Friday, November 25, 2011

7 Great Stocking Stuffers for Runners

One of my favorite parts about Christmas as a child was my stocking.  I'd usually find it later in the day and it would be filled with cute little knick knacks that I used to be more excited about than my actual Christmas presents.

In an effort to bring back the Christmas stocking, I compiled a list of $30 and under gifts for the runner!

1. Handheld Water Bottle

Common brands include: Nathan and Camelback. Prices range from $10 - $25. You can buy them anywhere from Marshalls to a Running Store.

2. Running Belts
I own a Spi-Belt, and they retail from $20 - $25. They can be found on-line and in some retail locations. Another brand is ifitness belts.


3. Socks
I hate buying socks, it's one of those things I just hate to spend money on so when I get them, I am thrilled!

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4. Arm warmers
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These are perfect for the Spring and Fall when your just not quite sure how whether to wear a long sleeve or short sleeve! Arm warmers come in various styles and range from $20-$30.

5. Fuel

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Another one of those items I hate to purchase for myself, but a necessity for once you start seriously training for races.

This also allows for your runner to try a plethora of things without feelig guilty for having spent $$$ on items she/he may not like.

About $2 per item.

My favorites are GU Energy Espresso Gel and Sports Beans.

6. Subscription to a running magazine
 Like Runners World, Trail Running, Women's Running and Running Times. 6 - 12 issues $10 - $20.

7. Specifically for the ladies, a certificate for a pedicure... awesome for a post-race indulgence! Our toes take a beating during training! $25-$50




Anything in particular you'd like to see in your stocking this year?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Running in Cold Weather

Since Winter is finally upon us, lets talk about temps, clothes and what to wear.

Some fun facts:
  1. We run most optimally at 55 degrees 
  2. An extra layer of clothing is worth about 15 degrees

Here are some guidelines that I like to follow when dressing for certain temps.

This doesn’t mean this will work for you, but it's a great starting point for you to figure out what your best combination is.

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Temps:
50-60 degrees: Tshirt and shorts, sometimes capris
40-50 degrees: Long sleeve shirt, or T-shirt with gloves; shorts, capris or leggings (yes, even men wear running leggings!)
30-40 degrees: Long sleeve shirt, fleece vest, capris or leggings – gloves, earband
20-30 degrees: long sleeve shirt, another shirt/jacket over that, leggings, specialty warmth socks, gloves and hat/earbands –

Your base layers, those closest to your skin, should always be moisture-wicking so that it gets drawn to your clothes instead of accumulating and letting you become chilled. No cotton!

I recommend specialty socks for anything colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit where frost bite can get your toes. Remember, shoes are meant to expel warmth and let coolness in.

Lastly, you don’t need expensive gear!! I love the C9 Champion line from Target!! Old Navy has a great running leggings and $1 gloves are my friend. I have lots missing it's pair!

Any other tips you want to share?