Gifts for Runners

‘Tis the season to give! With less than 10 days to go until Christmas, shoppers rush to malls or online stores to find last-minute gifts. If you’re one of those procrastinators, here are a few ideas for the runners on your shopping list:

Books: Running-themed books made headlines and became bestsellers recently. Favorites include “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall about ultramarathons, “Marathon Woman” by Katherine Switzer–the first woman to enter the Boston Marathon, and “My Best Race” by Chris Cooper, a compilation of essays from top runners on their races and feelings about them.

580563-313Neon shoes: The newest craze in athletic footwear is neon, bringing back remnants of the 1980s. From lime green to bright yellow to pink, the shoes certainly stand out and draw the eye down to your feet. Bonus: they make you more visible for safer running.

Kettle bells: While they look rather strange, like a shot put with a handle, a kettle bell workout really increases strength. If your runner is looking to build speed in 2014, a pair of kettle bells and workout video is an option. 41PHHBV09oL__SL500_

Warm-up suits: January is just around the corner, which means temperatures remain chilly and will for the next few months. A warm-up suit provides protection from the cold and keeps a runner’s muscles ready to go.

Running skirts: For any female runners on your list, running skirts provide an element of femininity to a sport that typically involves sweating, no make-up and hair pulled back. They come in a variety of colors and styles, including patterns; it’s
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Music: If your runner likes to use his or her iPod or jam Pandora on the cell while running, a gift card to iTunes is an option. It lets them choose whatever song they like. This is especially helpful if anyone on your list is a challenge to buy for–gift cards then work like a charm.

Happy shopping and have a great holiday season!