Seeing as Christmas is rapidly approaching, what topic is better to write about than Christmas presents for runners. Every year it gets harder and harder to find the right presents for people because it seems they have everything they need. It is also even more of a challenge when you are trying to cut down on buying unnecessary things for the sake of it. For this reason, I have compiled together a list of the five best presents for runners that won’t go wasted and will definitely be appreciated.
1- Headband: No runner is set for a winter of training unless they have a headband. It is the perfect balance of an accessory. It prevents your ears from getting cold fro the bitter winter wind, but having an open top also prevents you from overheating. In all honesty, I think they are revolutionary. No winter run is complete without a headband
2-Decent pair of gloves: Nobody wants cold hands! I am a big glove wearer, both on easy runs and during sessions. I always find if my hands are warm, I feel so much warmer and smoother when I run. Sometimes a pair of mittens can be a solid investment as keeping your fingers together to heat each other can make your hands warmer than in gloves.
3-Coffee: For the majority of runners, coffee is an essential. I may be the only runner who doesn’t like or drink coffee, haha! BUT, every runner I know thinks good coffee is a godsend. Therefore, why not give the gift of caffeine. It will be incredibly welcomed and also not go to waste. Be sure to go for sustainably produced or organic brands to make that gift extra special to those involved in all aspects of the process.
4-Training Diary: If you don’t have one, you probably should invest in one. Training diaries are an important element of training. They allow you to track what you are doing and also report how you feel, allowing you to noticed trends that may occur and also understand why things such as tiredness and injury occur. It is also bizarrely therapeutic as it forces you to sit down and reflect on the week, allowing you to recognise the little wins of each week and the areas that need working on.
5-Cafe voucher: now this may sound bizarre, and to be honest it might not even exist, but if it doesn’t, it definitely should! A cafe voucher would be an excellent gift choice for a runner. Post-session or long run, what runner doesn’t enjoy a trip out for brunch?! It’s the second best thing after running, although some runners may argue that the cafe trip is motivation for the session. If this isn’t a legitimate present, why not make your own voucher and then take your friend out for brunch?
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