A few weeks ago we interviewed a ton of runners and asked what they wanted for Christmas (Part 1 and Part 2 of that here). Still not sure what to get your favorite runners for Christmahanakwanza? Want to get them something they'll actually use? Listed below are all the running-related things we've bought for ourselves in the last year, used hard, and loved:
These are actually for cycling, but nothing feels better on a really frigid run (or bike commute!) than these Pearl Izumi wind-resistant gloves. They're water resistant and reflective too!
Buy Their Best Race Photos and Make a Cool Album
My sister bought me a few of my best race day photos from the New York City Marathon on a Black Friday deal as an early Christmas present. It was so sweet and the perfect gift because I never would have bought race photos for myself, but I absolutely love having good-looking, high-quality evidence of my best marathon to date. To take this one step further, compile race photos and non-running photos, and make a cool off-line mini photo album at a site like Artifact Uprising.
While laundry detergent might make for kind of a weird present, runners will use and love this one. Tide Sport is a game changer when it comes to washing stinky running clothes.
Ziploc Gallon Bags
Plastic bags may not scream "the perfect holiday gift!" but if your runner friend or family member is doing a Ragnar-style race or is planning a runcation in 2017, they're going to need Ziploc bags to for packing and organizing multiple running outfits and re-stashing dirty laundry. Bonus? Putting their dirty running clothes back in those bags keeps their suitcase or duffel bag clean(er).
OnlyAtoms Running Outfit
Naturally, our favorite running clothes are the ones we make! Each and every item passes our marathon test. No chaffing here! Pockets? Look how much stuff you can fit in these pockets! We are obsessed with our gear because we designed it obsessively. Give your guy runner the gift of a no-nipple chaffing singlet and the perfect shorts, and give your lady runner friends and family the gift of a super-stylish and super-functional tank and the best running shorts ever.
Gels gels gels
If you're a runner and you have runner friends, chances are at least one of them is going to be training for a half-marathon, full marathon, or their New Year's resolution is to do a triathlon (what are New Years Resolutions for, right?!). Get them gels made with real food ingredients and they'll think of you every 45 minutes during their long runs and races! We're big fans of Hammer Gel and Huma Chia Energy Gel, since both of these brands use real ingredients that you can pronounce, ie Mango Huma Chia Gel is made of mangos, evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, chia seeds, sea salt, and citric acid. That's all!
We all have the runner friend who sticks metro cards, keys, and cash in awkward places like just inside their sweaty waistband or sports bra. Give that friend the gift of SPIbelt. We use ours to carry our phone, keys, gels, and cards for our long training runs, short run commutes, and even use them to carry important things (passport, phone etc) while traveling!
Running Backpacks! Hydration for Next-Level Adventures
Honestly, I used to make fun of people who ran with backpacks and drank out of them (not that I looked any cooler in my water belt). But then I took up trail running and started run commuting. My run-commuting friends advised that a running backpack with a bladder was going to be my best bet for a run commuting backpack, and that I could just take the bladder out if I didn't like it. Well, I ended up absolutely loving my running backpack, and drinking out of my running backpack, especially for trail running and hiking adventures. I was amazed at how convenient it was. Unlike carrying Nalgene bottles with you, you don't have to take off your backpack to drink water! And unlike a hydration belt, it won't drip on you! Now I am that person who takes it just about everywhere and drinks out of her backpack on the subway. We love Orange Mud's hydration packs and my personal fav is the Osprey Raven- it carries up to 3 liters of water and I can squeeze in a towel and extra clothes for run-swim brick workouts.
Plan a Fun Winter Activity Day
We don't like the cold either, but we can guarantee it will go by faster if you stay active and keep running and cross training through the winter. Plan a fun, active day where you go for a long run and get hot chocolate/ coffee/ pizza/ ramen afterward. Check out our December + January Play List for activity ideas!
What's the best gift (running-related or otherwise) you've ever received?