Monday, November 11, 2013

5 Gift Ideas For Runners

The other day one of my aunts called to ask what I wanted for Christmas. As I was listing a few of the things I wanted, I realized a lot of them were running related. I thought I would share the top 5 running items I've been coveting in case anyone was looking for a gift for the runner in their life.

5. Road ID--the Wrist ID Slim $17.99

I have a nasty habit of heading out for runs without bringing an ID with me. I frequently run along busy streets and sometimes drivers just don't pay attention to the pedestrians crossing the street. Hopefully nothing will ever happen, but in the event of an accident, it might be good to have my name and emergency contact information somewhere on my person.

4. Shower Pill Wipes--$10.00


I am currently training for an out of town marathon and I periodically think about what I will need to take with me on race day. I've read several race recaps on other blogs where the blogger mentions bringing a change of clothes to wear home after the race. I can't imagine putting on clean clothes if I am still sweaty and smelly, so I would also want to bring some sort of wet wipe so I can clean up a little before I put on fresh clothes. Enter Shower Pill. I haven't actually tried these wipes, but I've read enough reviews to know that most people who use them seem to like them. They are individually wrapped, making them easy to toss in a gym bag, and they are bigger than most wet wipes making it easy to clean your whole body with just one wipe. It sounds like the perfect thing to bring along for race day.

3. Nuun Electrolyte Tablets--Pack of 4--$24.00
When you sweat, your body is losing more than water. After longer runs I like to replace electrolytes with Nuun. Nuun tablets are great because they come in these slim little tubes that are small enough to take with you in a belt. You just drop one in water and you're good to go. They don't have added sugar and I think they taste better than bottled sports drinks. These would be a great stocking stuffer.

Sometimes I like to drive to parks to run and hike, but I really hate the idea of getting in my car sweaty. I try to remember to bring a towel to sit on on the way home, but none of my towels are big enough to cover a whole car seat. I would love to have one of these to keep in my car. I imagine there are a lot of gym-goers out there who would also appreciate one of these bad boys.

1. Flipbelt--$24.99

I have tried several ways of carrying my stuff when I run and still haven't come up with one I really like. I've tried the Spibelt and didn't like it because it moved around too much. During the half marathon I put my keys and a few other things in the pouch on my handheld water bottle. I wore my phone in an arm holster that day so that I didn't have to carry it. It worked out okay for the half marathon because I didn't plan to take any gels or other food during the race, but I will need to take in calories during the marathon and have to find some way to carry more stuff with me. I've seen a lot of really positive reviews on the FlipBelt and I asked for one for Christmas because I'm really hoping it works for me.

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