It’s that time of year! Time for the 2012 edition of “Holiday Gift Guide for Runners!”
This year I thought I would do something a little different. Instead of giving generic gift ideas, I thought I would breakdown what I usually wear on a run (from head to toe), to give some ideas on what a runner typically uses on their daily runs (and what will be helpful in the future!). Everyone loves a good gadget, but sometimes it’s some day-to-day stuff that every runner really needs.
Here we go!
(yes, Maddie counts as a running accessory, too! )
(link above is for Amazon, but they can also be found at your local Target)
Yes, these hair ties are a little pricey, but let me explain – THEY. ARE. AWESOME.
I have really thick, heavy hair and before I was going through a pack of regular hair ties every two weeks because each one of them would end up looking like this after a single use.
There’s nothing worse than a stretched out hair tie. They stopped holding my hair up and were just pitiful.
I randomly stumbled upon the No Grip Jelly Ponytailers at Target one day and haven’t looked back since. Not only do they hold my hair up, but they don’t stretch! One hair tie seems to last forever and it took me a full year to go through a 14-pack of these babies (mainly because I lost them).
I accidentally left a jelly hair tie at my sister’s place a few months ago and she couldn’t stop raving about how much she loved it. She ended up buying a pack of her own jelly hair ties because she wanted to have back ups in case she lost the one I had left behind. If you have problems with hair ties sliding down during runs, then I would 100% suggest adding this to you christmas list this year. They make great stocking stuffers!
Headband: Sweaty Bands
If I’ve learned one thing in my four years of running, it’s that every runner has their favorite headband company they swear by on runs. I swear by Sweaty Bands. Not only are they super cute, but they don’t slide from my head. They’re the only headband I wear, period.
Runners LOVE headbands, but only if it’s the brand they swear by. I would suggest finding out which headband your runner swears by and picking out a couple in their favorite colors (glitter is always a winner!).
Headphones: Sony MDRE9LP/PNK Earbud Headphones
I’ve tried fancy, schmancy earbuds in the past, but always come back to my good ole Sonys (I usually stock up when Target has a sale, however I just discovered they’re cheaper on Amazon- score!).
We’re runners – we sweat, a lot, and earbuds don’t last forever. It’s always nice to have a back-up pair just in case something goes wrong. Also, they make great stocking stuffers.
Music: iPod Nano
I have a 5th Generation iPod Nano, but iPod Shuffles are a great, reasonably priced alternative. iTunes Gift Cards are always a great gift idea for runners (we’re always looking for new music to rock out to) and, for the runners who love to listen to books on the run, may I suggest an Audible.com subscription? I just joined a couple of months ago and love it. The books download straight to your itunes library and it’s nice knowing I have two new books to look forward to every month.
Arm Pouch: Nike Running Arm Wallet/Phone Case
My mom gave me this Nike arm pouch for Christmas two or three years ago. It’s not ideal for anyone who likes to change the song on their iPod while they’re running, but that’s never bothered me. I love that it’s roomy enough to hold my iPod, house key, and ID/ money if I need it to. I’ve tried pouches that go around the waist, but always come back to my trusty arm pouch for storing stuff. It doesn’t bounce or get in the way and I usually don’t leave for a run without it.
There are other arm pouch options out there that grant a little bit easier of access to the ipod that other runners might appreciate. I found this one on Amazon that would do the trick, you just have to make sure it’s made for the right generation of iPod, phone, etc.
Watch: Garmin Forerunner 10
The Garmin Forerunner 10 is a great basic watch for any runner who just wants to press a button and run. It gives you final time, mile splits, pace, and distance – that’s it. It’s also reasonably priced, starting at $129..
Top: C9 by Champion Women’s Seamless Babydoll Tank
I have this shirt in 6 different colors. It is my favorite thing to run in. Unfortunately it’s not currently available at Target. Just wait – it usually returns for their spring/ summer running collections.
Custom race shirt from MyRaceRagz.com
I created this Meals and Miles shirt a couple of years ago and love it. It’s a fun one to break out for races. I need to order one that has “Meghann” on the front, there’s nothing better than having random strangers shouting your name and offering random words of encouragement in a race! And the great thing about MyRacesRagz.com is the design you create never fades. Two years later and it looks the same as the day I ordered it!
Sports Bra: Brooks Women’s Epiphany Sports Bra
I own the tank version of this bra too. I love the cut, colors, and functionality of the sports bra. It’s high impact and provides great support for anything from fast sprints to marathons.
Bottoms: Lululemon Run: Speed Shorts
(The new chevron design is on my Christmas wish list this year! )
The Lululemon Speed Shorts are hands down my favorite pair of running shorts out there. I personally own three pairs and would love to have more. I love the length, the built in bloomers, the small pocket on the back, the wide waist band (see this post why I swear by wide waistbands for running ) and the cute designs.
When I’m not wearing the speed shorts, I also dig the Lululemon Run: Pace Setter Skirt
This is my go-to skirt on race day. I’ve worn it for multiple races and always receive compliments on it. It’s also very comfortable to run in. The grippy pieces on the shorts under the skirt keep the shorts from riding up and how could you not love the ruffles on the back? I die!
For capris, I’m currently a fan of the Brooks Women’s Infiniti Capri
Love the grippy bottoms on these. They’re also a little thicker of a capri for those colder morning runs when you’re not 100% committed to full tights (I’m not a fan of full tights).
Underwear: Lululemon: Light As Air Hipster
Yes, running underwear. I usually go sans panties when I’m running with shorts with built-in underwear, but prefer to have a little coverage for capris and running tights (TMI: I tend to chafe with the capris and tights without a barrier). The running underwear is really light so I don’t feel like I’m wearing them when I run and they have the same moisture-wicking properties as the rest of the Lululemon line. If you are a runner who chafes (or knows a runner who chafes!) these make a great – yet understandably awkward – gift.
In my opinion, runners can never have enough socks and the champion socks at Target are the best bang for your buck in a good athletic sock.
Shoes: Brooks Glycerin 10s
Runners go through shoes every 4-6 months (give or take). When in doubt, give shoes. Or a gift certificate to the local running store for said shoes (hey, running shoes aren’t cheap!).
I am personally a fan of the Brooks Glycerin series. I’ve been running them for 3 years and haven’t given up on them yet. They’re a great neutral shoe with a lot of cushion, so you feel like you’re running on air.
So, there you have it – a breakdown of what this runner wears on every run from head-to-toe. I hope that helps generate some gift ideas for the runner in your life (or some to add to your own wish list!).
Let’s keep the ideas flowing! Break down your own list of what you can’t leave the house without in the comments below!
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