13 Gift Ideas for Runners on Mother's DayMy mother is not a runner, but the mother of my children (i.e. my wife, Tomoko) is very much a runner. She is naturally gifted and just seems to be able to take up running again without any trouble. We welcomed our daughter to the world just a little over one year ago, but Tomoko is back at running like nothing happened. Mother's Day is right around the corner on May 10th. Now is the time to start planning on getting them a gift they will love. Let's show our mothers love and appreciation for being awesome. If you’re looking for a way to show your favorite runner that you care and support their healthy choices, here are just 13 great gift ideas to help you start their running season off right. The best part is that all these gift ideas for the runners in your life are $30 or less!
1. Running Sunglasses - $30Every runner needs a good pair of running sunglasses, but many runners dislike them because they can be uncomfortable, fall off their face or just look plain ugly. The thing is, running sunglasses should be part of every runner's summer arsenal. Not only do sunglasses cut down on glare but they protect the eyes from the sun which has been implicated in ocular damage. The good news is you can get a comfortable, stylish pair of running sunglasses for around $30 - just check out the following pairs from Road Runner Sports. If you're willing to spend a bit more ($50 and up depending on lens choice), you can also check out Ryders Saber which are slick, lightweight and use hydrophilic technology to prevent the frames from slipping from your face.
2. Running Socks - $17Socks are almost as important as shoes when it comes to running. The right sock can help keep feet cool and blisters at bay. Plus, as hard as runners are on socks, they can never have too many pair. A good bet is Farm to Feet's Greensboro 1/4 Crew Socks (for men / for women) which use 100% U.S. merino wool, excellent at moisture wicking, which helps keep your feet dry and comfortable. Additionally, sock are made of 100% U.S. nylon & spandex, giving you a lightweight sock that still cushions high impact areas as well as fits perfectly.
3. Road ID - $20 - $30Road ID identification tags and wrist bracelets are a great way to help keep the runner in your life safe should they have an accident while they’re on a run. If they are unable to speak for themselves, Road ID does it for them. Road ID products can be customized and contain identifying information about the runner as well as emergency contact information. Runners make the effort to stay healthy, but even good health can’t stop an accident from happening. Gifting them a Road ID bracelet is a great way to give them, and you, a little piece of mind in the event of an accident.
4. Nathan Quickshot Plus Insulated Flask - $30Staying hydrated on long runs is essential to staying healthy and avoiding overheating. Nathan’s 8-ounce insulated bottle gives runners an easy way to stay hydrated on the road. The adjustable hand strap has a thumbhole that makes it easy to carry, and the storage pouch is a great place to stash keys, ID cards, phones or mp3 players.
5. Re-String It - $20[embed]https://www.youtube.com/embed/k0XGWJJhfGY[/embed] Whether it’s their favorite running hoodie or pair of shorts, every runner has dealt with the drawstring falling out in the washing machine. Getting the string back in is often a true test of patience. The Re-String It drawstring re-threader makes it a snap. What once would have been five minutes of frustration is now a 20-second afterthought.
6. Runbell - $25What list of gift ideas for runners would be complete without mentioning Runbell? The Runbell, which was named the greatest fitness accessory on Kickstarter by Outside Magazine, is a sleek, stylish, lightweight running accessory designed to provide runners with frustration free urban running. Runbell was funded on Kickstarter in June of 2014 and is now becoming a hot item in running circles worldwide. Buy now on the Runbell website or on Amazon.
7. NatureBox - $20If your running friend likes to have some healthy snacks on hand while running, you may want to consider getting a gift card to NatureBox. NatureBox is a month-to-month subscription service (much like BirchBox or Dollar Shave Club) that will deliver a shipment of creative, healthy snacks to your friend every month that they are subscribed. For $20 you can get a month's work of snacks which contains five large packs, none of which will contain artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup or trans fat and are nutritionist approved. You can get snacks that are vegan friendly or made without gluten.
8. Tuvizo Reflective Vest - $20Most runners that are even slightly serious when it comes to running will at some point go for a workout when it’s dark. Having some type of reflective gear that they can wear can help a runner stay safe. The Tuvizo Reflective Vest offers a large area of reflectiveness on the torso and can easily be seen in the daylight or at night time. It's light, adjustable and has some elasticity to allow for a comfortable, yet secure fit that won't restrict running motion.
9. High Density Foam Roller - $22A foam roller can be used for more than just rehabilitating an injury - they're also great as part of any runner's warmup or cooldown routine. Using a foam roller can improve blood circulation, thus helping the body prepare for a workout as well as recover afterward. Additionally, using a foam roller can aid in the stretching process as rolling breaks down knots in the muscle that limit range of motion. Amazon offers a foam roller from Black Foam Roller that's very dense and made of high grade foam so that it should last for years without losing its shape.
