It’s that time of year again. The gift giving season that encompasses Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza (is exchanging gifts part of the tradition?), and most importantly… my birthday! So I assembled a list of the best gifts for the fitness fanatic in your life (or for me if you want to get a present for me).
1) Race Registration
Let’s be honest, registering for all of those races isn’t cheap. What better way to show that you care then to pay for one of those registrations for your favorite athlete. I’m anxiously awaiting the official announcement for the Rocketman Tri. They have a probably date for the race, but they are waiting for all of the approvals before they are able to open registration. There are plenty of other races out there that I’m looking forward to doing, but Rocketman is #1 on my list. I have a score to settle with that bike course.
2) Subscription to their favorite magazine
I’ve had subscriptions to Runner’s World, Women’s Running and Health for the past year. a renewal of any of those subscriptions would make me happy. I think Health may actually be the best option for me since I focus on more than just running these days!
Runners can never have enough socks. Of course, the socks that runners use are not your normal everyday socks. Runners need moisture wicking socks and moisture wicking socks are not cheap. My current favorite socks are made by Feetures! They have extra support around your arch which feels amazing.
I recently threw out all my KT Tape. If it stuck is it was amazing, but most of the time it would start falling off with an hour. I did some research and found that many of my running friends were using RockTape. I ordered some and it stuck! I had it on my knee for 4 days and it wasn’t going anywhere. It worked just as well at KT Tape did, and I didn’t have to worry about it falling off.
I cannot begin to say how much I love Nuun. I first read about it on Emily’s blog many years ago and I tried it out at an expo not long after that. It is always in my bottles when I run or bike. For this weekend’s Space Coast Half Marathon I carried a bottle with me and drank it between the water stops. I only grabbed water at the water stops since I’ve realized that the overly sweet Gatorade upsets my stomach. I didn’t have any stomach issues during the race and the one bottle was just enough for me to have during a half marathon. I think for my upcoming marathon I will need to carry an extra tablet with me. My favorite flavors are Orange and Lemon-Lime. I have Triple Berry in the mix too.
6) Hand-held bottle
I used to have a little hand-held bottle. With all the moves I’ve made in the past 3+ years, the bottle was put away. I recently pulled it out and tried to take it for a run. The bottle was in good shape but the strap and the pocket that zippered shut, not so much. The zipper was stuck. Corroded and nasty. I had to toss it out. I could definitely use a new bottle. I’ve been carrying my Team in Training bottle, but having a strap would allow me to relax my grip a little bit. I really like the Nathan Quick Draw Plus Handheld Hydration Pack. It has a nice big pocket to put my keys and ID in and of course, it is available in purple.
7) A quilt made from their race shirts
I have so many race shirts. Too many. I would love to have a way to commemorate the races without filling up my closet with all the extra shirts. I know friend who have had quilts made from their shirts and I think that is a great way to preserve your shirts and have a neat way to show them all off too. One thing I may do is wait until I reach my 10th Princess Half Marathon before making those shirts into a quilt. I found Shirt Tales by Sarah on another blog but it looks like she isn’t taking any more orders for the holidays. I you are crafty, there are a lot of lots of ideas on Pinterest to make the quilt yourself. Hmm… it may be time to dig out the sewing machine.
I find it funny that I have an entire drawer of my dresser dedicated to fitness clothing. And it is full. And there are other items in my closet. Yet I don’t care. I would happily accept new running shorts, sports bras or tops without even hesitating. I even recently cleaned out a lot of what I already had and the drawer is still over flowing. I personally would love to have a few more pairs of shorts. I’m not a fan of the loose ones. I actually prefer wearing compression shorts since they don’t ride up on me. And it is definitely time to get more sports bras. I love my current bras, but I can’t find the style anymore. I found this style on the Champion Sports Bras website. I’ve had great luck with their bras in the past and I think this might be the next one to try out.
9) CrossFit Membership
I really enjoyed my CrossFit sessions and I plan on going back as soon as I have the money for it. If your fitness fanatic wants to try something different, how about signing them up for a month of CrossFit. I bet they will be addicted by the end of the month!
10) Fitness classes
There are so many different ways to get your sweat on. I have fitness ADD and love trying out all the different fitness class that are out there. I would love to try some of the trapeze classes that they offer here in Orlando. Or maybe some Bar classes. I would even love to go back to complete my black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Find out what your fitness fanatic is in to and get them a gift certificate for a class or two!