NEW YORK, December 12, 2011—With just two weeks until Christmas and eight days until the start of Hanukkah, it’s time to get cracking on gifts if you haven’t already. Wondering what to get for the runner in your life? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
For the runner who likes to have a lot of tools in their tool belt, why not get them something innovative and new? Simple Hydration doesn’t just represent a new generation of water bottles. It reinvents the water bottle. Just hook it into your waistband and go. It really couldn’t be any simpler. The wide mouth is a godsend for cleaning or popping in ice cubes. And its slim, flat profile sits more comfortably in hand than any other water bottle I’ve run with. Simple Hydration represents real progress in design. For runners who hate hydration belts and hand-helds, or simply want another option, Simple Hydration is the perfect solution. $19.99.
If your runner is anything like me, they’re constantly battling headphone cords, especially on the treadmill. I can’t tell you how many times my cord has gotten caught on the handlebars and nearly taken me down. Enter the ClipE, a super simple solution from Jessica Bylsma, a professional pilot and runner. Inspired by the clips pilots wear to keep their headgear cords out of the way, Bylsma invented the CipE for runners to do the same. It comes in an array of colors and styles sure to suit any runner. $6.95.
By Matt Long
Many runners love an inspirational story about running, and it doesn’t get much better than New York City firefighter Matt Long’s incredible journey. An avid runner and triathlete, Long nearly died in a cycling crash that doctors said would leave him paralyzed. But 40 surgeries and three years later, Long did the unthinkable and ran the New York City Marathon. $15.99 in paperback.
If your runner jogs with their pup, a hands-free dog leash is a must. This one from InTheCompanyOfDogs.com comes with a handy pouch for toting doggy bags and other essentials Fido might need while on the go. $39.95.
Runners come in all shapes and sizes, and so does the Stick, a massage tool to help ease sore and tight muscles. Whether your runner is a marathoner, a sprinter, or always on the go, there’s a Stick for them. You can choose a Stick based on size or flexibility for softer or deeper massages. Prices vary.
Trim your runner’s tree with an assortment of ornaments from GoneForARun.com. From glass baubles to figurines and custom made ornaments imprinted with racing bibs, you’ll be sure to find a trinket your runner will love. Prices vary.
If your runner is racking up the medals, help them put their achievements on display with a Medal Rack from Knob Creek Metal Arts. Choose from racks that read “Running,” “Marathons,” “13.1” “5K” “10K” or feature silhouettes of runners. From $16.99.
Karla Bruning is an award-winning journalist and running nerd. She has completed four marathons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at RunKarlaRun.com, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.
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