10. GoFit Stretch Rope - $15You're probably well aware of the benefits of stretching and how it can build flexibility and relieve tension. What you may not be aware of is the fact that using rope can help you improve the stretching process. Using a rope to aid in the stretching process can allow a runner to pull their muscles a little farther than their body would normally allow, helping to reprogram the brain and body to remember new ranges of motion so that they can improve their flexibility faster. GoFit's Stretch Rope will help to open a whole new range of stretches for your the runner in your life, helping them get more flexible and stay more loose after a run.
11. Recovery Sandals - $30Running, especially long distance, can be murder to a runner's feet making the use of recovery sandals a godsend. Typically these sandals stimulate blood flow and help improve overall circulation in the feet which allows for a quicker recovery. They can also help with reducing swelling and tension. A good bet is PR Soles which use unique raised triggers that are meant to activate the nerve endings in the foot and help aid in the recovery process. Once a runner gets into a pair of these, they'll feel like their feet are being massaged as they're walking, making these sandals a perfect recovery aid and gift for any runner.
12. Sweat Activated Apparel - $16+Sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation to really push yourself during a workout. This is where ViewSPORT's sweat-activated technology comes in. ViewSPORT's apparel is meant to get gross and sweaty... in fact the sweatier you get, the better, as their apparel is meant to display a secret message, usually inspirational message, once the clothing gets wet.
13. Headband - $14 - $18The perfect headband should help keep the hair out of a runner's face and sweat from getting into their eyes. Janji's headbands are a great idea as they're thick, reversible and reflective. The best part about purchasing a headband from Janji is that each piece purchased from their Tanzania collection will provide six months of clean water to someone in Tanzania.
Runbell, the Running Bell Designed for Urban Runners
それはシティーランナーの新しいエチケットIntroducing Runbell 2.0 ”今日はベストタイムを更新できるかもしれないー”自分への挑戦を胸に走るとき、できることなら足を止めることなくゴールを目指したい。しかし、シティーランは過酷だ。信号待ちや工事現場、人の波...思い通りのリズムを保つことは難しい。この状況に共感できる人はきっとたくさんいると思う。ランベルはそんなランナーを救いたい。優しい音色で自分の存在を知ってもらえれば、歩く人との衝突は避けられる。確実に、安全に。体験してほしいー想像以上の快適なランニングを。 ランベルは2014年5月、米国クラウドファンディングKICKSTARTERで見事成功を修めたプロジェクト。30ヶ国以上のランナー700人から支持を受け、目標金額を上回る＄25,000ドルを集めたことで話題となった。 この、“ありそうでなかった”ユニークなアイディアは、東京在住のアメリカ人が発案したもので、製品は全て「MADE in JAPAN」というこだわり品質。技術革新でいろんな電化製品がウェアラブルになっている今日で、ランベルは敢えて「クラシカル」を追求。日本のクラフトマンシップの息吹がかかった逸品だ。ベルの素材には真鍮（しんちゅう）を使い、ミュージカルサウンドを実現。コンパクトでもパワフルに、美しい音色が響き渡るのが特徴となっている。その他にも、金属アレルギー対応や、サイズ調整ができることなど、プレゼントとしても安心できる「ランニング・ギア」は、この夏、大注目のホットアイテムだろう。 世界的にマラソンがブームとなり、ランニングはもはやライフスタイルの一つになった。スポーツジムに通い、トレッドミルの上をひたすら走っていたのは一昔前のことのようだ。今では殆どのランナーが、自分が暮らす街を走るシティーランナーとなり、「ランナーのマナー」という新しい“意識”を持ちながら走っている。反射板を身につけるのもその一つだろう。ランナーの存在を知ってもらうことは、ランナー自身のみならず、誰もにとって安全だ。 ランベルもまた、ランナーとその周りの人たちにとっての安全を守るアイテムだ。優しくマイルドに響くベルの音色は、１０メートル先を歩く人にも十分届く。突然背後から現れて何も言わずに追い抜かすより、ずっと安全だ。さらには、道を開けてくれたことに「ありがとう」を伝えるゆとりも生まれる。 あなたの走る街はあなたが暮らす街。 安全で快適なシティーランに是非ランベルを役立ててはいかがだろうか。
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22 April 2015
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Runbell Partners With Victoria Sports to Bring the Ultimate Running Accessory to Tokyo Runners
Tokyo, JapanWhether you live in Tokyo, New York, or any other city around the world, urban runners face a common problem. Popular running paths and city sidewalks are congested and can make running frustrating and even dangerous. Runbell solves the problem of how to courteously warn pedestrians of your oncoming approach and is now available in Victoria Sports in Tokyo. Runbell, the first of its kind, is a stylish wearable handheld bell. By alerting pedestrians of your approach with a beautiful brass ring, runners can politely warn others of their approach. Runbell launched on Kickstarter.com on May 5th and went on to be a huge success with almost 700 backers raising almost $25,000. Since then, Runbell has been partnering with American, Asian and European retailers. In mid-April 2015, Runbell will be available at Victoria Sports in Tokyo. Road running has a long and established tradition in Japan. Racing in Japan is so awesome because no matter the race, a crowd always shows up to cheer you on. However, this popularity in running can also be a challenge. Whether running on the crowded city sidewalks of Tokyo or the popular running path of the Imperial Palace, you will find others walking, biking, or running with you. Tokyo is full of people of all ages: businessmen, mothers, children, and grandmothers and grandfathers. Running along city sidewalks is