Besides, it’s obvious mental and physical health benefits. Running is a hobby that requires a moderate amount of money and significant investment in time to sustain in the long run. So before you go out there and start pumping it up, check out the items we have on our list first. Here are 13 of the best items you can get for a fraction of the price but will significantly boost your running endeavors.
#1 Kudos Coaster Plus
It's a coaster that preserves and displays finisher medals, and it was designed by a runner who wanted a better way to celebrate the accomplishment of completing a race. It features 6 different-colored inserts so you can pick a backdrop that complements your medal, a clear, removable top so users can switch out medals whenever they'd like, and a polyurethane base for stability and grip. It can also display family photos or other mementos, and it makes a great stocking stuffer!
Contributor: Ryan DeBoer from Kudos
#2 Eat Your Coffee – Gluten-Free Caffeinated Snack Bar
Bars would make a great fit for the Runners! As a quick overview, these bars are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and packed with 80mg of caffeine from real, fair trade roasted coffee!
They make a great pre-workout, have fueled multiple marathon training regimens for me, and taste great!
Contributor: Johnny Fayad from Eat Your Coffee
#3 Heavenly Body Golden Wheat Non-Alcoholic Craft Beer
Alcohol-free beer makes a great gift for runners, especially if they're yet to discover the good-quality non-alcoholic craft beers that are available now.
Not only is any beer under 2% alcohol rehydrating rather than dehydrating, but many are isotonic so they make a good post-workout drink because they get absorbed by the body quickly.
They also can also reduce inflammation, which helps runners recover from exercise more quickly, and they contain silicon to promote bone growth.
Contributor: Tom Hallett from Steady Drinker
#4 Run Angel Safety Wrist Wearable
Run angel™ is the smallest, loudest personal safety wrist wearable that emits a 120dB alarm when activated, and pairs with smartphone devices over Bluetooth to send out emergency alerts by SMS & email to guardians, showing your location.
The watch-like device ensures a runner's safety and gives them piece of mind. Additional features include:
- Connects to the run angel companion app (iOS and Android), allowing users to set up a guardian network providing peace of mind to family & friends who will be notified upon an activation by SMS & email, showing the date, time and location of the wearer.
- An LED and sound status warning, including SOS light beacon.
- Offers a silent alarm trigger that contacts you designated guardians.
- Remote activation from the mobile app.
Contributor: David and Ellen Caren from run angel
#5 Xero Shoes Z-Trail Sandals
Finished a long run. Feet tired. You know that ACTIVE recovery is best. Slip on the Z-Trail sandal from Xero Shoes to let your feet bend, flex, and move naturally, which should get you back up and running faster than before.
Want a more barefoot feel -- try the Z-Trek or Cloud sandals instead.
Contributor: Steven Sashen from Xero Shoes
#6 Tracer360 – Revolutionary Illuminated & Reflective Vest
This is a MUST HAVE for anyone who runs early mornings or nights. I run every morning and wouldn't dare go on the roads without this.
Contributor: James Goodwillie from One To Multi
#7 Kicker EB400 Waterproof Bluetooth Earbuds
Runners can block out the noise and stride to their favorite tunes with KICKER’s Bluetooth, waterproof Ear Buds. Thanks to a completely customizable fit and IP7 rating (aka completely waterproof), these ear buds won't slip out even during the most vigorous training session.
Transitioning seamlessly from the gym to the great outdoors, these IPX7-rated ear buds are built to take on any environment and can truly go where you go – no strings attached. Sweat-proof, rain-proof and slip-proof, the EB400s also feature a hands-free speaker phone for making and taking calls on the go. With up to 12 hours of battery life, they’re guaranteed to go the distance with the runner on your list.
Contributor: Melissa Archer from Kicker Lifestyle Audio
#8 No Meat Athlete, Revised and Expanded by Matt Frazier
In No Meat Athlete, author, blogger, and hundred-mile ultramarathoner Matt Frazier will show you the many benefits to embracing a plant-based athletic lifestyle, including:
- Weight loss, which often leads to increased speed
- Easier digestion and faster recovery after workouts
- Improved energy levels to help not only athletic performance but your daily life
- Reduced impact on the planet
Contributor: Todd Conly from Fair Winds Press
#9 DOOG Mini Belt Red
#10 Me, You & 26.2 by Denise Sauriol
From the Contributor: It is unlike most training books as it includes personal stories from 26 First timers that I have coached...they are also pictured all over the front and back cover. Like most training books, I do include lots of tips, tricks and Denise-isms that I have learned from running over 100 marathon.
I do include a training plan and even though is is written word my energy and inspiration comes through. As the Marathon Whisperer, I have been known to inspire my Uber driver and cashier at Walgreens that they too can do a marathon!
Contributor: Denise Sauriol from Run for Change
#11 NIKE Women’s Dry Tempo Print Running Short
#12 Balega Hidden Comfort Athletic No Show Running Socks
#13 Gildan Men’s Crew T-Shirt Multipack
From the Contributor: A gift I would LOVE is throwaway clothes. Really. People say they bring old tee-shirts and gloves they dont want anymore to leave at the starting line (hopefully donating the clothes to a good charity), but I am very possessive of all my running shirts and clothes. So one year my dad bought me some super cheap gloves and plain shirts and sweaters.
Since they were given to me with the sole purpose of being used as a starting line donation to keep me warm on a bad weather race day, I had no qualms using them. I don't know if you are a runner yourself, but there is nothing more miserable than freezing in your running clothes, or starting a race drenched.
Contributor: Bethany Merillat from RunRepeat
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