You know that special someone who rolls out of bed before sunrise to get up for a run in the freezing pre-dawn air? That nutty person – who even on their own birthday – will lace up and hit the pavement or trails. That same person you always smile at and say, maybe tomorrow when they ask you to join them for some pre-dawn miles?
Instead of promising more miles, maybe just buy them some awesome gifts that will help them continue to put in their pre-dawn miles week after week….and maybe distract them enough not to ask you to join for a few weeks.
As one of those crazy people who loves to roll out of bed for a chilly morning run, I’ve put together a quick gift guide for the nutty runner in your life…or perhaps if you’re a nutty runner yourself, some ideas for your own wish list!
The perfect headphones.
Before this year, I never wore headphones to run. I always found them to be annoying, uncomfortable and more trouble than they were worth. And then I discovered Aftershokz Trekz Titanium and my runs were changed forever.
I went from always listening to the sounds of the trails or pavement to listening to my favorite podcasts without ever being bothered by cords or annoying shifting. And what’s even cooler? They don’t sit inside your ears so you can still hear your surroundings while you listen to your favorite podcasts. Plus, they look super cute and now come in pink. If you’re looking for a slam-dunk gift for the runner in your life, get these.
Want to learn more about Aftershokz Trekz Titanium? Join me for Holiday SweatFest on December 19 at 12pm PT / 3 pm ET to chat all things ultra-running – including the best gifts for that crazy runner in your life!
Runners need balance, too.
As a runner, I know that one thing that all runners (and every athlete, really) needs is BETTER balance. With better balance and strong stabilizer muscles, you can move farther, faster and injury free.
That’s why the one training tool every runner needs is the BOSU Balance Trainer – it’s a great tool for working on stability, core and strength training (all very crucial to keeping a healthy and strong running body!).
Plus, the BOSU Balance Trainer now comes in a variety of colorful forms – check out the new BYO BOSU (build your own BOSU) trainers and give your favorite runner a BOSU that matches their favorite running outfits (you know the one….they wear it for virtually every race…and sometimes even out to dinner…cringe). Use the code BYOBFREESHIP at checkout for free shipping until 12/31/16.
Already have the headphones and training tools? If you want to spend a little more on your favorite runner, get them the watch of their dreams. The Suunto Ambit 3 is perfectly drool-worthy (the very watch I’m currently oggling…hint, hint…). It basically has everything you need (and then some) for a perfect run – it gives you all the tools for planning, following your progress, sharing your runs and even helping you with your recovery.
I have the Suunto Ambit 2 and it’s also an amazing watch – and another great option for your favorite runner!
Run and #SweatPink.
I am obsessed with the #SweatPink Signature Tank 2016 ($25). It’s lightweight and perfect for any sweaty workout or run. Plus, I love that I can show off my support for the #sweatpink community by wearing it wherever I go!
I know what you’re thinking. Say what?!??!!? Why would a runner need a personal stylist? Well, if the runner in your life is anything like me than they really NEED a personal stylist. We can’t just wear running shoes and shorts everywhere we go. We have to get dressed up from time to time and leave the running shoes at home. That’s why I LOVE Stitch Fix – it’s the perfect style service that delivers personalized outfits curated to your style and body each month. You give the stylist your preferences and sizing and then they send you the options, and you decide what you buy. You can buy your fit friend a Stitch Fix Gift Card or a whole year’s worth of the Stitch Fix subscription service.
Of course, if these gift ideas aren’t working for you, you could always go with gift certificates to your local running store!
For more great holiday gift ideas, check out these great guides from around the Sweat Pink universe:
- Fit Approach
- Nicci, Flex & Flow
- Alyse MB
- Becky, Fit Approach
- Courtney, The Darling Darling
- Liz, Liz Wilson Yoga
- AlyseMB (gifts for new moms!)
What’s on your wish list this holiday season?
Stay sweaty friends!
Disclaimer: I am a StitchFix ambassador and also received products from Aftershokz and BOSU for this post. That said, all opinions, thoughts and words are my very own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community.