2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Runners
2XU Compression Performance Running Sock$49.95 1 of 15
The 2XU Compression Performance running sock, featuring PWX Fabric technology, medically-engineered circular knit construction, Invista Lyrca sport fabric and SPF 50+ sun protection, increases circulation and cuts down on shin splints.
An engineered footbed supports the Achilles and adds comfort in the ball and heel of the foot. The sock works well for runners and helps speed the recovery process after a hard workout.
The StickFrom $27.50 2 of 15
Massage those achy muscles after a long run with The Stick, a device used to segmentally compress and stretch muscle. It's highly effective in the treatment of muscle pain and trigger points. The center rod of The Stick is surrounded by spindles that roll independently over the muscle. The handles provide maximum comfort in the grip.
Zap Fitness Adult Running CampsStarting at $645 3 of 15
Running camp isn't just for kids. Whether you want to run your first 5K or improve your marathon, the Zap Fitness Adult Running Camps provide campers of all ages and abilities with an intimate, informative, relaxing and challenging running experience. Zap Fitness offers both four-day and week-long running camps between June and August.
Running T-Shirt QuiltFrom $346 4 of 15
Most runners have drawers filled with cotton t-shirts from races they've run. Recycling old t-shirts into a quilt is a great way to maintain lasting memories and create something new and functional. Get those t-shirts out of storage and onto your couch or bed. Choose from a variety of sizes.
Year's Supply of Chocolate Milk$234 for 9 bags (365-day supply) 5 of 15
Research has shown that chocolate milk is an effective post-run recovery drink. Why not get your favorite runner a year's supply? With lots of carbs and protein to recover quickly from workouts, this is a useful and yummy gift that your runner will love.
iTunes Gift Card$25, $50, or $100 6 of 15
Music is a big part of many runners' lives. Some just can't run without the sweet vocals of Beyonce or Justin Timberlake in their ears. Give the music-loving runner in your life an iTunes gift card. Cards work on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store.
Running SkirtFrom $25 7 of 15
Who says you can't look good while you sweat? This running skirt is designed for women who want to put a little fun and fashionable flare into their daily run.
The skirt is made with super-light, sweat-wicking fabric, a flattering flat waist, attached mesh brief, flatlock seams to reduce chafing and two roomy Velcro-closure side pockets. Solid skirts are 92 percent nylon and 8 percent spandex; mesh and print fabric skirts are made with 90 percent polyester and 10 percent spandex.
Running Trip Around the WorldPrices vary 8 of 15
Run the World Adventures is a collaborative effort between six boutique companies that came together to share a single idea: Running is the human way to get to know the world. Participants can choose trips that take runners along the Mediterranean Sea in Spain, ancient Mayan trails that wind through villages in Guatemala, or by glaciers, valleys, canyons and hot springs in Iceland. Choose from six running excursions: Guatemala, Iceland, Spain, Tanzania, Italy and New Zealand.
StrideBox Subscription$15/month 9 of 15
A fun and exciting way to discover running products and accessories, StrideBox is the gift that keeps on giving well after the holidays. This monthly membership includes delivery of a curated box of apparel, accessories, and nutrition products to fuel your training sessions, workouts and races.
Swiftwick ASPIRE Socks$12.99-$35.99 (regular socks); $24.99-$69.99 (Compression socks) 10 of 15
Swiftwick says that theirs are "the best socks you will ever wear" and they might be right. The shape and design hug the foot like a glove, which not only feels good but also helps keep road and trail grit away from your feet. The seamless toe construction really does keep blisters at bay and their antimicrobial wicking material is chemical-free. The best part, however, might just be that all Swiftwick products are made in the USA.
Runners and cyclists will love the ASPIRE line. Also try the Medical RECOVERY+ socks ($69.99) to reduce swelling post-race and on long trips.
SKINS Compression Long Tights$139.99 11 of 15
SKINS revolutionary research has revealed that your compression needs while in the height of activity are different than when your muscles are in a relaxed state of recovery. They created the RY400 to speed up your body's natural recovery processes.
The fabric in SKINS is warp knitted using multiple fine quality yarns to give superior performance. Warp knit fabrics have no natural stretch; instead, the spandex mix ensures specific levels of elasticity and perfectly controlled compression.
Made of 76 percent Nylon and 24 percent Spandex, the RY400 tights guarantee maximum comfort and can be worn after training or racing to help reduce delayed onset muscle soreness and improve your muscle recovery time.
SUGOI Speedster 4$110 12 of 15
The MidZero fabric of the Speedster 4 long-sleeved top is a perfect mid-weight thermal layer for superior moisture management and full-stretch mobility. The soft, brushed inner side expedites moisture wicking and increases air flow, trapping body warmth next to your skin.
The Speedster 4 also has a form fitted hood with a sleek funnel neckline, a nine-inch front zip for customized ventilation and clean finished thumbholes at the cuffs of the sleeves to keep hands warm. If that weren't enough, this cleverly designed top comes equipped with a zippered window in the sleeve so you can see your watch, a chest pocket, and a back pocket for storing your iPod or other run essentials.
TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS Watch$299.99 13 of 15
As combo GPS/heart rate monitor devices go, the TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio GPS provides several innovative features, such as a treadmill function, three customizable points of data while in workout mode as well as several modes of tracking heart rate, and a GPS that pre-caches satellite information every time you connect it to computer so it can pick up satellite location in just a few seconds. The interval function allows the user to define a warm-up, workout period, number of reps, rest period and cooldown according to time or distance so runners don't have to think about what comes next during a workout. Connect the device to the TomTom MySports app on Bluetooth-enabled smartphones or to a computer to get basic workout and map data for each run. The rigid plastic "pod" can be a bit uncomfortable on the wrist and there's a bit of a learning curve with the "Joystick" interface (directional button embedded in the wrist strap).
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