Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Casual Runners out there! In addition to the family get togethers, football, and eating way too much delicious home-cooked food, we all know that this week marks the start of the holiday shopping season.
Since the Casual Runner Team has been very good this year, we all put together our Christmas lists. Well, 3 lists actually. Like we said, we have been very good!
Since we launched earlier this year, our readers have asked us for recommendations for gear that would be useful to them. We thought the holidays would be a good opportunity to share with you what the CR Team wants to see under their trees this year, and at different price points so that you can see gifts that fit every budget level. Enjoy your little peek at our Christmas lists. If you have anything of your own to add or any questions regarding specific products, we’d love to hear from you, so please leave us a comment or email us using the links below. You can also reach out to us and follow us by liking us on Facebook, Twitter, and our YouTube channel.
The Naughty List – These are cheaper items or stocking stuffers for Casual Runners
Jennifer: OneGood Earbud by Far End Gear (http://farendgear.com/xdu/). I like to listen to music or podcasts while running, but since I run near roads and through some dark trails I also like to hear what’s going on around me. I currently have a ghetto earbud that I made by cutting off one wire from a 2-bud set. I’ve heard good things about these and they run about $20 on Amazon.
Nick: Body Glide (http://www.bodyglide.com). For sure. I’m still not sure how the naughty list warrants getting something that prevents bloody nipples, but that’s what we are
going with. In all honesty, though, if you’ve never used Body Glide, do
it. Your feet, chest, thighs, and anywhere else skin likely to be
irritated will thank you. It goes on like deodorant and will prevent you
from post run burning! I swear by it.
Steve: Mizuno BT Knit Gloves (http://www.footlocker.com/_-_/keyword-mizuno+bt+knit+gloves?cm_REFX=-+Men). As I painfully learned last race, running in the cold means you need to wear extra clothing—including gloves. At the same time, running in bulky gloves isn’t great either. I find these running gloves by Mizuno to be a nice middle ground. These provide cover against the wind and most cold temperatures (or at least the ones I would go run in anyway) while still allowing you to tie your shoes or change a song on your iPod without needing to take the gloves off. These are listing for $19.99, but may be found on sale for $14.99.
Mike: The Nathan Hyperbrite Strobe (http://www.nathansports.com/visibility/led-lights/hyperbrite-strobe). Ok, So I am super-paranoid about running at night as I inherently don’t trust cars, and I will do anything to make sure that they see me. These will help do the trick and can be purchased for around $10.
The Nice List – These are more moderately-priced items for Casual Runners
Jennifer: InkNBurn Denim Running Skirt (http://www.inknburn.com/women/skirts/women-s-dark-denim-sports-skirt.html). I have heard nothing but rave reviews of the quality and comfort of the clothes from this company, and this skirt would be perfect for a future costume! Running skirts seem to be around $75, but they also offer cheaper items like arm sleeves and headbands.
Nick: I really love the Soleus GPS Fit. http://www.soleusrunning.com/collections/gps-watches/products/gps-fit). It’s a high quality GPS watch for under $100. It’s accurate, easy to use, comfortable, comes with a USB charger, and even some motivation. For example, the back of mine says: “A journey of 26.2 miles begins with a single step.” I never go for a run without it.
Steve: The Stick (https://www.thestick.com/). Used by rolling the Stick (it is appropriately named!) over your muscles. It may not look like much, but it feels amazing. In the past, I’ve used them as a preventative (just did a few rolls on my leg muscles after longer runs) and as a treatment (I was sore in a leg, so I worked it out a little longer with the stick). And they are durable too. The only reason I don’t have mine any more is because I lost it. For anybody who deals with leg cramps, I would say this is a must. There are a variety of options, but “just a Stick” can be had for $34.95 – $47.95.
Mike: Under Armour’s Storm Imminent Run Jacket (https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/mens-ua-imminent-run-jacket/pcid1238949-001). After swimming through parts of the 2014 runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, and having fun doing it, I am reminded that while I enjoyed running a race in the rain, I hate training in the rain. Hence, my list includes Under Armour’s Storm Imminent Run Jacket, which is water repellent, has vents, and even comes in bright yellow for high visibility (the only thing that it does not do is glow). It retails on Under Armour’s site for $59.99.
The Very Good List – Every Casual Runner has a pie-in-the sky item that they may want if they weren’t sticking to a shopping budget.
Jennifer: 6 months of e-coaching from Jeff Galloway (http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/e-coaching-by-jeff/). Yes, I am currently in a training program with Jeff (see my series here: Part 1, Part 2, & Part 3), but I would love to continue for another 6 months. There are several Galloway training options, but personal e-coaching is about $300 for 6 months.
Nick: LifeSpan treadmill desk (http://www.lifespanfitness.
Steve: IPod Nano and Nike+ (https://secure-nikeplus.nike.com/plus/products/ipod_nano/). When it comes to running tech, I still run in the 20th Century. I have an old school iPod Mini, but it doesn’t track my miles for me. Therefore, my mileage counting relies heavily on pre-designed courses I pre-route on Google Maps. That works most of the time, but it makes changing course on the fly challenging because I then need to guess about how many miles I actually ran. Using one of these would allow me to have more freedom to go wherever my feet take me.
Mike: Garmin Forerunner 620 (https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/c10002-atFILTER_USERPROFILE_RUNNING_01-p1.html, retails starting at $399.99). The battery life on my IPhone 5s did not make it through an entire marathon, so I have been giving a lot of thought to taking the plunge and getting a GPS watch, and this one received high praise from the Casual Runners with whom I spoke. The best benefit aside from reliability and quality? It wirelessly syncs to your phone so you do not have to connect it after you are done running.
We hope you enjoyed your peek into our Christmas wish lists, and we hope you all have a safe and happy start to your holiday seasons. See you out on the training trails!