Happy holidays! With only 24 more shopping days til Christmas it’s time to talk gift giving. I am going to breakdown the best gift ideas for runners starting with the newbies, and each week leading up to Christmas I’ll share gifts for advanced runners and multi-sport athletes. We’ll make sure your list covers the range of runners and athletes in your life.
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feet arms. If you have a pair of “good” sneakers you are set, but let’s make sure you are starting off on the right foot.
– Gift certificate to a speciality running store: Showing a newbie a speciality running store should wet their athletic appetite. This is not a Dick’s or Sports Authority. Introduce a newbie to a custom shoe demo to pick out the perfect pair of kicks. It’s important that everyone starts running with the right shoe.
– Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve: Running is always fun when you look the part. Get rid of the cotton tees! Look for fabrics that are moisture wicking and breathable. This toasty top is great for the winter and spring seasons. Lululemon products have such a unique fit that you will certainly feel the difference while working out. I have been eyeing this for over a year, and it just might make my Christmas wish list as well.
– iPod Shuffle: Time to ditch a bulky music device, even if you’re running with your iPhone on an armband pouch. This tiny MP3 will not distract you during your run. Allowing you to move freely to your favorite tunes.
– Running Books: It’s always helpful for someone to read up about the ins and outs of being a successful runner. I personally have read and enjoy Chris Carmichael’s Food for Fitness and Runner’s World Complete Book of Women’s Running by Dagny Scott Barrios. Best advice often comes from the pros.
– Watch Out: You are looking for a watch that is water-resistant, has a stopwatch, and an electroluminescent backlight. No need for anything fancy, but grab a sports watch such as this one from Timex to help keep track of your time. If you are serious about becoming dedicated to running then I would absolutely invest in a Garmin Forerunner.
When my mom started running, I learned a few tricks on how to break beginners into running slowly. Those that have been running for a bit know we take some things for granted, but everyone is a runner no matter how many steps they have taken. Don’t wait to feel motivated, get started and your motivation will come.
What other running must haves would you include?