Runners are an inspiring bunch. They work hard year-round: they get up at the crack of dawn to rack up morning miles; they train for races, giving up fun Saturday nights out with their friends so they can be sure to get enough sleep before their 20-miler the next morning; and they set goals and work to accomplish them, smashing their PRs—and then turning around and creating new goals. Come the holidays, it's time to help runners relax, rejuvenate, and celebrate all they've achieved throughout the year. Here you'll find great gifts for runners—from the beginner who is training for her first 5K to the seasoned racer who is looking forward to her next marathon. These gifts range from useful tools that will improve their training to just-for-fun apparel and accessories that allow them to let everyone know around them how much running means to them.
Runners know the importance of keeping up a training log, but this journal from elite runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas is structured to up the ante even more. Filled with inspiration, tips, and worksheets about goals, nutrition, training, body image, challenges, and more, this training log/personal diary will keep any runner motivated and ready to tackle any goal.
Sometimes even the most dedicated athlete needs an extra push to get out the door (especially in the winter—nobody likes working out during a blizzard!). This daily desk calendar inspires runners to lace up their shoes with illustrated motivational quotes.
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'The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances' by The Oatmeal
Anybody who has ever had their love for running questioned will appreciate this book by Matthew Inman, creator of the popular comics website The Oatmeal. The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances is about the ups and downs of being a runner, covering everything from striking a balance between refueling and overeating, overcoming "the wall" (or what he calls, "The Blerch"), and the intense feeling of satisfaction after reaching a hard-won goal.
If you need an extra reminder to stay hydrated throughout the dayand have more successful runs as a resultthen this bottle is perfect for you. The bottle has a motivational manifesto on the front and a clear-cut drinking schedule on the back. It will help keep you on track to a 68-ounce water intake to make sure you're drinking every hour.
While it's important to add more carbohydrates into your diet leading up to a big run, spaghetti can get a little borning. Try runner- and running-shoe-shaped pasta from Pastabilities. The pasta is made with 100% durum wheat and the colors are created from natural vegetable powders, so she can feel good about the meal.
No more stuffing keys and credit cards down your bra! This waist pouch easily holds all of your essentials securely. The best part? You don’t have to deal with an adjustable waistband riding up or becoming loose—the Buddy Pouch magnetically attaches at the waist to your leggings or shorts.
If we're being honest, one of the best parts about going for a long run or race is kicking up our feet with a cold, post-run beer. Keep your toes comfortable in these awesome knee-highs. Bonus: they wick moisture, so they can also be worn during a run for a little extra motivation to finish strong.
Your feet, ankles, and knees deserve a break from the constant beating they take when you're out on a run. Slip on these recovery clogs from Oofos as another post-run reward. They are lightweight and absorb impact with every stepjust what your body needs to recover from your hard work.
What could be better than slipping into a bubble bath the night after a long run? Adding Aromaforia's Muscle Soak foaming bubble bath will certainly add an element of luxury to your recovery. It's made with eucalyptus, peppermint, and lemongrass—the perfect combination of aromas to ease and soothe sore muscles.
An awesome gift for both you and your furry friend, this hands-free dog leash makes runs with your dog so much easier. The leash connector stretches from 35-inches to 51-inches, so you don't have to worry about him pulling you off track. It is also laced with reflective material so you'll remain seen on nighttime jogs.
What runner doesn't enjoy a good run-pun? Make sure you are caffeinated for the day ahead with this cute stainless steel travel mug, featuring a no-spill top so you don't have to worry about leaks throughout the day.
What could be more annoying than running with a water bottle? With the BottleBand, you can secure any size water bottle to your hand so you can stay hydrated throughout your run. Finished the whole thing? After throwing away the bottle, the band easily slips onto your wrist so you can finish up hands-free.
Sometimes, you just need a little reminder and extra push when you're out on a difficult run. This hand-stamped shoelace plate is a subtle way to add some motivation. You'll be inspired to keep putting one foot in front of the other every time you look down at your feet.
Every runner knows the importance of a good compression legging. Even if you're not working out in it, compression clothing can do wonders for your recovery. Try this cute pair of leggings from Old Navy—they have a high waist to prevent them from slipping down!
Runners' feet are not the prettiest sight, but luckily, there are great products to get them back to looking (and feeling) good. This all-natural gift set is complete with a foot soak, scrub, butter, and more.