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The perfect gifts for every runner who thought they had it all

Whether it’s the latest trend in shoes or reflective gear or one of many gadgets on the market, there is something new out there for runners who thought they had it all.   - Metro Creative Services photo
Whether it’s the latest trend in shoes or reflective gear or one of many gadgets on the market, there is something new out there for runners who thought they had it all.
— image credit: Metro Creative Services photo

You could be the envy of your running club this Christmas if Santa gets it right and delivers the goods – or is that goodies?

Whether it’s the latest trend in shoes or reflective gear or one of many gadgets on the market, there is something new out there for runners who thought they had it all.

As you strut to your workout in your new gear you will surely motivate even non-runners to get off the couch and start running, perhaps because making it look easy wasn’t quite enough -  now you look sharp and dare I say sexy as well, in the latest form-fitting, sweat-wicking fashion statement for today’s runner.  Regardless, a running gift to your partner can be the motivational difference maker to keep up with the training. Whether your significant other is new to running or not - looking for that unique running gift can be a challenge because of too many choices of gear to gadgets out there on the market.

It can be a daunting task of what to buy even when that runner is you!

As the sport of running has become more or less main stream there are specialty stores that are keeping up with the ever changing world in running technology and clothing fabrics.  It can be overwhelming to buy a pair of socks with the many choices now available. Then there are the gadgets – choosing the right one is key.

Without further adieu then, and after consulting with Mathieu Giguere from New Balance, here are some of my favorite running gift ideas to help you help someone get the lead out and get moving.

•Ear muffs with integrate speakers for runners who love their music

•Arm band for MP3

•Merino wool underwear

•Merino wool socks

•Pair of Yaktrax shoes for added traction and ideal for running or walking on ice

•Sports watch with integrated GPS

•Visibility package; flashing light, reflective arm band, visibility vest,  New Balance T110WR shoes, specific for winter with traction and water proof gaiter.

•Injinji Performance Micro Toe socks – helps to prevent blisters and corns.

•i-Pod arm band – run and listen to music hands free.

•Go-belt – The no bounce runners belt great for all distances from 5k to marathon.

•Ice jiggler pants – providing compression while you run, helping increase blood flow to the muscles. Add some ice pack to the pockets to help muscles recover after your run. There are also the CW-X’s compression tights from Brooks.

•Instead of carrying your keys in your hand or in a pocket there is the  Nike shoe wallet that holds keys, ID, money and you just clip onto shoelaces.

•If you don’t have time for a shower after a training run then invest in the Nathan Power Shower Wipes – great for freshening up after your run.

•Zensah Smart TouchRunning Gloves – You can keep your hands warm while adjusting your app when running.

If you are on a budget then perhaps register your friend in a 10k or half marathon next year, which would very likely help motivate for training.

Some book suggestions for the runner who loves to read:

•Born to Run by Chris McDougall. More on this great read can be found at www.chrismcdougall.com.

•Run Less, Run Faster by Bill Pierce, Scott Murr and Ray Moss

•Marathon Woman and 26.2 Marathon Stories, both personally signed by authors, Kathrine Switzer and Roger Robinson. Available at www.marathonwoman.com/store

With any luck, these holiday gift ideas, together with a lot of encouragement from you - will motivate your significant other to become a well-oiled running machine.

Christine Blanchette is a Richmond runner and writer. Follow her on Twitter (@christineruns) and at www.christineruns.com

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