It’s that time of year again! And though we are on a budget more transparent than Kim Kardashian’s wardrobe and are only getting gifts for this kids, that doesn’t mean that I can’t offer some suggestions to help YOU cross off the toughest person on your list. And hey, if you’re feeling extra generous, you can send me something too Just kidding (not kidding…). Here are some of my best ideas for running gifts for your favorite pavement pounder.
1. PRO Compression socks: I can’t toot the compression horn enough. These babies have made a night and day difference for me in the last couple of years. At first, I thought they were just a trendy thing fast runners wore to look cool (which they are and do) but when I started to have problems with a particularly unsightly varicose vein on my right leg during my second pregnancy and my legs were taking forever to recover from my long runs, these were suggested and boy did they ever help! If you have a runner on your list, there are a host of different types of socks (ankle, calf and knee) PLUS they also have capris for women now. I bought 2 pair and they feel amazing. Use my discount code (not affiliate, I get zero payback for it) BLG14 and save 40% on your purchase. Bam! quality product for a great price. And they ship to Canada. I wouldn’t be an Ambassador for them if I didn’t think they were amazing.
2. Running Books: If you have a runner in the family who is as giddy as I am to lace up and head out on the pavement, I’m willing to bet they would love an additional jolt of running inspiration from those that do the sport best. Amanda over at Run to the Finish has an AMAZING compilation of running books to chose from that your favorite runner would love. Among ones that I would recommend:
Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line – and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity: Written by two amazing mother runners, Sarah Bowen Shae and Dimiti McDowell, who share they knowledge as well as multiple training plans for everything from a first time 5K runner all the way to a marathoner gunning for a Boston Qualifier. When I set out to tackle my next half marathon, I will very likely be following one of their plans. This is their second book and their third is set for release in March of 2015. (Yours truly did an interview with them for the book…fingers crossed my little paragraph made the cut!!)
The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing: I’m in the process of reading this book by Dr. Phil Maffetone and following the MAF method to better my aerobic threshold for better, smarter and (hopefully) faster running. It’s fascinating to read and if you have someone wanting to try something new, this book is great.
3. Race Entry: Let’s face it, running a race isn’t always cheap. Sure the proceeds may benefit a fantastic organization and you may get a wickedly awesome medal at the end but you’re still coughing up the cash to run when, as my sometimes more logical husband would point out: you can run in the neighborhood for free. True. But not always fun. So why not give the gift of an experience for your favorite runner and give them a “coupon” for a free race entry from you.
4. Throw Away Clothes: This one may seem a bit unconventional but hear me out. Often times, races are planned in seasons where temperatures can vary as much as 20 degrees from the start to the finish. Similarly, not every runner wants to deal with the hassle of checking a bag. It can take an hour to check your bag and even longer to pick it up after. This still leaves you shivering or sweltering for a good portion of your morning. I don’t know about you but I sure don’t like layering up only to be stripping those layers off and needing to carry them with me for half my race. I certainly don’t want to throw away clothes I paid good money for either. Why not tuck away a cheap hat, gloves, leg warmers or even a long-sleeve top that can be tossed aside during a race with no consequence (often times, race marshals will pick up the discarded garments or be waiting on the side at certain points and will donate the items to a local shelter.
5. Energy: Maybe it’s not possible to give your best runner a surge of energy needed to finish those final few miles (let’s face it, we’re all struggling to get through some of our days) but you can easily stick a few gel’s, recovery bars or electrolyte tabs into a gift box or stocking to keep your runner going strong on race day or long run day. Among my favorite brands are Gu gels, Vega gels, electrolyte and preworkout energizer and Nuun elecrtolytes.
6. Motivation: Sometimes a pat on the back is all it takes and other times, a kick in the pants is what’s needed to get a runner out the door. When those just don’t see like quite enough (or your favorite runner hits back), a little portable motivation is a great and practical gift idea. I absolutely love Momentum for this very reason. Whether it’s a custom wrap or foot note, I love that when I need a boost, all I have to do is look down and my mantra’s are right where I need them to be. I also hear that Amy is having a fantastic cyber Monday sale. Perfect time to stock up!
There you have it. Some simple, yet thoughtful gift ideas to kick off your holiday season. Give the gift of health and fitness!
If you still need some inspiration, check out Amanda’s post and all the links and your gifts will practically buy themselves!