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A Runner’s Christmas Gift Wish List

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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.

 

  1. 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.

Shoe ID Tags – Important Identification for Runners, Cyclists, Athletes, Travelers, and Children

2. Hydration Belts

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.

Fuelbelt Revenge 4 Bottle Belt (Royal/White, Medium)

3. Spi Belts

I LOVE my Spi Belt. It holds so much. Yes it even holds an iPhone 6 and keys. 

 

SPIbelt Sports / Running Belt – The Original No Bounce Belt – Large Pocket Fits New iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy – Black with HotPink Zipper

4. Compression Pants

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.

CW-X Women’s 3/4 Length Stabilyx Tights (Black, Medium)

5. Compression Socks

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.

 

PRO Compression: Marathon Compression Socks, Purple, Small/Medium

6. PiYo

This is a fantastic workout program to compliment marathon training. It is fantastic for stretching and strengthening the core.

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Piyo Base Kit

7Hydration Backpacks

For those of you that know long distance runners, ultra runners, hikers or other similar sports this is a great product.  I love this pack because it can carry up to 100 oz. of water depending on which size you purchase. This is very helpful on hot summer days to not have to stop and refill, or when you are in a place you cannot refill. It also help to keep the water cool. Think small and light because it does have to be worn while running and you don’t want it to move around. One thing I wish mine had was a pocket in the front on the shoulder strap. Look around there are many brands, styles and features.

Camelbak Products Men’s Classic Hydration Pack, Pure Blue, 70-Ounce

8. Socks

Socks make great stocking stuffers. Many runners are very specific as to which sock they like so you may want to find out before buying. If you know someone that is new to running trying different brands is a great way to see what works. Plus I have learned you can never have too many pairs. Do Not go out and get regular socks made of cotton. I have also never found a generic store brand that works better. They tend to stretch out quickly, and there is nothing worse than a sock that falls down. My favorite brand is feetures.

Feetures Unisex Elite Ultra Light No Show Tab – Deep Purple/Periwinkle Socks MD (Men’s Shoe 5-8.5, Women’s Shoe 6.5-9.5)

9. Shakeology

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.

For even more info…

 

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.

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Foam Roller

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Rumble Roller

 

11. YANKZ

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.

Yankz Sure Lace System – Black Laces with Black Casings

 

12. Garmin or other GPS Watch

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.

Garmin Forerunner 15 Small, Teal/White

Apple Watch 38mm Silver Aluminum Case Blue Sport Band

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.

Sugoi Men’s Hydrolite Jacket, White/Black, Small

 

14. Gloves

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.

Pearl Izumi Shine Wind Mitt,Black,Medium

 

15. Fleece Lined Running Pants

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.

Sugoi Women’s MidZero Tight (Black, X-Small)

 

16. Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports

This is such a great book. Katherine was the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon. H

 

Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports

Last but certainly not least…

17. The New Performance Line

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.


YOU'RE NOT TRAINING FOR AVERAGE RESULTS SO DON'T USE AVERAGE SUPPLEMENTSYOU'RE NOT TRAINING FOR AVERAGE RESULTS SO DON'T USE AVERAGE SUPPLEMENTS

The Performance Line Stack

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.

~Jen

**This post contains affiliate links, which means I get a commission if you buy the product (at no additional cost to you).  Thanks for your support!

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How Tough Are You?

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It has been quite a while since I have posted. Well I am back and to kick this “restart” off right I have a gift to offer you, a free Spartan race. Read through to see how you can win.

Spartan races have come a long way since they began.

Here is a bit of info from them…

Spartan Race™ 

World’s Best Obstacle Race. Period.

Born in the scenic hills of Vermont, Spartan Race was created to bring the excitement of obstacle racing to spectators and athletes alike. That means you.

Spartan Race is a true adventure that anyone can do, and everyone should try. With course lengths of 3+miles (Sprint), 8+miles, (Super) and 12+miles (Beast) each course is filled with mud, water, and signature obstacles designed to help you discover your inner Spartan. Athletes of all fitness levels will enjoy participating in a Spartan Race and the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the finish line.

