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What may be a minor inconvenience in a 10K – or even a 10-miler – can become a major issue over the course of a marathon. When selecting what to wear during a marathon, always choose fit and function over fashion. It's a good idea not to wear anything new during a marathon. Be particularly aware of the following:
• Seams. Be sure seams don't chafe. With socks, seams can create pressure points where blisters erupt.
• Binding. Anywhere your clothing is tight could create a chafing problem during a long race.
• Bunching. This can be a particular problem with shorts. Be sure the fabric won't bunch up at the top of your thighs.