Looking for the perfect gift for the runner in your life? Delight that special someone or spoil yourself this holiday season!
These gifts will benefit everyone from the beginner to the veteran runner...
Not everyone enjoys carrying water bottles in their hands when heading out for a run. Problem solved! The Nathan Sport Hydration Belt will stay put because of its fully adjustable waistband, keeping you hands-free which allows for a more natural running form. The added storage pack provides plenty o’ room for nutrition, keys, phone, etc. This gift offers peace of mind to those venturing far from home on their training runs, keeping all essentials safely secured to their waist.
Razor thin and shatter resistant, these lenses provide glare-free visibility and might just add a little (or a lot) of “cool” to her running ensemble. Shady Rays offers a variety of styles with vibrant mirror coating to maximize color reflection. Want to stare longingly into your loved one’s eyes for hours on end with the confidence that she’s keeping those beauties safe when running? Think about this perfectly polarized stocking stuffer!
One word comes to mind when describing Skye Mountain Co. products: versatility. These hats or beanies are perfect for trails, mountains, roads, camping, races, and everyday life. Runners love these hats because of the variety of styles, mesh backs, snapbacks, flex fits, and the (coming soon!) athletic fit. Whether your athlete is a road or trail runner, she is sure to love the quality, style, and durability these hats provide.
Many elite and amateur athletes would agree that compression socks benefit their performance by speeding up muscle recovery and alleviating lactic acid buildup. Lily Trotters are a unique brand of compression socks that not only provide maximum recovery benefits, but also offer fashion and flare so your runner will look beautiful and feel #unstoppable.
There is NOTHING worse than returning to your car parched after a long run only to find warm water waiting for you in your water bottle. Gross. Kokua water bottles keep water cold for 24 hours! That’s like a whole entire day! These textured-grip bottles will encourage athletes to drink the recommended amount of water to replenish hydration. Kokua embraces the spirit of the season all year long as every bottle sold provides someone in need with clean and accessible water.
Splurge Alert! If you’re interested in hitting gift-giving out of the park, a gps watch is the perfect way to do it! If this handy (no pun intended) accessory isn’t on her wish list, than she must already own one...because, it’s THAT necessary. There are other brands offering similar products, but Garmin is known for it’s accuracy AND user-friendly interface. The Garmin Forerunner 35 will allow your lady love to geek-out over the easy to access heart rate, pace, time and distance stats..and track her progress as she tackles those New Year’s goals!
Nobody wants to head out for a run feeling less-than prepared and nervous about what creatures may be lurking in the shadows! Tried and tested by runners themselves, these LED rechargeable headlamps will keep you safe pre-dawn and post-sunset. Whether running on the trail or road, the awesome back light feature will provide safety both in front of AND behind the runner in all weather conditions.
Ultimate Direction makes the best hydration packs ever. Period. The Adventure Vesta is no exception. This built-for-her hydration vest offers distance runners and hikers optimal space for storage while out on the trail. With enough space for water, keys, food, trekking poles, and much MUCH more -- trail sisters will have ample room to consider all necessary safety items when heading out on their next excursion.
Just because it’s icey - your run doesn’t have to be dicey! Sole Spikes are the perfect gift for winter runners braving cold weather elements like ice and snow. On pavement or dirt, these removable spikes grip the ground better than any traction product around. Athletes can easily screw spikes into the sole of their shoe, and just as easily remove them damage-free.
Obviously, not an item she’s sure to grab on her way out for a run...but, this may just be her favorite accessory/gym bag to store all of her post-run essentials (think change of clothes, towel, etc.) This product says “I want to spoil you” - and, it’s super cute! While giving your athlete a fashionable and functional backpack, you can help give back to someone in need. For each backpack purchased, Adventurist Backpacks provide meals for 25 families. Need we say more?
About the Author: Lindsey Brown is a teacher, wife, mom of 4, runner & triathlete residing in Layton, Utah. Lindsey recently qualified for the Boston Marathon and set a new PR by taking an impressive 35 minutes off of her best time! #Unstoppable.
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Ah, wintertime travel. There’s nothing more magical than waking up at the crack of dawn, piling on a mishmash of warm winter clothes, and getting stuck in traffic while you're already late for your flight.
Ok, maybe winter travel isn’t so magical after all. We can't do anything about the lines at security, but we can work on packing our bulky winter clothes more effectively.
Here are 7 simple ways to help you pack light, even with winter clothing.
Rachel Bell Kelley is one #unstoppable woman and soon-to-be Western States 100 finisher! Here Rachel shares some of her favorite exercises that help get her into fighting (well, racing) shape and stay free of injury throughout the year.
Like Rachel, you can work with a personal trainer or physical therapist (in Rachel's case, she relies on the experts at Balanced Movement) to create a periodized plan that's right for YOU!