Every year around this time, family and friends start asking me what I want for Christmas. I always have to take a pause and think really hard about that because I am the type of person who just goes out and buys everything I want when I decide I really want something. However, I have promised that between now and Christmas, if I mention that there is something in particular I want, I will not go out and buy it (I am notorious for this…and I am sorry!) So, I thought long and hard about the things I want and of course, 90% of were running related. Since most people like to buy gifts that people will use right away, my list includes things that can either be used year round or during the Winter (assuming you live in a cold weather climate). Here is my runner’s gift guide of 2013!
1: Tifosi Optics Core Sun Glasses
Squnting while running is not ideal, so having a solid pair of sunglasses protects your eyes from the sun, wind, etc. Things that are important to me when buying sunglasses are a good fit (I can’t stand having to readjust anything while I run), polycarbonate lenses, and 100% UVA and UVB protection. These sun glasses fit those criteria, were reasonably priced (under $50) and had great reviews.
2: Brooks Defyance 6 Shoes
These are my favorite running shoes. They are so comfortable and when I put them on, I feel like I am walking on air. I am going to need a new pair come early January as I start my Spring marathon training so I’d love to get a pair for Christmas.
3: Feetures! Elite Light Cushion No Show Tab Socks
Having the right socks when you are running is critical and these socks come VERY highly rated and reviewed. They have targeted support and cushioning, iWick fibers to keep feet dry and odor-free, anatomical right and left foot design to eliminate blisters and no toe seam. Plus, they come in a bunch of fun colors, so you don’t have to pick your normal white, grey or black if you want something more vibrant.
4: Tiger Tail
There is nothing more important pre and post run than ensuring your muscles are stretched and relaxed. While foam rollers are great, they are a bit too bulky to throw in a bag when you head to the gym or are travelling and sometimes the foam roller just can’t get deep enough into the muscle. This tiger tail will help perform deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy and it’s small enough to carry around in your bag.
5: North Face Women’s ETip Pamir Windstopper Glove
For anyone living in a cold weather climate, running outdoors in the Winter can be brutal, so it’s important to have everything covered up against the elements. Breathable gloves that can handle cold and wind plus a X Static fingertip so you can accurately operate your phone or MP3 payer? SCORE!
6: Under Armour Women’s ColdGear 3.0 Baselayer Pants
Layering is critical to successful Winter running and Under Armour hasn’t failed me yet with their cold gear line. These base layer pants provide maximum warmth for extreme cold conditions. They have a soft, moisture-wicking interior that helps to regulate your core temp, anti-odor technology to prevent the growth of odor-causing microbes to keep your leggings fresher, longer and ergonomic seam placement to prevent the dreaded chafing.
Question of the day
What is missing from the list above? Tell me some of your “must haves” or wants this coming holiday!