One of the best things about running is you don’t need much. Some shoes. Some clothes you don’t mind getting sweaty. And a little time to go out and suffer. That’s pretty much it.
I don’t run with headphones or music or anything too fancy, so maybe I’m not the best person to write up a gift guide full of stuff, but…if you want to get the runner in your life something that goes beyond boring socks (actually, socks are always welcome for runners), here are a few unique and useful ideas for any of your friends that are constantly talking about training or their next race.
Of course, you could always get them a nice, soft unique new running t-shirt 🙂
Goal: Become more flexible
Required Actions: Do a set of daily 10 minute foam rolling and stretching exercise. Find a way to incorporate yoga regularly into my workout routine.
Progress: I can’t say I’m doing a daily 10 minute routine, but I’ve been stretching regularly and attending yoga once a week.
Goal: Run 3 5K’s and do 3 sprint triathlons
Required Actions: Monitor the knee and sign up for the races when I’m feeling good. I’ve already done one 5k and spoken to friends about doing a few triathlons.
Progress: Killing it! I’ve found racing shorter races, more frequently a lot of fun. I’ve already ran 7 5k’s and 1 triathlon with 2 more sprint triathlons on the calendar.
I think too many people let life passively happen to them. Sure, sometimes life does come along, smack you in the face and force you to change, but it doesn’t happen as often as you think. You need to change things for yourself. People often over-estimate what they can do in a day (I’m very guilty of this) but vastly under-estimate what they can accomplish in a whole year.