11-24-2015

Gift Guide For Runners

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This will definitely be my favorite gift guide to write up…there are so many running related items I want! :)

Gift Guide For Runners!

If you have a runner in your life, definitely check out some of these ideas below.

Flipbelt for runningFlipBelt – $28.99

This is probably my favorite piece of running equipment. It holds so much and I have used it in multiple half marathons and marathons. It doesn’t budge and is just the perfect belt for running. I have also used it while traveling, so I can keep my stuff with me without having to carry around a purse. If you buy one thing for yourself or the runner in your life, make it this!

RoosportRoosport – $26.99

I discovered this at the Chicago Marathon expo and really want to try it. The magnetic clasp is pretty powerful, so you flip it over your waistband and it stays put. No need for a belt and supposedly doesn’t cause chafing. This is a good choice for those who aren’t fans of belts around their waist!

Sparkly Soul Headband

 

Sparkly Soul headband – $17

This was another purchase of mine at the Chicago Marathon expo. I needed a headband for the race and ended up getting this exact one but the thicker version. Cute and worked very well to keep the sweat out of my eyes! I want to get more thin ones since I’ve seen people wear them as everyday headbands as well.

yaktrax-runningYaktrax – $40

I definitely need to get a pair of these for this winter. I want to run more outdoors but am always afraid I will slip. Like this:

Do not want that happening to me! :)

Nike Running TightsNike Pro Hyperwarm Max – $70

I bought these tights a few years ago and they are still going strong. They are fleece lined so they’re perfect for winter training runs. You can also find fleece lined tights at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s!

Gu Energy Gel Vanilla BeanGU Energy Gel 24 Pack – $29.80 (currently on sale!)

If you know someone who will be training for a marathon or half marathon, this is perfect. I go through GUs like it’s my job, and vanilla bean is my favorite flavor, though I hear salted caramel is good too. PS – these fit perfectly in the flipbelt!

Other ideas include:

  • A gift certficate to get a massage
  • A gift certifcate to get a pedicure…because we all know how pretty runners feeet are ;)
  • A water bottle, both a normal one and/or a hydration belt or bottle
  • A gift certficate to their favorite running apparel store (like Modell’s, Sports Authority, TJ Maxx, lululemon, etc.)
  • A groupon to group fitness classes like yoga or spin, so your runner can cross-train
  • Pay for a running coach for them…like my coach, Marc of TrainWithMarc!
  • A notebook or running log so they can keep track of their miles
  • New running shoes…because who doesn’t want new sneakers??

If you’re a runner, what do you go through “like it’s your job” while you’re training?

What would you add to this list?

Check out these blogger’s gift guide for runners as well!

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10-22-2013

Training With Marc: “5 Must-Have Items For All Runners”

I’m starting a new series on my blog, called Training With Marc. Marc Pelerin is a running coach, and runs TrainWithMarc.com. He provides runners with personalized plans to help them achieve their goals. Oh and he was also an awesome runner in high school and in college…so he’s got a lot of experience! Visit his website for more info on the coaching he provides. I worked with him for over 2 years and was very happy with the results!

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Running does not require much gear.  Really, all we need is a pair of shoes and a place to go.  The open road is very forgiving if you’re prepared.  So let’s get a list of the top 5 must have items for all runners.

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5.  Running watch:  Even the most basic watch – something that has the ability to start and stop is good enough.  You don’t have to have a GPS (like a Garmin or Nike), even though they provide instant feedback on the run.  Heck, sometimes having a GPS can make you run faster than you need to.  At the end of the day, the most important data you can get from a run is how long you’ve run for.

4.  Safety gear:  If you’re a night runner, now is the time to wear “night life” running gear.  You know, the stuff that looks like a highlighter.  Those particular colors reflect well and keep you visible to cars and other motorists.  Also, whether you’re running at night or in a more remote location, something like Road ID is a great way to notify someone who you are in case of an emergency.  Finally, leave a note or post online where you’ll be running.

3.  Running shorts/running bra:  There’s nothing worse than guys wearing boxers or chicks wearing a regular bra on a run.  Besides it being painful to look at, wearing running shorts and/or a running bra supports everything from bouncing and jiggling.  ‘Cuz gravity already stinks – ya know what I’m talking about?!

2.  Moisture wicking shirts:  Heavy sweater or just jumped in a pool?  Either way.  Buy a wicking shirt or sign up for a race that offers them.  You’ll NEVER go back to running in cotton.  I swear.

1.  Running shoes:  If there’s only one thing you must buy, it is running shoes.  Go to your local running store where they deal with runners all day long.  I love my local store, the Haddonfield Running Company because they take the time to listen to my running history and put me in a shoe that works for me.

What are your “must-have” items that I did not include?

Find past Training With Marc posts here!

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09-24-2013

110% Overdrive Compression Sock & Ice Kit Review

This post is a long time coming. Like, from May. Oops!

The 110% Overdrive Compression Sock and Ice Kit is……………amazing.

I was so excited to try these out, and actually found out about them from elite runner, Lauren Fleshman, who first blogged about it around Feb.-March. I knew I had to try them out because of the ice kit.

Basically, the kit is a pair of compression socks, with another “sock” that goes over for when you want to ice your legs. Perfect for my shin issues! It also comes with a thermal bag for you to travel with your ice packs.

The compression socks are anatomically accurate (left for left foot, right for right foot), which I like. Not sure if it matters but I like that little fact. The ice kit that goes over is open in the toe and heel so you can slip in the ice packs (which come with the kit). Here’s the description of the kit from their website:

The Overdrive Kit includes:

110% Compression Sox (White): Engineered for recovery and performance, the gradient compression enhances circulation while the unique design protects your legs and feet from the wear and tear of long tough workouts.  The roomier toe box, arch support and non-binding top band make them exceptionally comfortable and ideal for travel too. (Kit includes one pair of compression socks)

110% Compression Ice Sleeve (Black): Engineered to make rehab simple, Overdrive’s Ice Sleeve allows for  targeted placement of 110% Reusable Ice Inserts to prevent swelling and reduce inflammation. The soft compression sleeve fits perfectly over the compression sock with openings at the arch of the foot, the ankle and just below the knee. (Kit includes one pair of compression sleeves)

And a picture from their site, where you can see the sock, the ice sleeve, and the ice packs.

I tried these out the night before the Brooklyn Half Marathon, because I wanted my shins and calves to feel fresh the next day.

And they sure did! After a tough run, I throw these on for recovery, and when I need ice, I no longer have to tie awkward ice packs on my legs with a random shirt because I don’t have a theraband.

After the Brooklyn Half, these were perfect for instant recovery on the 1 1/2 hour drive home.

Seriously amazing. These are just as comfortable on my long runs and tempo runs as well.

How has no one thought of this before 110%?!? Now you can RICE all at once (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate).

If you like compression gear, then make a lot more than just socks. You can get just compression socks without ice, or if you like ice, you can get compression shorts, knee sleeves, quad sleeves, full compression tights…all with ice! It seriously doesn’t get any better than that.

If you’re shopping around for compression gear, I highly recommend you check out 110%. And if you are wary about the benefits of compression gear, I bet you these socks will change your mind ;)

Have you tried compression socks? Do you have a favorite brand? Tell me in the comments!

*Disclaimer: 110% compensated me for this post. All opinions are my own.

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