Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by adidas. All opinions expressed are my own.
It’s the time of year again for Christmas shopping! This gift guide is themed for the diehard winter runner in your life – the one who runs outside no matter what conditions, even the snow, dark mornings, or cold temperatures. Good gear makes a difference for those runners – and as most runners know, you can never quite have enough gear.
A good jacket makes a huge difference on a cold winter morning run. You want something that will keep you warm while still wicking sweat and ventilating as you heat up during your workout. This jacket does exactly that!
Once the windchill dips into single digits, you need extra warmth all over. Layering tights is an option, but that can hinder mobility on hard workouts. For long runs and hard workouts, when you want to stay warm up but still move freely, a pair of breathable and insulated running tights are a must-have in winter.
One of the best things after a cold winter run is changing into warm, dry clothes. A comfortable pair of sweatpants is ideal if you are joining friends for coffee after a group long run or warming up in the car after a track or trail workout.
A buff is must-have for winter running. This functional yet simple piece of gear keeps your neck and face warm. As you warm-up or on very cold days, you can pull it over your mouth to make it easier to breathe. Merino wool makes this already great piece of gear even better – it wicks sweat and keeps you warm without overheating. Plus, it’s soft – a little bit of comfort on a cold winter morning.
For the rise and run club of runners, fuel is tricky. You need something that is simple to eat and easy to digest. The Honey Stinger waffles – which come in organic and gluten-free options – are an ideal option for any early morning runner. These waffles come in a variety of flavors and make a great stocking stuffer or gift for a running buddy.
On dark winter mornings, a runner cannot rely on streetlights alone. A headlamp allows you to see your path – including any icy or snowy patches – while making you visible to cars and cyclists. This Petzl headlamp features a rechargeable battery so that you never have to worry about accidentally running out of batteries before a run. It features 450 lumens, multiple beam settings, and red lights for when you are running with a group. The band is also reflective for added visibility.
Icy roads and packed snow require extra traction. Kahtoola makes a range of comfortable, functional cramp-ons for all activities (I love their microspikes for hiking). These nanospikes are specifically designed for winter road runners. Unlike other cramp-ons, they can transition from dry roads to slippery surfaces – which is practical for most winter running situations.
What’s on your Christmas list this year?
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