Spartan Race even has events for kids. We believe that fitness and adventure should involve the whole family. Come out and watch your kids run, jump, and climb like children were meant to do all in their own Spartan Kids race.

For those that want a more team based experience Spartan Race has the Hurricane Heat and for the truly adventurous the Hurricane Heat 12 Hour. The Hurricane Heat takes you out of the individual role and has you work with a group of complete strangers to complete tasks designed to bring you together as a team. Those that have done the Hurricane Heat have often done multiple across the country, making friends for life along the way.

Not sure you are ready to run a Spartan Race? It’s ok we have everything you need to get you ready: Spartan SGX training, workouts-of-the-day, nutrition tips to help you eat better, and free workouts held in cities all over the country. Spartan Race is not only the worlds best obstacle race (period), but can be a complete lifestyle overhaul.

So even if you’ve tried a trail race, mud run, obstacle race, or adventure race it’s time to try a Spartan Race. Unlike other obstacle races we offer something for everyone. So sign-up, gear-up and find out why we say…

You’ll know at the finish line.

~From the Spartan Race website.

Do you have what it takes to be Spartan tough? Do you want to win a free entry into a race? All you have to do is post below in the comments why you think you are Spartan tough and should win this entry. Next Thursday I will post the winner. 

Take the Beachbody Challenge – amazing Insanity and p90x results

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Von: Jaime L Houle
www.jleighfitness.com

Click the following link to make me your FREE Team Beach body fitness and nutrition coach: http://teambeachbody.com/signup/-/signup/free?referringRepId=53829

Beachbody Coach, 100% committed and dedicated to helping others. Heart for serving…will meet you where you’re at. Beginner or elite.

Whether you’re a Mom looking to lose the baby weight, a former athlete wanting to get back into top shape, a person who’s been overweight your entire life and you want to just feel like you fit in or get healthy for the first time ever, or you just want to look good, I want to help YOU!

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It’s time to get STARTED!

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Those of you who know me know I get pretty excited about certain things, and this is definitely one of them! It is the BeachBody Challenge.  What is the Beachbody Challenge? Well, it’s a number of things, but what it all comes down to is putting groups of 5 people together doing any BeachBody program, while using Shakeology, and having them all stay accountable to each other, all while having ME as your coach during the entire 90 days. When I form each group of 5 people, I will create a specific Facebook group and that will be where all 6 of us stay in contact with each other during the entire 90 day commitment.

What makes Challenge Groups so effective? I’ve always been a big believer in challenges because it highly motivates people, and I and everyone else taking part of it always tend to commit ourselves even more when we’re a part of one. When you have a small group, communication is much easier, and you’re able to hold each other accountable and push each other even more than being part of a large group. Plus, there is always some serious competition going on, forcing you to push even harder to achieve better results. When you have competition, encouragement, accountability, and support from 5 other people, it literally is a recipe for success! From the challenges I’ve held in the past, it’s unbelievable the type of results that some people got, and they even mentioned to me that there was no way they could have gotten those results without being part of an exclusive group. If you want to achieve your fitness goals, you’re not going to find a better way than with these challenge groups!

How do I join a challenge group? The first thing that you have to do is make me your coach if I’m not already. As you already know (or may not know I guess), it’s free to make me your coach.  Go to  http://beachbodycoach.com/milesforacure and register (by clicking join) for the FREE membership.   By making me your coach, you will have constant access to me for questions and support and I will be checking in daily with each challenge group. Next, you have to be using Shakeology and a Beachbody program like P90X, Insanity, or yes, even Turbofire for you women out there, or the newest one for men Body Beast! The reason Shakeology is a requirement is because it’s a product that I’ve been using for over 6 months now, and I am 100% confident that it works, and have recommended Shakeology to literally everyone I know, including my friends and family. If you want to get the best results possible, you have to be using Shakeology as a meal replacement every day and combine it with a healthy diet and a workout program.