common because you can find a running route suited exactly for where you live and work. However, pedestrians and bicyclist can become obstacles for runners especially around train station entrances. People reading their smart phone slowly drifting along can present a similar hazard. Most runners resort to calling out, “coming through!” Yelling is rude and can be tiring during a long run. Runbell is an elegant solution to this vexing problem of running in crowded areas where runners and pedestrians share the same path. Fit Runbell on to your pointer and middle finger and whenever your route is obstructed, simply ping your Runbell. While the person in your way might be surprised to see a runner instead of a bicyclist, they will be ever thankful for the polite precaution. As a runner, you will find running along city sidewalks so much more enjoyable. Runbell has been designed with both style and function in mind. By using jewellery quality metals, Runbell looks elegant and will last the harsh environment of a runner’s hands. Runbell comes in two sizes: one for him and one for her. The rings of the ladies’ Runbell are slightly smaller than the men’s Runbell. Otherwise, they are the same. In each case, the Runbell is slightly oversized so you can either use one of two silicone inserts to adjust the ring size or use gloves during the winter months. The convenient 360 spring allows you to activate the bell no matter which way you push or pull the striker. Weighing just one ounce (30 grams), Runbell is a lightweight and easy to use solution.
About Runbell LLCRunbell is a start-up based in Tokyo. They launched Runbell on Kickstarter in May 2014 and went on to raise almost 25,000 dollars from 700 backers. The founders are passionate runners with a love for elegant design. Runbell can be reached at www.run-bell.com or email@example.com.
About Victoria SportsVictoria Sports is a major sports retailer in Japan with 52 stores located throughout Tokyo. Victoria Sports can be reached at http://www.victoria.co.jp/ Runbell is carried in the following Victoria Sports stores: Victoria Main Store: 3 Chome-4-1 Kanda Ogawamachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 〒101-0052 Victoria Shinjuku: 4 Chome-1-145 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 〒160-0022 Victoria Koshigaya: 4 Chome−21−1 Ion Lake Town Kaze A115 Saitama Prefecture, Koshigaya, Azumacho Victoria Machida: Machida Tokyu Twins 6 Chome-4-1 Haramachida Machida-shi Tokyo 〒194-0013 Victoria Kinchijoji: 1 Chome-3-2 Kichijojihon cho Musashino-shi, Tokyo 〒180-0004 Victoria Wardrobe: Kanda 3-6 Ogawamachi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 〒101-0052
How to Prepare for a Marathon Most runners consider marathons the most challenging endurance race there is. It’s 26.2 miles of you when the road. The distance is gruelling and the injury risks are real if you haven’t prepared properly. But the satisfaction that comes with completing your first marathon is like few things in life. This article will help provide first time runners with the guidance they need to train for a marathon. Before You Begin The distance of a marathon puts you at a significantly higher risk for injury than your typical run would. It’s not a race you can jump into without training beforehand. Marathons take dedication and a certain level of physical fitness. Before you commit to running a marathon and engaging in a training program, consult with your doctor to ensure your body can handle the rigors ahead of you. Building Your Way to a Marathon Most runners will tell you that it’s a good idea to run a consistent base mileage for at least a year before beginning to train for a marathon. Building mileage too fast is one of the most common causes of running injuries. Before you start training for your first marathon, look to come up with a running plan to build up to running 20 to 30 miles every week. Once you can do that consistently, you’re ready to start your training program. Marathon Training Most marathon training programs consist of four elements:
- Base mileage
- Long runs
- Speed work
- Week 1 – 10 miles
- Week 2 – 12 miles
- Week 3 – 14 miles
- Week 4 – 10 miles
- Week 5 – 16 miles
- Intervals – Intervals are runs of a specific distance performed at a significantly faster pace than normal. Short recovery jogs are completed between each interval. 4x1s are common interval for marathoners. You run 1 mile at a rapid pace followed by a five-minute recovery jog. Repeat this pattern for a total of four intervals.
- Tempo runs – Tempo runs are longer than intervals, but are not as intense. Tempos should be run at a challenging pace, but one that can be maintained for the duration of your run. Tempo runs condition your body and mind to endure the challenging and substantial pace needed to complete a marathon.