Never know what to get the runner on your list?
Let me help you out. I have been running for many years and have trained well over 300 people to run/walk marathons and half marathons, so I have seen a lot of running gear. Some I love and others not so much.
This is my 3rd year to make this list. I think it is my favorite post of the year. I have combined the gift ideas from the last two years plus added new to make this list even better. Feel free to ask any questions about any of the products.
- Safety First
I am a safety first kind of girl so this is one of my favorite suggestions. This is a tag you get made with your info so that if something were to happen while out running, or participating in any activity, your emergency information is easily found.
Personally I have always used the brand, Fuel Belt, but I have never heard complaints on any brand. Depending on the distance your runner runs would be how many ounces you would want to make sure the belt holds. The types of hydration belts come in lots of varieties, some you wear and some you hold. My favorite is the one shown below.
3. Spi Belts
I LOVE my Spi Belt. It holds so much. Yes it even holds an iPhone 6 and keys.
These are gold for runners. They help prevent injuries, help circulation and provide stability. It took me a while before I would splurge on them, but it is all I wear on my long runs. They come in various brands, colors and lengths. The ones shown below are my favorites.
These are fantastic for recovery. They are mostly worn during recovery, but at times I will wear them while I run. These are getting very popular and come in a variety of colors and designs. Again, my favorite brand is the one shown below. You can get them in all heights or even footless. If your runner struggles with shin splints I would recommend the tall or footless ones.
This is a fantastic workout program to compliment marathon training. It is fantastic for stretching and strengthening the core.
This is such a great product for everyday health. Shakeology contains over 70 superfood ingredients to help your body recover everyday. The link below is to a sampler pack so each flavor can be tried before purchasing a month supply.
10. Foam Roller
This is a injury preventer and life saver. Many runners, especially woman, have experienced pain in the IT band. This roller helps to work out that pain as well as help other areas. You basically use your body weight and roll over the roller to help break up the lactic acid that builds up. Exercises usually come with the roller plus you can find them demonstrated online. There are two types, one is smooth and others have bumps as shown below. I prefer the smooth because it hurts less, but the bumpy one can get deeper into the muscle.
Another great stocking stuffer and inexpensive. This is a type of shoelace that is great for those of us who just want to slip our shoes on and go. I used these when I did a triathlon and needed to be able to get my shoes on quickly and not worry about getting them tied right.
I use to own a garmin and I would still highly recommend the garmin brand. This is a watch designed for runners, walkers and cyclist that measures your distance, speed, calories, maps your run and many more things you can imagine. I am really hoping this is what I find under my Christmas tree this year. I am still in debate over a new garmin or an apple watch. I am currently using my phone with multiple apps to do some of what the garmin did and if I could see all of that on the apple watch I would be in Heaven. Also, to be able to change the music on the watch and not have to dig my phone out would be fantastic.
One of my friends has this Garmin and loves it.
13. Running Jacket
When purchasing a jacket you want to find one that is light weight and can fold up easily if you need to take it off during the run. I personally like to make sure it has a hood.
In the south I did not need these often, but when I did need them I was so glad to have them. Now they are a must. Mine are Brooks running gloves, but the ones shown below look exactly the same. They have the yellow “wind breaker” cover that pulls over.
This is a new one for me. Never in my life would I think this is something I would need. We just moved from Houston, Tx. to Montana and my entire running wardrobe is needing a change. I thought the fleece lining would feel awful but it was not. Loved them.
This is such a great book. Katherine was the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon. H
Last but certainly not least…
This is my all time favorite product for this year. This is the new performance line released this summer. I was able to try it out while training for a half marathon this fall. I had much less soreness and it all tasted really good. You can purchase each item individually or all together in a stack as you will find in the link below.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comment section below and please share with anyone you know who has a runner on their list.
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