Beachbody just actually released new Challenge Packs that combine Shakeology, a workout program, and a free month’s Club Membership at a discount price for purchasing together. Next, once you purchase a Challenge Pack or reach all the requirements to join a group, email me at jen@milesforacure.com and I will pair you with 4 other people who are going through the same program and have the same goals as you, create an exclusive team Facebook group, and then you will get started!

What will I need to do once I’m in a Challenge Group? The first thing that you will need to do is share your goals with everyone else in the group, including me. Once in the group, you will need to post daily that you’ve completed your workout, followed the diet, and ask any questions or provide support to the other group members. While going through your journey, you’re going to want to make sure you take progress photos every 15 days (only posting if you fell comfortable).  This way you can show each other that you’re getting results and staying committed!

Are there any prizes? YES! Beachbody will be giving away daily, monthly, quarterly, and even a grand prize of $100,000 for those with the best results.

I’m confident that you’re not going to find a better way to get results than you would by being part of a Beachbody Challenge Group! Unlimited support, constant encouragement, friendly competition, and some added prizes will motivate you to commit yourself for the entire 90 days and get into the best shape of your life. I can’t wait to help you guys reach your goals and again, I can’t tell you how PUMPED I am to get these groups rolling! LET’S DO THIS!!!!

Want To Join Me?

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I am sure I am not alone in this…fighting the battle of the bulge.  I know as a marathon runner I should be a stick right? Wrong.  I hate to break it to you, but when you run 20+ miles you do burn 2000+ calories, but you are starving!  I don’t know if you have checked lately, but it is not hard to eat 2000 calories especially when you feel that you have “earned” it.

Well I am tired of the excess and I want to do something about it.  I have this friend and every time I see him he looks better and better.  I knew he was coaching but not sure for what.  He was coaching people going through the P90X fitness system.  Let’s just say the proof was in the pudding.  He looked great and everyone else I knew that had tried P90X was looking pretty good too.  So he gave me more details and as I investigated further I became more and more convinced that this works. I started with a sample of the vegan smoothie mix and was hooked. As I explored I decided that I could do this. Like many of us I watched the infomercials and it is always hard to imagine that sort of thing to be real, but now I have seen it as a reality with someone I know personally. So like my first ever race I just decided to go for it.  So now I am an official Team Beach Body Coach.  So my goal is to have that beach body.

So here is my challenge to you.  Join me in this endeavor.  I want to be your coach and encourage you as you go through the P90X training system.  I am going to start my first Challenge Group as of April first and I want you to have the opportunity to be in on that group.  Only 5 participants get to be in this first group.

To be a part of the group you need to visit my website http://www.teambeachbody.com/milesforacure and get your gear.

If you purchase just the P90X system (which you want to get before p90X2) through my website I will automatically be your coach and encourage you through your P90X training.

If you want to be part of the Challenge Group go to the website and get the Challenge Pack of the P90X system plus Shakeology (and the vegan tropical strawberry is awesome).  Not only with this purchase will you get yours truly as your coach, but you will also get to be a part of a group going through the program with you at the same time.  You will be able to interact with them and get tips and encouragement from each other.  And since I am just starting out we will be in this together.

Research reveals that greater weight loss accomplishments  are achieved best in groups so I would love your encouragement as I begin this journey.  Please email me at jen@milesforacure.com if you want more information.  I find there is not much better  in life than watching people cross the finish line.  The finish line can be a marathon or any health and fitness goals you set your mind and spirit toward.

Want To Join Me?

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I am sure I am not alone in this…fighting the battle of the bulge.  I know as a marathon runner I should be a stick right? Wrong.  I hate to break it to you, but when you run 20+ miles you do burn 2000+ calories, but you are starving!  I don’t know if you have checked lately, but it is not hard to eat 2000 calories especially when you feel that you have “earned” it.

