If you’re like me, your holiday shopping was done a month ago. If you’re like my husband, you’ve only just begun. Let me add to the gaggle of Christmas wish lists and give you a few of my wanted items for the season. (No, this is not a way to sneakily give my family gift hints… or maybe it is.
I’ve run in these shoes since 2008. The one time I switched, I got a nasty stress fracture. Lesson learned. You can find great deals previous seasons’ models right now, too. If you live close to an Asics Factory Outlet, you can find them as cheap as $60. Normally they run $150-180. Worth every penny. http://www.asics.com/us/en-us/
You need something to wear with these shoes and I’ve worn Feetures! almost as long as I’ve worn Asics. With so many styles and options and with their perfect fit, you don’t need to worry about your sock slipping down or causing blisters. https://feeturesrunning.com
Coast LED Headlamp 2-pack
I just bought these at Costco a few weeks ago after an old headlamp burned out. These are super bright. But what I love most is that they don’t have a middle strap, so if I don’t want to wear it on my head, I can wear it around my waist. Still great visibility. Perfect for your runner during these darker months.
Asics Softshell Jacket
I am an admitted jacket hoarder. I have somewhere around 30, but this one has stolen my heart. I hate the cold, but with this jacket, I really don’t mind it as much. Fleece lining. The sleeves are tight around the wrists to keep out the cold. Three layers for added warmth. Thumb holes and a longer sleeve to keep your hands extra toasty. Tons of pockets, too. I’m only 5’2″, so this jackets hits me below my hips, but I love that. Keeps my bum warm! It’s pricey at $145, but I found it at the outlet store in July and only paid $30! http://www.asics.com/us/en-us/
I love headbands. Sweaty Bands are among the best. My head is smaller, so headbands usually slip right off. Not these. And bonus for you, you can find a link on this page for a discount code. http://www.sweatybands.com
Run Fast. Eat Slow- by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky
I don’t have this, but I want it. Hint, hint. Written by marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky, this cookbook is chalk full of delicious recipes designed to help you feel and perform at your best. Indulgent nourishment is how they describe the recipes. I’m dying to make the bison meatballs. The superhero muffins already have a large fan base. I’m not a cook, but this book makes me want to be one. Find it at any major book retailer.
The only thing I love more than running is reading. Why not combine these passions with a subscription to Audible.com. Subscribers can download audiobooks and listen while they run. It’s great motivation for those days when running becomes a chore. If I’m in the middle of a juicy novel I only allow myself to listen to while running, I’m more likely to lace up my shoes and go. You can try Audible.com for free and get one free audiobook. After that it’s $14.95 a month. http://www.audible.com
Trigger Point Foam Roller
Roll your aches and pains away with Trigger Point foam rollers. It’s pain you enjoy. Actually, start using these foam rollers and that pain will disappear. Since I’ve started using mine daily, my hamstring aches have almost disappeared. https://www.tptherapy.com/product/GRID_FoamRoller
I used to be an ice bath believer. But I’ve found that Epsom Salt baths feel just as invigorating. During long, cold runs I find myself fantasizing about sinking into a warm bath with epsom salt and a good book. The bath is often as long as the run. Find them at any major retailer.
Nutzzo Seven Nut and Seed Butter
This ain’t your mama’s peanut butter. And it’s not cheap. It can run upwards of $12, but it’s so, so good! And it’s the holidays, so splurge a little. And this is a splurge you can feel good about. Made with cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds it’s delicious and healthy. There are a number of varieties and versions, but I have yet to find one I don’t like. Just don’t let the family find yours. Put it in a safe hiding spot and hoard it for yourself. https://www.nuttzo.com
There you have it. My 10 Favorite Things to give to the runner/health nut in your life. Oh, who are we kidding. Get these for yourself and don’t feel bad about it one bit. Happy Holidays!