It’s that time of year! Time to shop for that hard to buy for runner. But really, it’s not that hard to buy for a runner. Give us anything running related and we are happy!
If you are prepared, you probably started shopping already. Or if you are really, really good, you may be done. But if you are like me, you haven’t even started. Procrastination is my middle name.
Every year, I’ve put together a gift guide of my favorite running gear. These are all things I love and use regularly. If it’s on the list, I use it and I want to spread the word about how marvelous it is.
1. Saucony Run Strong Cowl – Are you surprised there’s Saucony gear on here? You shouldn’t be. I live in their stuff. There is not one piece of their gear that I don’t absolutely love. When it’s cold out, I want something around my neck. It makes me feel 10,000 times warmer. This cowl is perfect for the in between temps of 30-40 degrees or could be great under a jacket when it gets really cold.
FYI – From now until December 16, use code 26STRONG to earn 20% off sale and full priced items at Saucony.com. (This excludes all EVERUN and Life On The Run products).
AND there’s also an extra 30% off SALE items on Saucony.com for Cyber Monday!
2. Saucony Run Mitt – Last year, these mittens saved me on so many runs. My hands are always cold. I’ve never been officially diagnosed with Raynaud’s, but I’ve got all the symptoms. It’s downright painful when my hands get really cold. Not so with these mittens. In fact, there were runs where I had to stick half of my hand out of the mitt because they were hot. That has never happened before. Buy these!
3. Saucony Guide 8 – This has been my go-to shoe for the past three years for long runs. It gives me just the right amount of support and comfort that I need. The Guide 9 just came out and I’m excited (or maybe I’m not if it’s for the worst) to see if it’s the same Guide I love.
4. Women’s Running Magazine – We all get Runner’s World, right? Try something different that’s just for the lady runners.
5. Garmin vívofit 2 – Since I’m still making my running comeback, I have yet to wear my GPS watch. I don’t want to see pace or mileage right now. I’m going strictly for time. That’s why you don’t see a GPS watch in this gift guide. So what does this have to do with runners and activity trackers? Just because you ran 10 miles today, doesn’t mean you should sit on your butt all day, parked in front of a computer. I love that this tracker beeps at me hourly as a reminder to get up and MOVE.
6. The Stick – Some people swear by their foam roller. I swear by The Stick. My calves are chronically tight, hence why I have been plagued with Achilles Tendonitis and Posterior Tib Tendonitis. Foam rolling is great to work out the knots but I always feel like I’m getting more of an upper body workout than anything. The Stick is perfect for isolating the knots and not having my arms die out on my before the knot disappears. And I sucker Ron into rolling my calves nightly.
7. Runner’s World The Runner’s Brain – Running is way more than one foot in front of the other. You’ve got to train your brain just as intensely as the body. I’ve learned so many tips from this book on upping my mental game. I can’t wait to put it to good use during a race(s) in 2016.
8. Believe Training Journal – At the beginning of the year, I started using this training journal. I used it nightly to track my running workouts, how I was feeling, what ached, what fueling did not work at all, etc. Since Boston, it’s been laying in my nightstand, unopened. Until last week. I’m not officially training for anything but I finally feel like I’m at a point where I can actually track my workouts and see progress. I’ve already ordered a fresh journal for when I’m officially “in training” again.
9. Saucony Bullet Tight – I LOVE the Bullet capri. I LOVE the Bullet short. I LOVE the Bullet tight. All three are the perfect bottoms for stashing fuel on long runs or in a race. If you buy one Saucony item, make it a Bullet.
Want even more ideas? Check out my Pinterest board with health and fitness gift ideas.
What’s on your holiday wish list?