Well I am tired of the excess and I want to do something about it.  I have this friend and every time I see him he looks better and better.  I knew he was coaching but not sure for what.  He was coaching people going through the P90X fitness system.  Let’s just say the proof was in the pudding.  He looked great and everyone else I knew that had tried P90X was looking pretty good too.  So he gave me more details and as I investigated further I became more and more convinced that this works. I started with a sample of the vegan smoothie mix and was hooked. As I explored I decided that I could do this. Like many of us I watched the infomercials and it is always hard to imagine that sort of thing to be real, but now I have seen it as a reality with someone I know personally. So like my first ever race I just decided to go for it.  So now I am an official Team Beach Body Coach.  So my goal is to have that beach body.

So here is my challenge to you.  Join me in this endeavor.  I want to be your coach and encourage you as you go through the P90X training system.  I am going to start my first Challenge Group as of April first and I want you to have the opportunity to be in on that group.  Only 5 participants get to be in this first group.

To be a part of the group you need to visit my website http://www.teambeachbody.com/milesforacure and get your gear.

If you purchase just the P90X system (which you want to get before p90X2) through my website I will automatically be your coach and encourage you through your P90X training.

If you want to be part of the Challenge Group go to the website and get the Challenge Pack of the P90X system plus Shakeology (and the vegan tropical strawberry is awesome).  Not only with this purchase will you get yours truly as your coach, but you will also get to be a part of a group going through the program with you at the same time.  You will be able to interact with them and get tips and encouragement from each other.  And since I am just starting out we will be in this together.

Research reveals that greater weight loss accomplishments  are achieved best in groups so I would love your encouragement as I begin this journey.  Please email me at jen@milesforacure.com if you want more information.  I find there is not much better  in life than watching people cross the finish line.  The finish line can be a marathon or any health and fitness goals you set your mind and spirit toward.

Want To Join Me?

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I am sure I am not alone in this…fighting the battle of the bulge.  I know as a marathon runner I should be a stick right? Wrong.  I hate to break it to you, but when you run 20+ miles you do burn 2000+ calories, but you are starving!  I don’t know if you have checked lately, but it is not hard to eat 2000 calories especially when you feel that you have “earned” it.

Well I am tired of the excess and I want to do something about it.  I have this friend and every time I see him he looks better and better.  I knew he was coaching but not sure for what.  He was coaching people going through the P90X fitness system.  Let’s just say the proof was in the pudding.  He looked great and everyone else I knew that had tried P90X was looking pretty good too.  So he gave me more details and as I investigated further I became more and more convinced that this works. I started with a sample of the vegan smoothie mix and was hooked. As I explored I decided that I could do this. Like many of us I watched the infomercials and it is always hard to imagine that sort of thing to be real, but now I have seen it as a reality with someone I know personally. So like my first ever race I just decided to go for it.  So now I am an official Team Beach Body Coach.  So my goal is to have that beach body.

So here is my challenge to you.  Join me in this endeavor.  I want to be your coach and encourage you as you go through the P90X training system.  I am going to start my first Challenge Group as of April first and I want you to have the opportunity to be in on that group.  Only 5 participants get to be in this first group.

To be a part of the group you need to visit my website http://www.teambeachbody.com/milesforacure and get your gear.

If you purchase just the P90X system (which you want to get before p90X2) through my website I will automatically be your coach and encourage you through your P90X training.

If you want to be part of the Challenge Group go to the website and get the Challenge Pack of the P90X system plus Shakeology (and the vegan tropical strawberry is awesome).  Not only with this purchase will you get yours truly as your coach, but you will also get to be a part of a group going through the program with you at the same time.  You will be able to interact with them and get tips and encouragement from each other.  And since I am just starting out we will be in this together.

Research reveals that greater weight loss accomplishments  are achieved best in groups so I would love your encouragement as I begin this journey.  Please email me at jen@milesforacure.com if you want more information.  I find there is not much better  in life than watching people cross the finish line.  The finish line can be a marathon or any health and fitness goals you set your mind and spirit toward.

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