Runners might require less equipment than most athletes from other sports that you think of off the top of your head. Whether the person shopping for is a guy or gal, the products in guide of gift ideas for the runner will help them complete that long training run or excel on race day.
Whether you are headed out for a few miles or a long training run, having a good shoe that fits should be a priority. This shoe from New Balance offers great all around support and comfort for runners with a natural foot motion on any distance run. Running Warehouse offers a great shoe finder tool if you’re runner is in need of a shoe with more support as well.
Proper fuel for your run is important and depending on your distance during your run. This bar has a great distribution of fat, calories, and carbohydrates to give your body the fuel it needs. The Clif Bars have great flavor and not the chalky taste that some protein bars have.
3. Dick Beardsley’s Endurance & Recovery Drink Mix
Hydration starts well before you head out on your next run. This Endurance & Recovery drink can assist in ensuring your body is ready for that next run as well as assisting with recovery post-run. The .13 oz packet mixes well in a bottle of water and then features a subtle, all-natural Mango-Berry flavor.
If you’re runner is anything like me on long runs, I encourage some sort of hydration to stay hydrated but also wash down any protein bars or nutrition they take. Nuun tablets are electrolyte-enhanced tabs that dissolve in water and not only have a great flavor but also help alleviate cramps, promote muscle function and efficient energy use.
Even though runners are sweat-dripping, energy-zapped walking zombies after a tough run, we all like to look good getting to that point. These shorts from Brooks will ensure you are doing just that. They also feature a hidden zipper pocket and internal key pocket to give you options to store gels or a key.
6. PowerBar Energy Gel –Stawberry Banana
During long runs, most runners need extra nutrition to keep their body full of energy. The energy gels from PowerBar are a great option for stomach’s that don’t like digesting more solid foods during your run. They have many different flavors to choose from and most shorts like the Brook’s mentioned above have pockets to make carrying them on your run a breeze.
Being seen and looking good should be two of a runner’s top concerns when heading out. Sometimes the first one is left out; however with this shirt from Nike you can accomplish both. The synthetic fabric helps pull moisture away from your skin to help keep you dry and comfortable. Help your runner be safe and seen with this great option from Nike.
Gels can be a great nutrition option on long runs, however I know many people who have an issue with the texture of the gels. These chews from Honey Stinger could be compared to a fruit snack, which I’m a huge fan of. They are gluten free, dairy free, and USDA organic so they can accommodate many different dietary restrictions that your runner might be following. Many runners are always trying to tweak their nutrition to find the perfect balance and if you’re looking for another option I’d suggest giving these a try.