Thanksgiving has passed and it is officially the holiday season! Whether you call it Christmas or holiday, one thing is for sure—everyone is looking for the perfect gift for the special people in our lives. And if you are like most people you 1) probably have a family member or friend who is a runner, which poses the million dollar question: what can I get them for Christmas? and 2) probably have procrastinated. Normally we think clothes, running shoes or gift cards to sports stores. But maybe it’s time to think outside the box. If you are stumped, no worries; we have perfect last minute gifts for the special runner in your life. Whether it is accessories, running related movies, or clothes, we are providing you a few options.
- Helix Elite Sunglasses (Nike, $196). Talk about a smooth looking design. This performance ready sunglasses are lightweight and comfortable. I love that it is a one-piece lens adding extra coverage and the use of Nike + Zeiss Optics provides extraordinary clarity and perception. This design has cool features to enhance comfort like the ventilated and self-adjusting nose bridge, and rubber channels in the temple arms that prevent fogging and moisture accumulation.
- Winged Foot Sterling Silver Matte Necklace (RunnersWorld.com). Let’s be honest—there is nothing more we runners love more than to tell the world about our passion for running. And this beautiful necklace celebrates just that. Featuring the iconic track and field symbol, this beautiful charm (chain included) will surely make the perfect stocking stuffer.
- UNBREAKABLE The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run (journeyfilm.com, various prices). I love me some running movies. And this one is no exception. It is an oldie but oh so good especially if you love trail running. The Western States 100-mile endurance run, the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile foot race in the world. And in 2010, four of the greatest undefeated mountain runners on earth toed the starting line with one goal in mind: win. And it is epic! From the scenery to the ups and downs of their journey—this film is AWESOME in that way only a runner can understand. I HIGHLY recommend it.
- Run Fast. Eat Slow. ($16). Runners think about food all the time (I know I do). And peak performance is what we want to achieve as runners and nutrition is an integral part of that. What better way to say “I support your journey” than this cookbook by 2017 New York City Marathon Champion, Shalane Flanagan. Here is a cookbook for runners that addresses all the building blocks of effective fueling. And from the publisher summary, I love this line “Packed with more than 100 recipes for every part of your day, mind-blowing nutritional wisdom, and inspiring stories from two fitness-crazed women that became fast friends over 15 years ago, Run Fast Eat Slow has all the bases covered”. So, go for it. This will make an awesome Christmas gift!
Want to make this a sweeter gift? Throw in the Runner’s Recovery Tea as featured in Run Fast Eat Slow. Now you can easily brew up a batch of this mineral-rich herbal drink. Read all about the benefits of Shalane's favorite tea on page 36 in our cookbook. This tea contains hibiscus, chamomile, lemongrass, alfalfa and horsetail which inflammation-fighting trace minerals and helps the body to store more calcium for bone strength.
- TriggerPoint GRID VIBE Vibrating Foam Roller for Pain Relief, Relaxation, and Recovery (Amazon.com, $99.99) Oh, the dreaded yet necessary foam roller. I personally have a love-hate relationship with it but can’t live without it. And this one is just too damn cool! It vibrates! This roller foam roller provides clinical therapy technology in a compact unit. And the GRID pattern mimics the sensation of a massage therapist hands and channels blood flow for muscle recovery. I am thinking this is a must for any runner.
- Kinda Wanna Run Sweatshirt (Sarah Marie Design, $66). I love running but some days I’m just not feeling it. And this super cute sweatshirt is perfect for those days when you kinda wanna go for a run but kinda wanna stay in bed. This piece is made of triblend which equals super soft and comfy. I don’t know any runner who would not want this under the Christmas tree!
Running is as much about nurturing the spirit and the mind as it is about the body and these two books follow that thought.
- The Runner's Devotional (Barnes & Noble, $10.49). Publisher's Summary "Ever wondered if there’s a purpose to your running and what it has to do with your spiritual life? The Runner’s Devotional will inspire you in your faith while encouraging you to excel at the sport you love! This book is for runners of all levels—casual and avid, competitive and recreational—who want to improve their running skills, attain personal running goals, and grow closer to God. Fifty-two devotional readings will keep runners motivated, inspired, and running in the right direction, both on and off the road, through life’s many peaks and valleys. Each devotional includes an inspirational reading, a personal story from a runner, Scripture application, running tips, and questions to consider. Additional features include health and fitness tips, and weekly runner’s logs."
- Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor (Release Date: April 2018. Pre-order Amazon.com, $18). Deena Kastor who does not know her? If you run-- you do. And if you do not, you should. In her new book Deena gives us a glimpse into the "mind of an elite athlete, a remarkable story of achievement, and a fascinating primer on how the small steps of cultivating positivity can lead to outsize gains in performance (via Penguin Publishing). I already pre-ordered mine. Have you?