and other workout gear.