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What to buy the runner in your life

Alternative working title: My Christmas Wishlist. These aren’t sponsored links, just the result of hours spent online browsing. A girl can always dream!

1. Cordless headphones

These are number one on my wishlist and have been for some time- I get really frustrated with the cord on my headphones bouncing around and getting in the way. Plus, I seem to get through regular headphones like no-one’s business! I’ve also heard good things about the Aftershockz brand.

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Is anyone else worried that this guy’s cycling with headphones?

2. Sports nutrition

I spend a small fortune on sports nutrition every month (think, protein powders, macro-friendly desserts and isotonic drinks) and it would be lovely for someone to treat me to it instead! It may seem sad, but I’m sure the athlete in your life will appreciate it, because who doesn’t love a chocolate protein shake?

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 3. Shoes and/or kit

Now, since this is very personal to each and every runner, you may not want to go for broke and try to pick the shoe yourself. But maybe take your runner along to a specialist running shop, and offer to foot the bill. I would die and go to heaven.

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4. Treats for the feet

Since most runners put some serious mileage on their feet each month, it only seems right to treat them right. Scrubs, lotions and potions won’t go amiss, but a spa pedicure would be the top prize! (I can personally vouch for the Reviving Leg Gel– works like a dream).

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5. A good book

If the runner in your life hasn’t read Born to Run yet, now is the time! Part running book, part travel novel, part anthropological study; it’s fast become a classic. Just expect to be ignored completely for the duration of this read; it’s a good one!

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6. A Garmin

Despite my recent post, I still maintain that nearly every runner loves to nerd out over their pace, time and splits. What better gift than a Garmin? (Shameless plug; you can get a free Garmin Vivosmart HR with Fitness Rewards/Vitality!)

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7. A Backpack

Everyone has their New Years Resolutions; for instance I want to run commute more often. A backpack will make run-commuting an absolute dream, just as long as you have showers at the office!

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8. Rehydration tablets

I first picked up Nuun hydration tablets after a particularly vigorous hot yoga class. They just made me feel refreshed much more quickly than plain water; I wasn’t left tired or overly hungry for the rest of the day. I try not to rely on them, but they’re nice when you’ve had a tough session. Plus, at £6 for a single tube, they make a great stocking filler (hey Mum!)

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9. Artwork

I found these gorgeous prints online- they’re a lovely keepsake for the marathon runner! (For the sake of this picture, let’s just pretend I ran Boston this year, ‘kay?) It would be lovely to be constantly reminded of a proud achievement- good motivation for an off day!

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10. Food

No link here because as we know, if all else fails, buy your runner food. Mince pies, christmas pudding, yule log, stollen… it really doesn’t matter. If your runner is training at all over the Christmas period, I’m sure they’ll appreciate some good old fashioned holiday noms!

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So there you have it!

Runners: what’s on your Christmas list? Non runners: what would you buy the athlete in your life?

Lots of love,



15 thoughts on “What to buy the runner in your life”

  1. ok mince pies..are they really that good, they dont sound that appealing to me but maybe i just need to try one. and oh to have someone pay for my expensive running shoes would make me so happy, they are on my amazon wishlist right now! PS—the creator of the amazon wishlist button should deserve a raise, bonus, promotion, ability to never work again but it is genius!


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