The Best Holiday Gifts for Runners, Part 2: $15 to $50

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Now that we’ve covered the best stocking stuffers for runners (i.e. gifts that cost up to $15), let’s begin warm-up, shall we?

Here are some suggestions for gifts in the $15 to $50 category:

1. The gift that gives all year
A magazine subscription is a great gift. But first, find out which ones your runner is already subscribed to. You don’t want to double-up and kill trees unnecessarily.

The most popular magazine for runners is, of course, Runner’s World. If they don’t have a subscription, get one for them: they’ll thank you many times over!

More choices:
Running Times

Track & Field News

2. Compression socks
The hottest new accessory for runners, compression socks may seem pricey — but are worth every penny. Not only they look flattering, they are said to aid muscle recovery, too! Help your runner keep it tight with a pair (or two?) of compression socks. Lots of choices on, but my favorite are Pro Compression – they come in all sorts of fun colors and run sales regularly. (A few codes to try: SP20 for $20 off and free shipping; SAVE40 for 40% off, now through December 18, 2012. Search the webz for more.)

The best part? The latest holiday print, so cool!

3. Hassle-free music on the run
I’m talking about headphones that don’t fall off — or even move, for that matter — no matter how much you shake your head or entire body when you run/ exercise. No, seriously, they exist. I recently purchased a pair of Yurbuds for myself and cannot begin to tell you how liberating it is to no longer need to constantly adjust those things while I run.

Yurbuds come in all kinds of cool colors, female/ male versions (the female ones are smaller), and pricier options (still under $50), with built-in mike or cloth-covered cord:
Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Blue In-Ear Sport Headphones

Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Duro Performance Fit Sport Earphones with Cloth Cords, Red/Black – 10100

Yurbuds Ironman Inspire PRO Performance Fit Sport Earphones with 3-Button Control and Mic, Black/ Red -10101

4. Jewelry
Obviously, this one’s for the ladies. Trust us: we’re never disappointed by jewelry. Here are a few suggestions for jewelry (charms, bracelets, pendants) to please and inspire your runner:

Pink Running Shoe Charm Bead Hanger with Light Pink Crystal

Sterling Silver Stick Figure Runner Necklace
[I have this one and LOVE it!]

26.2 Pendant with Sterling Silver Plated Chain

Relentless – Warrior Training Bracelet

(Or choose from other inspirational words, including Persevere, Courage, Breathe… or be distance-specific with a13.1 Warrior one:

Is it just me, or do these bracelets seem equally fitting for the lady and gentleman runners in your life?

And one last gender-neutral suggestion:
26.2 Key Ring

Available with all kinds of engravings, including other distances (including 13.1) and inspirational messages (Relentless, Unbreakable, etc.)

5. Ice for the footsies!
HusbandRuns wanted me to include one of those funny hydrotherapy massaging foot spa contraptions, but let’s face it: what runners need more than heated bubbles is icy-cold goodness to relieve our blisters, plantar fasciitis and other sexy-sounding ailments:

Cold Therapy Booties

Pedifix Natracure Cold Therapy Socks

Useful and sexy! What more could you want?

Call for suggestions: What else can you get for a runner in this price range? What’s on your holiday wish list?

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Today’s run:

Back to running! Don’t know if it’s the hills, or the fact that I cross-trained goofed off for almost two weeks and then ran a half marathon, but my quads felt toast today.

Super slow splits:

…. and the excuse for the super slow splits:

[I really wish that RunKeeper would add a scale to their elevation charts. Each hill on here went from 30 to 100-130 feet. To this flatland sissy, they seemed brutal as heck.]

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