Black Friday, Female Runner Gift Guide, Holiday Gift Guide, Mother Runner Gift Guide, Running Gift Guide 7:00 AM
I can't even believe that there are only SIX more weekends until Christmas. Did you hear me people?! SIX! I haven't even started Christmas shopping yet. Oops. Better get going.
To get in the holiday spirit and in honor of Black Friday, I thought I'd share a holiday gift guide for the female runner. AND BONUS! At the end I also share some gifts for the mother runner. If you're thinking of getting me anything for Christmas... I wouldn't mind getting a nice package full of any of these gifts on my doorstep. Wink wink. Hint hint. You can email me for my address ;)
Garmin Forerunner 620! The mother of all GPS watches. If you add the heart rate monitor (just an extra $50...NBD) the watch will even calculate your recovery time and VO2 max. Now THAT is cool. If you only need a watch to do the bare minimum (calculate distance, time, pace, splits, elevation, etc.) then the Garmin Forerunner 10 is for you. It is the one that I have now and I am very happy with it!
Trail running is getting really popular lately. I'm thinking it's going to be really hot next spring/summer! So get ahead of the trend and buy your trail running shoes now. These are two great options. The Brooks PureGrit 2 is on sale right now since the PureGrit 3 came out. There aren't that many sizes left to grab them quick! If you have the money to splurge, pick up the Brooks Cascadia 9. They are highly recommended by all trail runners!
Everyone needs a nice long sleeved top for winter running! Here are two great options. The Women's Nightlife top looks amazing - hooded, reflective, thumbholes, and it looks warm. The Women's Versatile Printed Top is a great cheaper option.
Running jackets are a must on those super cold days. Although I don't think I would ever spend $200 on one, if you have the cash I would suggest the PureProject Shelter Jacket. It is waterproof, windproof, and reflective. Although still a bit of a splurge, the cheaper Infiniti Jacket is a great waterproof option as well.
Sooooo technically these are both splurges (at least for me) but these are both awesome pants. The Brooks Utopia Thermal Tight sound like they will keep you super warm for winter runs. And the Nike Flash Women's Running Tights just look super cool, especially in the dark.
When it gets really cold out, running gloves are a must. Your fingertips will get cold whether you like it or not! Try the Brooks Essential Glove for a cheaper option. The Brooks Utopia 3-in-1 Mitten is the ultimate running glove. It is a liner and shell combo that you can wear three ways and it is rated for 40 degrees and below. Perfect!
Keeping your ears warm is a must when it gets cold. Try either the Infiniti Headband or the PureProject Beanie to keep your ears from turning red!
You can never have too many running socks! PRO Compression makes a great pair. They help improve blood flow to your feet and legs to aid in quick recovery! Save with the lower cut PC Runner sock, or splurge with the Marathon Compression sock.
What's the easiest way to become friends with a runner? Pay for the race entry fee, or donate to the cause that they are running for. Entrance fees aren't cheap, people! Especially when you are raising money for a good cause. Local races can be as low as $15 or $20, but entrance fees for races like Boston or New York can be up to $200 - and if you're going the charity route, you might have to earn up to $3,000! So make a runner friend this holiday season and donate to a good cause.
Who doesn't love stocking stuffers? I think it's my favorite part of Christmas - opening up all the tiny little gifts that fit inside your stocking is just magical. Here are some fun ones for the female runner:
1. GU or other energy gels: You may think this is a joke but it's not. Those little babies can really add up when you are buying 2-3 every weekend for a long run!
2. Running hat: Good for keeping your head warm, hair and sun out of your face. Win win win.
3. Sports headphones: These are some cheap ones that are a good price for a stocking stuffer. If you want to be really nice to your friend, go for some bluetooth headphones.
4. Hair ties: A girl can never have too many, am I right?
5. Headband: For the female runner with bangs, these things are a must.
6. Handheld water bottle with a pocket: I love my handheld water bottle to fill with Gatorade and energy gels for a long run!
7. Gift certificate for a pedicure: If you haven't seen a runner's feet - good. You don't want to. Treat your female runner friend to a pedicure and the world will thank you!
1. Eric Carle 2-in-1 Stroller and Infant Carrier Bunting Bag: I just want this thing because it is so darn cute! This bunting is better suited for smaller babies.
2. BOB Weather Shield: This would be perfect for snowy/windy/rainy/cold days where you just need to get outside for a run.
3. Beanie and Gloves for baby: You will want baby to be as warm as possible while you run in the winter! Be sure to cozy your baby up.
4. Cozy Coop Black Pram Mitts Hand Warmers: Instead of wearing running gloves, wear stroller gloves! I mean come on, they just look so cute.
5. Run Like a Mother book: I have yet to read this book but I hope to soon! You will gain inspiration on how to organize your life in such a way that you can multitask in a way that only moms multitask, and still stay sane by fitting running into your schedule.
6. Mountain Buggy Foot Muff: If you plan on jogging with your baby in the stroller in 40 degrees or below, you NEED one of these. Otherwise you will feel like a failure as a mother when your child is freezing at the end of your run.