Last Minute Runner Gifts

By Marshall Pickard

I know, Christmas is just around the corner and what do you get this year for that runner in your family? Another pair of socks? What do you get someone that has three to four pairs of running shoes specific for different runs? Well, here are some simple last minute ideas that won’t break the bank.

Halo Bandit – pullover sweatband
Not all runners sweat the same. Some more profusely than others (just check out the salt brine on all my caps!). And there is nothing worse than sweat stinging one’s eyes during a workout or a race.

So help them out and get them a Halo headband. Halo’s headbands have a patented “Sweat Seal Technology” that keeps stinging sweat out of your your eyes.

The Halo Bandit is a 4" wide tapered headband that fits both men and women comfortably. The stretchy, moisture wicking and breathable material fits comfortably around any size head. $16.95

Run Fast. Eat Slow. Nourishing Recipes for Athletes
Fuel up like 2017 New York City Marathon Champion Shalane Flanagan

Who wouldn’t want to run like world-class marathoner and 4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan? But hey, even if you can’t be as fast as her, you can learn to fuel like her.

Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky have created a whole foods, flavor-forward cookbook that proves food can be indulgent and nourishing at the same time. Finally here's a cookbook for runners that shows fat is essential for flavor and performance and that counting calories, obsessing over protein, and restrictive dieting is more harmful than helpful. Plus, the recipes taste damn good and even my picky kids enjoy the Burst Cherry Tomato Linguine with Shrimp and the Wild Salmon Sweet Potato Cakes! $14.95

Massage Lacrosse Balls
Foam rollers are great, but Massage Lacrosse Balls allow you to hit specific areas and trigger points that need more direct pressure. They really allow you to dig in and hit those tight and troublesome spots. Plus, they are portable and easy to use! 
$8.98 for a pack of Two

CLIFF Bar Energy Bar Iced Gingerbread
CLIF BAR advertises this as “An indulgent spicy ginger treat for the holidays”. I concur. Made with pecans, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg give it a nice ginger snap quality, but a softer consistency and the icing is a bonus while not being overly sweet. A great snack (9g of protein) during a long run or bike or an indulgent treat after a hard workout. I highly recommend. 
12 Bars $14.29

Full and Half Marathon Pace Bands
These silicone bands will are a great way to keep you on pace mile after mile. Try them during your marathon-pace training runs, too. Each band (they come in multiple colors!) includes a target finish time for each distance (marathon, half marathon, etc.) and individual splits for each distance marker so athletes know what their cumulative time should be when they reach a certain number of miles or kilometers. $8.98

CEP Run Socks 2.0
When you’re feeling tired and run down, all you need to sometimes is a great big warm hug. So, when you put your legs through the ringer, it makes sense to think a little squeeze might just help them out too.

So, try on The Run Sock 2.0 which offers the maximum benefits for recovery. CEP's proprietary compression profile improves blood flow, reduces muscle soreness and quickens recovery time.  $25-$60 on

Believe Training Journal (Classic Red, Updated Edition)
by Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas

Lauren and Ro created their first Believe I Am training diary when they couldn’t find a workout log that inspired them to keep using it. This handy little journal has been described as “as much more than a running workout log; it’s a secret weapon.” Now matching the interior of the charcoal and lavender editions,

For the 2017 new and updated Believe Training Journal, still in the popular Classic Red color, will help runners set goals, see what works and what doesn’t, keep their heads in the game, stay honest when no one’s looking, and see the proof when the work’s been done. $19.75

Most running short pockets are useless for anything heavier than a couple keys. And who wants that stuff bouncing around while you're running anyway? This sweat-wicking belt fits above your shorts, giving a 360-degree pocket that can hold your phone and several snacks for long runs. $26