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Top 10 Gifts For Runners

With the lead in to Christmas well on the way and Christmas decorations starting to go up (I’ve even heard my first Christmas Carol), it’s time to look at what are my picks for the ten best gifts for runners.

In no particular order here are my picks:

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music

  • GPS Running Watch with Music and Contactless Payments
  • Easily download up to 500 songs to your watch, and connect with Bluetooth® headphones (sold separately) for phone-free listening
  • Syncs music from select streaming services for offline listening
  • Garmin Pay™ contactless payment solution lets you make convenient payments with your watch, so you can leave your cash and cards at home
  • Provides advanced running dynamics, including ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and more
  • Uses wrist-based heart rate to offer performance monitoring features, including evaluating your current training status
  • Battery life: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode; 5 hours in GPS mode with music

Thorlos Unisex Running Ankle Sock*

  • Cushioning over the toes to help protect against runner’s toe
  • Flat knit instep and cushioning in arch for better fit, more support and less pressure on the feet for a more comfortable run.
  • Low profile toe seam won’t rub or irritate the feet.
  • Unique padding specifically engineered for running, clinically shown to reduce blisters, pain, pressures and moisture for maximum protection.

Daniels’ Running Formula*

This is my coaching bible for planning run programmes. Completely updated with new chapters on altitude training, seasonal programming, and treadmill training, Daniels’ Running Formula, Third Edition, is the most comprehensive, accessible, and instantly applicable edition to date. Customisable to your current fitness level, competition goals, and schedule, the formula is the ideal solution for any race, anywhere, anytime.

SPIbelt Running Belt*

  • Comfortable – no bounce! – Made of stretchable Spandex. Soft elastic prevents chafing – does not bounce or ride during rigorous activity or running.
  • Fits Large Phones – Compatible with phones up to 6.5 inches long including the iPhone 6, Nexus 6, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy Note 3.
  • Sturdy Buckle and Glides – Good construction of the Buckles and glides for even the most active users.
  • Expandable and Adjustable – Pocket expands to 6.5 x 3 x 2 inches. Fits waist size 24 through 47 inches.

Running Sports Gloves – Touchscreen Compatible

  • LIGHTWEIGHT PERFORMANCE & GRIP: These gloves provide a layer of toasty warmth between your hands and the harsh wintry world. Their super grippy silicone palm ensures you grip your phone or something else. They’re perfect for running, hiking or biking! You’re in good hands.
  • THUMB THROUGH YOUR PHONE: Capture every moment of your winter adventure without taking off your gloves! These gloves are touch compatible, so your fingers won’t freeze as you snap a photo of your run.

ASICS Performance Run Lightweight Jacket*

  • 100% Polyester
  • All-over Skyline graphic for added styling
  • Reflective print detail at front and back
  • Strategically placed mesh inserts for enhanced cooling
  • Secure pocket at chest for extra storage
  • Raglan sleeves ensure freedom of movement

Under Armour Men’s Shadow 4.0 Run Cap

  • 100% Polyester
  • Reflective front UA logo & rear wordmark for increased visibility & safety during low-light runs
  • Mesh insets increase ventilation
  • 4-way stretch construction moves better in every direction
  • Material wicks sweat & dries really fast

Nuun Hydration: Electrolyte Drink Tablets, Mixed Flavour Pack, Box of 4 Tubes (40 servings)*

  • Electrolyte Drink Tablets, enhanced with electrolytes and bursting with a natural, low calorie fruity flavor, mix into a hydrating drink to keep up your energy and hydration no matter how active you get or how much you sweat.
  • Nuun Hydration’s Electrolyte Drink Tablets enhance your workout or your work day naturally through improved hydration. Keep a tube from this multi-pack in your gym bag, car, purse, hiking pack or anywhere you’ll want to mix up a healthy, replenishing drink.

Clif Shot Bloks 95 Percent Organic Variety Pack, 12 ct – 3 of each Flavour*

  • 95% Organic
  • Chewable 33-calorie cubes provide quick energy during activity
  • Invigorating caffeine (some flavors)
  • Electrolytes help support proper muscle function and prevent muscle cramp
  • 3 packs of each flavor Black Cherry, Cran Razz, Strawberry and Orange

Garmin HRM-Run Strap

  • HRM-Run provides 6 different running dynamics metrics: cadence, vertical oscillation, ground contact time, ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and now running power
  • The strap is comfortable and easily adjustable
  • Real-time data can help athletes take their performance to the next level by showing them where they can improve their running form

Disclaimer

* Item’s indicated by an asterisk mean that I own and utilise the product in my own training.

The reason why I haven’t included any shoes is because they are such an individual item. As everyone’s foot is biomechanically different, if you were to buy any shoes I recommend they could potentially cause you an injury.

I am not paid or involved with any of the companies or products represented here. The links are Amazon Affiliate links.  If you click them and purchase I will receive a small commission. This is just one of the ways I keep this blog free and don’t charge for my content

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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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