It feels strange to talk about something as trivial as holiday gifts when Covid is running rampant throughout the country. However, we could all use a little respite and a reminder that, even if we are celebrating with just our immediate families, the holidays are still worth celebrating. Celebrate this holiday season with some gifts for the runner in your life!
Coros Pace 2
I recently converted from Garmin to Coros (the Pace 2) and could not be happier with the decision. The battery life lasts easily twice as long as Garmin. The watch does not offer some of the health tracking of Garmin (such as stress, body battery, etc), but it does offer a superb sports watch. The watch includes GPS, heart rate monitoring (which seems more reliable and stable than my experience with Garmin), and a running power meter. The user interface is a pleasure to use. I opted for a nylon strap, which is comfortable and easy to fit for an accurate heart rate reading. Best of all, Coros costs less than Garmin.
Tracksmith Harrier Top
Tracksmith is luxurious, both in price and quality. However, I’ll openly admit that their products are made to be worn multiple times between washes – meaning you truly get the bang for your buck. The Harrier is made of merino, which means it wicks like a dream while keeping you warm.
Feetures Elite Socks
I’ve said it before and I stand by it: socks are one of the best Christmas presents. Even though I darn my old socks, I relish receiving a new pair. I recently reviewed these Feetures Elite socks on my blog. I’ve tried Feetures in the past, and these socks far exceeded my expectations. I find myself wearing them for running, strength training, and even just daily wear.
Roka Performance Sunglasses
Roka Performance Sunglasses are classic, durable, and comfortable. I have the Halsey model and wear them year-round; they are comfortable enough for every activity and stylish enough to wear for non-sport outings. A pair of polarized sunglasses is a must-have for winter running, when the combination of clear skies, white snow, and wind can be quite blinding. Roka also provides the option for prescription lenses with their sunglasses. (Currently, they have a Black Friday sale on their sunglasses!)
Chil Wellness CBD
A friend recommended Chil Wellness to me as I searched for CBD oil to relieve anxiety. I started using their Mellow Mint tincture as a daily treatment for anxiety and noticed a clear difference in how I felt. Others report that CBD oil promotes good sleep and reduces pains. More people are finding that for runners, CBD oil can offer a bit of a recovery boost if it helps you sleep well and stress less.
Chil Wellness offers THC-free CBD products, including balms for muscle pain relief for active lifestyles. Their products are third-party tested, which is essential when you are purchasing supplements.
Dozens upon dozens of running books are available on the market, ranging from memoirs to training theory books. (These are my go-to books for coaching.) No matter the interest of who are you shopping for, a good book is always a worthwhile gift.
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What’s on your wish list this year?
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