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December 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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Dashing through holiday gift ideas for runners on your list

Christine Blanchette is an avid runner and freelance writer who lives in Burnaby, B.C. Follow her blog at christineruns.com

You could be the envy of your running club this Christmas if Santa gets it right and delivers the goods – or is that goodies?

Whether it’s the latest trend in shoes or reflective gear or one of many gadgets on the market, there is something new for runners who thought they had it all.

You strut to your workout in the latest form-fitting, sweat-wicking fashion statement for today’s runner, you’ll feel sharp and maybe even motivate some nonrunners to get off the coach.

Regardless, a running gift to your partner – or yourself – can be the motivational difference to keep training. Whether your significant other is new to running or not, looking for that unique gift can be a challenge because of too many choices of gear to gadgets on the market. It can be a daunting task of what to buy even when that runner is you!

With running now mainstream, there are specialty stores keeping up with the world of technology and fabrics. It can be overwhelming to even buy a pair of socks with so many choices now available. And gadgets? Choosing the right one is key.

Here are some of my favorite running gift ideas to help you help someone to get the lead out and get moving.

- Ear muffs with integrated speakers for runners who love their music.

- Merino wool underwear.

- Merino wool socks.

- Sports watch with integrated GPS.

- Visibility package, with flashing light, reflective arm band, visibility vest.

- MP3 or iPod arm band, to run and listen to music hands free.

- Go-belt. The no-bounce runners’ belt great for all distances from 5k to marathon.

- Instead of carrying your keys in your hand or in a pocket there is the Nike shoe wallet that holds keys, ID, money and you just clip onto shoelaces.

- If you don’t have time for a shower after a training run then invest in the Nathan Power Shower Wipes. They’re great for freshening up after your run.

- Zensah Smart Touch Running Gloves. You can keep your hands warm while adjusting your app when running.

If you are on a budget, register your friend in a 10k or half-marathon next year, which could help motivate for training.

Some book suggestions for the runner who loves to read:

- “Born to Run” by Chris McDougall. More on this great read can be found at www.chrismcdougall.com.

- “Run Less, Run Faster” by Bill Pierce, Scott Murr and Ray Moss.

- “Marathon Woman” and “26.2 Marathon Stories,” both personally signed by authors, Kathrine Switzer and Roger Robinson.

Available at: www.marathonwoman.com/store

With any luck, these holiday gift ideas, together with a lot of encouragement from you, will motivate your significant other to become a well-oiled running machine.

If you'd like to write a Take 2 post, email Sports Editor Don Shelton at dshelton@seattletimes.com or sports@seattletimes.com.


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