Coach Jenny's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts that celebrate a runner's passion can continue to give for miles and miles. Whether you're shopping for the runner in your life or looking for ideas for your personal holiday wish list, this list features 19 gifts that can help you and your loved ones take running to the next level. Happy holidays!

Perform Better

Goodbye Girl Ponytail Hat, $16
Ponytail runners unite. Stylish and sleek, this hat is the perfect winter accessory and comes in a variety of playful colors. It's made of Polartec Thermal Pro fleece with DWR water repellent to shed rain and snow. More importantly, you hair will look good during and after the run.
http://www.trailheads.com/

lululemon Run Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Top, $68
Running apparel re-designed. Lululemon is leading the way in making runway quality running apparel that looks amazing, feels great and functions happily. The Run Swiftly Tech Top comes in a variety of cute colors, is lightweight and has chafe-resistant flat seams and thumbholes for easy layering. A lululemon gift is like the little blue box—it's guaranteed to be a hit.
http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/women-tops/Run-Swiftly-Tech-LS-32870?cc=7041&skuId=3429248&catId=women-tops

Thriv Natural Performance Leggings, $40
These tights practically run for you. They feel like silk and function like an elite runner, wicking the moisture away from your skin to keep you warm, dry and functioning optimally. They are made from a unique blend of organic bamboo, cotton and elastane. Wear it alone or as a first layer in colder conditions. They're like a little black dress—they go with everything.
http://tascperformance.com/shop/lillehammer-legging/

Agloves, $17.99
This is the perfect gift for the techno-geek runner. Ordinary gloves are great for keeping your hands warm, but they don't allow you to use your touchscreen gadgets (iPod, iPhone, iPad...). Gone are the days where you have to remove your gloves to change that tune or worse yet, cut a hole in one finger. Agloves are made from real silver fibers knitted into the entire glove so all 10 fingers can type, tap, scroll, swipe and play. It's a gift that's sure to impress.
http://www.agloves.com/

Get Inspired

Believe I Am—Training Diary, $19.99
An old-school training diary with a new spirit. Created by professional runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan, it is full of inspiring quotes, notes and tips from top female athletes. The design makes you want to pick it up and write, and once you do, you'll find help to track training patterns, goal setting worksheets, and mental training tools. It's filled with good karma inside and out and it's the perfect gift for the runner girl in your life.
http://believeiam.com/featured/training-diary/

Running Package—Race Entry + Training Plan, $80-$140
A race registration can serve as a "carrot" that motivates and a perfect way to get active in the New Year. A training plan will guide them all the way to the finish line with daily tips, a structured running schedule tailored to their needs and a log to keep track of their progress. Choose from a variety of training plans 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon distances.
http://www.activetrainer.com/endurance/coaches/jenny-hadfield/plans

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About the Author

Jenny Hadfield

Coach Jenny Hadfield is an Active Expert, co-author of the best-selling Marathoning for Mortals, and the Running for Mortals series. As a columnist for Women's Running Magazine and RunnersWorld.com, Jenny has trained thousands of runners and walkers like you with her training plans and guidance. Known for her "Ask Coach Jenny" brand, she empowers individuals of all experience levels to improve their running performance and train more effectively for their next event by answering their questions. You can follow her on Twitter and at the Ask Coach Jenny Facebook page

Coach Jenny Hadfield is an Active Expert, co-author of the best-selling Marathoning for Mortals, and the Running for Mortals series. As a columnist for Women's Running Magazine and RunnersWorld.com, Jenny has trained thousands of runners and walkers like you with her training plans and guidance. Known for her "Ask Coach Jenny" brand, she empowers individuals of all experience levels to improve their running performance and train more effectively for their next event by answering their questions. You can follow her on Twitter and at the Ask Coach Jenny Facebook page

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